Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

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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High school scoreboard for Jan. 22

Monday’s scoreboardBoys soccerPalm Harbor U. 3, Clearwater 0Boca Ciega 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1Girls soccerClass 4A, District 10: Countryside 7, Clearwater 0; Dixie Hollins 2, East Lake 0Class 3A, District 10: Osceola 14, Gibbs 0...
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Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Mon., Jan. 22, midday:49 851 5049e_SRit11446Mon., Jan. 22, evening:05 733 5365e_SRit06330Fantasy 5Mon., Jan. 22...
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Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

Glass art shines at St. Petersburg’s new Imagine Museum

ST. PETERSBURGThe bay area’s thriving glass art scene adds another member to its ranks today when the Imagine Museum officially opens in downtown St. Petersburg.Dedicated to the movement of studio glass, the museum is the brainchild of benefactor Tri...
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Facebook vows progress in halting election meddling

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of ...
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Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Back to work: Government shutdown ending as Dems relent

Associated PressWASHINGTON — Congress sped toward reopening the government late Monday as Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up the p...
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Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Judge: Victims of sports doc are ‘sister survivor warriors’

Associated PressLANSING, Mich. — The judge overseeing the sentencing of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar said Monday that more than 120 girls and women who had given statements so far at the five-day hearing were "sister survivor warriors....
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severs contract with CareerSource Pinellas

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri severed his agency’s contract with CareerSource Pinellas on Monday after learning that the jobs center told the state it helped 624 sheriff’s employees get hired since 2014.The sheriff said he has no record of CareerSou...
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TexasVoter-fraud panel targeted Hispanics, documents showPresident Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission specifically asked for records identifying all Texas voters with Hispanic surnames, according to newly released documents. Records made public by...
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Baby, 11 months, dies in reported drowning at Brandon apartments’ pool

BRANDON — An 11-month-old girl’s parents said their daughter drowned in an apartment complex pond Monday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.The infant and her parents were not publicly identified by the Sheriff’s Office. The paren...
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Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

Father of Lyfe Coleman confronted suspect in son’s shooting death

TAMPA — A loud knock at Life Malcolm’s bedroom door wrenched him from sleep just after midnight. In the darkness of that early morning — Jan. 5, 2015 — Malcolm opened the door and heard his sister say something about his son in the front yard.Malcolm...
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