Friday, May 25, 2018
News Roundup

Florida Blood Services needs blood, especially O-negative

Countywide

Blood needed, especially o-negative

Florida Blood Services says the need for blood donations, especially for O-negative, is high because of increased blood transfusions in area hospitals. All O-negative donors are urged to contact Florida Blood Services to donate. O-negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive it, regardless of the recipient's blood type. O-negative donors can visit any Florida Blood Services location or any bloodmobile. Call toll-free 1-800-682-5663 (1-800-68-BLOOD) for more information or to make an appointment, or visit www.fbsdonor.org.

East Lake

Motorists asked to watch for cranes

Bird lovers are asking motorists to be on the lookout for sandhill cranes in the vicinity of East Lake Road and Keystone Road in North Pinellas. The threatened cranes — 4-foot-tall gray birds with red crowns on the tops of their heads — have been seen crossing the roads in the early morning hours and are difficult to spot before daylight. Local experts say the birds probably are nesting nearby and may be raising their young, which will soon be wandering in the area on their own. Sandhill cranes have long nested in the East Lake area near Tampa and Keystone roads. In past years, some birds have been hit and killed by cars.

Clearwater

Smoke testing is set for sewer lines

Beginning Monday, crews from the Clearwater Public Utilities Department will begin smoke testing of wastewater sewer system lines to determine whether there are any areas where stormwater or groundwater is entering the system. The area to be surveyed is north of Drew Street, west of Fort Harrison Avenue, east of Clearwater Harbor, and north to Sunset Point Road. Colored smoke will be circulated in the sewer lines to locate broken pipes and other defects. White smoke will exit from the vent pipes on home roofs. The smoke is nontoxic, leaves no residue and creates no fire hazard. The smoke will not enter a house unless there is defective plumbing or the drain traps are dry. If potential problems are found on private property, residents will be notified of repairs that may be needed. The testing in this area is expected to continue through May 18.

dunedin

Audition Tuesday for Teen Idol 2012

Are you Tampa Bay's next teen idol? Do you have what it takes to make the crowd go wild? Open auditions for the local Teen Idol 2012 will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Slots are available for singers ages 13 to 18 and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. The top 10 acts selected will move on to the finals show May 11 to perform in front of a sold-out audience and three local celebrity judges. For more information, call the city's Parks & Recreation Department at (727) 812-4530 or email [email protected]

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He is accused in 13 Gulfport vehicle burglaries. An ankle bracelet tipped police off.

He is accused in 13 Gulfport vehicle burglaries. An ankle bracelet tipped police off.

GULFPORT ó An 18-year-old man, wearing an ankle bracelet, was arrested Thursday after he was accused of breaking into 13 cars in a one-block radius over the last week.Benjamin Langkamp Jr. faces 13 charges of vehicle burglary ó each of which occurred...
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Warrant issued for Tampa suspect in January slaying

Warrant issued for Tampa suspect in January slaying

TAMPA ó Hillsborough County deputies have identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in January.Deputies are searching for 23-year-old Javon Rakeem Turner, who is wanted in the death of 22-year-old Elijah Moore on Jan. 17.According to depu...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Willy Adames goes back to AAA, leaving Rays with ďa lot to be excited aboutí

Willy Adames goes back to AAA, leaving Rays with ďa lot to be excited aboutí

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Steve Yzermanís summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzermanís summer plans: Make the Lightning better

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Hurricane hunters to investigate potential tropical system that could drench Tampa Bay

Hurricane hunters to investigate potential tropical system that could drench Tampa Bay

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Updated: 1 hour ago

Fatal pedestrian crash closes SB lanes on U.S. 19 in Hudson

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Two accused of turning St. Petersburg test drive into carjacking

Two accused of turning St. Petersburg test drive into carjacking

MADEIRA BEACH ó Two men were arrested Thursday after a carjacking during a test drive led to a crash on Gulf Boulevard less than an hour later, according to the Pinellas County Sheriffís Office. According to deputies, 30-year-old Robert Gajate went t...
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Indianapolis 500: How Danica Patrick changed racing

Indianapolis 500: How Danica Patrick changed racing

Tampa's Carlie Yent was at a racing banquet a few years ago when someone asked her to name the driver who influenced her the most.The answer was easy and obvious: Danica Patrick."She was someone I could look up to," Yent said, "and she was the most i...
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After Danica Patrick, why arenít there more women in auto racing?

After Danica Patrick, why arenít there more women in auto racing?

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The Daystarter: Latest on potential tropical system; taking action along dangerous Bayshore Boulevard; Denis Philips talks hurricanes and beer; Memorial Day things to do

The Daystarter: Latest on potential tropical system; taking action along dangerous Bayshore Boulevard; Denis Philips talks hurricanes and beer; Memorial Day things to do

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.ē Todayís forecast calls for warm and humid weather up until lunch time. Then in the late afternoon thereís an up to 80 percent chance of thundershowers and the rain wonít let up until ...
Updated: 4 hours ago