Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

Noah, Sophia are top baby names in 2013

Noah, Sophia are top baby names

When it comes to baby names, blending in is out, and standing out is in. Noah and Sophia top the Social Security Administration's list of most popular American baby names for 2013, but they don't begin to approach the popularity of past generation favorites like John and Mary. Noah sailed past Jacob to claim the top spot for boys, ending Jacob's 14-year reign. Sophia was No. 1 for the third straight year in the list released Friday. Noah was followed by Liam, Jacob, Mason and William. Sophia was followed by Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava.

Application issues fixed for students

Creators of the Common Application for college admissions said Friday they have made changes to prevent snags that had the high school class of 2014 tweeting horror stories. The Common Application is accepted by more than 500 colleges and universities and lets students apply to multiple schools at once. It had a rough applications season after new technology was rolled out last year that created many headaches for the 750,000 students who submitted 3.3 million applications. Officials have hired a new interim CEO, reviewed what went wrong and put internal checks in place.

Solar panels now atop White HOuse

The White House is finally on the solar grid, in response to prodding by environmentalists and nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the historic building's roof. The American-made panels are converting sunlight into energy at the first family's residence as part of President Barack Obama's "commitment to lead by example to increase the use of clean energy in the U.S.," said Matt Lehrich, a White House spokesman.

By the Numbers

9 How many times more babies are born to first-time moms age 35 or older now than in the early 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Three-year-old found wandering in street leads to arrest of New Port Richey man

Three-year-old found wandering in street leads to arrest of New Port Richey man

PORT RICHEY — A 59-year-old man was arrested by Pasco County deputies Tuesday evening after a 3-year-old in his care was found wandering outside alone, the Sheriff’s Office said.Larry Dixon, of New Port Richey, was arrested at 8710 Bench Drive at abo...
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Toga! Toga! 40th anniversary celebration of ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’ in Tampa this week

In the immortal words of Flounder at Faber College’s homecoming parade: Oh boy, this is gonna be great!A 40th anniversary celebration of National Lampoon’s Animal House featuring appearances by two stars of the quintessential campus comedy happens Th...
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Evangelist Billy Graham, preacher to presidents, dies at age 99

Evangelist Billy Graham, preacher to presidents, dies at age 99

MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99. Graham, who l...
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In theaters this week: ‘Annihilation’ based on Florida author Jeff VanderMeer’s book, ‘Game Night,’ ‘Every Day’

In theaters this week: ‘Annihilation’ based on Florida author Jeff VanderMeer’s book, ‘Game Night,’ ‘Every Day’

ANNIHILATIONAuthor Jeff VanderMeer told me at last year’s Times Festival of Reading that Annihilation (R) is going to blow everyone’s mind. The Tallahassee author is biased, of course, having written the novel it’s based on, but there’s some reason t...
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Largo police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash on East Bay Drive

Largo police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash on East Bay Drive

LARGO — Police have identified the pedestrian in a fatal hit-and-run Wednesday morning.According to Largo police, 75-year-old John William English Jr. was struck and killed by a car about 6 a.m. at Wertz Drive. The crash shut down the eastbound lanes...
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Jam Packed with Excitement

Jam Packed with Excitement

 
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This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

This week food fests celebrate collard greens and Jewish foods

FIELD OF GREEN: COLLARD FESTOn Saturday you can devote your whole day to the beauty of collard greens. Well, that’s the jumping off point. Collards are the "central ingredient" at the Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival at St. Petersburg’s Historic Deuc...
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Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

Clearwater Beach named No. 1 in U.S. by TripAdvisor

A reigning champion for sand and sunshine, Tampa Bay is once again home to one of the best beaches in the United States.Clearwater Beach was named the best beach in the U.S. for 2018 by the popular travel site TripAdvisor.This is the second time this...
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Top 5 at noon: Florida’s third-biggest fire rescue department has a problem; evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; and more

Top 5 at noon: Florida’s third-biggest fire rescue department has a problem; evangelist Billy Graham dies at age 99; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com.FLORIDA’S THIRD-BIGGEST FIRE RESCUE DEPARTMENT HAS A PROBLEMHillsborough County has a documented history of drug issues — and alcohol abuse — among first responders. A Tampa Bay Times investi...
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Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams comedy ‘Game Night’ is more fun than it deserves to be

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams comedy ‘Game Night’ is more fun than it deserves to be

Good movie comedies are in short supply these days, making Game Night more fun than it deserves to be.There are laughs, a couple from the belly, and none of the lazy scatological, narcotic or pubic humor Seth Rogen’s crowd prefers. The cast is appeal...
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