Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Europe reports influenza is on the rise

Europe reports influenza is on the rise

The flu is now widespread in at least 10 European countries, and a growing number are reporting an increase in cases. Much of it is the northwestern part of the continent, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden. Norway appears to be hardest hit. So far it is the only nation on the continent reporting "high intensity" flu transmission.

Tampa

Funeral set for Gen. Schwarzkopf

The funeral for Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf will be held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. A West Point spokesman said Tuesday that the retired general's family has scheduled the funeral for Feb. 28. Schwarzkopf was a 1956 graduate of the academy. He died in Tampa on Dec. 27 at age 78.

Washington

Obama to use D.C.'s license plate

President Barack Obama's limousine will display the District of Columbia license plate reading "Taxation Without Representation" during inauguration activities and through the remainder of his term to call attention to the district's lack of voting power in Congress. The decision, announced by a White House aide Tuesday, comes in response to a resolution unanimously passed by the D.C. Council calling on Obama to display the slogan. President Bill Clinton also displayed the "Taxation Without Representation" plate — the district's standard license plate — on the presidential limo.

U.S. condemns Morsi's comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday gave a blistering review of disparaging remarks that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi made almost three years ago about Jews and called for him to repudiate what it called unacceptable rhetoric. Morsi was a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010 when, according to video broadcast last week on Egyptian TV, he asked Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred." Later in a TV interview, he referred to Zionists as bloodsuckers who attack Palestinians, describing Zionists as "the descendants of apes and pigs."

Providence, R.I.

Backers lobby for same-sex marriage

Hundreds of supporters of same-sex marriage rights assembled at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers to make the nation's smallest state the 10th to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed — and the last to do so in New England. House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, has called for a vote on same-sex marriage legislation in his chamber by month's end.

Thailand

Wildlife group says ban trade in ivory

The World Wildlife Fund on Tuesday urged Thailand to ban all ivory trading, warning that rising demand for tusks is fueling an unprecedented slaughter of elephants in Africa. The group said "massive quantities" of African ivory are being imported illegally into Thailand, where ivory from domesticated elephants can be traded legally. The government said it has established measures to help tackle the problem.

Elsewhere

Iraq: A suicide bomber killed a Sunni lawmaker in western Iraq on Tuesday, raising tensions in a part of the country roiled by weeks of demonstrations against the Shiite-led government.

Times wires

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The Daystarter: South Florida rapper gunned down; murals adorn reclaimed water tanks; the album we’ve all been waiting for

The Daystarter: South Florida rapper gunned down; murals adorn reclaimed water tanks; the album we’ve all been waiting for

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Updated: 10 minutes ago
Muralist working with huge St. Pete ‘canvas’ to create neighborhood eye-grabber

Muralist working with huge St. Pete ‘canvas’ to create neighborhood eye-grabber

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Updated: 17 minutes ago
Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

Rays DFA Rob Refsnyder to make room for Kevin Kiermaier

The Rays made official after Monday's game that CF Kevin Kiermaier would be activated on Tuesday.And to make room on the 40- and 25 man rosters, they designated for assignment OF Rob Refsnyder.Acquired from the Indians for cash considerations just be...
Updated: 4 hours ago
St. Petersburg residents will see higher water, sanitation bills

St. Petersburg residents will see higher water, sanitation bills

ST. PETERSBURG — Residents can expect their water and sanitation bills to increase between $7 and $11 starting in October.That represents an average of a 7-percent increase. Customers who use an average of 4,000 gallons a month, including reclaimed w...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Romano: A Tampa Bay

Romano: A Tampa Bay "superstar’’ caught in the crosshairs of Trump’s border policy

At this moment, she is Tampa Bay’s most influential export. A smart, accomplished and powerful attorney making life-altering decisions on an international stage.But what of tomorrow? And the day after?When the story of President Donald Trump’s border...
Published: 06/19/18
Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

Review: On ‘Everything Is Love,’ Beyonce and Jay-Z emerge from chaos defiant, triumphant

In 2016 Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, a culture-quaking song cycle about her troubled marriage to Jay-Z, and more broadly about the black female experience in America. It was her best and most meaningful work, and it was nominated for Album of the Year a...
Published: 06/19/18
Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

Rays journal: A 4-0 lead disappears in loss at Houston

HOUSTON — The Rays brought up several of their top prospects so they can get as much experience as possible.And Monday that included seeing how the relentless defending champion Astros worked their way back from an early four-run deficit to sco...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella pondered upside-down pitching in 2005

HOUSTON — Well before the idea of using a reliever to open games, as the Rays did against the Astros Monday for the 12th time, and then bringing in a starter was even a gleam in the eyes of the current Rays staff, former manager Lou Piniella wa...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

Nazi or not? Tattoo sparks Twitter storm over wounded New Port Richey veteran

The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is pushing back against a social media post implying that a combat-wounded New Port Richey veteran has a Nazi symbol tattooed on his arm.In a tweet Monday afternoon, ICE officials denied the vete...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Protests were held on both ends of Pinellas County on Monday in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum at the U.S. border."Children are not pawns," "No kids in cages" and "I would...
Updated: 8 hours ago