5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 29
7:49 AM, Oct 29, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Tuesday, October 29.
(1) Scott donation protest
People upset with Bill Edwards' $500,000 donation to Governor Rick Scott's re-election campaign will protest on Tuesday outside of the Mortgage Investors Corporation headquarters.
Edwards is Mortgage Investors Corporation's chairman. In the past year his company has laid off over 800 people amid allegations it defrauded veterans. Recently the company was forced to pay a $7.5 million fine for violating the Federal Do Not Call List.
The protesters will call for Governor Scott to give the $500,000 to a fund for displaced Mortgage Investors Corp. workers.
The protest will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the company headquarters at 6090 Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.
(2) O.J. Simpson home auctioned
O.J. Simpson's South Florida home will be auctioned online on Tuesday.
The former NFL running back is currently in jail in Nevada after a jury convicted him in 2008 for kidnapping and armed robbery.
Simpson stopped paying the home's mortgage in 2010. The house has been in foreclosure proceeding for two years.
Court documents show Simpson owes more than $796,000 on the property, including interest. He also owes almost $42,000 in property taxes.
Simpson bought the house in 2000 for $575,000. The 4,233-square-foot home is located in Kendall. It features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a swimming pool.
(3) Drop (off) Your Drawers Party
Leadership Pinellas is hosting a Drop (off) Your Drawers Party on Tuesday. The event hopes to collect badly needed new underwear for thousands of Pinellas County school children.
The public party will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Clear Sky Beachside Café in Clearwater. The entry fee is one package of new youth underwear. The collected clothing will be donated to Clothes to Kids.
Over 53,000 Pinellas County students who qualify for free or reduced lunches can "shop" at Clothes to Kids. A complete wardrobe consists of 5 new pairs of underwear, 5 new pairs of socks, 5 tops, 4 bottoms and a pair of shoes.
A number of Tampa Bay area schools will participated in the 12th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Tuesday.
The event, promoted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, encourages students to get out of their comfort zone and sit with someone new during their lunch break.
"This is a way for students to mix-it-up at lunch, try something new, and maybe make a few new friends," said Laura Burns, a Weightman Middle School teacher. "It will help stop a divide that we currently experience in our schools."
Students at Thomas E. Weightman Middle School in Wesley Chapel will be among the local student participating in Mix It Up at Lunch Day. School officials believe the event can help reduce bullying and increase student compassion and tolerance.
For the first time in more than three years
WWE Smackdown returns to the Tampa on Tuesday night.
Two days after returning from a triceps injury in a match against Alberto Del Rio, John Cena will once again face off against his current arch nemesis tonight.
Another major match tonight sees Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan battle for the WWE Championship Match.
Other WWE Superstars scheduled to appear include: Tripe H, The Big Show, The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Paul Heyman, Ryback and more. The card is subject to change based on illnesses and injuries.
WWE Smackdown begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Ticket prices start at $20. For more information, visit