Monday, June 25, 2018
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Biden speaks of importance of immigration

Miami

Biden speaks of importance of immigration

Vice President Joe Biden extolled immigration as crucial to American innovation Saturday at a college graduation ceremony in South Florida. The Miami Dade College graduates from two campuses and their families, 2,000 strong, cheered as a procession of 39 flags from their home countries entered the gym and opened the program. Biden acknowledged that he was addressing many immigrants and the children and grandchildren of immigrants, many from South America and the Caribbean. He said a "constant, substantial stream of immigrants" is important to the American economy, urging citizenship for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. After the ceremony, Biden met privately with local Caribbean-American business leaders to discuss immigration issues.

Egypt

102 Brotherhood backers get prison

Reflecting the Egyptian judiciary's growing role in a crackdown against opponents of the interim government, a criminal court on Saturday sentenced 102 alleged supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to 10 years in prison. International rights groups and Western governments have declared themselves troubled by Egypt's use of mass trials in which defendants have little or no access to due process. Those sentenced Saturday were convicted of rioting and weapons possession.

Elsewhere

Detroit: General Motors is recalling 51,640 SUVs because the fuel gauges may show inaccurate readings. The recall involves the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia from the 2014 model year.

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Sinkhole leads Pasco authorities to call for evacuation of six homes

Sinkhole leads Pasco authorities to call for evacuation of six homes

MOON LAKE — A hole measuring 15 feet across and 10 feet deep appeared in the backyards of two homes on Monday, authorities said, leading them to call for the evacuation of six total homes.The depression appeared in two backyards in the 11790 block of...
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Deputies: 2-month-old drowned in tub after mother lost consciousness

Deputies: 2-month-old drowned in tub after mother lost consciousness

ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 2-month-old girl who drowned while taking a bath with her mother on Sunday. The baby’s mother suffered a medical episode that left her unconscious, deputies said.A ...
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‘This universe can end,’ said driver in video, now charged with mowing down bike family

‘This universe can end,’ said driver in video, now charged with mowing down bike family

TAMPA — Pedro Aguerreberry pedaled along New Tampa Boulevard on Sunday pulling his son Bennett in a trailer as his other son Lucas rode alongside them.As father and sons headed east on a paved bike path, a former star track and field athlete named Mi...
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Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Lightning makes qualifying offers to four restricted free agents

Three days after Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he hoped to re-sign all of the team's restricted free agents, the team issued qualifying offers to all four players, including forwards J.T. Miller and Cedric Paquette.By issuing the quali...
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For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

For starters: Rays vs. Nationals, with Snell looking to keep things rolling

UPDATE, 3:25: RHP Austin Pruitt was called up to replace Jonny Venters, who went on the DL with a hamstring strain.UPDATE, 2:55: The Rays indeed are giving INF Daniel Robertson his first start in the outfield tonight, and with Johnny Field sitting ou...
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USF athletic director search nearing its end

USF athletic director search nearing its end

TAMPA — The search for USF's next athletic director is nearing its end.Search committee chair William Sutton said he hopes to submit a candidate to president Judy Genshaft later this week with a hire likely coming by July 4. Sutton did not...
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Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances

Buzz Aldrin sues children, alleging misuse of his finances

ORLANDO — Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is suing two of his children and a former business manager, accusing them of misusing his credit cards, transferring money from an account and slandering him by saying he has dementia.Aldrin’s lawsuit filed ...
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Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay’s ‘Fabulous Sports Babe’ voted into National Radio Hall of Fame

Tampa Bay resident Nanci Donnellan, long known to radio listeners as "The Fabulous Sports Babe," has been voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.Donnellan,the first woman to ever host a nationally syndicated sports talk radio program,&#...
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Tuesday’s letters: Here’s what a legal immigrant went through to become a U.S. citizen

Trump says those who ‘invade’ shouldbe sent back | June 25How I becamea U.S. citizenI am a legal immigrant. I don’t know where this country went awry, but let me remind you of how legal immigration worked. In 1964 I applied for a visa at the U.S....
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With more floods, fear flows, too

With more floods, fear flows, too

OLD FORT, N.C. - Brian Gentry was certain his 33,000-pound truck would be fine as he headed out into the heavy rains here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But as he went to clear debris from a two-lane highway after more than a half-foot of rain, rocklik...
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