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Clearwater briefs: Anonymous stages Scientology protest


Anonymous stages protest of Scientology

The loosely organized protest group known as Anonymous returns to downtown Clearwater's Coachman Park at 10 a.m. today for the fourth in a series of demonstrations against the Church of Scientology. Today's marches are expected to go on until midafternoon. In a statement Friday, the church said it has been in contact with police and "will leave it in their hands to deal" with the protesters. Previous protests have been peaceful.

$10 pet microchips offered today

For a $10 fee your pet can receive a permanent identification microchip. The microchips will be administered first-come, first-served from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 State Road 590. Proof of current rabies vaccine and valid county license will be required. Call (727) 797-7722.


Self-improvement programs available

If you're ready to lose weight, stop smoking or both, plan to attend two seminars today at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 Alternate U.S. 19. The seminars combine hypnosis with behavior modification. The stop-smoking session is from 10 a.m. to noon; the weight-loss session is from 1 to 3 p.m. The first 45 minutes of each session is free. If the participant feels comfortable with the program, he or she may pay a one-time fee of $79.99 or $69.99 if registered at the Web site. The fee includes a book, a CD, a behavior-modification booklet and unlimited free repetitions of the hypnosis for a year, as needed. Reservations are not required. Call toll-free at 1-800-848-2822 or visit


Get prepared for hurricane season

Learn how to prepare during the hurricane preseason to prevent panic if a storm approaches. Visit the "Becoming Storm Savvy" information session from 11 a.m. to noon today at Oldsmar Library, 400 St. Petersburg Drive. The session is presented by the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative and Pinellas County hurricane specialists. Registration is not required. Call (727) 464-5573.


Register Monday for boating course

The Dunedin Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla will present a boating course in two four-hour segments from 1 to 5 p.m. May 17 and 18 at the Dunedin Harbormaster building, 51 Main St., where advance registration will take place Monday. A $30 fee includes a CD and study manual. All other materials are provided. Call (727) 736-1191 or (727) 599-8837.

Pinellas deaths

Backiel, Ann C.

Bane, Margot D.

Bottke, Barbara D.

Chaszar, Betty M.

Delgado, Evelyn Kay

Finn, Eddie

Greaves, Angeline

Guenther, Henry J. "Hank"

Ingram, Patricia "Pat"

Mello, Edward

Mercado, Evelyn Marie

Stevens, Kenneth

Woodward, Sandra J.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Clearwater briefs: Anonymous stages Scientology protest 05/09/08 [Last modified: Sunday, May 11, 2008 1:37pm]
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