Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

British comedian arrested in BBC child sex scandal

London

Police arrest comedian in child sex case

The child abuse scandal consuming the legacy of the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile netted its second celebrity arrest Thursday, that of British comedian Freddie Starr, media reported. Executors of Savile's estate also said they were freezing his assets, clearing the way for a host of potential lawsuits. Police are investigating claims that Savile was part of a ring of powerful abusers who traded on their celebrity to exploit vulnerable children.

Jerusalem

Israel admits killing Arafat aide in 1988

More than 24 years after Palestinian military leader Khalil Ibrahim Wazir was assassinated in Tunisia, Israel acknowledged that its spy agency Mossad carried out the killing. Wazir, a founder of the Fatah Party and a top aide to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, was viewed by Israel as a terrorist and by Palestinians as a freedom fighter. After refusing for years to publicly confirm Israel's role in the April 16, 1988, assassination, the nation's military censors on Thursday permitted the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot to publish an interview with the commander who led the secret mission.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

U. of Ala. names woman president

The University of Alabama's board of trustees voted Thursday to appoint the first permanent woman president in the school's 181-year history. Provost Judy L. Bonner, 65, served as interim president before outgoing President Guy Bailey took over in early September. Bailey announced Wednesday he was resigning after less than two months in the job, citing his wife's health.

Louisville, Ky.

Derailed tanker continues to burn

The blaze from a derailed tanker car spewed flames and smoke a second day Thursday with no end in sight, as crews scrambled to prevent it from igniting railcars loaded with toxic chemicals nearby. Hundreds of people have had to evacuate, including the entire town of West Point and some residents of nearby Louisville. The burning butadiene, a chemical commonly found in rubber used to make tires, can damage the central nervous system and reproductive system.

Washington

Rules for selling meds to Iran eased

The Obama administration has quietly eased restrictions on the sale of medicine to Iran amid signs that concern over the suffering of ordinary citizens could complicate an international campaign to punish Iran for its disputed nuclear program. Though U.S. rules have always permitted American firms to sell medicine and medical supplies to Iran, exporters have been required to apply for special licenses. Last month, the Treasury Department changed the rules to provide what amounts to a "standing authorization" for sales of certain foods and medicines to ease the paperwork burden, officials said.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Fuel truck crashes, explodes, killing 22

A fuel truck exploded after hitting portions of a bridge and spilling fuel Thursday in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames and killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 110, witnesses and officials said. Officials said rescue crews had not finished the search and the death toll was still not final.

Times wires

Comments
Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Bulls redshirt sophomore DB Craig Watts Jr., who practiced behind starting nickel back Ronnie Hoggins this past spring, has transferred to Division II Valdosta State.Watts, deemed a four-star prospect by at least four major recruiting services out of...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
Construction poised to begin this week on four-story boutique hotel in Ybor City

Construction poised to begin this week on four-story boutique hotel in Ybor City

TAMPA — A ceremony marking the start of construction on a four-story, $32 million boutique hotel at 1402 E Seventh Avenue has been set for Thursday.The site is now a parking lot, but plans on file with the city of Tampa outline a hotel project with 1...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
What’s next for the Rays’ new pitching strategy

What’s next for the Rays’ new pitching strategy

ST. PETERSBURG — When Kevin Cash called team president Matt Silverman Sunday morning to wish him happy birthday, he expected to get back some form of an "attaboy" for implementing the Rays' latest unorthodox pitching strategy in using reliever ...
Updated: 12 minutes ago

Tuesday’s letters: If you don’t like the Electoral College, then amend the Constitution

The popular vote | May 20, letterIf you don’t like it, amend ConstitutionA recent letter supports the idea that a state should be able to change its Electoral College vote to match that of the national popular vote winner as opposed to the result...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Editorial: Work on the broad areas where Americans, those who own guns and those who don’t, agree

Editorial: Work on the broad areas where Americans, those who own guns and those who don’t, agree

e_SSLqThe worst school shooting since ... February." The sentence jumps off the page of a news story in the aftermath of the murder of eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas. It has been only three months since a gunman kill...
Updated: 13 minutes ago

Pasco Letters to the Editor for May 25

Re: Proposed TECO Solar Plant As a 21-year resident and property owner, I am writing in opposition to the proposed Tampa Electric Company solar plant tin rural northeast Pasco County.The solar plant will be .2 miles from my home. It will run 1.4 mile...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

FPL parent wants to expand its Florida footprint with new purchase

TALLAHASSEE — The parent company of Florida utility giant Florida Power & Light announced Monday that it will buy the largest electricity producer in Northwest Florida, Gulf Power, in a $6.4 billion deal.Juno Beach-based NextEra Energy Inc. said in a...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Hernando churches offer many options for vacation Bible school

Hernando churches offer many options for vacation Bible school

Will your child find a loose moose, be shipwrecked, travel to outer space or become a world changer? Perhaps he or she would prefer to spend time camping in the great outdoors or play high-energy games and learn what it’s like to become fully alive i...
Updated: 28 minutes ago

Updated: 1 hour ago

Hernando Religion Calendar for May 25

Weeki WacheeUnitarian Universalist Church in the Pines, Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, is collecting old blankets, towels, dog bowls, dog toys, leashes and harnesses to help low/no income families and individuals care for their pet(s). Do...
Updated: 1 hour ago