Wednesday, December 13, 2017
News Roundup

Death of Calif. girl after fight is ruled homicide

LONG BEACH, Calif.

Death of girl after a fight ruled homicide

What began as an after-school fight between two young girls over a boy exploded into a homicide investigation Monday, when authorities said a 10-year-old died of a head injury after the confrontation with an 11-year-old classmate. Joanna Ramos, a fifth-grader at Willard Elementary, died Friday, about six hours after a brief fight with another girl in an alley near the school in a working-class neighborhood in the port city of Long Beach. Joanna, who would have turned 11 on March 12, underwent surgery for a blood clot on her brain late Friday after she began vomiting and complained of a headache, her older sister, Vanessa Urbina, 17, told the Associated Press. Investigators have not detailed what might have led to the injury. Police have made no arrest.

Omaha, Neb.

Kerrey reconsiders U.S. Senate run

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is reconsidering his decision not to run for Nebraska's open U.S. Senate seat this year, a Democratic campaign consultant who has worked with Kerrey said Monday. Kerrey initially rejected running for the seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson. Paul Johnson, who served as campaign manager for Nelson and Kerrey, said Kerrey told him Monday morning that he was again considering running for the seat.

CHICAGO

Prize to go to Chinese architect

A Chinese architect who has forged a different path from the bland, suburban-style development in his nation's booming cities today will be named the first Chinese winner of his field's highest honor, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The work of Wang Shu, 48, "is that of a virtuoso in full command of the instruments of architecture," the jury said. Given by the billionaire Pritzker family of Chicago, the award recognizes a living architect for "significant contributions to humanity" and includes a $100,000 grant.

Germany

Lawmakers okay new Greek bailout

The German parliament approved a second, $173 billion loan package for Greece on Monday after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned lawmakers that it would be irresponsible to abandon the country to bankruptcy. The final tally was 496-90 with five abstentions. It isn't yet clear what Germany's share of the new bailout will be.

SPAIN

Judge is cleared of abuse of power

Baltasar Garzon, a crusading human rights judge who was convicted this month of illegally ordering a wiretap in a corruption case, was cleared Monday by the Spanish Supreme Court in a separate case of having abused his powers by investigating atrocities committed during the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The Supreme Court's 6-1 ruling was unrelated to the decision by the same court on Feb. 9 that found Garzon guilty of illegally ordering the wiretapping. The court suspended him for 11 years. His lawyer has said that Garzon may challenge that ruling before Spain's Constitutional Court or the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Elsewhere

Harrisburg, Pa.: Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Monday asked the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his criminal trial by two months until mid July, saying he needed more time to prepare.

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Students hurt after Highlands County crash involving school bus, semi-truck

Several children were injured Wednesday morning in Highlands County when their school bus was struck by a semi-truck.The crash occurred just before 8 a.m. on U.S. 27 and Lake Placid Drive, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Two students were air...
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Three things to watch for at the Federal Reserve meeting today

Three things to watch for at the Federal Reserve meeting today

WASHINGTON — On the day when Janet Yellen will hold her final news conference as Federal Reserve chair, the Fed has left little doubt what it plans to do Wednesday: Raise its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year. The increase would be...
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For Weeki Wachee River, Hernando commission agrees to study how much use is too much?

For Weeki Wachee River, Hernando commission agrees to study how much use is too much?

BROOKSVILLE — For a year and a half, residents along the Weeki Wachee River have loudly voiced their concerns about the waterway’s future, begging local and state officials to do something to protect the important resource and to curb gro...
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Switch to wing helps Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

Switch to wing helps Lightning’s Tyler Johnson

ST. LOUIS — Tyler Johnson hasn’t played very much wing in his career, primarily sticking to his natural center position. But lately, Johnson has been stellar on the right side.Johnson’s assist in Tuesday’s win over the Blues extended his point streak...
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Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

Rick and Tom podcast: Should the Rays go full fire-sale mode?

As baseball’s hot stove starts heating up, should the Rays go full fire sale to build for the future?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss whether the Rays should trade guys like Evan Longoria, Chris Archer, Alex Colome and more,...
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The Daystarter: Roy Moore won’t concede Alabama Senate race; ex-Tampa police sergeant learns fate; older Americans take too many unneeded pills; Rays’ dilemma: Retool or rebuild?

The Daystarter: Roy Moore won’t concede Alabama Senate race; ex-Tampa police sergeant learns fate; older Americans take too many unneeded pills; Rays’ dilemma: Retool or rebuild?

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Tampa Yankees become Tampa Tarpons in a nod to history

Tampa Yankees become Tampa Tarpons in a nod to history

The Tampa Yankees have officially changed the name of the Class A Florida State League team to the Tarpons.The name change is a nod to the original Tampa Tarpons minor-league team that played at Al Lopez Field from 1957-87.For the first four years th...
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Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

Picturing something different: St. Petersburg man finds second career as photographer

A chance meeting during a really tough time in Rossie Newson’s life resulted in him finding a talent he never knew he had. After leaving his job as an illustrator at the Tampa Bay Times in 2009, Newson devoted most of his time and energy to his fathe...
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Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn stood with good ol’ boys as firefighter proved city harassed her

Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn stood with good ol’ boys as firefighter proved city harassed her

They tried to shut her up. They tried to make her go away. They made her life miserable. Yet Tanja Vidovic — persisted. Long before most people had ever heard of the knuckle-dragging sexually harassing escapades of oafs like Harvey Weinstein, ...
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Woman, 54, killed while crossing U.S. 19 in Hudson

HUDSON — A Hudson woman died Tuesday evening after being struck by a car while crossing U.S. 19 near Babson Avenue, according to Florida Highway Patrol.Patricia Lynn Pla, 54, was crossing U.S. 19 westbound about 6:10 p.m. when troopers said she was s...
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