Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Florida Bar suspends Clearwater lawyer for three years

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Bar suspends Lawyer for three years

The state Supreme Court has severely disciplined Clearwater lawyer Randall Shanafelt, suspending him from practicing law for three years. The suspension is effective immediately, according to the Florida Bar. Shanafelt is the subject of at least eight Bar investigations. In some instances he accepted fees but subsequently failed to adequately communicate with the clients or do the work. In other instances, he failed to provide an accounting for money he received for service. Shanafelt also failed to notify the Bar that he was arrested on felony charges of battery on a law enforcement officer.

Candidates forum at the Joy Center

A candidates forum will be held Monday night at the Salvation Army Joy Center. Voters are invited to meet candidates for federal, state and county offices, including all districts that cover the city of Clearwater. The forum, sponsored by the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition, is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the center, 1521 Druid Road. Voter registration and voting system demonstrations begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Achieva starts its new headquarters

Achieva Credit Union broke ground on its new corporate center on Friday. Officials have said the headquarters, the site of a former Nielsen Media Research call center at 1659 Virginia St., will consolidate many of the growing credit union's employees in a central location. That will include call center, accounting, lending services and other administrative employees. The center will be built in three phases, to be complete by 2013.

City unanimously passes budget

The Dunedin City Commission unanimously passed the 2013 budget, property tax rate and stormwater rate increase Thursday night. The new fiscal year starts Monday. The $73,547,357 budget represents an 8.6 percent decrease from last year, officials said. The property tax rate remains $3.38 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value. An increase of $6, or 50 cents a month, to the stormwater rate will pay for drainage improvement projects.

Local artists' work on display Monday

The Professional Association of Visual Artists will host an exhibit from Monday through Oct. 31 at Stirling Art Studios and Gallery, 730 Broadway Ave. The exhibit includes works in different media from local Florida artists. All work is available for purchase. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the Dunedin Wine and Art Walk on Oct. 12, the exhibit will remain open until 8:30 p.m. and many artists will be present. Visit pava-artists.org for information.

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Bucs’ belief in Jameis Winston has been shaken

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Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

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Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

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AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where...
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Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

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