Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

Community news: First Friday, classic car show, women's health expo

Get Downtown First Friday Music Series: Get downtown for fun with music, food and a lively crowd from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, on Second Street N and Central Avenue. Proceeds from beer and wine sales benefit area organizations. This month features music by the Venturas. Free; refreshments extra. For information, call (727) 393-3597.

Coral as Art: Walter Jaap, an internationally recognized expert in coral-reef monitoring, restoration and research, will present images and information about corals from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. In conjunction with the St. Petersburg Crochet Coral Reef, which will be on display from June 8 through Sept. 1 in the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. Takes place in the Pier Activity Room, on the first-floor, south-side entrance by the food court. Free. For information, call (727) 821-6443.

Guys and Dolls fashion show: The Belleair Women's Republican Club presents its annual fashion show, "Guys and Dolls," with fashions from Men's Wearhouse of Clearwater and LaBoutique of Island Estates at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Belleair Country Club, One Country Club Lane. Models will be elected officials. Cost is $35. For information, call (727) 595-1791 or visit

Auction for Education: Weekend getaways and restaurant packages are up for grabs, as well as sports memorabilia, art pieces, entertainment and spa packages at the auction beginning at 5 p.m. Friday in Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. All proceeds go to the Pinellas Education Foundation. Food and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $10 teachers and seniors, $20 general admission, $50 for VIP. For information, call (727) 588-4816, ext. 2109 or visit

Southeastern Guide Dogs 26th Annual Walkathon: Take a 3K walk in the park with your dog. Live music, dog massages, silent auction and blindfolded walks with trained dogs with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $5-$25. For information call 1-800-944-3647 or visit The red open air trolleys will provide free shuttle service from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stops are at the South Core parking garage (east side of First Street just south of First Avenue S); BayWalk/midcore parking garage (east side of First Street just south of First Avenue N — Hampton Inn & Suites); and Vinoy Park (north side of Seventh Avenue NE just west of Bayshore Drive). Only service animals will be permitted on board. Visit

Learn the basics of dog training: A certified trainer will teach you about house-training, loose-leash walking and dealing with other challenging behaviors such as chewing and jumping at this informational session at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pinellas County Animal Services, 12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo. For owners only; dogs not invited. Free. For information, call (727) 582-2600.

Community health fair and fresh market: A fun, family oriented and health-conscious day of three-on-three basketball tournaments, dunk tank, bounce houses, performances, vendors and free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Academy Prep St. Petersburg, 2301 22nd Ave. S. Free. For information call (727) 322-0800.

Tampa Bay Women's Expo: Hannah Curlee, a Biggest Loser finalist, is part of this expo, where women get time to relax and take a break while they learn how to pamper themselves with wellness and lifestyle screenings, seminars, exhibits and booths by area hospitals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. For information, call (727) 893-8523 or visit

Largo Classic Car Show: The fourth annual show held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Largo Community Center, 400 Alt. Keene Road, features vintage autos from private collections. Proceeds support Meals of Hope. $10 to show car; spectators free. Call (727) 518-3146 or visit

'My Name is Khan' screening: The St. Petersburg Autism Group for Adults will screen part one of the film My Name Is Khan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pinellas Park Library, 7770 52nd St. This Indian film, directed by Karan Johar, tells the story of a Muslim-American with Asperger syndrome. The film will be followed by a discussion. Free. For information, call (727) 345-5528 or visit

Florida Focus Exhibit: A Celebration of Contemporary Florida Art opening: In celebration of retired art museum director Ken Rollins' 70th birthday, he has curated an exhibition of the work of many artists with whom he worked over his 30-year art museum career. Featuring 32 Florida artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, glass, metal, performance and installation the event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at [email protected], 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Runs through March 17. Free. For information, call (727) 895-6620 or visit

Florida Days at the Pier with water ski show: In celebration of Florida's 167th year of statehood, Jonny Reno's and the Pier are bringing back the water ski show at the Pier, absent since 1967. There will be shows at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday off the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Also enjoy the music of Charlie Sousa and the New Tropics, playing from 4 to 7 p.m., followed by Roctopus, playing until 11 p.m. Free. For information call (727) 896-7366 or visit

St. Petersburg Audubon Society: The society is hosting a bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg. Free. Be sure to bring binoculars, hat and water. For information, call (727) 893-7326.

Free tax preparation: Households with low to moderate incomes can take advantage of free tax preparation and assistance between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. This service is for taxpayers of all ages but with an emphasis on those over 60 years old. Bring Social Security cards for all people listed on tax returns, a picture ID and all pertinent records such as W2s, 1099s, other income and credits, and a copy of last year's return if available. Free electronic filing is available. Services available through April 13. For information, call (727) 893-1074.


Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

LAKE WALES — Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited inside a mall in central Florida on Sunday do not appear to be an act of terrorism.Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze tells news outlets that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire ...
Updated: 26 minutes ago

The Daystarter: Women’s March returns to St. Petersburg; PolitiFact Florida analyzes prison costs; Free dental clinic services in high demand; Arrrrr you ready for Gasparilla?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.• We’ll have a mild and sunny start to the week, with highs in the upper 70s, according to 10Weather WTSP. A weak cold front brings a chance of rain on Tuesday and slightly coo...
Updated: 9 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

PolitiFact Florida: Claims about prison price-gouging decry $17 soup, $18 tampons

Advocates of Florida prisoners protested outside of the Florida Department of Corrections in Tallahassee on Tuesday, demanding answers to questions of alleged price-gouging in prisons across the state.Protesters from dozens of grass roots organizatio...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

When fans again flock to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard for the annual Gasparilla Festival on Saturday, I hope they ask a question: Will the floats need flotation devices in 2035?Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Astrid Caldas and Kate Cell, members of the Union ...
Published: 01/22/18
Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
Updated: 6 hours ago

nationResearchers work to avoid another 1918 super-flu The descriptions are haunting. Some victims felt fine in the morning and were dead by night. Faces turned blue as patients coughed up blood. Stacked bodies outnumbered coffins. A century after on...
Updated: 7 hours ago

Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
Updated: 7 hours ago
‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
Updated: 8 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: 8 hours ago