Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

N.Y. Sept. 11 museum will open in May

N.Y. Sept. 11 museum will open in May

A long-awaited museum dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will open to the public at the World Trade Center site in New York on May 21, officials announced Monday. The opening will follow a May 15 ceremony and a six-day dedication period during which the museum will be open round the clock for Sept. 11 family members, rescue and recovery workers and others directly affected by the 2001 attacks, said Joe Daniels, president of the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. "This is a major milestone," Daniels said. "It's just a very real marker of the rebirth of the World Trade Center."

Christian group alters same-sex rule

The prominent Christian relief agency World Vision said Monday that it will hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, a policy change on one of the most divisive social issues facing religious groups. Richard Stearns, president of the international humanitarian relief group, announced the hiring change for the United States in a letter to staff. Stearns said the World Vision board had prayed for years about how to handle the issue as Christian denominations took different stands on recognizing same-sex relationships.

15 flamingos killed at night in zoo

German police are hunting a killer responsible for the death of 15 Chilean flamingos at Frankfurt Zoo, some of which were beheaded as they slept. The culprit, or culprits, struck twice, both times at night. Keepers found nine of the long-necked, pink birds dead in their enclosure on Friday, and another six Saturday. Zoo director Manfred Niekisch said Monday that the killer could have been human, but bite marks indicated a fox might also have attacked the animals, though they may have already been dead when that happened.

By the numbers

18,107 Boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold in a seven-week sales period by sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City, a new record. The previous mark was about 18,000, set one year in the 1980s.

Associated Press

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Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

Hundreds mourn Durant High athlete killed at Brandon gas station

PLANT CITY — Many remembered Durant High School football player Grover Wills, 18, for his talent on the field, but almost as many remembered his penchant for bursting into dance and song. After practice or on team trips, Wills would mesmerize those a...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

Hernando County Commissioner arrested on prostitution charges

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested midday Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on multiple prostitution charges.Nicholson was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on one count of operat...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Child, 3, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Child, 3, hospitalized after being found in New Port Richey pond

Deputies said they were dispatched to a pond behind a home in the 4700 block of Crestknoll Drive on Thursday afternoon.It appeared the child wandered off and that the incident was accidental, deputies said. An adult caretaker was watching the child, ...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

Tech Data names Rich Hume to take over as CEO

CLEARWATER — A longtime IBM executive is becoming the new leader of Tampa Bay’s largest public company. Tech Data announced Richard "Rich" Hume as its new CEO effective June 6. Hume joined Tech Data two years ago and is currently the chief operating ...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg police remove disabled adults from ‘deplorable’ assisted living facilities

St. Petersburg Police on Thursday closed two assisted living facilities, citing "deplorable conditions," including no running water. The facilities are run by Tampa Bay Behavioral Health, located at 3434 Second Ave. S and 3418 Second Ave. S, accordin...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275 in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver from Pinellas Park walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevy Camero along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he lo...
Updated: 29 minutes ago
Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

Bay area has ‘hit show’ again, thanks to USF

For the first time since its season commenced, the USF baseball team enters a weekend as the Bulls' feature sports attraction.Basketball ended last month, and spring football ended last Saturday, meaning would-be baseball fans no longer have reason t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

The Mallex Smith effect can take effect for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG — Mallex Smith has style.Effervescent personality. Pop culture hipness. Sense of fashion with accoutrements.Now the Rays are going to find out if he has game.More specifically, enough game to be a front-line outfielder, even an i...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Column: Some facts and figures you might not know about civil rights restoration in Florida

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LA Fitness tones up Hillsborough location

LA Fitness tones up Hillsborough location

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Updated: 1 hour ago