Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Clear Channel ousts Sileo but coddles bigger offender

Clear Channel Communications terminated WDAE-AM 620 sports host Dan Sileo after he made an unfortunate reference to potential Bucs free agents as "those three monkeys," but I'm bothered Clear Channel comes across as some kind of arbiter of political correctness.

Sileo's departure probably runs deeper because of comments he made in 2009 that strained his relationship with the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs. Clear Channel broadcasts Bucs games, and needs to protect its relationship with the team. But because it offered no details about Sileo's dismissal, the timing unfairly stained his reputation and laughably makes the company that airs Rush Limbaugh come across as sensitive and caring. What a joke. Allowing a conciliatory Sileo to spend an hour or two interviewing experts about race and stereotypes in sports could have resulted in a teachable moment for all. Instead, we got a whitewashing that solved nothing. …

If Gov. Rick Scott applies the same standards he used to kill high-speed rail, he can't help but veto the $36 million the Legislature set aside for the proposed Heartland Parkway. Besides, most people in Lakeland want a faster way to get to Tampa or Orlando, not Naples. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Curiosity Killed The Cat, But For A While I Was A Suspect. …

Overall, I like the idea of Clearwater High implementing a dress code, but I have to object to the ban on concert T-shirts. When I was a teen, those T-shirts with "Sold Out" emblazoned over the dates were cool. …

For one instant, dollar signs dance in your head. Then you realize it's a scam. Sending texts that say, "You've won a $1,000 gift card" should be criminal.

That's all I'm saying.

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Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

As former teammates with the Rays and throughout baseball share thoughts and prayers, RHP Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" in a Chicago hospital after suffering a hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurysm on Friday.The White Sox on Monday released th...
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High school scoreboard for April 23

Monday’s scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 10, Citrus Park Christian 0Northeast 12, Countryside 5
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Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

TAMPA — A 68-year-old man was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge, according to Tampa police.Officers took James Leon Jackson into custody at 2712 W Nassau St. in west Tampa at about 1 p.m. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Friday....
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A new museum will honor America’s lynching victims, including those killed in Tampa Bay

A new museum will honor America’s lynching victims, including those killed in Tampa Bay

In May 1914, a Hernando County grand jury decided not to indict John Davis, a black man accused of attempting to assault a white woman in a hotel. But days after he was released from the Citrus County jail, Davis’s body was found beaten with a ...
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Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

Alex Cobb and Logan Morrison have ex-Ray vision. Here’s what they see.

ST. PETERSBURG — Absolutely, Alex Cobb was saying over the phone, it's going to be weird pitching Tuesday against the Rays.The organization that he owes so much for rearing him since high school, standing by him through assorted injuries, enabl...
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Waffle House slaying suspect arrested; veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant; more in U.S. news

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested; veteran receives world’s most extensive penis transplant; more in U.S. news

TennesseeWaffle House slaying suspect arrestedThe mentally unstable white gunman suspected of killing four people and wounding more at a diverse Nashville Waffle House was arrested near his apartment Monday, authorities said. Police and federal agent...
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Armenia’s leader quits amid protests; van driver kills 10 in Toronto; more in world news

Armenia’s leader quits amid protests; van driver kills 10 in Toronto; more in world news

ArmeniaLeader quits: ‘I was wrong’Ten days of demonstrations forced the resignation Monday of the man who has led post-Soviet Armenia since 2008. The unexpected resignation prompted the jubilation of tens of thousands in capital Yerevan’s Republic Sq...
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Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

TAMPA — The 1-month-old infant reported missing Monday was found hours later about 300 miles north in Quincy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Sage Cooper was reported to be unharmed, officials said, and Gadsden County sheriff’s ...
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Saudi-led airstrike at Yemen wedding killed at least 20

SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people including the bride, health officials said Monday, as harrowing images emerged on social media of the deadly bombing, the third t...
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