Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

A call for urban farming advocates; volunteers needed to help with holiday baskets

Daystar Life Center is looking for volunteers to help with Pack and Share Holiday Baskets for families in need. Volunteers are needed on Friday afternoon and on Saturday to help with distribution. Some volunteers are needed as early as 7 a.m. Cleanup help is welcome. 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 823-4852.

Urban farming advocates: The Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition is seeking board members who are passionate about the local-food movement. If you or someone you know would be an asset to the board, send the name of the person, contact information and the reasons for your proposal. Application deadline is Tuesday. For information, call (727) 599-1878 or email Daphne Miller at [email protected]

Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

First-time home buyer assistance: This Pinellas County program is available to those who have never owned a home or have not owned a home in the past three years. It's also for veterans trying to realize the dream of owning a home. To qualify, buyers must meet income requirements, have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a required home buyer education class. For information, call toll-free 1-800-806-5154 or (727) 464-8210 or visit pinellascounty.org/ community/hfa.

Neighborly Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound residents in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Pinellas Park areas. If you have 1½ hours at midday to help, you could improve someone's life. Meals are picked up at a site near you. Directions are provided. For information, call (727) 573-9444, ext. 4210.

Memorial bricks for veterans: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Madeira Beach is selling engraved memorial bricks for the Military Memorial Wall at 299 Boca Ciega Drive. Buy bricks through the Coast Guard Auxiliary by calling (727) 391-5185.

Operation Attack: Free clothing is offered to children of low-income families and food is also provided to families in south Pinellas County. The agency needs food and gently used clothing. Donations are tax-deductible and may be dropped off during normal hours of operation. 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. To volunteer or donate, call (727) 822-1187

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Deputies: 18-year-old speeding on U.S. 19 faces charges of DUI, fleeing scene

PALM HARBOR — A speeding driver on U.S. 19 refused to stop for deputies and took off, later rear-ending a car and injuring three people early Sunday morning, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.A little after 1:30 a.m., Kingzig Montanez...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

Up to 1,000 more US troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring

The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said.Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

Fifth-grader thought she brought gummy candies to school, but they were laced with marijuana

A 9-year-old student in New Mexico gave fellow students gummies - only to realize later they were not ordinary candies.The candies had apparently been laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical responsible for how marijuana affects the bra...
Updated: 5 hours ago
The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

The St. Petersburg Women’s March: Here’s what you need to know

ST. PETERSBURG — On Sunday afternoon, people will take part in the Women’s March, part of a series of marches taking place this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:When is the Women’s March?The march begins at noon on Sunday, Jan. 21, and a rally w...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

Forecast: Sunny, high of 78 in Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — Temperatures should reach the upper 70s on a warm, sunny, mild Sunday, kicking off a mild week in Tampa Bay, forecasters predict. 10News WTSPThe latest Tampa Bay-area radar 10News WTSPFeels...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

Woman dies after falling ‘several decks’ from a balcony on a Carnival cruise

A woman sailing on a Carnival Cruise Line ship from Jacksonville fell from her cabin’s balcony and died Friday.Doral-based Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen confirmed the death Saturday, saying in a statement that the incident occurred e...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Editorial: Beware of social media targeting kids

Editorial: Beware of social media targeting kids

Ignoring all available evidence that screen time and social media exposure can be harmful to kids, Facebook recently unveiled a new messaging app targeting children under 13. It’s yet another battlefront for parents who have to constantly combat the ...
Published: 01/21/18

Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

And here we are, one year later.If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider:In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between Presi...
Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Published: 01/20/18
Updated: 01/21/18