Monday, August 20, 2018
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Local nonprofit donates all-terrain, custom, wheelchairs to veterans

Eric Wooten reconnected a few years ago with a buddy from the Marine Corps, and together, they’re creating an opportunity for disabled veterans to enjoy the beach. Wooten founded Other Side of the Dunes, a nonprofit based in St. Petersburg, and raises money to buy and donate custom-built, all-terrain wheelchairs. Chance Blaker, his old friend, builds them in Foley, Ala. So far, they’ve donated 11 chairs, which feature balloon tires that ride comfortably on sand. They plan to donate two more next year. Each time they give one away, Wooten said, he gets goosebumps, watching people enjoy a simple pleasure that they’d been cut off from. "We want it to be something that it might not be able to heal your body, but our idea is we are going to try to help heal the mind." -- Chris Urso, Times photographer

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Editorial: The Catholic Church’s proper response to Pennsylvania scandal

Forceful words are coming from the Pope’s pen as well as pulpits around Tampa Bay: The sexual abuse of minors, which proliferated for decades within the Roman Catholic Church, were not merely sins but crimes whose repercussions are still being felt b...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Wells Fargo terminates bank account of pro-medical pot candidate

Wells Fargo terminates bank account of pro-medical pot candidate

TALLAHASSEE —Wells Fargo terminated the official campaign account of a Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole "Nikki" Fried because of her campaign’s promotion of medical marijuana.Nikki Fried’s campaign received a letter...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After a torrent of complaints, the Pinellas County school system is scrapping its plans to show a video to elementary school students in preparation for state-mandated active shooting drills to begin soon.The reaction came from parents after the dist...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Who says preseason doesn’t count for Bucs?

Who says preseason doesn’t count for Bucs?

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Updated: 25 minutes ago
Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

A crossing guard turned himself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, saying he was the person seen on video running over a gopher tortoise at an elementary school on Saturday. Robert Dantschisch, 48, saw surveillance video from the sheriff’s o...
Updated: 26 minutes ago
Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

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Updated: 1 hour ago

Pine Island native shares skateboarding, goodwill with new friends in Palestine

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Update: Reader recognizes name of Vietnam casualty — and has a better photo

Update: Reader recognizes name of Vietnam casualty — and has a better photo

David Loeb read the paper on Saturday, and a story took him back to 1967, to boot camp at Parris Island, to one of the other Marines in his platoon.At his Clearwater apartment, Loeb pulled out an old yearbook and searched for Ruben Bell Jr.’s picture...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — Three people were killed and two children were seriously injured in a head-on collision that took place Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 7 p.m. on County Road 54, west of Chantel Drive....
Updated: 2 hours ago
Vigil tonight in beating death that was blamed on ex-Plant High running back boyfriend

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Updated: 2 hours ago