Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Cuban blogger to launch news site

Cuban blogger to launch news site

Cuba's best-known blogger says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online today in a move that will test both the government's openness to free expression and the dissident's ability to build a following inside her country. Yoani Sanchez and her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, say they have been working with a staff of nine and contributors from around the island to produce a regularly updated website and a weekly PDF of a paper dedicated to providing Cubans with essential information — rather than attacking the government. Sanchez has gained a string of foreign awards for her blog, "Generation Y," which offers scathing criticism of the communist government. She has more than 600,000 followers on Twitter, but is far less known inside Cuba, where Internet access is expensive.

High cholesterol lowers fertility

Couples with high cholesterol have more difficulty conceiving than those with normal levels of the substance in their blood, researchers reported Tuesday, in what they called the first study to link fertility difficulties to the fat molecule commonly associated with cardiovascular problems. In a study of 501 couples who were trying to conceive, the time it took for the woman to become pregnant was longest if both partners had high cholesterol, according to the study by the National Institutes of Health, the University at Buffalo and Emory University in Atlanta. It was published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

NFL draft: Patriots pick Lakewood alum Isaiah Wynn at No. 23

Lakewood High alumnus and former Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn was drafted No. 23 overall Thursday by the Patriots.Wynn becomes one of the highest drafted offensive linemen in Tampa Bay history and the first Pinellas County player to go in th...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

So many kind words on Rays’ Jonny Venters, Matt Duffy close

BALTIMORE — LHP Jonny Venters ran through some pretty good emotions Wednesday night when after battling through a series of elbow injuries, he made it back into a major-league game for the first since 2012 — with a four-pitch out and a ga...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
After 9-5 win, Rays head back to Boston a different team: Here’s why

After 9-5 win, Rays head back to Boston a different team: Here’s why

BALTIMORE — When the Rays last saw Boston, they were trudging out of Fenway Park after a sweep by the Red Sox that left them with a 1-8 record that marked a very low point in their young season.They'll be back at Fenway Friday night, and riding...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Bucs trade down with Bills, take strongman DT Vita Vea No. 12

Vita Vea recently took a trip to French Polynesia with some University of Washington students and came upon some enormous rocks."So over there, their strongman competition is they have a tradition where they lift rocks. There's a lot more to it than ...
Updated: 27 minutes ago
Police announce two more arrests in St. Pete strip club shooting

Police announce two more arrests in St. Pete strip club shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Two more arrests were made recently in connection with the April 2 shooting death of a man outside an unlicensed adult entertainment venue on Fourth Street S, police said.Rodriguez Green, 24, of Largo and Darius Trennell Collins, 23,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NFL draft: Chargers take FSU’s Derwin James with No. 17 pick

NFL draft: Chargers take FSU’s Derwin James with No. 17 pick

Former Florida State safety Derwin James fell farther than expected Thursday in the first night of the NFL draft before being chosen by the Chargers with the No. 17 overall pick.James became the fifth former Seminoles defensive back ever drafted in t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

Cities turn to private inspectors as construction booms, and problems follow

ST. PETERSBURG — With construction booming throughout Florida, private inspectors are increasingly reviewing the work of building contractors. But that has sometimes led to missed code violations and other problems.Now the city of St. Petersburg is r...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville dead at 79

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans-born saxophone player Charles Neville has died at age 79. His career dated back to the 1950s and included gigs backing up B.B. King among others. But he was best known for three decades of performances with his siblings Aaro...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Rick Scott suspends Hernando official facing prostitution charges

Rick Scott suspends Hernando official facing prostitution charges

Gov. Rick Scott suspended Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson from his position on Thursday, a week after the 71-year-old commissioner was arrested on prostitution-related charges.Nicholson was arrested April 19 on charges of operating a loca...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

Hernando High student accused of threatening to shoot up school

BROOKSVILLE — A 17-year-old Hernando High School student was arrested Wednesday for threatening to shoot people at the school, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.The student was serving a suspension at the time of the incident, deputie...
Updated: 3 hours ago