Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: HBO show 'Girls' makes strong case for modern TV

My idea of a new television show typically revolves around discovering an episode of Perry Mason I've never seen.

Everybody under the age of 30 just asked, "Who's Perry Mason?"

But my 24-year-old son has made it his mission to introduce me to 21st century TV. His latest triumph: getting me to watch Girls, an HBO show that features four of the most unlikable characters in the history of the medium.

And I couldn't wait to see the series finale Sunday night. Great writing and cool music highlight every episode, and while the four "girls" may not be likable, their flaws intrigue.

Youth may be wasted on the young, but it's bringing new perspectives to one old man set in his ways. …

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature remains set in its ways, even when amendments overwhelmingly approved by the populace direct them to change. Unlike Hannah Horvath of Girls, their flaws don't intrigue or entertain. They just frustrate. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I Don't Mind Straight People As Long As They Act Gay In Public. …

You may think you spent a long time waiting for April the giraffe to give birth, but keep in mind the gestation period for a giraffe is 13-15 months.

Now that's a long time. …

The Cross-Bay Ferry ends its six-month run on April 30. I'm making it my mission to get on board this week. …

My friend checked into a Martin County hospital with a lung infection last week and discovered one of his doctors was former Florida State safety Myron Rolle. He's an Alabama fan, but appreciated the Seminole's demeanor.

I guess that's "Rolle Tide."

That's all I'm saying.

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Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

BROOKSVILLE — A 17-year-old Hernando High School student was arrested Wednesday for threatening to shoot people at the school, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The student was serving a suspension at the time of the incident, deputie...
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Details emerge in fiery crash that killed prominent Moffitt doctor

TEMPLE TERRACE — Investigators say an orange Dodge Charger was moving about 90 mph when it ran a red light and broadsided a prominent doctor’s car last month on Fowler Avenue. The impact caused Dr. Charles Canaan Williams’ Acura to...
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Live blog: News, analysis, photos, more from the NFL draft

Live blog: News, analysis, photos, more from the NFL draft

Whether you're a fan of the Bucs, Gators, Seminoles, 'Canes or Bulls, you'll want to follow our live coverage of the 2018 NFL draft today through Saturday in Arlington, Tex. We'll have live news, commentary, photos, videos, stories and more, so come...
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St. Pete police: Man who stole car with baby inside arrested

St. Pete police: Man who stole car with baby inside arrested

ST. PETERSBURG — A man accused of stealing a car with a baby inside earlier this week was arrested Thursday morning when officers spotted him in another stolen car, according to St. Petersburg police.Rashad Webb, 19, was arrested at about 2 a.m. afte...
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Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

Long wait at Wingstop ends in brawl, hot oil and second degree burns

TAMPA — A customer visited Wingstop on Sunday night to pick up his order. What happened next was off-menu:Robert Williams said he suffered second-degree burns on his back and legs after a Wingstop employee threw hot oil on him during a scuffle.Willia...
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Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

Amazon raising price of annual Prime membership to $119

NEW YORK — Amazon is raising the price of its annual Prime membership fee by 20 percent starting next month. The company said Thursday that Prime members in the U.S. will now pay $119 a year, up from $99, starting May 11 for new members. The new pric...
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Column: What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

Column: What Democrats can learn from Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump don’t agree on much. Macron is a globalist; Trump is a nationalist. Macron is a free-trader; Trump just imposed protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum. Macron wants the United States to remain in Syria;...
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For starters: Rays at Orioles, looking to make it a six-pack of W’s

For starters: Rays at Orioles, looking to make it a six-pack of W’s

UPDATE, 6:05: LHP Jonny Venters said he was touched and a bit overwhelmed by all the people the reached out to congratulate him on his return to the majors for the first time since 2012. … Cash said Matt Duffy (right hamstring strain) is set to...
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Bret Stephens: Bush 41, Trump, and American decline

Bret Stephens: Bush 41, Trump, and American decline

George H.W. Bush once vomited on the prime minister of Japan. It was a mortifying but innocent incident, the result of a nasty stomach bug. Donald Trump has spent the past couple of days effectively doing likewise on France’s Emmanuel Macron.What’s T...
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Editorial: It’s up to Florida’s voters to restore felons’ civil rights now

The disappointing ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court should erase any doubt that the decision on restoring voting rights for felons rests solely on the conscience of Florida voters. A tortured ruling by the minimum majority of a three-judge ...
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