Wednesday, January 24, 2018
News Roundup

Astronomers find blue planet outside solar system

By the numbers

5 Percent of U.S. high school sophomores who in 2012 said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the previous 30 days, according to a report by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

18 Percent of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The report said the numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the reports began.

A first for a planet far, far away

Astronomers have for the first time managed to determine the color of a planet outside our solar system — a blue gas giant 63 light-years away. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team said the planet known as HD 189733B would look like a deep blue dot if viewed up close. "Measuring the planet's color is a real first — we have never managed it before with a planet outside our own solar system," Frederic Pont of the University of Exeter in England said Friday. Discovered in 2005, the planet belongs to a class of giant gas planets called "hot Jupiters" that orbit close to their stars.

Ruling stands: Firing not bias

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he had grown too attracted to her and worried he would try to start an extramarital affair, the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed Friday in its second crack at the controversial case. Coming to the same outcome as it did in December, but clarifying its rationale, the court found that bosses can fire employees that they and their spouses see as threats to their marriages. The court said such firings do not count as sex discrimination because they're motivated by feelings, not gender. The ruling upholds the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed by Melissa Nelson against James Knight of Fort Dodge. The married mother of two had worked for Knight for 10 years.

Saudi princess free on $5M bail

A Saudi princess charged with human trafficking was freed after her country's consulate posted her $5 million bail, but authorities imposed strict travel requirements and GPS tracking to keep her in Southern California, Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Friday. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested Wednesday after a Kenyan woman who worked for her as a maid in Irvine alleged she was held against her will and forced to toil long hours for meager pay.

Associated Press

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Sheriff: Two dead, one seriously injured in Hernando shooting

BROOKSVILLE — A suspect is in custody after a fatal shooting and standoff in Brooksville on Tuesday night.During a news conference Tuesday night, Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said two people were found dead in a house on Azen Loop, in the Hill...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
The Daystarter: Prepare for Carmageddon II in Tampa; own a piece of St. Pete history; and yeah a bunch more stories about Gasparilla

The Daystarter: Prepare for Carmageddon II in Tampa; own a piece of St. Pete history; and yeah a bunch more stories about Gasparilla

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• It’s jacket weather this morning, but temperatures should warm up pleasantly, to the upper 60s, according to 10Weather WTSP. And we’re tracking the weather ahead of Gasparill...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Changing the shape of food

Changing the shape of food

Diners began with a warm hand towel sprayed lightly with a subtle lavender fragrance, a way to wake up the palate. From there, guests were presented with a white enamel spoon, an "amuse bouche" of blood orange sorbet, sweet and tangy.This was not lun...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Dan Ruth: Autopsy On A Stick? Six Feet Under Souffle? Welcome to the state fair!

Dan Ruth: Autopsy On A Stick? Six Feet Under Souffle? Welcome to the state fair!

Well it’s that time of year again, the arrival of the Florida State Fair, or as it might otherwise be known — the yearly gastronomical death march.As always, the fair, which runs from Feb. 8-19, will feature the usual assortment of thrill rides, carn...
Published: 01/24/18
Real, homemade lasagna is worth every minute of your time in the kitchen

Real, homemade lasagna is worth every minute of your time in the kitchen

I grew up on my mom’s lasagna alla Bolognese, composed of emerald green spinach noodles layered with robust ground meat sauce and creamy bechamel. To many Italian food lovers, this is the ideal against which all others are measured. But the world of ...
Published: 01/24/18
Lightning beats Predators in overtime

Lightning beats Predators in overtime

NASHVILLE — Steven Stamkos’ celebration said it all.The Lightning captain delivered an emphatic fist pump after his rocket one-timer clanked in off the crossbar, tying the score with just over two minutes left at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night. T...
Updated: 6 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 23

Tuesday’s scoreboardBoys basketballBoca Ciega 55, Canterbury 53Girls basketballBoca Ciega 65, Largo 19
Updated: 7 hours ago

Hernando sheriff: Shooter injures three; in standoff with SWAT

BROOKSVILLE — A shooter was on the loose Tuesday night after injuring three victims, according to Hernando Sheriff Al Nienhuis.The sheriff would not say if there were any fatalities.The Sheriff’s Office received a report about the at about 9 p.m. Dep...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Updated: 7 hours ago
Sheriff: Pasco man planned, then carried out neighbor’s execution

Sheriff: Pasco man planned, then carried out neighbor’s execution

HOLIDAY — A neighborhood dispute ended in gunfire when one neighbor executed another on Tuesday, deputies said, as the victim kneeled in his own front yard begging for his life.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the execution, which took place ju...
Updated: 7 hours ago