Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Obama orders review of U.S. deportation practices

Washington

Obama wants deportations to be more humane

President Barack Obama said Thursday that deportations of immigrants in the country illegally should be more humane, and he has ordered a review of his administration's policies to make that happen without changing the law. Obama revealed the effort in an Oval Office meeting with Hispanic lawmakers, telling them he had "deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system," according to a White House statement.

San Francisco

Panel: End ban on transgender troops

The United States should join the dozen other nations that let transgender people serve in the armed forces, an independent commission said in a report Thursday. The five-member panel, convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University, said there is no medical reason for the decades-old ban and called on President Barack Obama to lift it.

Cincinnati

Police: Pair OD on heroin as kids play

An Indiana couple overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's indoor play area, police said, and now face child endangering charges. One adult was found unconscious and not breathing Sunday; the other was conscious but unresponsive. Officials say the couple acknowledged taking the drug while with two children, 5 and 8. Robert Paul Palmer, 37, was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond. Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, was held on $6,000 bond.

Elsewhere

Washington: The Senate voted 95-4 Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee, Caroline D. Krass, as the CIA's top lawyer. The vote came as senior lawmakers escalated pressure on the agency's director to make public a voluminous report on the CIA's defunct detention and interrogation program.

Denver: A Colorado law that lets adults legally possess and use marijuana may now let some people found guilty of minor marijuana crimes challenge their convictions in court, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

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

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

The Bucs' 2018 schedule won't be officially released until 8 p.m. with the rest of the league, but the Times has obtained a copy of the schedule, which shows a challenging start for Tampa Bay.The Bucs open with three division champions back-to-back &...
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Editorial: Why single-member districts would be bad for Hillsborough commission

Editorial: Why single-member districts would be bad for Hillsborough commission

Anyone looking to make Hillsborough County government bigger, costlier, more dysfunctional and less of a regional force should love the idea that Commissioner Sandy Murman rolled out this week. She proposes enlarging the seven-member board to nine, e...
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Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

CLEARWATER — A longtime IBM executive is becoming the new leader of Tampa Bay’s largest public company. Tech Data on Thursday named Richard "Rich" Hume as its new CEO effective June 6. Hume joined Tech Data two years ago and is currently the chief op...
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Sally Bradshaw, Kathleen Shanahan column: Barbara Bush was role model who loved Florida

Barbara Pierce Bush loved Florida.With a son as governor, she was practically an honorary Floridian! No one was prouder of former Gov. Jeb Bush than his mom, and no one a more honest critic when she felt he needed some constructive feedback! But we t...
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Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

PLANT CITY — Many remembered Durant High School football player Grover Wills, 18, for his talent on the field, but almost as many remembered his penchant for bursting into dance and song. After practice or on team trips, Wills would mesmerize those a...
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Child, 19 months, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Child, 19 months, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-month-old child was transported to a local hospital Thursday after being found unattended in a pond, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said they were dispatched to a pond behind a home in the 4700 block of...
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Column: No-win fishery bills would undermine businesses and innovation

The federal government delivered good news for anglers this week. Under newly approved two-year pilot programs, Florida and the other Gulf Coast states will manage red snapper fishing for private anglers. This means states can test ways to improve ac...
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Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested midday Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of operat...
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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 Police on Thursday closed two assisted living facilities, citing "deplorable conditions," including no running water. The facilities are run by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health, located at 3434 Second Ave. S and 3418 Second Ave. S, accordin...
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