Saturday, December 16, 2017
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The skinny: In this corner, a knockout for taxpayers

A new champion

In this corner, a knockout for taxpayers

That trip to Vegas was a bad idea. Argentina's tax agency says 17 people who claim to be too poor to fly off to see title boxing matches in places like Sin City are going to have to pay for their, eh, sins. The agency released a statement Monday titled "A Knockout for Taxpayers." It said it is investigating people who claimed to have small incomes while paying up to $7,500 each to travel to Nevada to watch Saturday's fight between world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Argentine boxer Marcos Maidana. (Mayweather won, by the way.) The agency says those 17 people have since been removed from a list of low-income Argentines and must pay taxes consistent with their large expenses. It says one person also has a $150,000 Porsche. The agency says it will now enforce stricter controls on Argentines attending sporting events abroad, including the soccer World Cup in Brazil that kicks off on June 12.

Grandma gets an F

Boy, 7, found at school with drugs

A 56-year-old grandmother is facing charges after her 7-year-old grandson reportedly brought her heroin stash into his first-grade classroom in the Philadelphia suburb of Thorndale. According to CBS Philly, Pauline Bilinski-Munion of Chester County was arrested by police after the drug turned up on Friday. Authorities say she is a known drug user and left bags of heroin out when she was watching her grandchildren, the TV station reported. A teacher found nine bags of heroin stamped "Victoria Secret" in the boy's pants pocket. He eventually admitted that he found the drugs on the floor by the washing machine in Bilinski-Munion's home.

Watch out for holes

Not the kind of day he had planned

When having a bad day, consider this Taiwanese motorcyclist. It could be worse. The cyclist crashes into a car. Then he falls onto the ground. Then he disappears into a deep, coned-off pothole in the center of the road, according to the London Telegraph, which reports that the bad-luck scene was captured on a dashboard camera video. Fortunately, the cyclist was able to walk away. The newspaper says he sustained some minor cuts and bruises.

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Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
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Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

Trump defends tax plan, proclaims economy set ‘to rock’

WASHINGTON — Closing in on the first major legislative achievement of his term, President Donald Trump on Saturday defended the Republican tax cut as a good deal for the middle class while boldly suggesting it could lead to explosive economic growth....
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Aquarium reopens to divers

Aquarium reopens to divers

Florida Keys News BureauVisitors to Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters dive with among indigenous Keys fish Friday in Marathon. The attraction reopened Friday after closing just before Hurricane Irma hit the Florida Keys on Sept. 10. Although tourism f...
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Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

Florida moves to control booming, invasive iguanas

MIAMI — With burrowing iguanas showing up in people’s toilets and damaging expensive sewer lines, Florida wildlife managers are stepping up efforts to control the state’s booming population of the wild, invasive reptiles. The Florida Fish and Wildlif...
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Fan helps fund Miami Stadium’s historic marker

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Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

Florida man sues for $2.8 million fishing tournament prize money

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Phil Heasley of Naples caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away. Heasley reeled in a 6-foot white marlin last year off Maryland’s coast. But in a sign of how concerned some big money tour...
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Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Romano: Some bullies survive beyond the schoolyard

Sometime soon, members of the Florida House will be asked to consider a solution for bullying in public schools. It’s a dubious idea based on the premise that students should flee their tormenters, and use voucher funds to attend a private school of ...
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Two die in head-on crash on Gunn Highway in Odessa

ODESSA — Hillsborough County deputies are investigating a head-on crash on Gunn Highway that killed two and sent a child to the hospital Saturday afternoon.About 12: 45 p.m., Terry Lee Bronschidle, 70, of Tampa was driving his Chevy Traverse south on...
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Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

Q&A with Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx about the Lightning’s next generation

DENVER — There might be one team in hockey hotter than the Lightning.It is Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse.The Crunch has won 10 straight after Friday’s victory over Providence. Why is this important? While the AHL is a developmental league, the ...
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Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

Firefighters injured after early-morning blaze at Tampa strip mall

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