Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Embattled San Diego mayor expected to resign Friday

San Diego

Embattled mayor expected to resign today

As part of an agreement with city officials, Mayor Bob Filner was expected to resign today, ending weeks of political turmoil over allegations he sexually harassed more than a dozen women, the Los Angeles Times and New York Times reported Thursday. Filner's resignation would end his eight-month tenure as the city's first elected Democratic mayor in more than 20 years and force an expensive election for his replacement. A lawyer for the former aide whose lawsuit against Filner and the city brought the sexual harassment charges to public light said Thursday she had not agreed to any settlement and expected to move forward with the lawsuit.

Fresno, Calif.

Wildfire surges near Yosemite

A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park more than tripled in size Thursday, shutting down businesses and leading officials to evacuate a subdivision of 268 homes. The park remains open, but residents and visitors also are encouraged to evacuate another 1,300 or so homes and several popular camping areas. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to the now 84-square-mile fire, one of several blazes burning in or near the nation's national parks and one of 50 major uncontained fires burning across the West.

Washington

Poll: Racial equality a work in progress

Fewer than 1 in 3 black Americans and not even half of whites say the United States has made "a lot" of progress toward achieving racial equality in the half century since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic "I have a dream" speech calling for racial equality, a new poll shows. In the study, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, blacks and whites generally agree that the two races get along well, but about 7 in 10 blacks and more than 1 in 4 whites also concur that blacks are treated unequally by the criminal justice system. A majority of blacks also say they are treated less fairly than whites in public schools and the workplace.

North Waziristan, Pakistan

Polio eradication effort has setback

The global effort to eradicate polio, which has been on the brink of extinction for years, is facing serious setbacks on two continents. The virus is surging in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, which had been largely free of cases for several years. And a new outbreak has begun in a part of Pakistan that a warlord declared off-limits to vaccinators 14 months ago. The new outbreaks may delay a recently announced $5.5 billion plan to eradicate polio by 2018.

Elsewhere

Mexico: A mass grave has been found near Mexico City, authorities said Thursday, and they are investigating whether the victims are a group of young people kidnapped en masse from a bar in May, a crime that shocked the capital city.

Times wires

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High school scoreboard for April 19

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballDixie Hollins 8, Canterbury 0Northeast 13, Lakewood 3Calvary Christian 5, Berkeley Prep 2
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Firefighters battle apartment complex fire in Tampa

Firefighters battle apartment complex fire in Tampa

TAMPA — Firefighters were battling a blaze at Captiva Club Apartments on Thursday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.According to video taken at the scene, the roof of one of the apartment buildings at 4401 Club Captiva Dr. ...
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Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the restaurant’s window, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.A...
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St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

ST. PETERSBURG — Beef jerky, mayonnaise and Altoids mints were the only edible things in view inside one of the houses. There was no running water. The refrigerator was empty. A bed sat on top of the deteriorating living room floor. Cigarette butts b...
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The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

ST. PETERSBURG — Development of the city’s long-awaited pier advanced another step Thursday.The City Council approved a $15 million construction contract and additional money to design a waterside restaurant, build a playground and ferret out naming ...
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Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
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FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
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Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
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Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

Police: Knife-wielding burglar breaks into house, says ‘I’m the cops’

LARGO — Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who broke into a home early Thursday morning and confronted the owners with a knife.The incident took place about 3:40 a.m. at a townhouse at 7360 Ulmerton Road, according to Largo...
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Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

Deputies: Man broke into house, set it on fire and stole their dog

SEMINOLE — A Seminole man was arrested on allegations that he burglarized a home, set it on fire and stole the homeowner’s dog, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Austin Lang, 19, now faces numerous charges of burglary, arson and poss...
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