Thursday, February 22, 2018
News Roundup

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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Polk deputies seek Pinellas man accused of pushing woman from speeding car

Polk deputies seek Pinellas man accused of pushing woman from speeding car

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said an arrest warrant was issued for a Pinellas County man accused of beating and pushing a woman from a speeding car.The incident took place on Feb. 17, the Sheriff’s Office said. Remond Brown II, 26, was traveling ...
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V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

V.M. Ybor: That’s not cigar smoke you’re smelling

TAMPA — Across Interstate 4 from Ybor City’s nightlife another part of the historic neighborhood has an odor less nostalgic — and much less pleasant — than cigar smoke and roasting coffee beans.V.M. Ybor, named after the Spaniard who founded the city...
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Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

Dunedin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash

OLDSMAR — A 37-year-old Dunedin man was seriously injured in a high-speed motorcycle crash early Thursday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies said Justin Kaune was riding southbound on Bayside Boulevard around 2:30 a.m...
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Police seek machete-wielding suspect in Plant City robbery

Police seek machete-wielding suspect in Plant City robbery

PLANT CITY — Police are searching for a man armed with a machete accused of robbing a convenience store on Tuesday.The man arrived at the Circle K convenience store station at 1514 Alexander St. S at about 2:50 a.m. and demanded money from store empl...
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Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

Clearwater police chief forms special unit for repeat offenders

CLEARWATER — Police Chief Dan Slaughter started this month a new unit to target repeat offenders and nuisance properties.The Special Enforcement Unit consists of six police officers and a sergeant from within the department to focus on the small grou...
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Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

Jolley Trolley offers free rides to Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER — Spring break kicked off this week with a program offering free rides on the Jolley Trolley between downtown and Clearwater Beach until April 29.The Park N Ride service will pick up riders at two lots downtown every 15 minutes and drop th...
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Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

Ruth Eckerd Hall asks Clearwater for $3 million toward renovations

CLEARWATER — Ruth Eckerd Hall is requesting a $3 million grant from the city to help complete the $21 million renovation of its facility on McMullen Booth Road.The Expanding the Experience project began in 2015 with a renovation of the Murray Theatre...
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Tip leads police to find body inside van in Walmart parking lot

Tip leads police to find body inside van in Walmart parking lot

TARPON SPRINGS — Police are conducting a death investigation after a body was found Thursday in a van at a Walmart parking lot.Officers were dispatched to the store at about 1:30 p.m. when an employee reported that an older-model, white Ford E-150 va...
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New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans

New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans

That startling statistic is among the findings of a unique, high-tech collaboration that is providing a massive amount of new data about global fishing operations. The results, published Thursday in the journal Science, offer a powerful glimpse of th...
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