Friday, April 20, 2018
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Lawyer says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to seek help for substance abuse

Toronto

Mayor Ford to seek substance abuse Help

Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer said Wednesday, as a report surfaced about a second video of Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. The Globe and Mail reports two reporters have viewed a new video of Ford taking a drag from a pipe early Saturday in his sister's basement. The newspaper said the secretly filmed video from a self-professed drug dealer is part of a package of three videos the dealer is selling for "at least six figures." Ford is running for re-election in October.

Madison, Wis.

GOP hopefuls meet donors in secret

Far from public scrutiny, Republican presidential hopefuls and high-powered donors met last month at a five-star resort in Georgia to discuss midterm elections, foreign policy and the economy. Other national political and business leaders attended the event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute think tank. The Center for Public Integrity revealed details of the event this week. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was said to be among attendees.

BEijing

3 killed, 79 injured in station attack

An explosion rocked a railway station in China's far-western minority region of Xinjiang, killing three people and injuring 79, state broadcaster CCTV said. The attack Wednesday came as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a four-day visit to the area. In what it called a terrorist act, CCTV said assailants attacked crowds with knives and set off explosions at the Urumqi South Station.

Lagos, Nigeria

Report: Girls made to marry abductors

Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization said Wednesday. At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating the students' fate and is demanding a ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader said. He said the abductors' message also said two girls have died from snake bites.

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Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

Clearwater Central Catholic tops Dunedin Spring Tournament host in extra innings

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Span, Rays top Twins in 10 innings

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High school scoreboard for April 20

Friday’s scoreboardSoftballSpringstead 15, Central 0
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St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says discharge never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
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Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts

Nicole Leary and Taylor Redington stood outside St. Petersburg High School on Friday morning with parents and protesters who had gathered with bullhorns and signs. In a few minutes they would lead about 70 students on a walk to City Hall, joining oth...
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Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
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Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

Sami Vatanen a big loss for Devils if he doesn’t play in Game 5

BRANDON – Devils top defenseman Sami Vatanen had not traveled to Tampa as of Friday afternoon, according to coach John Hynes, and his availability for Game 5 Saturday against the Lightning is in doubt.Hynes, however, did not rule out Vatan...
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Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
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St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

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