Thursday, April 26, 2018
News Roundup

Neil Armstrong recovering from heart surgery

Columbus, Ohio

neil armstrong undergoes heart surgery

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was recovering Wednesday from heart surgery, days after turning 82. It wasn't clear where the surgery occurred or where Armstrong was recuperating. A NASA spokesman who talked to Armstrong's wife, Carol, said only that the former astronaut was recovering Wednesday. His birthday was Sunday.

Washington

Obama opposes Scouts' gay ban

The White House says President Barack Obama, who is honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America, opposes the organization's policy of excluding gays as members and adult leaders. The Boy Scouts say they respect Obama's opinion and think "good people" can disagree on the subject and still work together to "accomplish the common good."

manila, philippines

Rain, evacuations prolong misery

A fresh deluge forced more evacuations along fast-rising rivers in the Philippine capital today as the city and surrounding areas struggled to deal with widespread flooding from nearly two weeks of relentless rains. The number of displaced was rising, to nearly 300,000 in some 500 evacuation centers. Rescuers in rubber boats floated down flooded streets to reach of residents marooned in submerged houses. At least 23 people have died since Sunday.

Hefei, China

Murder trial starts for politician's wife

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai went on trial today on murder charges. Gu Kailai and a household aide are accused of poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood in November in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, where Bo was party chief until his ouster in the spring.

New York

Evidence sought in Etan Patz case

A police evidence unit brought out several large paper bags Wednesday from the basement where the man charged in the 1979 murder of Etan Patz says he killed the boy. Officers spent about six hours at the address where Pedro Hernandez worked as a stock clerk in a bodega. A manager at a nearby store said he heard jackhammering that sounded as if it was coming from the basement. Officers would not discuss what was in the bags. The disappearance of Etan, 6, set off a search lasting decades.

Woburn, Mass.

Skater Kerrigan's brother denied jail

A judge on Wednesday denied a request by ice skater Nancy Kerrigan's brother to serve the last four months of an assault sentence rather than comply with the conditions of his probation. Mark Kerrigan, 47, asked Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman to return him to jail to finish his 2 1/2-year sentence for assault and battery in the 2010 death of his father. His lawyer told Tuttman the terms of his probation — which include anger management classes and alcohol and mental health counseling — were too much of a financial burden.

Elsewhere

Milwaukee: Wade Michael Page, the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple Sunday, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after he was wounded in the stomach by police gunfire, the FBI disclosed Wednesday.

Times wires

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Softball: River Ridge shuts out rival Land O’Lakes

NEW PORT RICHEY — River Ridge coach Kurt Goluba must have known his team was ready to win its first district championship since 2015, as they got shirts that read "TBTT."Take back the title.That's exactly what the Royal Knights (...
Updated: 3 minutes ago
Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

TAMPA — Vita Vea loves to tell the story about the trip he took to French Polynesia with some University of Washington students and the group coming upon some enormous rocks."So over there, their strongman competition is they have a tradition w...
Updated: 6 minutes ago

Softball: Consistency returns to Newsome’s pitching plan

LITHIA — Through two innings of Thursday's Class 9A, District 8 championship, Newsome coach Autumn Dunn had seen this script before.Freshman pitcher Kaitlyn Felton wasn't laboring. But Alonso had put the leadoff batter on base in both innings. ...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

Another reason the Bucs took defensive tackle Vita Vea at No. 12

TAMPA — The selection of Vita Vea is a move the Bucs made for the present and the future. While Gerald McCoy remains a dominant defensive tackle, he turned 30 in February and is due to make $12.3 million this season and $13 million in...
Updated: 13 minutes ago

Softball: Freedom wins first Class 8A, District 4 title

PLANT CITY — Freedom went on a charmed run to reach the state semifinals in 2013.It was the last time the Patriots made the playoffs.On Thursday, they returned to the postseason, this time by taking their first district title.Better still,...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
After 9-5 win, Rays head back to Boston a different team: Here’s why

After 9-5 win, Rays head back to Boston a different team: Here’s why

BALTIMORE — When the Rays last saw Boston, they were trudging out of Fenway Park after a sweep by the Red Sox that left them with a 1-8 record that marked a very low point in their young season.They'll be back at Fenway Friday night, and riding...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

High school scoreboard for April 26

Thursday’s scoreboardBaseballPCAC Championship: Northeast 6, Dunedin 5SoftballClass 3A, District 5 Semifinal: Admiral Farragut 10, Indian Rocks Chr. 0Boys TennisClass 3A, District 9-10 Final: Osceola 4, Braden River 2Girls TennisClass 3A, District 9-...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NFL draft: Florida Gators’ Taven Bryan goes to Jaguars at No. 29

NFL draft: Florida Gators’ Taven Bryan goes to Jaguars at No. 29

Former Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan gave the Gators a first-round pick for the sixth consecutive year, after being drafted by the Jaguars at No. 29 overall.The 6-foot-4, 291-pound Wyoming native was one of the most talented players in the dr...
Updated: 1 hour ago
So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

BALTIMORE — LHP Jonny Venters ran through some pretty good emotions Wednesday night when after battling through a series of elbow injuries, he made it back into a major-league game for the first since 2012 — with a four-pitch out and a ga...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in th...
Updated: 1 hour ago