Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

Delbert Tibbs, who left death row and fought against it, dies at 74

Delbert Tibbs, 74, who in 1974 received a death sentence after he was convicted in Florida of a rape and a murder that he had nothing to do with, but was freed in 1977 when the state Supreme Court reversed his convictions, died of cancer Nov. 23 in Chicago. The case was a cause celebre. Folk singer Pete Seeger wrote a song about him and activist Angela Davis raised money for his defense. He later campaigned to end capital punishment.

Eleanor Parker, 91, who was nominated three times for a best-actress Oscar but whose best-known role was a supporting one, as the marriage-minded baroness in The Sound of Music, died of pneumonia Monday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was called "the woman of a thousand faces" for the range of her roles.

Colin Wilson, 82, a self-educated English writer who at age 24 in 1956 shot to international acclaim with his first book, The Outsider, an erudite meditation on existentialism, alienation and creativity, but who incurred critical disdain for later books about murder, sexual deviance and the occult, died of pneumonia Dec. 5 in Cornwall, England.

Jim Hall, 83, one of the leading jazz guitarists of his generation, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died of heart failure Tuesday in New York.

Joseph Napolitan, 84, a campaign consultant whose use of polling and media advertising heralded the rise of independent strategists over party organizations, died Dec. 2 in Agawam, Mass. He worked for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1960 and Lyndon B. Johnson's in 1964, and helped Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey stage an eleventh-hour comeback that almost put him in the White House in 1968.

Joe Bihari, 88, who created Modern Music Records with his two brothers, Jules and Saul, recording B.B. King, Etta James, John Lee Hooker, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and other blues legends early in their careers, died Nov. 28 in Los Angeles.

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Nikita Kucherov’s goal sets Lightning playoff series scoring record

Nikita Kucherov’s goal sets Lightning playoff series scoring record

TAMPA — After clinging to a 1-0 lead for more than two periods Saturday, the Lightning got a long-awaited cushion — and ultimately the winning goal — when Nikita Kucherov scored with 7:33 left in the final period of a 3-1 victo...
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Man with multiple gun arrests now accused of fatally shooting Durant High football player

Man with multiple gun arrests now accused of fatally shooting Durant High football player

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning wins 3-1, advances to the semifinals

Lightning wins 3-1, advances to the semifinals

TAMPA — The Lightning closed out its quarterfinal series against the Devils with a suffocating defensive effort.The Devils finally solved Andrei Vasilevskiy in the waning moments with goalie Cory Schneider on the bench and the Devils skati...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Actor Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films, dead at 49

Actor Verne Troyer, Mini-Me from ‘Austin Powers’ films, dead at 49

LOS ANGELES — Actor Verne Troyer from the Austin Powers movie franchise has died. A statement provided by Troyer’s spokesperson that was also posted to his Instagram and Facebook accounts says the 49-year-old actor died Saturday. No cause or place of...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Woman dies in single-car crash on SR 580

Woman dies in single-car crash on SR 580

A 49-year-old woman died early Saturday in a single-car crash on State Road 580.The vehicle was driving in the eastbound lanes of SR 580 when it failed to round a curve and veered off the road near Charles Avenue, a Clearwater Police Department state...
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Rays Tales: How low can this team go compared to those Devil Rays days?

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When the Rays, in the opening weekend of their 20th anniversary celebration season, brought back and honored the inaugural 1998 Devil Rays squad, it got us thinking unexpected thoughts, such as which was a better team:The first one, or the current on...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Live blog: Lightning aims to eliminate Devils in Game 5

Live blog: Lightning aims to eliminate Devils in Game 5

Follow our live coverage of the opening-round NHL playoff series between the Lightning and New Jersey Devils. Times reporters, editors, sports columnists and photo journalists will chronicle the action on and off the ice through updates, analysis, ph...
Updated: 3 hours ago
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

For starters: Rays vs. Twins, with a familiar look

UPDATE, 4:17: CF Kevin Kiermaier was back at the Trop, and at one point on the field with a glove on his left hand and protective wrapping on his right, the day after surgery to repair a torn UCL in his right thumb. He said the surgery went "as good ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays will go forth with Chirinos as fourth starter

Rays will go forth with Chirinos as fourth starter

The Rays have made it official – or as official as things can be with them – in naming RHP Yonny Chirinos as the fourth starter in their rotation.The Rays had been using three, and two "Bullpen Day" slots when playing five straight days.B...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock his phone

Cops used dead man's finger in attempt to unlock his phone

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Updated: 6 hours ago