Dr. Diana Greene, school district superintendent, writes “Thank You” to Manatee County voters for approving the one-mill tax referendum, and “for believing in our students and supporting our teachers and schools.”
In a matter of a month, South Florida has been hit with two unthinkable tragedies — the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school shooting that killed 17 dead and now, on Thursday, the catastrophic collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University.
The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is another example of targeted assassinations on foreign soil with reckless disregard for diplomatic norms, innocent bystanders and respect for national sovereignty. US and UK governments must act forcefully.
On Oct. 1, 2017, a gunman used a device known as a bump stock to convert his semiautomatic rifles into de facto machine guns, killing 58 people and wounding 441 more at an outdoor Las Vegas Strip concert venue. The widespread outrage over that massacre fueled calls for a federal ban on bump stocks and related devices, which have no purpose whatsoever other than to circumvent an existing federal ban on most automatic weapons.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, who oversees the world's sixth-largest economy, is not to be trifled with, as President Donald Trump probably has learned. The two are at loggerheads over immigration enforcement. We are often inclined to take Brown's side, but he's dead wrong on the "sanctuary" immigration measure that California has enacted.
Robert Ussery allegedly stood before the grieving father of a murdered girl and screamed at him that his daughter was not real. His website denies dozens of other mass casualty events, including the shootings in Parkland, Las Vegas, Charleston, Orlando and Newtown, the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the concert bombing in Manchester.
President Donald Trump sounds interested – for now – in solving at least some of this country’s gun problems in the wake of the mass shooting that left 17 students and educators dead in a Florida high school.
It’s always dangerous to say that Donald Trump has set a new low for presidential discourse, because he sets new lows with dreary regularity. Nonetheless, his heedless declaration that “trade wars are good, and easy to win” deserves special recognition.
President Donald Trump’s decision to put his assets into a not-so-blind trust led to myriad concerns about possible conflicts of interest. The biggest early flash points in the debate over using the White House for personal gain, though, have been decidedly focused on his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
It’s clear the Florida Legislature will do nothing to ban the sale and possession of military-style, high-velocity, semi-automatic rifles – the weapon of choice in America’s epidemic of mass shootings.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will wrap up spring training on March 27 and then head from Bradenton to Detroit to face the Tigers on March 29 to open the 2018 Major League Baseball season. The Pirates have their home opener on April 2 against the Minnesota Twins at PNC Park.
Pittsburgh Pirates fired up for opening day of 2018 MLB season
Sarasota County sheriff urges school officials to decide on safety options
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