Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Nelson Mandela appears to be ailing in new TV video

Mandela looks ill in new TV video

South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela "in good shape and in good spirits" on Monday, but a video of his encounter with the ailing antiapartheid icon belied those cheery words, showing Mandela with a vacant look on his face. It has been more than three weeks since Mandela, 94, was released after a 10-day stay in a hospital. A South African Broadcasting Corp. video of Mandela's meeting with Zuma showed Mandela in an armchair, his head propped up by a pillow, his legs on a footrest, looking gray-skinned and unsmiling, with his cheeks showing what appeared to be marks from a recently removed oxygen mask.

Bad reviews for patron of eatery

Andrea Benitez simply did what many rich, connected Mexicans have always done: She used her influence to step on the less privileged. Witnesses said that when she was not given the table she wanted Friday at Maximo Bistrot, a popular Mexico City eatery, she called in inspectors who worked for her father at the country's main consumer protection agency to shut the restaurant down. But Benitez and her father have become the targets of a broad social media campaign — with tens of thousands of Tweets condemning them — that led the president's office on Monday to announce a investigation into allegations of abuse of power.

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Terminally ill man dies a month after marrying junior high school sweetheart

Terminally ill man dies a month after marrying junior high school sweetheart

VALRICO — Dustin Snyder, a terminally-ill Valrico man who married his junior high sweetheart last month, died at 10 a.m. Friday, according to family.On Thursday when his sister Brittany Hails visited him, "he was in and out," she said. "It was just l...
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Costs nearly double for I-75 interchange in Pasco County

Costs nearly double for I-75 interchange in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY –— The cost of a diamond is getting pricier.The planned "divergent diamond" interchange, intended to ease traffic congestion at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 where Lutz, Land O’Lakes and Wesley Chapel intersect, is going to be more ...
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Sheriff: Small plane goes down in Zephyrhills

Sheriff: Small plane goes down in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYHRHILLS — A small aircraft crashed along Old Lakeland Highway on Friday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies believe the plane was a two-seater.No other information was available about the incident, including the id...
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Special Olympians shine at county summer games

Special Olympians shine at county summer games

NEW PORT RICHEY — It was one of those perfect days, when sunscreen and shade are in high demand, smiles are aplenty and the camaraderie on the field trumps the thrill of victory.About 600 Special Olympians and unified athletes from west Pasco schools...
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Tampa lawyer gets 27 months in federal prison for insider trading

Tampa lawyer Walter "Chet’’ Little was sentenced this week to 27 months in federal prison for engaging in an insider trading scheme that reaped him and a friend profits totaling nearly $1 million.According to federal authorities, Little accessed comp...
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Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey demands severance from CareerSource before stepping down

Edward Peachey, the leader of Pinellas and Hillsborough career centers under multiple investigations over the way they report job placement figures, says he has no intention of stepping down unless he is paid a severance.In a letter from his attorney...
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More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as #BoycottNRA movement gains steam

Three major companies — Enterprise Holdings, First National Bank of Omaha, and the cybersecurity giant Symantec — have ended co-branding partnerships with the National Rifle Association as a #BoycottNRA social media movement picks up steam.Enterprise...
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Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

ZEPHRYHILLS — On a Thursday morning in a small warehouse off Gall Boulevard, a well-oiled machine of goodwill is cranking. At the Thomas Promise Foundation, volunteers Carlos and Robin Clothier, pack boxes of macaroni and cheese, granola bars, apple ...
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One killed, two injured as boats collide on Little Manatee River

One killed, two injured as boats collide on Little Manatee River

RUSKIN — Two boats collided on the Little Manatee River Friday morning, killing one person and injuring two others, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.The two who were injured are being treated at a hospital.The identities of the three were...
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Tampa judge sentences man to 330 years after repeat trips to the Philippines to have sex with children and make child porn

Tampa judge sentences man to 330 years after repeat trips to the Philippines to have sex with children and make child porn

TAMPA — A Venice man convicted of producing child pornography and regularly traveling to the Philippines to have sex with children was sentenced Friday to spend 330 years in federal prison. In October, a federal jury found David Paul Lynch, 56, guilt...
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