Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

EPA to propose rule to clean up tailpipe pollution

Washington

EPA to propose rule to reduce car pollution

The Obama administration will unveil a proposal today to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, a step that officials say will result in cleaner air across the United States and slightly higher prices at the pump. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the rule to reduce sulfur in gasoline and tighten emissions standards on cars starting in 2017 could increase gas prices by less than a penny per gallon and add $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025. But the agency says it will yield billions of dollars in health benefits by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution.

Boston

Mayor won't run for a sixth term

Mayor Thomas Menino won't seek re-election to an unprecedented sixth term after nearly two decades in office. Menino told well-wishers Thursday at historic Faneuil Hall that "I will leave the job that I love." His announcement comes in the wake of persistent health problems. Menino wasn't the smoothest of political figures, but he earned a reputation as one of the hardest working, from filling potholes to shaping the city's skyline. He also was a prominent voice nationally for stricter gun control.

Washington

Commission set up on voting problems

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday establishing a bipartisan commission to examine problems of voter access after complaints of long lines at polling stations during last year's election. The commission will be headed by the lawyers for last year's presidential campaigns: Robert Bauer, who represented Obama, and Benjamin Ginsberg, who represented Republican Mitt Romney. Seven other members still must be appointed by the president.

United Nations

Three nations block arms treaty

Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked adoption of a U.N. treaty that would regulate the multibillion-dollar international arms trade for the first time, saying it fails to ban sales to terrorists. But after two weeks of intensive negotiations, other countries refused to let it die. Adoption required agreement by all 193 U.N. member states, but some countries said Thursday they would ask Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to bring it before the General Assembly for adoption as soon as possible.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Farm Rich products recalled

Rich Products Corp. is recalling its Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas and other products because of possible E. coli contamination. The recall announced Thursday also includes Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, Philly Cheese Steaks and Mozzarella Bites, and Market Day Mozzarella Bites. All were produced Nov. 12-19. Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1-888-220-5955.

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Editorial: Criminal charges should finally wake up FSU fraternities to hazing’s dangers

Editorial: Criminal charges should finally wake up FSU fraternities to hazing’s dangers

The death last fall of a 20-year-old Florida State University fraternity pledge revealed pervasive dangerous behavior within the school’s Greek system. Andrew Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi pledge, died from alcohol poisoning after an off-campus party, and a...
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Child psychologist weighs in on mom who charges 5-year-old ‘rent’

Child psychologist weighs in on mom who charges 5-year-old ‘rent’

A Georgia mother has gone viral for charging her 5-year-old "rent." Yup — the kid pays up for food, water, cable and electric, too.Essense Evans described in a Facebook post how she handles her daughter’s allowance. The post, written on Saturday, was...
Updated: 24 minutes ago

Addicted to your smartphone? Now there’s an app for that

Did you text? Sorry, I can’t see messages right now. Arianna Huffington locked my phone.The media tycoon turned wellness entrepreneur wants to keep you out of your phone, too, with a new app called Thrive. Its goal is to make it cool for a generation...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Scott appoints prosecutor, Clearwater lawyer to Pinellas-Pasco judicial vacancies

Gov. Rick Scott appointed two Tampa Bay lawyers to fill judicial vacancies in the Pinellas-Pasco circuit, his office announced Friday.Christopher LaBruzzo, 42, is an assistant state attorney at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office. A Tulane Uni...
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Former youth football president accused of stealing $29,000 from Pinellas league

Former youth football president accused of stealing $29,000 from Pinellas league

PALM HARBOR — The former president of a local youth football league is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the group and using it in part to buy a mobile home.According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, deputies on Tuesday arrested L...
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Crews Lake thespians overcome the odds

SPRING HILL — It’s 8:30 a.m. — "homeroom" period in school speak — when kids in the Crews Lake Middle School drama club file into an empty chorus room to begin rehearsing under the direction of language arts teacher Kristen Sykora. There’s only 25 m...
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Proposed monument near St. Pete pier would honor Tony Jannus history-making flight

Proposed monument near St. Pete pier would honor Tony Jannus history-making flight

ST. PETERSBURG — Tony Jannus’s history-making flight in an early seaplane — simultaneously as ungainly and graceful as a pelican on the wing — is what Mayor Rick Kriseman calls an "under-told and under-appreciated" story, but a team of local history ...
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Autopsy: MLB star Roy Halladay died from blunt force trauma, drowning

Autopsy: MLB star Roy Halladay died from blunt force trauma, drowning

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay died from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor when he crashed his personal plane into the water off New Port Richey in November, according to an autopsy report released Friday.Ha...
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U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soulfood restaurant as part of IRS scheme, steals thousands

U.S. Attorney: Tampa woman uses soulfood restaurant as part of IRS scheme, steals thousands

TAMPA — The owner of a soul and seafood restaurant is facing more than 10 years in federal prison for filing dozens of false tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Natalie Rene Panko, 57, owner of Ladie...
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Learn how bus rapid transit (and rail) could work in Tampa Bay

Learn how bus rapid transit (and rail) could work in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest hope for transportation in the Tampa Bay area is a bus rapid transit system projected to cover the 41-miles separating St. Petersburg from Wesley Chapel and attract 4,500 new riders at a fraction of the cost of light rail....
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