Thursday, January 18, 2018
News Roundup

3 Al-Jazeera journalists sent to prison

Egypt

3 Al-Jazeera journalists sent to prison

A Cairo court sentenced three journalists from Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite news channel to at least seven years in prison Monday on charges of collaborating with "terrorists," a move that drew condemnation from Secretary of State John Kerry, who called the verdicts "chilling and draconian." Judge Mohamed Nagy delivered the verdict against the journalists and five students also charged in the case in a brief session at Cairo's Tora prison complex Monday morning, following a monthslong trial. Observers said prosecutors presented no evidence implicating the defendants in any terrorist-related activity. Police arrested Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, all employees of Al-Jazeera, on Dec. 29 on charges of aiding terrorists and threatening the country's national security, prosecutors said.

Washington

Medal of Honor for Army sergeant

President Barack Obama will award Sgt. Ryan Pitts, 28, the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony on July 21, the White House announced Monday, for his actions during a deadly battle in Afghanistan six years ago. He will become the ninth living recipient to be so honored for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Elsewhere

Washington: At the White House Summit on Working Families, President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns.

Times wires

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Will the third time be the charm for these Tampa Bay townhouses?

Will the third time be the charm for these Tampa Bay townhouses?

ST. PETERSBURG — In real estate circles, it would seem an odd match — 54 townhouses in an office park and a group of Realtors best known for selling luxury single family homes on Snell Isle. Yet the Strickland Property Group is convinced it can do wh...
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Joe Henderson: Leaders can’t job-out responsibility for bad substitute teachers

Joe Henderson: Leaders can’t job-out responsibility for bad substitute teachers

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Editorial: More talk, answers needed on future of USF St. Petersburg

Editorial: More talk, answers needed on future of USF St. Petersburg

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DUI arrest: Tampa man mistakes bank drive-thru for Taco Bell

DUI arrest: Tampa man mistakes bank drive-thru for Taco Bell

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East Hillsborough strawberry farmer: ‘I was a kid the last time I saw this much ice’

East Hillsborough strawberry farmer: ‘I was a kid the last time I saw this much ice’

DOVER — Matt Parke grew up on his family’s strawberry farm, so he’s spent many nights watching as whirring sprinklers coated the crop with a protective layer of ice.Thursday’s cold snap stands out in the 34-year-old old farmer’s memory."I was a kid t...
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More than 400 apply to Pasco technical high school

School choice for 2018-19 is in full swing, and district officials said they’ve been pleased with the interest they’ve seen so far.The window for applying to the district’s magnet schools closed Jan. 12, except for applications for the new Wendell Kr...
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Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today(w/video)

Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today(w/video)

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St. Pete police presence at MLK Day after-party raises concerns

St. Pete police presence at MLK Day after-party raises concerns

ST. PETERSBURG— Several people have complained about police patrols around the celebration in Midtown that follows the city’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, questioning whether a robust law enforcement presence this year was racially m...
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