Friday, June 22, 2018

Clinton visits ailing Mandela in South Africa

Clinton visits ailing Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, retired from public life and largely confined to his house, smiled when he saw Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday, but the 94-year-old Nobel laureate appeared very frail. "That's a beautiful smile!" Clinton exclaimed after she and a group of aides flew from Johannesburg to pay respects to Mandela in his home village, Qunu. Clinton is on an eight-nation African visit.

Church apology goes out on Web

A predominantly white Mississippi church has apologized for its refusal to allow a black couple to marry in its sanctuary. The First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs posted the apology on its website Sunday, saying it was seeking "forgiveness and reconciliation" with Charles Wilson and Te'Andrea Henderson Wilson, their families and friends and God. However, Charles Wilson said Monday that no one from the church had contacted him or his wife.

Ads urge bravery to report bullies

Parents are urged to teach their kids to speak up if they witness school bullying in new ads that target an issue that top Obama administration officials vow to make a national priority. The campaign is a joint effort by the Ad Council and the Free to Be Foundation, a group that includes entertainers Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda and Mel Brooks.

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Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

Coal and gas hold onto their share of electricity production, despite massive push for renewables

Here’s an intriguing set of facts: Coal produces the same percentage of the world’s electricity as 20 years ago. Oil and gas remain about level, too.Same for nonfossil fuel sources. In other words, the massive push towards renewables over the past co...
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Democrat, two Republicans vie for House seat Jake Raburn is leaving

Democrat, two Republicans vie for House seat Jake Raburn is leaving

The race for the District 57 state House seat, where Republican Rep. Jake Raburn has announced his retirement, will include one uncontested Democrat and a two-way Republican primary.On the Republican side, Riverview lawyer Michael Beltran faces Sean ...
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No easy ride for three Hillsborough commissioners up for election

No easy ride for three Hillsborough commissioners up for election

TAMPA – All three Hillsborough County commissioners seeking to stay in office will face election battles  this year.The contest for District 4 will be between incumbent Republican Stacy White and Democrat Andrew Davis, who runs an onl...
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Rick Scott announces potential high-speed rail linking Tampa and Orlando

Rick Scott announces potential high-speed rail linking Tampa and Orlando

State officials are taking bids for a new high-speed rail project between Tampa and Orlando, resuming hopes for a line connecting the two cities, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday.Scott said an unnamed company has offered to pay for and...
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Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

Tampa boy, 14, shot on bike, police asking for help

TAMPA — De’Nico Thomas, 14, isn’t a bad kid, police say, but he was the victim of a terrible shooting. The boy had played video games with a friend on Wednesday night and was likely bicycling home, according to police, when someone fired a gun, criti...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

Brink: Why have Florida’s working-age men left the labor market in droves

A cancer lurks within Florida’s otherwise rosy job numbers, one that’s been called a quiet catastrophe and an intractable time bomb.Too many men between the ages of 25 and 54 have stopped working.Economists call those the prime-age years. Incomes gen...
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Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

Lightning re-signs backup goalie Louis Domingue to 2-year deal

The Lightning has re-signed one of its restricted free agents in backup goalie Louis Domingue, who will be back with Tampa Bay on a two-year deal worth $2.3 million.Domingue, 26, was acquired from Arizona in November after he had posted a 4.33 goals-...
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A new wave: Florida voters will have many more choices on 2018 ballot

A new wave: Florida voters will have many more choices on 2018 ballot

TALLAHASSEE — Florida may or may not see a blue wave this fall, but it's already experiencing a new wave.A flood of new candidates for seats in the state Legislature, many of them Democratic women, met Friday's deadline to get on the ballot and...
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Lightning names ex-player Jeff Halpern as new assistant coach

Lightning names ex-player Jeff Halpern as new assistant coach

The Lightning has filled one of the openings on Jon Cooper's coaching staff, announcing Friday  that former Tampa Bay forward Jeff Halpern has been hired as an assistant coach.Halpern, 42, has spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the ...
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Orange County Democratic Party cancels planned debate; Gillum, King blame Graham, Levine

Orange County Democratic Party cancels planned debate; Gillum, King blame Graham, Levine

The Orange County Democratic Party announced Friday that it won't host a gubernatorial debate Tuesday, June 26. Andrew Gillum and Chris King are blaming their opponents, Philip Levine and Gwen Graham.In a release Friday afternoon, the Orang...
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