Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Bebo Valdes, renowned Cuban pianist and composer, dies at 94

Bebo Valdes, 94, the renowned Cuban pianist who was a composer and bandleader, recorded with Nat "King" Cole and was musical director at Havana's legendary Tropicana Club, died of pneumonia on March 22 in Stockholm, Sweden. Leery of the Castro regime, he left Cuba in 1960. In recent years he won three Grammy Awards and six Latin Grammys.

Booth Gardner, 76, a two-term governor of Washington state whose diagnosis with Parkinson's disease after he left office helped motivate him to lead a successful voter initiative to allow physician-assisted suicide, died on March 15 in Tacoma.

Rise Stevens, 99, the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano who had a 23-year career with the Metropolitan Opera, where she practically owned the role of Carmen during the 1940s and '50s, died on March 20 in New York. She brought opera to millions of Americans through her performances on the radio.

James M. Nabrit III, 80, a civil rights lawyer who fought school segregation in cases he argued before the Supreme Court and helped ensure that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., was allowed to go forward, died of lung cancer on March 22 in Bethesda, Md.

Ian M. Ross, 85, who helped perfect the transistor and calculate whether the moon's surface could support a spaceship's weight, and then went on to lead Bell Laboratories, the legendary fount of technological marvels and Nobel Prize winners, died on March 10 in New Smyrna Beach.

Olen Burrage, 82, a Ku Klux Klan member who owned the Mississippi farm where the bodies of slain civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were found in 1964, died on March 15 in Meridian, Miss. He was acquitted of federal charges of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the trio.

Bobbie Smith, 76, whose mellifluous vocals helped make the Spinners one of the leading soul acts of the 1970s, died of complications from pneumonia and influenza on March 16 in Orlando. His voice was out front on a number of the Spinners' biggest hits, including Could It Be I'm Falling in Love, I'll Be Around, Games People Play and the Dionne Warwick duet Then Came You.

James Herbert, 69, a British novelist who wrote supernatural thrillers and horror stories and whose menagerie of marauding rats, serial killers, evil spirits, ghosts and ghost hunters filled books that sold millions of copies and frightened readers around the world, died on March 20 in Sussex, England.

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FDLE: Pasco couple scammed elderly employer out of $480,000

TAMPA — A Pasco County couple face dozens of charges after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said they stole more than $480,000 from their elderly employer.Chet Alan Ragsdale, 45, faces 28 counts of grand theft, 25 counts of forgery, 25 count...
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Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer last week asked people on Twitter to tweet a photo at them of toppings on their new hot dogs — which the company described as "improved."The payoff? A year’s supply of hot dogs hand-delivered by none other than the iconic Wienermobile. re...
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GasBuddy predicts plunge in summer travel, blames gas prices

GasBuddy predicts plunge in summer travel, blames gas prices

At least one gas price tracker expects rising fuel prices to sharply curtail summer travel. "For all those that have said summer travel will be unaffected by high gas prices, we offer thousands of respondents who have strongly indicated that’s not tr...
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Live blog: Lightning has chance to clinch series in Game 6

Live blog: Lightning has chance to clinch series in Game 6

Follow our live coverage of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals.We'll have updates, analysis, photos, video and more on and off the ice from Times reporters, editors, sports columnists and photo journa...
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State softball: Scouting the Land O’Lakes vs. Clay semifinal

State softball: Scouting the Land O’Lakes vs. Clay semifinal

Land O’Lakes (24-6) vs. Clay (18-12)When/where: 11:05 a.m. Tuesday at Historic Dodgertown, Vero BeachHow they got thereLand O'Lakes defeated Robinson 4-2, defeated River Ridge 5-0, defeated Crystal River 3-0Clay defeated Paxson 4-1, defeated Ri...
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Company that spilled fertilizer at Tampa port says not as much hit the water

Company that spilled fertilizer at Tampa port says not as much hit the water

The company that on Friday reported spilling 2 tons of fertilizer into a channel feeding into Tampa Bay says now that the amount was far smaller — 200 pounds, at most.Both Kinder Morgan, which spilled the fertilizer, and the state Department of Envir...
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State softball: Academy at the Lake romps in long-awaited semifinal

State softball: Academy at the Lake romps in long-awaited semifinal

VERO BEACH — On a day when the weather at the state softball tournament finally said yes, Academy at the Lakes pitcher Alexis Kilfoyl said no to Lake Worth Christian.The hard-throwing right-hander fired a no-hitter in a Class 2A semifinal Monday morn...
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Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Former Admiral Farragut star Craig Watts leaves USF

Bulls redshirt sophomore DB Craig Watts Jr., who practiced behind starting nickel back Ronnie Hoggins this past spring, has transferred to Division II Valdosta State, his father confirmed Monday.Watts, deemed a four-star prospect by at least four maj...
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