1. In lifetime of collecting art, homeowner enjoys impromptu home redesign

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    Skip Forrest has done a number of things professionally over the years, mostly in design and marketing.

    Skip Forrest has filled his Wisconsin home with artwork that he likes to move around.
  2. St. Pete woman is picked to pitch pudding company's product

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    Marilyn Cisek has been a teacher. She has worked in real estate. She has even been a "hair model" on HSN.

    Kozy Shack is hoping that if Marilyn Cisek, 78, tells you to buy the company’s pudding, you’ll do as Grandma says.
  3. Study finds nicotine safe, helps in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's


    Smoking, of course, damages the lungs and blood vessels, and contributes to an array of health problems, but nicotine — the calming chemical that cigarettes deliver — might actually be good for the aging brain.

    Nicotine, by itself a nonaddictive drug, shows promise in a study.
  4. Dick Vitale embraces Jim Valvano's pledge to help pediatric cancer research

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    In 1993, sportscaster Dick Vitale greeted his friend and fellow sportscaster, Jim Valvano, with a big hug at the base of the stage where Valvano was to receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at ESPN's Espy Awards.

  5. At 89, Ybor native crafts book of poetry

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    Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Perez has writing in her blood. She's the granddaughter of a newspaper founder and the mother of two newspapermen (one who works for the Tampa Bay Times). Now, at age 89, she celebrates her first nationally published book of poetry. Perez spoke with Times staff writer Caitlin Johnston …

    Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” Perez, 89, is the author of How Old Is Fresh, a book of 28 poems. It’s published by Finishing Line Press (finishing Also pictured is her friend Chanci Harrow.
  6. Simple tips to avoid back pain include walking, exercise

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    Avoiding activity because of back pain can actually make it worse. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain. When you don't use those muscles, you can lose flexibility, strength and endurance, causing more …

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  7. Scientists work on manipulating Alzheimer's gene

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    The gene for apolipoprotein E4, or ApoE4, confers the largest known genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease, but that's not all. People who carry the gene also do much worse if they develop multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep apnea and other forms of dementia. They don't recover as well …

  8. Total lunar eclipse visible to us April 14

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    There will be a total eclipse of the moon the night of April 14-15. During totality, notice Mars to the upper right of the moon and Spica just to its lower right.

    On the evening of April 14 and into April 15, the moon will be seen in total eclipse.
  9. Eight over 80 honors contributors to Jewish community

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    Eight individuals or couples who have made significant impacts on the Jewish community will be honored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties in an "Eight over 80" award ceremony Sunday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.

    Walter Loebenberg

  10. Elder Theroux writes first spy novel

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    When Paul R. Theroux, 91, of Belleair decided last year to finish his first novel, he also decided to have some fun. He took his career as a chemical engineer and his love of tennis and penned a murder mystery, Q-23: A Novel of Espionage and Racqueteering (LibertyTree Press). It's a story of industrial …