Father given 25 years for killing infant
A Clearwater man has received a 25-year prison sentence for killing his 5-week-old son. Jose Ruiz-Lopez, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his son, Anthony Ruiz-Portal, which occurred in October 2009. Police at the time said he shook his son and hit the baby's head against the floor.
Military show will salute veterans
A serious amount of military hardware will descend on downtown Clearwater's Coachman Park on Saturday for a veterans celebration called "Operation Five Star." The free event, hosted by the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance, will feature a Blackhawk helicopter on site, paratroopers from MacDill Air Force Base, a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, a couple of honor guards, a military recruit swearing-in ceremony, various demonstrations, a parade and family attractions. Exhibits open at 11 a.m., and festivities run from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, go to www.operationfivestar.org or call 1-888-987-2838.
Floridians invited to tout beaches
Volunteer groups and beach lovers in Pinellas County, and specifically Clearwater, are invited to join the "Great Visit Florida Beach Walk" on Saturday morning. Floridians are being asked to celebrate the Sunshine State's sandy shores and show the world — with photos from each of the 825 miles of beach coastline — that the state's beaches are as beautiful as ever. In Clearwater, volunteers are invited to come to Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., from 7 a.m. onwards. They can register and get a complimentary continental breakfast before setting off to walk the beaches. Registered people or groups will walk their official mile between sunrise and 11 a.m. and take a photograph along the way to upload to the Internet. Laptops will be set up for returning volunteers. Photos will be displayed at www.visitflorida.com/beachwalk.
Meeting will focus on north county
The Council of North County Neighborhoods will hold a town hall meeting with members of the Pinellas County Commission at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at East Lake Woodlands Country Club, 1055 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, Oldsmar. Council board members and commissioners will discuss projects related to Palm Harbor, East Lake Tarpon, Crystal Beach and Ozona. For more information, call (727) 560-5586.
Clearwater is turning out the lights at 46 outdoor tennis courts, but no basketball courts. It is not removing the lights, but is turning off power to them. A Thursday story was incorrect on those points.