Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

The skinny: Queen Elizabeth II puzzled by fascination with selfies

A royal view

Queen puzzled by fascination with selfies

It's official. She is not amused. The U.S. ambassador to Britain has told Tatler magazine that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II finds the obsession with mobile phone images a bit disconcerting. The monarch expressed her dismay to Matthew Barzun, who spoke with her when presenting his credentials as America's representative. The magazine quoted Barzun as saying "she was essentially saying, 'I miss eye contact.' " Some members of the royal family have posed for selfies with the public. Perhaps the queen's most famous brush with cellphone images was at the Commonwealth Games this summer, when she accidentally "photo-bombed" — popped up smiling in the background — a selfie taken by an Australian athlete.

Beauty queen replies

Apologize, or tiara stays with her

A dethroned 16-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar said Tuesday she won't return her bejeweled $100,000 crown until pageant organizers apologize for calling her a liar and a thief. May Myat Noe was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World, but the South Korean-based pageant stripped her of the title last week. Pageant officials said she was dishonest and unappreciative. They also said she ran off with her tiara after learning she had been dethroned. Noe said that's all wrong. She left South Korea for Myanmar before learning of the decision. And the pageant lied about her age — saying she was 18 instead of 16 — and tried to pressure her into getting plastic surgery "from head to toe," she told reporters. Noe also denied having breast implants as claimed by a pageant official. "I don't want a crown from an organization with such a bad reputation," she said.

A scary moment

Finding grenade, not mushrooms

An Austrian on a woodland search for mushrooms came home with a more dangerous find — a grenade that police say could have been set off by the slightest movement. Police were called by the son of the unidentified 66-year-old man who found the grenade and took it home. Explosives experts subsequently evacuated neighboring houses and exploded the device Tuesday. Police are investigating how the grenade ended up in the patch of forest about 90 miles west of Vienna.

Compiled from wire services

   
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Palm Harbor woman, 23, killed while crossing Seminole Boulevard

SEMINOLE — A Palm Harbor woman was killed Thursday night after she was struck by an SUV while crossing Seminole Boulevard.The incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. just north of 53rd Avenue N, deputies said.According to deputies, 23-year-old Kala Gombos...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Forecast: Building humidity a precursor to warm weekend across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Building humidity a precursor to warm weekend across Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay region will soon be seeing an end to the cool mornings and below-average temperatures that have prevailed for much of the week.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area Temperatures early Thursday morning are startin...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Florida Missing Child Alert issued for Jacksonville boy, 2

Florida Missing Child Alert issued for Jacksonville boy, 2

A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued early Thursday morning for a 2-year-old Jacksonville boy.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Legend Jones is 3 feet tall and 33 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.He was last seen in th...
Updated: 27 minutes ago

Crash downs power lines, closes N Florida Avenue in downtown Tampa

TAMPA — A portion of North Florida Avenue is closed in downtown Tampa as TECO crews repair downed power lines after a crash late Wednesday night.The crash occurred around 11:35 p.m. at the intersection of N Florida Avenue and E Fortune Street, accord...
Updated: 1 hour ago
What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

What you need to know for Thursday, Dec. 14

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll see temperatures in the low 70s today as highs march toward 80 degrees by Monday, according to 10Weather WTSP.• As you head out for your morning commute, check out our ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

St. Pete ponders building parking garage -- then giving it away

ST. PETERSBURG — For years, Edge District merchants and residents have been united by this grievance: there isn’t enough parking to accommodate visitors to the booming entertainment and retail district.The City Council will consider a plan to fix tha...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

Exploring the incredible color, cuisine, culture of India

DELHIAs I slid my shoes off and handed the man a five-rupee note before entering the Jama Masjid mosque, I could feel the heat from the red stone against my heels. I could also feel the intense stares of the Delhi locals. I don’t know which made me s...
Published: 12/14/17
Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

You know that little snap of frigid — OK, chilly — weather we just had? In Florida, we call that winter, a season we typically measure in hours.If it’s really savage, the thermometer might not rise above 50 degrees for two or sometimes three whole da...
Published: 12/14/17
Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Why is eggnog a holiday tradition? Exploring fresh renditions of the classic drink

Eggnog dates back to medieval times when the British enjoyed a drink called "posset" that was made with hot milk, ale and spices. Later it became a drink for the wealthy who added expensive brandy or sherry. It was the alcohol that kept the milk from...
Published: 12/14/17
Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force

Pinellas sheriff disciplines deputies in arrest, but not for excessive force

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has suspended two deputies after an internal investigation found they violated agency policies during the arrest of a 25-year-old man that turned violent. The sheriff handed down 15 days to Deputy Alexander Edge, who G...
Updated: 1 hour ago