Tuesday, May 22, 2018
News Roundup

Civil trial begins for Arizona sheriff accused of racial profiling

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Racial profiling civil trial for sheriff begins

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-illegal immigration patrols took center stage Thursday in federal court as a group of Latinos set out to prove that his deputies racially profiled them as part of a systemic policy of discrimination. Opening arguments were made in the civil lawsuit. Instead of money, the plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that the Maricopa County department racially profiles and an order requiring it to make changes to prevent discriminatory policing.

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$268K GSA awards event investigated

The General Services Administration spent more than $268,000 on a one-day awards ceremony, an inspector general told Congress on Thursday, the latest revelation of lavish government conferences on taxpayers' tab. In a letter to a House subcommittee, GSA Inspector General Brian Miller said he is investigating the Nov. 17, 2010, event in two Washington hotels that featured a drum band exercise and more than $50,000 in gifts and awards to attendees. The GSA said all spending for events was suspended in April.

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GOP's Boehner defends Abedin

Calling accusations from conservatives in Congress against a top Muslim aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton "pretty dangerous," House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday became the second top GOP official to stand by Huma Abedin. The secretary of state's longtime adviser was singled out by conservative Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other rank-and-file Republicans who want a federal investigation to determine if Abedin is using her State Department influence to further the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Elsewhere

Washington: The Defense Department said Thursday it is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history, at San Diego's gay pride parade Saturday.

University Park, Pa.: Steve Garban resigned Thursday from the Penn State Board Of Trustees, the first board member to do so in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Void the warrant and destroy the records. So says lawyer of Hernando County commissioner up on prostitution-related charges

Void the warrant and destroy the records. So says lawyer of Hernando County commissioner up on prostitution-related charges

BROOKSVILLE — Citing jurisdictional and procedural mistakes, the attorney for suspended Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson is seeking to void the warrant for his arrest on prostitution-related charges and to erase all records of his arrest.I...
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The State You’re In: Laurel? Or Hardy? (Hint: The 2nd one was a Florida man)

The State You’re In: Laurel? Or Hardy? (Hint: The 2nd one was a Florida man)

You may have heard about the Internet imbroglio last week over a recording that some people thought sounded one way and others thought sounded another, aka the "Laurel ? Or Yanny?" contest. The first time I saw that formulation pop up on social media...
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Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

Tampa-backed company with candy-like coffee thins inks deal with Dunkin’ Donuts

TAMPA — Tampa-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners paid $18.2 million less than three weeks ago for a two-thirds stake in Tierra Nueva, a Miami company with a new idea for coffee, and already it has some big news.Tierra Nueva has inked a de...
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Gators, USF announce 3-game football series

Gators, USF announce 3-game football series

In what constitutes a re-affirmation of USF coach Charlie Strong's desire to take on all-comers, the Bulls and the University of Florida have announced a three-game football series beginning in 2022.The Bulls and Gators, who have played only once pre...
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Former Tarpon Springs great Atif Austin joins New England Patriots’ staff

Former Tarpon Springs great Atif Austin joins New England Patriots’ staff

Atif Austin has put together an impressive coaching resume at the college level. The former Tarpon Springs football standout and coach has been an assistant at North Dakota State for the past four years, winning Division I-AA national titles three ti...
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Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

Baseball: A look at this week’s region final games

All games are tonight at 7 unless noted.Class 8AStrawberry Crest (18-8) at Fleming Island (12-13-1): The Golden Eagles started their season by losing six of seven and they also had an eight-inning tie. They ended the regular season with four straight...
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A fake ‘Zombie Outbreak’ alert alarms Lake Worth residents

A fake ‘Zombie Outbreak’ alert alarms Lake Worth residents

Folks around the Lake Worth area were warned of a zombie outbreak early Sunday morning.The alert, issued at 1:41 a.m., was meant to inform residents about a power outage but had been changed to reference the popular AMC television series The Walking ...
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Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Proud mom orders ‘Summa Cum Laude’ cake online. Publix censors it to ‘Summa . Laude.’

Saturday was Jacob Kosinski’s big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude....
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Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Forecast: Potential tropical system threatens to drench already soggy Tampa Bay area

Flood warnings have been extended for the Alafia River in Lithia and the Little Manatee River at Wimauma as the National Weather Service continues to monitor a broad area of low pressure that has a building chance of developing into a tropical system...
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Carrollwood Day seniors confident about first state baseball appearance

Carrollwood Day seniors confident about first state baseball appearance

TAMPA — Carrollwood Day held its graduation ceremony on Sunday. For the seniors on the baseball team, there is still some work to do.For the first time in the eight-year history of the school, the Patriots will be playing in the Class 3A state ...
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