Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Health briefs for the weekend of July 4

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Celiac support group: The West Pasco celiac support group, which meets the first Saturday of every month, meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Shoreline Cafeteria Conference Room at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Meetings are open to the public and include recipe demonstrations for a gluten-free diet. For information, visit rmchealth.com online.

Bipolar disorder and depression education: North Tampa Behavioral Health, NAMI-Pasco County and the Tampa Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention host a screening of Depression and Bipolar Awareness: From Diagnosis to Remission, a one-hour film, followed by discussion from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. Jason Tompkins, a psychotherapist and chairman of the Tampa Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, presides over the evening. Registration is not required but is encouraged. Click the "contact" tab at namipasco.org online.

Learn about heart healthy nutrition: A class called "Heart Healthy Nutrition: Eating For a Healthy Heart" is at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Rao Musunuru, MD Conference Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Learn eating habits to help prevent and treat heart disease. Food label reading, recipe modification and food shopping will be discussed. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (727) 869-5498.

Explore ways to improve your diet: Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED), a program designed to help people improve the quality of their diets, meets from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays for 14 weeks starting Wednesday in conference room C at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. The program, which maintains that all foods can be part of a healthy diet and is based on current nutrition recommendations, teaches lifestyle-management skills for developing and maintaining healthy eating habits. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For information and reservations, call (727) 834-5630.

Cancer support group: Florida Cancer Affiliates (FCA), a community-based medical oncology and hematology practice, hosts a general cancer support group meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at its New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. The biweekly support group is conducted by a licensed clinical social worker and covers a wide range of topics. Participants are provided with educational material about cancer and cancer treatment. Survivors and family members have the opportunity to share concerns and experiences. For information, call (727) 808-4818.

Autism support group: Helping HANDs (offering Hope for Autism and Neurological Disorders) meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in conference rooms A and B at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54. The next meeting is Wednesday. Helping HANDS is a community support group for parents, family members and friends impacted by autism and related neurological disorders such as Tourette's, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Asperger's or other Autism Spectrum disorders. For information, call Jonica Chittum at (813) 402-9442 or (727) 534-8230, or email [email protected]

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St. Petersburg council passes living wage ordinance

ST. PETERSBURG — An ordinance requiring certain city contractors to pay workers a minimum of $12 an hour was approved by City Council members Thursday with some amendments. The living wage ordinance applies to businesses with major city contracts pro...
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NTSB report details steep turns and dives preceding Roy Halladay’s fatal crash

NTSB report details steep turns and dives preceding Roy Halladay’s fatal crash

Before he crashed, Roy Halladay flew within 75 feet of houses and skimmed the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a report published Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board.The report, which did not address the cause of the crash, ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Ruth: Would high-speed rail have reduced traffic deaths on I-4?

Ruth: Would high-speed rail have reduced traffic deaths on I-4?

Ah, just in time for the Thanksgiving travel season, Florida has once again achieved national prominence. We’re No. 1 — with a body bag! Can’t you feel the pride swelling?A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that...
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Editorial: Florida should restore online access to nursing home inspections

Editorial: Florida should restore online access to nursing home inspections

In a state with the nation’s highest portion of residents over 65 years old and more than 80,000 nursing home beds, public records about those facilities should be as accessible as possible. Yet once again, Florida is turning back the clock to the da...
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Blasts at plant kill 1, injure dozens

Blasts at plant kill 1, injure dozens

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. — Authorities recovered the body of a male worker reported missing after two explosions and a fire at a New York cosmetics factory left 30 to 35 people injured, including seven firefighters caught in the second blast, officials said...
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Sex assault reports declining at MacDill despite increase militarywide

Sex assault reports declining at MacDill despite increase militarywide

TAMPA — The number of sexual assaults reported to officials at MacDill Air Force Base has decreased dramatically during the past three years even as reports across the military have increased slightly, new Pentagon statistics show.Officials at MacDil...
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Florida A&M football coach Alex Wood resigns

TALLAHASSEE — Alex Wood resigned as Florida A&M football coach Monday, two days after the Rattlers completed their season. Athletic director Milton Overton Jr. said offensive line coach Edwin Pata, a former FSU tight end, will serve as interim coach....
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PORT RICHEYWoman accused of beating boy, 4, with hangerA Port Richey woman was arrested on a charge of felony child abuse after a 4-year-old boy in her care told deputies she hit him with a clothes hanger, leaving bruises, the Pasco County Sheriff’s ...
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‘I tried,’ mother of killer Adam Matos says at sentencing

‘I tried,’ mother of killer Adam Matos says at sentencing

NEW PORT RICHEY — His family described him as a loving, kindhearted father. His neighbors regarded him as quiet and respectful. His friends recalled him as "happy-go-lucky," a "laid-back, fun guy."Thirteen witnesses told of a softer side of Adam Mato...
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Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

Rays agonize over which prospects to protect on 40-man roster

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays went right up to Monday’s 8 p.m. deadline in deciding to add seven players to the 40-man roster, and that a couple they left off seem to be potential Rule 5 draft losses, was apparently a good thing."There’s always some...
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