Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Robert Strauss, Democratic leader and deal-maker, dies at 95

Glenn McDuffie, 86, who claimed to be the sailor kissing a nurse in a famous photo taken in Times Square on V-J Day in 1945, died March 9 in Dallas. A Life magazine photographer took the picture.

Robert Strauss, 95, a smooth-talking Texas lawyer and businessman who became a consummate political insider and played a key role in reviving the Democratic Party's fortunes after its landslide loss to Republicans in the 1972 election, died Wednesday in Washington. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee, he helped mastermind his party's recapture of the White House in 1976 with the election of Jimmy Carter.

Randolph W. Thrower, 100, a Republican lawyer who headed the IRS under President Richard M. Nixon from 1969 to 1971 before losing his job for resisting White House efforts to punish its enemies through tax audits, died March 8 in Atlanta.

Joseph L. Sax, 78, a legal scholar who helped shape U.S. environmental law and fuel the environmental movement by establishing the doctrine that natural resources are a public trust requiring protection, died of a stroke March 9 in San Francisco.

Iola Brubeck, 90, who helped propel her husband, pianist Dave Brubeck, to jazz stardom in the 1950s by suggesting that he perform on college campuses and who wrote lyrics for many of his compositions, died of cancer March 12 in Wilton, Conn.

Bob Thomas, 92, a Los Angeles-based reporter and columnist who covered entertainment for the Associated Press for more than six decades, writing compelling, human and often humorous stories about Hollywood's glittering and glamorous, died March 14 in Encino, Calif.

Ola L. Mize, 82, a sharecropper's son who was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor after leading his outnumbered men in harrowing combat in the Korean War and single-handedly killing dozens of enemy soldiers, died of lung cancer March 5 in Gadsden, Ala.

Clarissa Dickson Wright, 66, who rose to middle-aged fame as the co-star and co-chef of Two Fat Ladies, a popular British television show known as much for the hosts' irreverence and eccentricity as for their indulgent and sometimes confounding recipes, died March 15 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The show's other star was Jennifer Paterson, who died in 1999.

Mitch Leigh, 86, a composer of advertising jingles who wrote the memorable score to one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, Man of La Mancha, died of pneumonia and a stroke March 16 in New York.

Larry Scott, 75, a renowned bodybuilder who won the first and second Mr. Olympia competitions in the 1960s and inspired a generation of musclemen, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, died of Alzheimer's disease March 8 in Salt Lake City.

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Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
Updated: 25 minutes ago

The Daystarter: Women’s March returns to St. Petersburg; PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; Free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 9 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
Published: 01/22/18
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 6 hours ago

nationResearchers work to avoid another 1918 super-flu The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after on...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
Updated: 7 hours ago
‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 8 hours ago