Friday, May 25, 2018
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Clearwater plans free Fourth of July event at Coachman Park

Clearwater

City plans free Fourth of July event at park

A free Fourth of July event is planned for downtown's Coachman Park, and the city says it will have the largest fireworks display in the Tampa Bay area. "Clearwater Celebrates America" will also feature a concert by the Mostly Pops Orchestra, as well as food, beverages and exhibitors. Gates will open at 4 p.m. July 4, and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Children's activities will be from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include games, prizes, face painting and a visit from Tampa Bay's favorite mascots. The fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. will be synchronized to music to end the evening. The Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed in both directions from 9 to 10 p.m. because of the fireworks. For information, visit www.myclearwater.com/events.

Man accused of assaulting girl, 7

A Clearwater man is charged with capital sexual battery in connection with assaults on a 7-year-old girl, police said. Clearwater police detectives said Johnnie Cheek, 35, assaulted the girl three times. They obtained a warrant, and Cheek was arrested in Jacksonville last weekend. Police said he confessed to assaulting the girl. Cheek was extradited to Pinellas County and remained in jail on Wednesday without bail.

'Earnest' auditions continue tonight

The West Coast Players, a community theater group at 21905 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater, have decided to add a third audition at 7 p.m. today. The troupe still needs to find one of the leads for its production of The Importance of Being Earnest. The play will be staged Aug. 17 to Sept. 2. The character is a young man between the ages of 20 and 35. Bring a resume and a head shot, if available. Auditions will be readings from the script. For more information, visit wcplayers.org.

Oldsmar

Natural food store reception is today

Get Healthy, a chain of natural food markets with locations in Brooksville, Spring Hill and Inverness, is opening its first Pinellas County location — at 4011 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. The new store will host a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today to show off its organic produce, bulk grains, smoothies, vitamins and supplements, as well as its practitioners in fields such as acupuncture. A ribbon-cutting will be at 5:30 p.m. For information, go to getingethealthy.com or call (813) 475-7255.

Dunedin

Walking tours are every Friday at 11

The Dunedin Walking Tour program continues at 11 a.m. every Friday. The one hour, docent-guided tour starts at the Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main St. Tickets are $15 and include entrance into the museum, a packet of information and literature, and a discount on the day of purchase for lunch or dinner at several Dunedin restaurants. For information, call (727) 736-1176.

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Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended ...
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Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

TAMPA — Joe Capitano Sr. invested in the 1400 block of E Seventh Avenue in 1985, never doubting the huge potential of the property for Ybor City.But the deal to build a $52 million boutique hotel on the site didn’t start to come together until six ye...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Having lost two straight and nine of 12 times overall to the Red Sox, the Rays needed two things to go right Thursday:First, a strong start from Blake Snell.Second, some early runs against Rick Porcello from an offense that had...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

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Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

TAMPA — This much is clear: The National Football League is focused on getting rid of kneeling players.That was the league's announcement Wednesday in requiring players to stand during the national anthem before games or possibly have their tea...
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Rays once again will ‘open’ with relievers this weekend

Rays once again will ‘open’ with relievers this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays weren't kidding about being serious that starting relievers gives them the best chance to win.So much so, they plan to do so again this weekend against the Orioles — in all three games. The plan is for Sergio Rom...
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When will the Lightning run out of wait-til-next-years?

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TAMPA — Disbelief will eventually give way to acceptance.The Lightning isn't there yet.It isn't there yet in a lot of ways.Will it ever be?Just wondering.Really, what guarantees are there?Late Wednesday, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechki...
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Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

TAMPA — An abandoned a newborn baby was found in the University area on Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.A passerby found the baby boy wrapped in a red towel near the intersection of N 18th Street and E 143rd Avenue at ...
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Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

WIMAUMA — A 30-year-old man died on Thursday after his sedan crashed head-on into a dump truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 p.m. on U.S. 301 near Lightfood Road.Gerardo Yslas of Immokalee was driving a 2012...
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