In the News: nor’easter devastation, election confusion, baby rhinos, prison term for anti-Islam filmmaker
Pinellas voters get robocall from elections boss saying they have until ‘tomorrow’ to vote – Tampa Bay Times – An automated call on Election Day incorrectly told thousands of Pinellas County voters, including the wife of former Gov. Charlie Crist, that they had until 7 p.m. Wednesday to turn in mail-in, absentee ballots. The call to 12,525 voters was supposed to go out Monday, claiming they could take ballots to any “drop-off site by 7 p.m. tomorrow.” But a vendor error delayed it until Tuesday morning, creating confusion and an embarrassing situation for Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark. Tampa Bay Times
Busch Gardens’ baby rhino gets a name – Tampa Bay Times – Meet Jasiri. Her name means brave and bold in Swahili. She’s the 140-pound baby rhino and the newest addition at Tampa’s Busch Gardens. The theme park turned to more than 2,000 of its fans on Facebook to name the female calf, which was born Oct. 23 at the 26-acre white rhino habitat on the park’s Serengeti Plain. Tampa Bay Times
Man behind anti-Islam film gets year in prison – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs – An Egyptian-American man responsible for the anti-islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was sentenced Wednesday to one year in federal prison for violating the terms of his probation from a 2010 bank fraud case. Mark Basseley Youssef admitted to using an alias before a Los Angeles federal court, which prosecutors said violated his probation. Judge Christina Snyder said Youssef will also serve four years of supervised release after his prison term. An amateur filmmaker from Cerritos, California, Youssef was the subject of international attention after “Innocence of Muslims” incited violent protests across the Middle East, including the Libyan demonstration in Benghazi that left one U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead on September 11. CNN
Snow, high winds hitting areas devastated by Sandy – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs – With hundreds of thousands of residents remaining without power, parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut recorded daily snowfall records as a nor’easter continues to devastate the U.S. Northeast in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The snow piled over two feet in some parts of Connecticut. Whipping winds and heavy snowfall complicate residents’ efforts to recover from an estimated $50 billion in damages across the region. CNN
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