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Events and meetings on Pasco, Hernando counties for Dec. 19

HOMOSASSA

wildlife park lights up with holiday spirit

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will kick off its annual Celebration of Lights from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at 4150 S Suncoast Blvd. The park is decorated with thousands of lights and Christmas decorations. There will be a variety of entertainment and refreshments. The event continues through Saturday, then wraps up with an After-Christmas Doo-Wop party on Dec. 27. Admission is $3 for adults; $1 for children. For information, call (352) 628-5343 or visit homosassasprings.org/Homosassa.cfm.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Brooksville Regional Hospital Auxiliary Holiday Clearance Sale: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. (352) 442-0169.

PASCO COUNTY

Ballroom dancing: 10 a.m. to noon and 7-8 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, 1433 Hicks Road, Hudson. The daytime session is a 30-minute lesson followed by open dancing. The evening session is a class. $10 per class. (727) 861-3033.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County Value Adjustment Board, special magistrate hearings, 8:30 a.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

Times staff

Events and meetings on Pasco, Hernando counties for Dec. 19 12/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:41pm]
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    Obituaries

    Jerry Lewis, who teamed with Dean Martin in the '50s before starring in The Nutty Professor and later founding the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon has died at 91 at his home in Las Vegas, according to his publicist.

    More to come.

    Jerry Lewis in 1980. [Times Files]
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    Nation

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    Accidents

    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Authorities say a Florida man driving the wrong way on the New Jersey Turnpike was killed when his SUV crashed head-on into another vehicle.

  4. No bond for suspect in Kissimmee officers' fatal shooting

    Crime

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    Crime

    TAMPA — Police arrested Sunday a 22-year-old man who detectives said shot and killed a Tampa man after an argument.

    Tampa police arrested Dejonta Felder, 22, in the murder of 32-year-old Julius R. Carter. [Tampa Police Department]