News archive from 9 May 2013

Surge, budgets focus of storm conference

Surge, budgets focus of storm conference

After Hurricane Andrew ripped off roofs and knocked down homes two decades ago, South Florida beefed up lax building codes to better handle high winds. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the main focus Wednesday at the 27th annual Governor's Hurricane...

 
Hollywood tower goes for the natural look

Hollywood tower goes for the natural look

How does a water tank that stands 150 feet in the air blend into its natural surroundings? Why, with a beach and mangrove inspired paint job, of course. In the next few weeks, four men will be tethered to the water tank just east of Hollywood's West...

 
Killer convicted after 15 years on the lam

Killer convicted after 15 years on the lam

After more than 15 years on the lam, former fugitive Giovanni Spiller was convicted late Tuesday of a 1996 slaying that left the victim's family shattered and exposed weaknesses in America's system for apprehending international fugitives. FBI agents...

 
Bay Ridge eyesore to be torn down 

Bay Ridge eyesore to be torn down 

A dilapidated eyesore in Bay Ridge that has plagued the neighborhood for the last 25 years will soon be torn down. City officials ordered the once-beautiful Tudor-style house at 237 79th St. demolished after an inspection in April. The structure - now...

 
City Council okays mandatory sick pay bill, 45-3

City Council okays mandatory sick pay bill, 45-3

After three years of protests and political maneuvers, one of the most controversial bills to hit City Hall this year sailed through the City Council with only three “no” votes. The bill to force tens of thousands of city businesses to give employees...

 

Correction: Mexico-Gas Explosion story

MEXICO CITY In a story May 7 about a gas tanker truck explosion in Mexico City, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the truck was carrying natural gas. Its cargo was liquid petroleum gas. A corrected version of the story is below: 22 dead...

 
After Newtown, city schools will conduct lockdown drills each year

After Newtown, city schools will conduct lockdown drills each year

City schools will be required to conduct lockdown drills each year under a new policy rolled out after the Newtown shootings and Hurricane Sandy revealed the potential for disaster. The policy, revealed by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a letter...

 

Cessna loses power, lands on Fla. highway

WESTON, Fla. -- Officials say a small plane has made an emergency landing on US 27 in South Florida. Broward Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Jachles says the Cessna 172 Skyhawk was on its way from North Perry to Naples on Wednesday when it lost power...

 
Gov. Rick Snyder signs off on gray wolf hunt in the U.P.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs off on gray wolf hunt in the U.P.

LANSING - The day before the Natural Resources Commission is meeting to determine whether it will set a wolf hunting season this fall, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that will allow that vote and kill a petition drive meant to ban the hunt. “This...

 

'The Real Indies: A Close Look at Film Orphans' takes in strays

Lost works, home movies, industrial films, abandoned technologies and other assorted cinematic ephemera all fall under the umbrella of miscellany known as "orphan film." The strange mix of the odd and slightly sad gets its own festival at...

 

Sox Game Day: Lineup shakeup

NEW YORK -- After being shut out for the third time this season and not having an at-bat with runners in scoring position since Sept. 16, 2004, at Minnesota, the Chicago White Sox have revised their lineup in hopes of forging a win against the New...

 
Jihad magazine targets Obama, appeals for aid in hacking America's drones 

Jihad magazine targets Obama, appeals for aid in hacking America's drones 

A radical Islamist magazine has published a full-page spread of President Obama with a bulls-eye over his head, encouraging Muslims the world over to target the president. "Wanted: Dead only. Barack Obama, Mass Murderer," the page reads in...

 
Ricky Nolasco's solid outing wasted as ailing Miami Marlins swept by Padres

Ricky Nolasco's solid outing wasted as ailing Miami Marlins swept by Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Derek Dietrich got the phone call he had been waiting for all his life at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday from Double A Jacksonville Suns manager Andy Barkett. The news? Get to the airport. Less than 12 hours later, Dietrich was in the Marlins'...

 
US beats Finland 4-1 at ice hockey worlds

US beats Finland 4-1 at ice hockey worlds

HELSINKI -- Craig Smith had a hat trick and teenager John Gibson was stellar in net to lead the United States over host Finland 4-1 at the ice hockey world championship on Wednesday. Gibson, who finished with 31 saves, was a bold choice which paid off...

 

Canadian venture to pay more for Dominican gold

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- A Canadian company says it has reached an agreement in principle with the government of the Dominican Republic to alter the terms of a disputed contract for a large gold mine in the Caribbean country. Barrick Gold...

 

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