Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Sign language in Hawaii is distinct

Sign language in Hawaii is distinct

Linguists say they have determined that a unique sign language, possibly dating back to the 1800s or earlier, is being used in Hawaii, marking the first time in 80 years a previously unknown language — spoken or signed — has been documented in the United States. Researchers will formally announce their findings this weekend showing it's not a dialect of American Sign Language, as many long believed, but an unrelated language with unique vocabulary and grammar. Only about 40 people, most in their 80s, are known to use Hawaii Sign Language, meaning the finding comes as the language is on the cusp of disappearing.

Mars rover put in 'safe mode'

Science experiments by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity have been put on hold as engineers troubleshoot a problem with its computer. NASA said Friday that the car-size rover was in "safe mode." In this state, Curiosity suspends science activities but is still in contact with Earth. Engineers discovered a problem with Curiosity's flash memory this week and switched to its backup computer. The rover landed last summer to examine whether environmental conditions on Mars were favorable for microbes.

Autopsy no help in lottery death

An autopsy on the exhumed body of a Chicago lottery winner poisoned with cyanide yielded no significant new clues about his death, Cook County medical examiner Stephen Cina said Friday. After exhuming his body in January, Cina had said he hoped the tests might determine whether Urooj Khan, 46, swallowed, inhaled or was injected with the poison. Authorities have not publicly identified anyone as a suspect in the July death, which happened just days before he was to collect $425,000 in lottery winnings.

Associated Press

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High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0
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Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Associated PressWASHINGTON — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the p...
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Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Associated PressLANSING, Mich. — The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that more than 120 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day hearing were "sister survivor warriors....
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severed his agency’s contract with CareerSource Pinellas on Monday after learning that the jobs center told the state it helped 624 sheriff’s employees get hired since 2014.The sheriff said he has no record of CareerSou...
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TexasVoter-fraud panel targeted Hispanics, documents showPresident Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission specifically asked for records identifying all Texas voters with Hispanic surnames, according to newly released documents. Records made public by...
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Baby, 11 months, dies in reported drowning at Brandon apartments’ pool

BRANDON — An 11-month-old girl’s parents said their daughter drowned in an apartment complex pond Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The infant and her parents were not publicly identified by the Sheriff’s Office. The paren...
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Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

TAMPA — A loud knock at Life Malcolm’s bedroom door wrenched him from sleep just after midnight. In the darkness of that early morning — Jan. 5, 2015 — Malcolm opened the door and heard his sister say something about his son in the front yard.Malcolm...
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Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

ST. PETERSBURG — The bay area’s thriving glass art scene adds another member to its ranks Tuesday when the Imagine Museum officially opens in downtown St. Petersburg.Dedicated to the movement of studio glass, the museum is the brainchild of benefacto...
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Water wars redux: Could Tampa-backed bills doom Tampa Bay Water?

Water wars redux: Could Tampa-backed bills doom Tampa Bay Water?

CLEARWATER — For 20 years, the regional water supply agency known as Tampa Bay Water has provided the state with an example of how local governments can cooperate to provide a vital resource to a large metro region.Now a pair of bills in the Legislat...
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HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Misha O’Neal and Tyrick Brascom

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Misha O’Neal and Tyrick Brascom

Misha O’Neal, Countryside The Cougars’ 69-63 overtime win against Clearwater last week had a little extra meaning to O’Neal. The guard transferred from Clearwater after last season. O’Neal led all scorers with 23 points and added nine steals. "We al...
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