Monday, May 21, 2018

Obama, Biden honor nation's top police officers in Rose Garden

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the nation's top police officers on Saturday, paying tribute to their sacrifices and "quiet courage" in the line of duty.

Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, praised the winners of a national police association award at a White House ceremony that honored 34 officers who showed valor in an assortment of tense standoffs, shootings and rescues.

"They are representative of the sacrifices and that quiet courage that exists among law enforcement officers all across the country and their families," Obama said in a Rose Garden ceremony.

Recipients included 15 members of the Detroit Police Department who confronted a gunman who opened fire in a local precinct station; five Las Vegas officers who stopped an assailant who shot an officer at a Walmart; and five New York City police detectives who rescued two cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who had become disoriented while rock climbing.

Other award winners hailed from Los Angeles; Miami; Chicago; Woburn, Mass.; Paramus, N.J.; Copley, Ohio; and Chattanooga, Tenn.

It was Obama's first joint appearance with Biden since the vice president, according to aides, apologized to the president for pushing gay marriage to the forefront of the presidential campaign and inadvertently pressuring Obama to declare his support for same-sex unions.

Obama and Biden were all smiles as they walked to the sun-splashed ceremony together. Introducing Obama, Biden credited the president's commitment to law enforcement and the two quickly embraced before Obama spoke.

The president lauded Biden as "somebody who has been fighting on behalf of law enforcement all his life." Biden, the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was a leading advocate of a community policing program when he served in the Senate.

Obama and Biden later played golf together at Andrews Air Force Base, accompanied by Biden's son, Hunter, and White House aide Marvin Nicholson.

The officers were invited to the White House as part of the National Association of Police Organizations' annual Top Cops awards.

Comments
Longtime Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni loses cancer fight at 63

Longtime Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni loses cancer fight at 63

Eighteen-year Pinellas County commissioner John Morroni died Sunday night while fighting his third battle against cancer.Morroni, 63, announced in April that he was again undergoing treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center for a blood disorder kn...
Updated: 1 minute ago
Lightning watch party tonight for Game 6

Lightning watch party tonight for Game 6

Tampa Bay Lightning fans can gather to witness the team's possible clinching of a Stanley Cup final berth tonight in downtown Tampa.The watch party for Game 6 in Washington starts at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.It will include three screen...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Softball: Scouting the Admiral Farragut vs. John Carroll semifinal

Softball: Scouting the Admiral Farragut vs. John Carroll semifinal

Admiral Farragut (17-5) vs. John Carroll Catholic (11-11)When/where: 4:50 p.m. Monday at Historic Dodgertown, Vero BeachHow they got hereAdmiral Farragut defeated Naples St. John Neumann 17-0; defeated Bradenton St. Stephen's 3-1John Carrol...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Florida education news: Testing, zoning, and more

Florida education news: Testing, zoning, and more

TESTING: School's almost out for summer in Florida. At least the state testing season has concluded, this time without any significant widespread problems. Education commissioner Pam Stewart said more than 5 million computerized and paper exams ...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Podcast: The ’80s take on TV’s ‘Cobra Kai’

Podcast: The ’80s take on TV’s ‘Cobra Kai’

Surely by now you've heard about Cobra Kai. All the traditional morning talk shows have been giddy in their interviews with starts Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. But does the 10-episode sequel to Karate Kid – released on YouTube Red this mont...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Lightning back in DC for Game 6; crisscross interchange comes to I-75; persistent rain continues; Scott omits mentions of Trump in speeches

The Daystarter: Lightning back in DC for Game 6; crisscross interchange comes to I-75; persistent rain continues; Scott omits mentions of Trump in speeches

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The week ahead sees rain and storm chances every day with highs in the lower to middle 80s, according to the National Weather Service. • As you head out for your morning commute, chec...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida has a gem of an idea to move traffic on and off I-75. It's called diverging diamonds

Florida has a gem of an idea to move traffic on and off I-75. It's called diverging diamonds

TAMPA — Driving on the wrong side of the road isn’t just for the British any more under an innovative plan for moving traffic through three local Interstate 75 interchanges. Construction will soon begin on a $37 million, three-year proje...
Updated: 1 hour ago

New Jersey police officer performs C-section to deliver fawn

A police officer in New Jersey performed an emergency cesarean section to deliver a fawn after its mother was struck and killed on a road
Updated: 1 hour ago

Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

Congo's health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the town in the country's northwest where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida’s porous campaign finance laws: ‘You can do almost anything’

Florida’s porous campaign finance laws: ‘You can do almost anything’

By Gary Fineout, Associated PressTALLAHASSEE – Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the st...
Updated: 1 hour ago