News archive from 26 April 2013

Matt Kenseth blasts NASCAR penalties as 'borderline shameful'

Matt Kenseth said Thursday the massive penalties that NASCAR levied against the driver and his Joe Gibbs Racing team were "grossly unfair" and "borderline shameful." NASCAR on Wednesday stripped Kenseth of 50 championship points...

 

A look at recent tech-industry earnings

Technology companies have begun releasing their earnings reports for the latest quarter. The reports come as consumers shift their spending toward tablets. Here is a summary of recent earnings and reports for selected technology companies and what...

 
Orland D135 school board president resigns

Orland D135 school board president resigns

John Carmody, president of the Orland School District 135's Board of Education, stepped down from his post Thursday, said district spokeswoman Tracy Marc. "It was received today and it is effective immediately," Marc said. Carmody did not...

 

Lawmakers pass bill to protect charities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida lawmakers have given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting charities from giving back donations from people later found to be scam artists. The bill (HB 95) won final passage in the Senate on a 35-2 vote Thursday...

 

Bicyclist killed by patrol car in central Florida

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A Melbourne police officer is on administrative leave following a fatal crash with a bicyclist. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that 33-year-old Steve Linthicum was responding to a call Wednesday night when he hit a man in his...

 
Watch for the underclassmen in draft

Watch for the underclassmen in draft

NEW YORK -- Of the record 73 underclassmen in this year's NFL draft, nearly two dozen have been projected by at least one analyst as having a chance to go in the first round. Those players range from Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel, who...

 

Katt Williams sentenced to community service for Sacramento chase

Comedian Katt Williams avoided jail Thursday when he was sentenced to 90 days of community service after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless evasion of an officer in Sacramento. The original sentence was 180 days in county jail, according to...

 
Reese Witherspoon 'mortified' by her arrest but happy to return home to her kids

Reese Witherspoon 'mortified' by her arrest but happy to return home to her kids

Reese Witherspoon is relieved to return home to her children in Los Angeles following her arrest for disorderly conduct Friday. “She is happy to be home with her kids again,” a source told People. The spotlight has been burning brightly on...

 

Selig: MLB won't interrupt season for Olympics

NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball won't change its schedule to boost the sport's chances of getting back into the Olympics. Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992-2008, then was dropped for last year's London Games. IOC President Jacques Rogge...

 

Jury awards $89k verdict against OPD

A federal jury on Thursday awarded a Central Florida woman $89,000 in damages in a civil rights case she filed against the Orlando Police Department stemming from a wrongful arrest several years ago. Ana Maria Hazleton accused the police department...

 

Part D proposals signal bid for government takeover

Congressman John Conyers, D-Mich., recently introduced a bill that would create government-run health care in the United States. This same proposal for a single-payer system has been put forth in every Congress since 2003, and like all of those...

 

Reform Medicare Rx program?

With pressure building on the president and Congress to bring down deficits, one of the obvious places for them to search for savings is one of the biggest items in the federal budget, Medicare. The program, which spent more than $500 billion in 2012,...

 

Drive better deal on drugs to shield seniors from cuts

As we look for ways to get a better handle on Medicare costs, policymakers should focus on getting more value for Medicare's dollars while protecting the 49 million seniors and people with disabilities who rely on the program. Nowhere is there more...

 

My Word: Where has personal responsibility gone?

The whole thought process on the merits of the Florida Retirement System - as expressed in the April 12 My Word column, "All workers should have state plan's security," by Tom Morris - is precisely the reason that Europe's countries, and now...

 

Cubs Game Day: Battle of bottom feeders

MIAMI -- The two worst hitting teams in the National League face off tonight in the first of a four-game series at Marlins Park. Edwin Jackson goes up against Miami's Kevin Slowey in search of his first Cubs' victory. The 6-14 Cubs rank 14th in the...

 

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