Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

GOP candidate apologizes for saying Democrats commit most mass shootings

Shooting remarks bring apology

A Republican rancher running for Arizona's 1st Congressional District apologized Monday for saying most mass shootings are committed by Democrats. Gary Kiehne said at a GOP primary debate Saturday in Florence, southeast of Phoenix, that "99 percent of (mass shootings) have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people." Kiehne publicly apologized and said his comments were inaccurate. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, who is also running, said Kiehne should leave the race after a pattern of "bizarre and deeply offensive" remarks.

Youth hold Mideast peace talks online

With the collapse of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, hundreds of thousands of young people across the Middle East are talking reconciliation online, a former Israeli peace negotiator and founder of the movement said Monday. The "Yala Young Leaders" Facebook group, founded by Uri Savir, has backing from celebrities including Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. It has almost 500,000 followers, including youths in the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Muslim countries that have no relations with Israel. The group will hold a virtual peace conference Sunday that will include video presentations from two Nobel Peace laureates, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Desmond Tutu, as well as EU, U.S. and Palestinian officials.

Argentina dinosaur may be largest yet

Scientists in Argentina are uncovering what could be the largest dinosaur yet — a long-necked titanosaur as tall as a 6-story building, whose thigh bone alone dwarfs a grown man. It will take years for researchers to uncover the entire skeleton. The complete thigh bone they've uncovered is 7.9 feet, the longest of any vertebrate yet found, said paleontologist Jose Luis Carballido. Researchers estimate the animal weighed about 176,000 pounds.

By the Numbers

150 About how many new words have been added to the new Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, including Yoopers, a nickname for natives or longtime residents of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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Polk deputies seek Pinellas man accused of pushing woman from speeding car

Polk deputies seek Pinellas man accused of pushing woman from speeding car

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said an arrest warrant was issued for a Pinellas County man accused of beating and pushing a woman from a speeding car.The incident took place on Feb. 17, the Sheriff’s Office said. Remond Brown II, 26, was traveling ...
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V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

TAMPA — Across Interstate 4 from Ybor City’s nightlife another part of the historic neighborhood has an odor less nostalgic — and much less pleasant — than cigar smoke and roasting coffee beans.V.M. Ybor, named after the Spaniard who founded the city...
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Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

OLDSMAR — A 37-year-old Dunedin man was seriously injured in a high-speed motorcycle crash early Thursday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said Justin Kaune was riding southbound on Bayside Boulevard around 2:30 a.m...
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Police seek machete-wielding suspect in Plant City robbery

Police seek machete-wielding suspect in Plant City robbery

PLANT CITY — Police are searching for a man armed with a machete accused of robbing a convenience store on Tuesday.The man arrived at the Circle K convenience store station at 1514 Alexander St. S at about 2:50 a.m. and demanded money from store empl...
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Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
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Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — Spring break kicked off this week with a program offering free rides on the Jolley Trolley between downtown and Clearwater Beach until April 29.The Park N Ride service will pick up riders at two lots downtown every 15 minutes and drop th...
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Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall is requesting a $3 million grant from the city to help complete the $21 million renovation of its facility on McMullen Booth Road.The Expanding the Experience project began in 2015 with a renovation of the Murray Theatre...
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Tip leads police to find body inside van in Walmart parking lot

Tip leads police to find body inside van in Walmart parking lot

TARPON SPRINGS — Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found Thursday in a van at a Walmart parking lot.Officers were dispatched to the store at about 1:30 p.m. when an employee reported that an older-model, white Ford E-150 va...
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New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans

New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans

That startling statistic is among the findings of a unique, high-tech collaboration that is providing a massive amount of new data about global fishing operations. The results, published Thursday in the journal Science, offer a powerful glimpse of th...
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