Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

Colorado shooting suspect will face trial, judge rules

denver

movie shooting suspect will face trial

A judge ruled late Thursday there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer. Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with all 166 felony counts they filed against him.

manila, philippines

Fire sweeps hotels, killing 3 Americans

Philippine authorities say a fire swept through three adjacent hotels, killing three unidentified American retirees, a South Korean and two Filipino women. The small hotel buildings are in Olongapo City, a former U.S. naval base west of the capital, Manila. The cause of the blaze, which began at 3 a.m. and was put out three hours later, is under investigation.

united nations

Mali seeks help against extremists

Mali's president on Thursday asked France for help countering an offensive by extremist and terrorist groups who control the northern half of the country and are heading south. France's U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters after an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council that urgent action is needed against the groups who captured the city of Konna on Thursday and are threatening the city of Mopti. "This terrorist attack weakens even more the stability of Mali and thereby that of its neighbors," he said.

washington

Obama picks Lew to head Treasury

President Barack Obama announced his choice of Jack Lew to be secretary of the Treasury on Thursday, saying he has "worked and succeeded in some of the toughest jobs in Washington." Lew, the White House chief of staff and a former budget director, would complete the transformation of Obama's economic team from the big-name economists and financial firefighters hired four years ago to budget negotiators ready for the next fiscal fights in Congress. If confirmed by the Senate, Lew, 57, would succeed Timothy F. Geithner, who at the president's insistence stayed for the entire first term.

washington

Pentagon moves to curb spending

Fearing Congress and the president may not reach a deal on spending and the deficit, the Pentagon is freezing civilian hiring, limiting maintenance work and delaying approval of some contracts. The money-saving steps, announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, are designed to be reversible if a compromise is reached to avoid automatic reductions in federal spending set to begin in March. The Pentagon's share could be up to $500 billion in cuts over 10 years.

new york

Firm gives $10M in Sandy aid

The New York City financial services firm that lost the most workers in the Sept. 11 terror attacks said it will "adopt" 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and give a total of $10 million to families in those schools. Cantor Fitzgerald, its relief fund and its affiliate BGC Partners will donate $1,000 to each family. The schools are in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey. Cantor Fitzgerald lost two-thirds of its New York workforce when terrorists struck the One World Trade Center tower.

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Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

WEEKI WACHEE — A woman who runs an animal sanctuary will face dozens of animal cruelty charges after Hernando County animal enforcement officers said they found dogs, equine, pigs, cats and chickens housed in poor conditions on her property.Animal of...
Published: 05/26/18
Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Hope of another Stanley Cup has dissolved, and soon the ice will follow. Yet even if sorrow is the price of devotion, the true hockey fans will still buy in when the next season comes around.That concept may not be unique to Tampa Bay, but it does se...
Published: 05/26/18
Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

Quick action to slow traffic on Bayshore prompts call to do more citywide

TAMPA — As city workers set up signs Friday establishing a lower speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, neighborhood residents and transportation activists urged more steps to improve safety for pedestrians all across the city.The move is a good beginnin...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Published: 05/25/18
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Published: 05/25/18
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Published: 05/25/18
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Published: 05/25/18
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Published: 05/25/18