Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

David Banther becomes new Tarpon Springs commissioner

TARPON SPRINGS

Newest city commissioner is sworn in

David Banther, Tarpon Springs' newest city commissioner, was sworn into office during the commission meeting Tuesday. Mayor David Archie praised Banther, who won a four-way race for Commission Seat 4, for his community service and dedication to the city. Archie and Commissioner Jeff Larsen ran unopposed and also took the oath of office for their new terms on Tuesday. The city also bid farewell to Commissioner Chris Alahouzos, who is leaving the commission because of term limits.

DUNEDIN

Jays start new season tonight

The Dunedin Blue Jays kick off their 2013 season tonight with a 6:30 p.m. game against the Clearwater Threshers. Gates at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., open at 5:30 p.m. During the game, spectators can play in a cornhole toss tournament held beyond the left field line. "Thirsty Thursday" deals mean beer, wine and soda sell for $2. A concert featuring Pitbull Toddler will be held after the game. New this year is a "Family Four Pack" special of tickets, hot dogs and sodas for $35. Visit DunedinBlueJays.com for more information.

COUNTYWIDE

Sweetbay closings affect health plan

Pinellas County's Health and Human Services department reports that 3,500 Pinellas County Health Program clients have been affected by the closings of nine Sweetbay supermarkets in Pinellas County in mid-February. Clients who were getting their prescriptions filled at Sweetbay stores that have closed will need to find another pharmacy at any other open Sweetbay or at independent pharmacies that are within the PCHP network. PCHP clients can call the Health and Human Services department for more information at (727) 464-8400.

Bowl while raising funds for the blind

Lighthouse of Pinellas will host Bowling in the Dark from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4. For a $5 registration fee and a minimum fundraising goal of $100, individuals can help bring independence to those who are blind or visually impaired. Prizes will be awarded for the most funds raised, best bowlers and best bowling garb. Since 1956, Lighthouse of Pinellas has been providing services that support independent living for blind and visually impaired individuals. There is still room for more teams and sponsors to sign up for Bowling in the Dark. For more information, visit www.lhpbowl.kintera.org or call Angela Pottinger at Lighthouse of Pinellas, (727) 544-4433, ext. 235.

OLDSMAR

Relay For Life will be held April 12-13

Relay For Life of Oldsmar will be held April 12-13 at Canal Park, 3160 Tampa Road. Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk. Teams camp around the track, and members take turns walking the track. Each year, more than 4 million people in more than 20 countries take part in Relay For Life events to raise funds for cancer research. To donate or to sign up for a team in the Oldsmar Relay, contact Relay For Life of Oldsmar at (727) 546-9822.

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Man found dead in flaming mobile home

TAMPA — Firefighters found a man dead inside a burned-down mobile home Saturday.Tampa Fire Rescue got a call just after 4:30 p.m. that a single-wide mobile home at the 100 block of East Linebaugh Avenue was in flames.The man’s identity was not releas...
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‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
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Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
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Police up patrols at two Pinellas Park schools after Snapchat threat

PINELLAS PARK — Police said they will have a heightened presence at two Pinellas Park schools after a school shooting threat was shared on social media.A post Friday on social media app Snapchat threatened a possible school shooting Tuesday, accordin...
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Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

The 17 counts of premeditated murder against Nikolas Cruz are the type of case "the death penalty was designed for," according to the Florida prosecutor in charge of trying the confessed school shooter.But Michael Satz, the longtime Broward state att...
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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. — Thousands of angry students, parents and residents demanded stricter gun control laws Saturday as new details were revealed about the suspect accused of shooting and killed 17 people in a Florida high school. The rally, held in downt...
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Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

Parkland vigil and rally scheduled for Saturday night in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A group of activists were scheduled to host a rally in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday night, demanding lawmakers pass gun control legislation.Organizers said the rally, scheduled for 5 p.m. at Williams Park, was planned in respo...
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Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

It’s been five years since the guns and immigration debate collided at the same time on Capitol Hill. This time, the results were even more unproductive.In early 2013, weeks after a gunman killed 20 students and six educators at an elementary school ...
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Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orche...
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Woman hit, killed Friday along Memorial Highway

TOWN ’N COUNTRY — A woman died after she was hit by a minivan along Memorial Highway on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The 53-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, was trying to cross Memorial Highway f...
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