Friday, June 22, 2018

Private company on track for launch to International Space Station

Private company preps for launch

A private U.S. company is on track to become the first commercial visitor to the International Space Station. NASA said Monday there's a good chance that Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, will make its April 30 date to launch a cargo ship from Cape Canaveral to the space station. More software testing is needed before a final "go" is given. Managers said they will meet again Monday to review everything.

Last lottery winner steps forward

The Illinois Lottery said Monday that the final winner of the record $656 million Mega Million jackpot has come forward and will be revealed Wednesday. The winner will be given a check for $218.6 million in the small town of Red Bud, where the ticket was purchased. The two other winning tickets already have been anonymously claimed in Maryland and Kansas, which allow winners to claim their prizes anonymously.

2 Nobel laureates to miss summit

Two Nobel Peace laureates scheduled to attend a summit in Chicago next week have canceled their appearances, organizers said Monday. Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who received the prize in 1976 for her efforts to end sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, withdrew from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates after objecting to the State Department's association with it. Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist who won the prize in 2011 for her humanitarian work, said she has a scheduling conflict.

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On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

On the campaign trail: For Hillsborough County School Board

Barring a last-minute adjustment, this is the lineup for the 2018 Hillsborough County School Board races.District 1, northwest Hillsborough and Town 'N Country:This is a special election to replace Susan Valdes, who resigned, effective Nov. 6, to run...
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Six candidates qualify to seek Pinellas County Commission seats

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Florida’s credit rating climbs to highest yet, Moody’s says

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Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

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Candidates qualify for local races in Hernando County

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In Hernando County, seven candidates qualified Friday to race for seats on the County Commission and School Board — and two won spots on the Brooksville City Council.County CommissionFor the District 2 seat of the commi...
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Four Hillsborough school board races, three could go to runoffs

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Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

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The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
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Media to get look inside South Florida facility holding unaccompanied children

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Journalists from the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and other news organizations were given access Friday morning to a Homestead facility housing unaccompanied migrant children. Journalists were not permitted to bring in cell phones or other video or ...
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Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

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