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Today's News

  • Feds unveil plan to regulate e-cigs

    WASHINGTON — The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new rules for electronic cigarettes that will for the first time require the devices and their ingredients to be reviewed, a mandate that could offer some protection for consumers and upend a multibillion dollar industry that has gone largely unregulated.

  • Helping hands

    Diane Dobry

    For the Chronicle

    Most people work all their lives looking forward to the time when they can stop and retire — and once they do, they look for a way to keep busy.

    “Seniors have time on their hands and have things they would like to share, and we can put them to good use,” said Janice Hale, Senior Programs supervisor for Citrus County Support Services.

  • Refuge to get new manager

    There is a changing of the guard underway at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR), and the outgoing manager is getting praise from local stakeholders.

    Andrew Gude, who for the past 2 1/2 years jointly managed CRNWR and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, ended his tenure last week at the Crystal River refuge. He will now manage only the Lower Suwannee refuge.

  • Court wrestles with death sentences

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners may depend on the decision.

    David Davis, the attorney for inmate Timothy Lee Hurst, argued for the lesser punishment Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Florida’s death sentencing system gave too much deference to judges, not juries.

  • Sears to shut doors — for now

    INVERNESS — After failing to reach an agreement to relocate elsewhere in the Inverness Regional Shopping Center, the owner of Sears Hometown Store said he will close its doors at 5 p.m. Monday.

    “We are going in liquidation mode starting (today) through Monday,” owner Ron Khoury said.

  • Brenda McKenzie: A woman full of personality

    The first time Pearl Maynard saw her daughter, Brenda McKenzie, she was a 15-month-old walking, talking bundle of sass and personality — that she never outgrew.

    “My husband and I were foster parents and she came to us with her older sister who was 7 and a brother who was 3,” Maynard said. “She was a real good child.”

  • COURT DIGEST: Teens get trial date in murder case

    The start of August will bring the start of the trial of two teens accused of murdering and robbing a Crystal River man before hiding his body in a hot tub.

    On Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Richard “Ric” Howard set Aug. 1 as the trial date for 17-year-old Bryan Thomas Robinson and 18-year-old Tyzick Joseph Wall. A pretrial hearing was set for July 25.

  • Graves qualifies for public defender ballot

    Fifth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Mike Graves qualified for the November ballot Thursday.

    Graves is completing his first term in office. Unless he has an opponent, he will be automatically re-elected to another four-year term.

    Qualifying for judge, public defender and state attorney ends at noon today.

  • Letter carriers help community help the hungry

    THE ISSUE: Food drive.

  • Raptors knot series with Heat

    TORONTO — DeMarre Carroll scored 21 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 96-92 in overtime on Thursday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

    Valanciunas had 11 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Raptors avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this postseason.