Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Free rides set for aquarium attractions

Clearwater

Free rides set for aquarium attractions

To accommodate a growing number of visitors, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is partnering with the Clearwater Jolley Trolley and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to provide free transportation between the aquarium on Island Estates and the aquarium's Dolphin Tale Adventure movie exhibit in the Harborview Center downtown. Visitors can park in the Harborview Center lot and ride the trolley to the aquarium and back. The free trolley service will be provided continuously from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is available to the general public as well. For additional information, visit www.PSTA.net.

Join celebration as Coast Guard City

Clearwater will celebrate its designation as a Coast Guard City at 6 p.m. today on a downtown stage at Cleveland Street and Garden Avenue. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young and the Coast Guard's Quintet and Silent Drill Team will attend the event on the Blast Friday stage. Home to the largest Coast Guard air station in the country, Clearwater was awarded with the federal honor in September.

east lake

North County officers elected

The Council of North County Neighborhoods, a nonprofit community organization based in East Lake, has elected its 2012 slate of officers and board members. They are Don Ewing, president; Ron Schultz, second vice president; Barbara Schultz, secretary; Terry Haas, treasurer; and Bill Hickman, Roger Johnson and Jeff Hunt, directors. CNCN founders John Miolla, first vice president, and Jim McDonald, director, serve as permanent board members. At its recent annual meeting, the group discussed issues for 2012, including use of reclaimed water, fluoride in drinking water, managing the Brooker Creek Preserve, and possible new development in Ridgemoor/Tarpon Woods.

oldsmar

Deadline nears for senior exemption

The city of Oldsmar offers an additional property tax exemption to senior residents, known as the Oldsmar Senior Exemption, if certain requirements are met. The deadline for applying is March 1. Here are the requirements: There must be at least one property owner who is 65 years of age or older on Jan. 1, 2012; the applicant qualifies for a homestead exemption; the total household income for 2011 was $26,203 or less. (However, Social Security income is usually not included in that amount if a resident is not required to file an income tax return.) Everyone must reapply each year. For more information, call the Personal Exemptions Division, (727) 464-3294. Information is also available on the Pinellas County Property Appraiser website at http://pcpao.org.

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Pinellas Sheriff’s Office accuses 14-year-old of copycat Snapchat school threat

PINELLAS PARK — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office late Saturday said detectives arrested a 14-year-old boy and accused him of posting a threat to a school on his Snapchat account.Edward Charles Osgood, who attends Lealman Innovation Academy, was a...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

Ten things to know about Stormy Daniels

1. Was editor of her high school newspaper, president of her 4-H club.2. Started stripping at age 17 in Baton Rouge, La.3. Made her first porn film with a girlfriend.4. Took her stage name from the Motley Crue bassist, who named his son Storm, and fr...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

MUNICH — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Prominent Republican donor issues an ultimatum

Prominent Republican donor issues an ultimatum

A prominent Republican political donor demanded on Saturday that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style fi...
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Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A red heart-shaped balloon rose above crowd of several hundred people that had gathered at Williams Park on Saturday evening to mourn Wednesday’s school shooting in Broward County and to protest gun violence.Below the balloon, signs ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orches...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

TAMPA — In the center of the nightclub, between the cigar case and bustling bar, a giant screen blankets the back wall. Usually, ads for drink specials and coming attractions scroll across.But Friday night, a life-size picture of President Donald Tru...
Updated: 6 hours ago

Man found dead in flaming mobile home

TAMPA — Firefighters found a man dead inside a burned-down mobile home Saturday.Tampa Fire Rescue got a call just after 4:30 p.m. that a single-wide mobile home at the 100 block of East Linebaugh Avenue was in flames.The man’s identity was not releas...
Updated: 9 hours ago
‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
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Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
Updated: 10 hours ago