Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas' light-rail system gaining traction, momentum

Greenlight Pinellas' civic committee expects Thursday to endorse the latest transit improvements proposed for the county.

The vote will signal that the movement enjoys support from everyday citizens and that the conversation is gaining traction. Detractors will continue to beat the naysaying drum, but true leadership never achieves without enduring. Fire forges steel. …

Speaking of proposed transit routes, if Pinellas ends up with a light-rail system that eventually connects to Tampa International Airport, doesn't that mean the best location for a new baseball stadium would be next to the proposed line in Carillon?

Fans are more apt to flock to the game if they can take a train. Just ask the folks in Washington, Chicago and Boston. …

As for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig stating the league may intervene in Tampa Bay Rays stadium talks, officials should welcome his attention without succumbing to threats the team will move.

Ultimately, we need a thoughtful solution palatable to taxpayers and MLB. I'll be sadder than sad if they become the New Jersey Rays, but they can still reside in our hearts while we focus on greater community issues. …

Seen on a T-shirt: To-do list. 1. Wake up; 2. Be Amazing; 3. Go To Sleep. …

J.C. Penney is imploring students to dress their best on the first day of school, but when I was a kid, you saved your new stuff for Week 2. I always went nonchalant at Godby High with my classic "Henry's Meats" T-shirt and some baggy gray pants.

My 11-year-old daughter declined this sage advice without comment and simply continued shopping Saturday. Sigh.

That's all I'm saying.

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Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

Deputies: Plant City man stabbed to death during argument Saturday

PLANT CITY — A man died Saturday night after he was stabbed by another man inside his own home, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Moses Wilson, 49, got into an argument with James Michael Meeks, 23, both of whom live at 4308 James...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect ‘going to explode’

WASHINGTON — A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and j...
Updated: 1 hour ago
3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Severe thunderstorms spawned suspected tornadoes and triggered widespread flooding that left at least three people dead in Kentucky and Arkansas. The system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian maritime provinces on Sunday ha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

‘Filled with rage’: How a scrawny misfit turned into Florida’s worst school shooter

He was chronically depressed, beguiled by firearms and violence, an oddball ostracized by peers and prone to angry outbursts.He experienced, in rapid succession, blows of the sort that can send a disturbed, isolated young man hurtling into a spiral o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Published: 02/24/18
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Published: 02/24/18

boca ratonState lawmakerencourages Scott to remove sheriffA lawmaker is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to remove Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel from office after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In a letter sent to ...
Published: 02/24/18

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Published: 02/24/18

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
Published: 02/24/18
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
Published: 02/24/18