Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix will abdicate throne

Dutch queen will abdicate throne

Queen Beatrix, who has ruled over the Netherlands for nearly 33 years, said Monday that she was abdicating to make way for her eldest son, Willem-Alexander. Her last day as head of state will be April 30, when 45-year-old Willem-Alexander will be sworn in as king — the first time the Netherlands will have a male monarch in more than a century. Observers of the Dutch Royal House have long anticipated the abdication of the aging monarch, who will turn 75 this week. The monarchy is largely ceremonial.

Secret Service dog dies in fall

The Secret Service said one of its canines fell to its death at a New Orleans fundraiser where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking. The bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois was doing a security sweep Saturday of a parking garage next to the Ritz-Carlton, were Biden was attending a fundraiser for Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Secret Service said Monday. Agents rushed the dog to an animal hospital, but veterinarians were unable to revive it, according to WWL-TV.

Times wires

By the numbers

$1.7M

The value of the newly established Tang Prize, which will be awarded every other year for outstanding achievements in four categories: biopharmaceutical science, sustainable development, the study of China and the rule of law. The prize is funded by Taiwanese tycoon Samuel Yin and named for China's Tang Dynasty.

$1.2M

The value of the Nobel Prize, which the new prize aims to emulate, but in different fields.

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Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

Eakins: New ‘achievement zone’ would lift struggling schools

TAMPA — Hillsborough County school superintendent Jeff Eakins is preparing to reorganize his cabinet — for the third time since 2015 — in an effort to coordinate programs at the district’s highest-needs schools.In an interview this week, Eakins descr...
Updated: 10 minutes ago

Woman attacks door of special needs bus with kids inside, curses at driver, deputies say

TOWN ‘N COUNTY — In an apparent fit of anger, a woman banged on a special needs bus door until it cracked. Children were inside and may have heard the string of profanities she shouted at the bus driver, deputies said.Now the detectives want her to p...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
St. Pete says wastewater spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

St. Pete says wastewater spill never reached the bay. Its own report says otherwise.

ST. PETERSBURG — The city said not one of the 266,000 gallons of reclaimed water released on Jan. 18 reached Tampa Bay.There was no mention of the waste released from the Northeast Water Reclamation Facility ever reaching the bay in the city’s notice...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Rays DFA Brandon Snyder to activate Brad Miller

Rays DFA Brandon Snyder to activate Brad Miller

The Rays activated INF Brad Miller off the DL for Friday's game.Miller had been out 11 days due to a groin strain.To make room on the roster, they DFA'd INF/OF Brandon Snyder, who was called up on Tuesday.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

Carlton: Mayor’s race: plot twists, meteoric rises, candidate implosions. It’s what we do in Tampa.

The one thing you can say for sure about electing a mayor in Tampa is you can’t really say anything for sure. Historical proof: A couple of elections ago, Harvard-educated hometown-boy-gone-to-Washington Frank Sanchez was going to be our next ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Suspect in Gilchrist deputies’ slayings has Tampa Bay ties

Suspect in Gilchrist deputies’ slayings has Tampa Bay ties

The man identified as the suspect who fatally shot two Gilchrist County deputies in a restaurant Thursday afternoon before taking his own life has ties to the Tampa Bay area.Deputies say John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell — who was found dead outside ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

Rowdies prepared to press on without defender David Najem

SAINT PETERSBURG — When describing the loss of defender David Najem, Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell and the player who will replace Najem chose the same word.Gutted.That settled over the Rowdies last weekend, one that was bad enough based o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Authorities say motive in deputy killings may never be known

Authorities say motive in deputy killings may never be known

TRENTON — Investigators in Florida say they may never know why a man - a recluse from a rural farm community who rarely ventured into town - killed two sheriff’s deputies while they sat in a Chinese restaurant. John Hubert Highnote, 58, of Bell casua...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Shaquem Griffin is about to join a long line of NFL draft picks from Lakewood

Shaquem Griffin is about to join a long line of NFL draft picks from Lakewood

ST. PETERSBURG — Former Lakewood High coach Brian Bruch started each season with the same spiel. He cautioned his players about not becoming obsessed with a professional football career, reciting statistics to emphasize the difficult the odds o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Producer and DJ Avicii has been found dead

Producer and DJ Avicii has been found dead

Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out concerts for feverish fans around the world and also had massive success on U.S. pop radio, died Friday. He was 28. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the Swedish per...
Updated: 1 hour ago