Saturday, January 20, 2018
News Roundup

'Cowboy' Jack Clement, country music legend, dies at 82

"Cowboy" Jack Clement, 82, who became one of the most influential backstage forces in country and rock music by producing artists ranging from Johnny Cash to U2 and by helping discover performers such as Jerry Lee Lewis and groundbreaking black country star Charley Pride, died of liver cancer on Thursday in Nashville. He was scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.

Cosmo Allegretti, 86, the actor and puppeteer who performed as a menagerie of plush characters on the CBS children's show Captain Kangaroo, died on July 26 in Phoenix. He commanded puppets like Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose, and played Dancing Bear and Grandfather Clock.

John Palmer, 77, a longtime NBC News correspondent who was news anchor of Today in the 1980s, died of pulmonary fibrosis on Aug. 3 in Washington. His best-remembered scoop concerned the aborted U.S. mission in 1980 to rescue American hostages in Iran.

Julius L. Chambers, 76, a civil rights lawyer who endured firebombings of his house, office and car in winning case after case against racial segregation, including one that led to a landmark Supreme Court decision allowing forced busing, died of heart disease on Aug. 2 in Charlotte, N.C.

George Duke, 67, a Grammy-winning keyboardist and one of the pioneers of the jazz-fusion movement that merged jazz, rock and funk in the 1960s and '70s, died of chronic lymphocytic leukemia on Monday in Los Angeles. He collaborated with a range of musicians, including Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Barry Manilow, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams.

John Woodward, 81, who became Britain's most acclaimed naval officer since World War II when he commanded the Royal Navy battle group sent to retake the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic after they were seized by Argentina in 1982, died on Aug. 4 in Bosham, West Sussex.

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Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Diver drowns in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

Diver drowns in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

Forecast: Tampa Bay’s bitter cold snap is finally over

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Updated: 9 hours ago

Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — A bicyclist is dead after he was hit by a car just before 10 a.m. Saturday morning, police said.Police were still investigating the crash in the 8700 block of 49th Street N late Saturday morning.Police shut down northbound 49th Street...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Motorcyclist crashes into Subaru while trying to flee Pinellas deputies

CLEARWATER — A 21-year-old fleeing from deputies on a motorcycle crashed into car while speeding away from a cruiser Friday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Michael Brown, of Clearwater, was recklessly driving his 2016...
Updated: 9 hours ago

Clearwater man in critical condition after medical episode while driving

DUNEDIN — A 60-year-old Clearwater man who likely had a medical episode while driving is now in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after rolling over his car, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. A Largo police off...
Updated: 9 hours ago
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

Editorial: Too soon for Tampa Bay to settle for buses over light rail

The good news on the transportation front is that Tampa Bay’s government and business leaders are working together like never before to connect the region’s largest cities, attractions and employment centers with a more robust mass transit system. Th...
Published: 01/20/18

Scott appoints prosecutor, Clearwater lawyer to Pinellas-Pasco judicial vacancies

Gov. Rick Scott appointed two Tampa Bay lawyers to fill judicial vacancies in the Pinellas-Pasco circuit, his office announced Friday.Christopher LaBruzzo, 42, is an assistant state attorney at the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office. A Tulane Uni...
Updated: 22 minutes ago