Thursday, December 14, 2017
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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Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa’s Judge K, longtime federal jurist, plans 2018 retirement from regular judicial service

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TAMPA — U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich, who has served on the federal bench in Tampa for 35 years, plans to retire from regular judicial service in 2018.In a letter sent Thursday to President Donald Trump, the judge said she plans to assum...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

PLANT CITY — Jonathon Adams heard a scream, "like a dog getting run over by a car," then saw a mini-van come tearing around the corner with a woman he knew dangling out of the passenger side.It was the start of a deadly sequence of events Dec. 8 that...
Updated: 16 minutes ago

Amtrak train strikes, kills woman in Lakeland

Deputies in Polk County are investigating the death of a woman who was hit by an Amtrak train on Thursday.The woman was struck at 12:30 p.m. in the railroad intersection of Highway 92 East and Fairway Avenue in Lakeland, deputies said.Investigators d...
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Dade City man, suspected in Polk armed robbery, turns himself in

Dade City man, suspected in Polk armed robbery, turns himself in

DADE CITY — A Dade City man, suspected in the armed robbery of a Lakeland gas station earlier this week, turned himself in to authorities late Wednesday night after after being prompted by his mother, according to Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Edne...
Updated: 1 hour ago
St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

ST. PETERSBURG — For years, Edge District merchants and residents have been united by this grievance: there isn’t enough parking to accommodate visitors to the booming entertainment and retail district.The City Council will consider a plan to fix tha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Woman fired from Bay Pines health center calls it retaliation for complaints of harassment

Woman fired from Bay Pines health center calls it retaliation for complaints of harassment

Chalea Weekes fumes each time she sees another entertainer, politician or public figure stand accused of sexual harassment.Fired from her job in the social work department at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Weekes says in federal complaints that ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Tim Tebow wants to help throw you a tailgate wedding (sausages included)

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Tampa chamber names first companies for minority business accelerator

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