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Articles from March 16, 2018

50 Years Ago, the My Lai Massacre Shamed US Military; by Tran Van Minh and Grant Peck
Byline: The Associated Press MY LAI, Vietnam -- The shudder of artillery fire woke the boy at 5:30 a.m. Three American soldiers appeared at his family's home a couple of hours later and forced the mother and five children into their bomb shelter,...
'7 Days in Entebbe' Frames a True Story about a Hijacking with an Unexpected Motif; by Michael O'Sullivan
Byline: Washington Post "7 Days in Entebbe" is, as its name suggests, a pretty conventional ticktock of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France jetliner en route from Tel Aviv to Paris by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine...
7 Years on, Syrians Despair over a Country in Pieces; by Zeina Karam and Philip Issa
Byline: The Associated Press BEIRUT -- For Syrians marking seven years of war, their country has never looked as helpless or fragmented. President Bashar Assad has decimated the rebellion, thanks to massive military aid from Russia and Iran,...
Adding Drilling Ban to Constitution Not a Sure Thing; by Jim Saunders
Byline: The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE -- It has been almost an article of faith in Florida politics: Residents do not want oil drilling off the state's coasts. But poll results released Thursday suggest that a drilling ban might not...
A Look at the Jaguars' Seven New Players; by Ryan O'Halloran
Byline: rohalloran@jacksonville.com A look at the new players who signed with the Jaguars on Thursday: LG ANDREW NORWELL Age: 26. Height/weight: 6-6/316. NFL experience: Carolina, 2014-17. College: Ohio State. 2017 statistics:...
Apple Has Tips for Parents
Byline: The Washington Post Shareholders and parents have been asking Apple for months to address how addictive smartphones are and to offer tools to deal with the problem. Late Wednesday, Apple posted a new resource page outlining what parents...
Bill Could Help Police, Deaf Drivers in Traffic Stops; by Christine Sexton
Byline: The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE -- Lawmakers this week sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that could help provide information to police about whether drivers are deaf before officers approach cars during traffic stops. Under the bill...
By Ryan O'Halloran
Byline: ryan.ohalloran@jacksonville.com Seferian-Jenkins added to TE mix Hours after arriving at the Jaguars' facility Thursday, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins agreed to a two-year contract, becoming the seventh free-agent signing of the week....
Council Panel Will Subpoena JEA CEO; by David Bauerlein
Byline: dbauerlein@jacksonville.com A legal showdown looms between a City Council committee and JEA Chief Executive Officer Paul McElroy after he balked at taking an oath to swear the truth during an appearance Thursday before the committee, prompting...
David Byrne Sees World Gone Wrong on 'American Utopia'; by Michelle R. Smith
Byline: The Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- David Byrne has some observations about American life these days, and it worries him. The former Talking Heads frontman and prolific artist sees people divided into camps, not talking to one another,...
Davis Takes Reins as Ole Miss Coach
Byline: The Associated Press Kermit Davis turned Middle Tennessee into one of the best mid-major programs in the country during his 16 seasons at the school. Mississippi believes he can have the same kind of success in the Southeastern Conference....
Death Sentence Overturned in FSU Grad Student's Murder
Byline: The News Service of Florida The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously overturned the death sentence of a former prison escapee convicted of killing a Florida State University graduate student in 2010, ruling that prosecutors had agreed...
Duval Board Says State Budget Will Cut Money for Education; by Denise Smith Amos
Byline: damos@jacksonville.com Even though the state budget proposal on Gov. Rick Scott's desk includes millions of dollars of increased education funding, Duval County school leaders are asking Scott to veto it. Duval officials said Thursday...
End of an Era; by Anne D'Innocenzio
Byline: The Associated Press NEW YORK -- For decades, children ran down the sprawling aisles of Toys R Us in awe of the Barbies, the bikes and other toys laid out in front of them. Parents lined up for the latest Christmas fad, even if it meant...
FDA Begins Push to Cut Nicotine in Cigarettes; by Matthew Perrone
Byline: The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting...
Flagler Community Service Officer Threatened by Knife-Wielding Man
Byline: The Times-Union LAW & ORDER A uniformed community officer was threatened Thursday by a man with a large knife who tried to get into her marked police car on Eric Drive in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office....
Former ESPN Chief Says Cocaine Use Led to Resignation; by Matt Bonesteel
Byline: The Washington Post John Skipper cited a years long "substance addiction" in announcing his sudden, unexpected resignation as ESPN president in December, declining to elaborate further in the email he sent to the network's employees. ...
Golf: Stenson Sharp, Tiger in Contention in Orlando
Byline: The Associated Press ORLANDO | Henrik Stenson had a hot putter, a much quieter crowd and a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.One week after Stenson returned from his winter break and spent two days with Tiger Woods and his...
Hawking Left Memorable Impact through TV Cameos; by Verne Gay
Byline: Tribune News Service Stephen Hawking, who died early Wednesday at the age of 76, was perhaps the most exclusive guest star in television history. He appeared on -- or rather graced -- both "The Simpsons" and "The Big Bang Theory" a number...
How Rapper Craig Mack Left Fame for an Unconventional Religion; by Tyler Huckabee
Byline: Washington Post On the surface, Craig Mack's story seems simple enough. The New York rapper, who died on Monday at 46, found fame in 1994 with "Flava In Ya Ear," the very first hit from Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records. Bad Boy would...
In Reboot for Netflix, 'Benji' Is Still a Good Boy; by Jake Coyle
Byline: The Associated Press It's been a mere 14 years since the last "Benji" movie. But in dog years, that's an eternity. "Benji," which lands on Netflix on Friday, is an earnest attempt to rekindle the most earnest of film franchises, which...
'Love, Simon' Is So Much More Than a Coming out Story; by Katie Walsh
Byline: Tribune News Service Does 2018 need an earnest coming out story about an upper-middle class cisgender white boy? At face value, the tale of "Love, Simon" could possibly seem a bit dated. But the teen comedy -- directed by Greg Berlanti,...
Loyola-Chicago Stuns Miami
Byline: The Associated Press DALLAS -- Donte Ingram hit a long 3-pointer just before the buzzer, lifting Loyola-Chicago to a thrilling 64-62 win over Miami on Thursday in its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years. Ingram's shot from well...
Man Who Claimed He Buried Natalee Holloway Killed; by Tamara Lush
Byline: The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG -- A man who claimed on a TV series that he helped burn and bury the remains of a missing Alabama teen in Aruba has died after police say he was stabbed with his own knife during a foiled kidnapping of...
McCabe, Hoping to Retire, Asks Not to Be Fired; by Matt Zapotosky
Byline: The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday made a final pitch to the Justice Department about why he should not be fired just 72 hours before his retirement, leaving Attorney General Jeff Sessions...
McMillen Ready to Leave Mark at Gainesville Track; by Graham Hall
Byline: GateHouse Florida GAINESVILLE -- It's been a little over five months since Terry McMillen claimed his first NHRA win, and the Chicago native believes he's just getting started. McMillen, a team owner and driver of the Amalie Motor Oil...
Moncrief out to Prove Himself on 1-Year Deal; by Phillip Heilman
Byline: pheilman@jacksonville.com New Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief feels he has something to prove after two injury-plagued seasons. Becoming the vertical threat for an offense that already has a flourishing power running game seems like a...
National Guard Police Officer Arrested on Child Sex Battery Charges; by Dan Scanlan
Byline: dscanlan@jacksonville.com A 28-year-old Florida National Guard police officer is behind bars on multiple charges of sexual battery on a child after a boy told investigators he was abused in a home and at Camp Blanding, according to the Clay...
Navy Jet Crashes off Key West, Killing 2; by Lolita C. Baldor
Byline: The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that budget shortfalls have eroded military capabilities, including training and flight hours, but stopped short of blaming those cutbacks for the crash of a U.S. Navy...
Nelson Is Making Smart Moves on Smart Justice
Byline: Times-Union Editorial Board What an honor for the State Attorney's Office. Our View The office has been chosen as one of four in the nation to examine prosecutor data and policies. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation...
'One of the Best Players out There'; by Phillip Heilman
Byline: phillip.heilman@jacksonville.com A year ago, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell signed defensive end Calais Campbell to one of the richest contracts in team history believing he was a franchise-changing talent. In All-Pro left guard...
Police Keeping an Eye on Motorcycle Gangs during Bike Week; by Patricio G. Balona
Byline: Daytona Beach News-Journal DAYTONA BEACH -- More motorcycle gangs are in town for Bike Week but the Volusia County sheriff said police will come down on them "like white on rice" if they break the law. Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has...
Porter Jr. May Be an X-Factor against FSU; by Garry Smits
Byline: gsmits@jacksonville.com Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton and his staff likely were pouring over videotape of as many Missouri games as they could find since last Sunday night when they learned the Seminoles would be playing the Tigers...
Princesses or Rockers? by Tom Szaroleta
Byline: tom.szaroleta@jacksonville.com Nothing against Disney on Ice: Reach for the Stars, which is at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for six shows this weekend (7:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; $15-$70)....
Raines Set for Bob Hayes Meet; by Clayton Freeman
Byline: cfreeman@jacksonville.com After a winter to remember, Raines is set for one more cardinal red-letter event before flipping the calendar to spring. Long billed as the nation's largest one-day high school track event, the Bob Hayes Invitational...
Republicans Hint at Pennsylvania Recount; by David Weigel and Mike DeBonis
Byline: The Washington Post Democrats have declared victory in the race for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, but Republican nominee Rick Saccone has not conceded -- and Republicans have taken some tentative steps toward seeking a recount....
Saints, Pelicans Owner Tom Benson Dies at 90; by Brett Martel
Byline: The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS -- Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the "Benson Boogie," has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans since 2012,...
Storm Reid Found Her 'Wrinkle in Time' Role an Easy T; by Sandie Angulo Chen
Byline: Washington Post Storm Reid loved Meg Murry, the main character of "A Wrinkle in Time," for years before she was cast to play her in Disney's adaptation of the award-winning children's book. The ninth-grader first read Madeleine L'Engle's...
'Tomb Raider' Lacks Story; by Katie Walsh
Byline: Tribune News Service Angelina Jolie left her indelible mark on Lara Croft back in the early 2000s, but this video game character constantly regenerates with impunity, whether we want her to or not. She's resurfaced again, with a whole new...
Trudeau Offers to Pick Up Pace on NAFTA; by Josh Wingrove
Byline: Bloomberg News OTTAWA, Canada -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he's willing to accelerate NAFTA talks to get ahead of U.S. and Mexico election pressures if needed, striking an upbeat tone on the fate of the trade pact. Trudeau,...
UF Hits Practice Field under Mullen; by Garry Smits
Byline: gsmits@jacksonville.com Feleipe Franks was cautious with his words but the intent was clear. It's a new day under University of Florida football coach Dan Mullen. "I loved coach [Jim McElwain] and the last coaching staff," said Franks,...
US, France, Germany Join UK in Blaming Russia for Spy Attack; by Jill Lawless and Vladimir Isachenkov
Byline: The Associated Press LONDON -- The United States, France and Germany joined Britain on Thursday in condemning Russia for the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy, calling it an "assault on U.K. sovereignty," as the Kremlin vowed to expel...
US Solar Succeeding under Coal-Boosting Trump; by Chris Mooney
Byline: The Washington Post The U.S. solar industry had its second-best year on record for installations in 2017, despite the election of an administration that promotes fossil fuels and some worry injected into the market by President Donald Trump's...
Video Shows Deputy Standing outside during School Shooting; by David Fleshler and Stephen Hobbs
Byline: Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE -- Newly released surveillance videos show deputy Scot Peterson take up a position against a wall across from the building being shot up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and remain there until well after...
'Walking While Black' Wins Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting
Byline: The Florida Times-Union and ProPublica A team of journalists from The Florida Times-Union and ProPublica won the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. The Times-Union's Ben Conarck and ProPublica's Topher Sanders, Lucas Waldron, Ranjani...
'Water War' Could Keep Rolling along; by Lloyd Dunkelberger
Byline: News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE --Even if the U.S. Supreme Court gives Florida a favorable ruling in its lawsuit against Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River, the decision likely would result in more litigation and new...
What Critics Are Loving (and Not Loving) about 'Ready Player One'; by Michael Cavna
Byline: Washington Post A question at the center of "Ready Player One," Steven Spielberg's three-year project of a blockbuster adaptation: Would the movie experience be like a VR world's version of "Dunkirk"? In other words: Would the film be a...
Winn-Dixie Parent to Close Stores and Restructure Debt; by Steve Patterson
Byline: spatterson@jacksonville.com The parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys supermarkets said Thursday it will file for bankruptcy protection. Southeastern Grocers "will voluntarily file pre-packaged chapter 11 cases to efficiently execute...
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