News archive from 18 June 2015

Jeb Bush, Obamacare and campus guns: Rant

Jeb Bush, Obamacare and campus guns: Rant

What if Barack Obama had been president on Dec. 7, 1941? He would have finished his round of golf, issued executive orders, placed sanctions on Japan, formed a coalition and used diplomacy, drawing a red line if sanctions didn't work. Florida...

 

Gyrocopter pilot's call to action: Get Big Money out of politics

A movement has been quietly building for some time now. But recently, when Florida postal worker Doug Hughes landed a gyrocopter on our nation's Capitol building lawn in an act of peaceful civil disobedience calling for the restoration of our...

 

Robert Wesley and Ken Detzner: Champ & Chump

Champ Robert Wesley - Jesus declared the world would always have the poor, and "whenever you want, you can do good for them." For Wesley, that time's long past for the region's most vulnerable. Doing good for them, the Orange-Osceola public...

 
Fitbit prices shares at $20, could be worth $4.1 billion

Fitbit prices shares at $20, could be worth $4.1 billion

SAN FRANCISCO - The wearable health-tracking device Fitbit has set its initial stock price at $20, giving the company a potential value of $4.1 billion at its initial public offering Thursday, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The San Francisco-based...

 
5 things we learned from the new '50 Shades' book

5 things we learned from the new '50 Shades' book

Get your red rooms of pain ready guys, because Christian Grey is back. A new book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy hits bookstores and your Kindles at midnight on Thursday. We got an advanced sneak peek at Grey, which tells the Fifty Shades story...

 
Trial ordered in Chrysler minivan death case

Trial ordered in Chrysler minivan death case

A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered a trial for a lawsuit against Chrysler in which two people died in their garage after a 2008 minivan allegedly slipped from park into reverse. The case involved a...

 
Bianchi: FSU, UF need criminal fixers like Monk Bonasorte, Huntley Johnson

Bianchi: FSU, UF need criminal "fixers" like Monk Bonasorte, Huntley Johnson

Florida State University has two choices. Either fire Monk Bonasorte. Or give him a raise. I say give him a raise for doing his job and doing it well. His job, it seems, is to keep FSU football players in uniform and out of jail. Without Bonasorte, a...

 

Surge of soccer TV options a sign of sport's growth in U.S.

The clock in my sixth period classroom at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Alexandria, Va., could not have moved any slower. I remember watching the minute hand tick down towards the bell, knowing my school day was ending early. It was an annual...

 
Tiny houses modeled after 'three little pigs' removed

Tiny houses modeled after 'three little pigs' removed

Three miniature houses modeled after the "Three Little Pigs" folktale have been removed from the side of an Ohio road where a truck hauling 2,200 piglets crashed — but it wasn't a big bad wolf that blew them away. The Dayton Daily News...

 

Two dead in head-on crash in Eustis

Two people were killed in a head-on collision on State Road 44 in Eustis, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As of about 7:30 p.m., SR 44 was shutdown in both directions. No further details were released. The crash remains under investigation....

 
A third of world's major aquifers are threatened

A third of world's major aquifers are threatened

Scientists using satellite data have found that a third of the world's largest aquifers — in places ranging from China and India to the United States — are being rapidly depleted and are seriously threatened. In two new studies, a team of researchers...

 
Love it or hate it, Chambers Bay elicits strong reaction from players

Love it or hate it, Chambers Bay elicits strong reaction from players

USA TODAY Sports' Christine Brennan examines whether Tiger can win a major championship again. UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Zach Johnson found a new playground. The 2007 Masters champion is a kid again this week on a vast setting featuring acres of...

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Lake Mary's Brendan Rodgers receives $5.5 million bonus in deal with Rockies

Former Lake Mary shortstop Brendan Rodgers is officially a pro baseball player, with plenty of spending money. Rodgers is expected to begin his career with the Rockies' short-season, rookie-ball affiliate in Grand Junction, Colo. He hit .368 with...

 
Army lab lacked effective anthrax-killing procedures for 10 years

Army lab lacked effective anthrax-killing procedures for 10 years

The U.S. Army research facility that has mistakenly shipped live anthrax to unsuspecting labs in the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years failed to have effective and standardized procedures for killing the deadly bacteria with radiation, according...

 
Lawmakers pack state budget with Central Florida projects

Lawmakers pack state budget with Central Florida projects

The state's proposed $79 billion budget includes more than $150 million for scores of Central Florida projects, ranging from a new student union at Seminole State College to Kissimmee River restoration funding. The Florida Legislature wrapped up...

 

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