Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

Sam Berns, public face of a rare illness, dies at 17

n Mae Young, 90, who was, by her own account and that of many other female wrestlers, the greatest and dirtiest of them all, died Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. Her last round in the ring was in 2010.

. Sam Berns, 17, a Massachusetts high school junior whose life with the illness progeria was the subject of the documentary film Life According to Sam, died Jan. 10 in Boston. Extremely rare — it affects one in 4 million to one in 8 million births — progeria is a genetic disorder resulting in rapid premature aging.

Burton R. Lifland, 84, a pre-eminent federal bankruptcy judge who for three decades rode herd on some of the nation's biggest corporate rescue efforts and presided over the financial chaos left by swindler Bernard Madoff, died of pneumonia Jan. 12 in New Haven, Conn. He was the chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for most of his 33 years there.

Juan Gelman, 83, a renowned Argentine poet and left-wing activist who was awarded the prestigious Cervantes Prize, died Tuesday in Mexico. His life and work were deeply affected by personal loss suffered during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. Government forces kidnapped and killed his son and daughter-in-law, among tens of thousands of suspected leftists who were "disappeared" across Latin America in that era.

Dave Madden, 82, the actor and comedian who played the curmudgeonly band manager on the popular 1970s TV series The Partridge Family, died of complications of the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome Thursday in Jacksonville. He played Reuben Kincaid, who managed the family band and clashed with the wisecracking bassist played by Danny Bonaduce.

Dale Mortensen, 74, a Northwestern University professor who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in economics for developing innovative methods to analyze unemployment and labor markets, died of lung cancer Jan. 9 in Wilmette, Ill. He also was a visiting professor at many universities, from Russia to Australia to Denmark to California.

     
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Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

LARGO — A 60-year-old man who police said was the driver in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run on East Bay Drive from three days prior was arrested by Largo Police on Saturday, the department said.Victor Bonavita was arrested on three charges in relation...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

TAMPA — Officials reopened roads near Citrus Park Mall Saturday evening that had been closed in the afternoon for a natural gas leak caused by a car crash, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Fi...
Updated: 7 hours ago

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Updated: 7 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

The National Rifle Association lashed out at corporations rushing to abandon it on Saturday, as companies from United Airlines to Best Western have cut ties with the gun lobby organization.Without context, twin announcements from Delta and United air...
Updated: 8 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to S...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. U.N. humanitarian ch...
Updated: 8 hours ago

Updated: 8 hours ago
Call her more than just a survivor

Call her more than just a survivor

TAMPA — On the quiet morning of Oct. 8, 2011, a 30-ton freight truck ran a stop sign in the small town of Clinton, Conn.It ran over Colleen Kelly Alexander, who was riding a bicycle.The truck's front wheels crushed her, then spit her to the bac...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

TAMPA — Roughly 20 minutes into Saturday morning's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, reigning champ A.J. Richmond glanced over his left shoulder to former college teammate Jon Mott and flashed a quick hand signal."He was telling me that t...
Published: 02/24/18