Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Suicides drop sharply at Texas' Fort Hood

Suicides plunge at Fort Hood

Suicides at Fort Hood plummeted to the lowest level in seven years in 2013, reflecting a military-wide decline that officials and experts say is not yet well understood. At the Texas Army post where 20 soldiers took their lives in 2012, officials in 2013 recorded five confirmed suicides and two suspected suicides through Dec. 20, according to information obtained by the Austin American-Statesman. That would be the fewest suicides at the massive post since 2007, when six soldiers killed themselves. The 65 percent decline at Fort Hood was sharper than the military-wide drop. A year after setting a grim record with 349 suicides, which outpaced combat deaths, suicides in the first 10 months of 2013 dropped 22 percent throughout the U.S. military, according to numbers reported by the Associated Press. Experts say the reason for the declines isn't clear.

Barbara Bush STILL in hospital

Former first lady Barbara Bush was "doing great and responding well" to treatment at a Houston hospital Thursday for a respiratory-related issue, a family spokesman said. The wife of former President George H.W. Bush has been at Methodist Hospital since Monday. No time was set for her release, family spokesman Jim McGrath said, adding that doctors may be exercising extra caution by keeping her at the hospital. "She is 88," he said. "She is a national treasure."

Jeb Bush has new granddaughter

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a grandfather again, the Huffington Post reports. Jeb Bush Jr. and his wife, Sandra Algudady Bush, welcomed daughter Vivian Alexandra Columba Bush, the elder Bush tweeted on Thursday. She is his third grandchild, joining a sister born in 2011. Bush's elder son, George P. Bush, became a father in June.

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Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

Two male students were arrested Wednesday on charges that they made threats against their respective schools, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The threats were not credible and neither took steps to carry out those threats, deput...
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Former Florida Rep. Robert Wallace jumps from Tampa overpass

Former Florida Rep. Robert Wallace jumps from Tampa overpass

TAMPA — Former Florida state Rep. Robert Wallace ended his life Monday night by jumping from a Dale Mabry Highway overpass, records show. He was 65.At least one witness saw Wallace plunge 40 to 50 feet onto Gunn Highway, according to a Hillsborough C...
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Focused on Cuba’s future, Rep. Castor skips meeting with Raul Castro

Focused on Cuba’s future, Rep. Castor skips meeting with Raul Castro

TAMPA — One highlight of a congressional delegation’s visit to Cuba this week was an impromptu meeting with President Raul Castro.But not for U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor.The Tampa Democrat joined five other Democrats on the trip, in part to investigate th...
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Two male students arrested for threatening their schools; no weapons found

Two male students were arrested Wednesday on charges that they made threats against their respective schools, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The threats were not credible and neither took steps to carry out those threats, deput...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

Hillsborough commissioners ask CareerSource chief to step down or be fired

TAMPA –– Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to ask embattled jobs center leader Ed Peachey to either resign or face termination over concerns the agency inflated job placement numbers with the state. Chairwoman Sandy Murman said commis...
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Physician seeks Pasco Times building for rehab center

Physician seeks Pasco Times building for rehab center

PORT RICHEY — A Hudson physician hopes to acquire the Times Publishing Co. west Pasco office and convert it into an inpatient center for substance abuse rehabilitation and mental health care. Estaban Alfonzon Ruiz, a doctor of internal medicine, file...
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CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CareerSource jobs chief Edward Peachey could soon be out of work

CLEARWATER — The heads of the Pinellas and Hillsborough jobs boards will hold emergency meetings in the coming days to consider firing president and CEO Edward Peachey. Jack Geller, board chairman of CareerSource Pinellas, and Dick Peck, chairman of ...
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Toymakers dive into toilet for poospiration; Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99; MS-13 sweep keeps most basic details secret; more in U.S. news

Toymakers dive into toilet for poospiration; Rev. Billy Graham dies at 99; MS-13 sweep keeps most basic details secret; more in U.S. news

New YorkDiving into toilet for poospirationToymakers have gone to the toilet for their latest creations. Mattel’s upcoming Flushin’ Frenzy game sends a brown plastic poop flying into the air. And its rival, Hasbro stuck with the potty humor after its...
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