News archive from 2 March 2013

Album review: Johnny Marr delivers with 'The Messenger'

Fans of the Smiths have more to occupy them this week than at any point in recent memory. Dominating the conversation in his usual fashion, the outspoken frontman Morrissey - who co-founded the hugely influential (and now defunct) English band with...

 

Man scheduled to die April 10 for killing girl

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott signed a death warrant Friday for a man convicted of kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl more than three decades ago. Larry Eugene Mann is scheduled to die by lethal injection at Florida State Prison near...

 

Keeping score on your credit

Keeping score on your credit A credit score reflects your creditworthiness to lenders. You can increase your score by paying bills on time, using no more than 30 percent of your available credit, monitoring your credit histories (see...

 

Central Floridians shedding their subprime credit

Badly in debt and late with her bills, Melesia Lobban decided it was time for a change. After getting help from a credit counselor last year, she created a budget, paid off her overdue bills and started saving for a home. Her credit score soared more...

 

Spring breakers flood to Cancun under watch of marines, police

Cancun, Mexico - Tens of thousands of U.S. college students are flooding into the Mexican city of Cancun, where officials have stepped up patrols with marines, soldiers and special tourist police in zones packed with hotels and bars.City officials say...

 

Mark Bradley: Falcons make tough, but good, calls on releasing players

ATLANTA -- The easy way would have been to say, "We were 10 yards short of the Super Bowl - we don't need to do anything big." But to take the path of least resistance wouldn't have led the Atlanta Falcons any closer to their desired...

 

Michael Jordan targeted in paternity suit by Atlanta woman

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta woman has filed a paternity suit against former NBA star Michael Jordan, seeking child support and medical expenses, according to published reports. Pamela Smith said she is also willing to take a paternity test to prove the...

 

4 tied for lead in Colombia

Jim Renner fired a 6-under 65 on Friday to grab a share of the lead through two rounds of the Colombia Championship. Bhavik Patel shot 66, while B.J. Staten and D.J. Brigman both turned in 67s to join Renner atop the leaderboard at 8-under 134 through...

 

San Jose acquires Cato from Seattle

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Friday that it has acquired midfielder Cordell Cato from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft. Cato logged one assist in eight appearances with Seattle in 2012,...

 

Study: Sports departments still lack diversity

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The numbers of sports editors that are women and people of color showed some improvement at the 150 websites and newspapers that belong to Associated Press Sports Editors, according to a study released Friday. Still, the report...

 
Chicago in name only

Chicago in name only

As Chicago celebrates its 176th birthday on Monday, let's look at how far and wide the name "Chicago" has spread from its origin as a Native American word for skunk or wild leek. Here are examples of its use that have little or nothing to do...

 

National Training Center gets a new name - Live Well Fitness Center

CLERMONT - Known as a place where Olympic athletes come to hone their skills, the National Training Center has a new name - the Live Well Fitness Center. Kim Couch, community relations manager for South Lake Hospital, said a lot of people don't know...

 
President Obama announces pardons for 17 people 

President Obama announces pardons for 17 people 

President Obama closed out the week on Friday by announcing pardons for 17 people convicted of mostly minor crimes. Twelve of the people pardoned had been placed on probation or house arrest. Those more minor offenses included distributing satellite...

 

Sequester will hurt military readiness, Chuck Hagel says

WASHINGTON -- American military readiness starts deteriorating at midnight. Flights will be grounded. Ships will stay dockside. Army unit training will stop. That's the assessment of the top Pentagon officials in the wake of abrupt and deep budget...

 

UF's Yeguete set to return in time for big game against Alabama

GAINESVILLE - Doctors say UF's Will Yeguete is ready to play basketball again. UF Coach Billy Donovan is still a little unsure. Despite the stakes of Florida's game against Alabama Saturday at noon in the O'Connell Center, Donovan does not know what...

 

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