Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Hometown Hillsborough for Aug. 18

Great Urban Chicken race: Students from Deer Park Elementary recently participated in the Great Urban Chicken Race, a charity event that was equal parts race and scavenger hunt. The "Hot Smokin' Cluckers" race team, consisting of students, their parents and other adults, embraced the chicken theme by dressing in costume. Each team raced to solve 12 clues by traveling on foot or public transportation throughout Ybor City. The goal of the event was to raise funds and awareness for local charities The Spring of Tampa Bay, the philanthropic organization for Alpha Chi Omega at University of Tampa and Franciscan Mission Services.

Burn center receives donation: Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 108 and TECO Energy presented a total of $31,800 to the Tampa General Foundation this month to support the hospital's burn survivors support groups and the Burn Center. For more than 13 years, the local IBEW and TECO have donated more than $540,500 to TGH's Regional Burn Center and burn support groups. This year, the IBEW donated $16,800 in proceeds from its annual golf tournament and TECO Energy made a matching donation of $15,000. Last month representatives from TECO's Planning and Project Management team also donated another $9,306 to support TGH's burn patient programs. The proceeds were raised during the group's annual hot dog cookout benefit. The annual contributions are made in memory of the TECO employees who died or were injured in an explosion at a Tampa Electric power station in 1999. The victims were treated at TGH. The funds are used to provide training for volunteers for the Burn Center's support groups' volunteers, so they can assist burn survivors in several counties. The funds have also allowed the Burn Center to purchase equipment, provide support to patients and families in crisis and provide training to survivors and staff.

CABA Congratulates Award Winners: The Carrollwood Area Business Association held its 28th annual Awards and Installation Dinner at the Carrollwood Country Club on July 31. The four award recipients are: Rookie of the Year, Diane Stoddart, Significant Insurance Solutions; Member of the Year, Larry Manning, Innovative Mortgage Services; Business of the Year, Ocean Blue Sushi Bar, Benjo DeBerg; and Jay Mauk Memorial President's Award, Anthony Brooks, Capital Finance Advisors.

DAR welcomes officers: The Tampa Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently elected new officers to serve from May 2013 to May 2015. The society is open to any female, 18 years or older, who can prove lineage via documentation of an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. The Daughters of the American Revolution actively work to preserve the memory of the men and women who achieved American independence.

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The Daystarter: A Patrick-Jolly gubernatorial run in 2018?; Air Force major convicted of kidnapping his own daughter; and Romano writes St. Pete has a trust problem.

The Daystarter: A Patrick-Jolly gubernatorial run in 2018?; Air Force major convicted of kidnapping his own daughter; and Romano writes St. Pete has a trust problem.

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• Give thanks for drier air. There is a small rain chance this morning, but things dry out by the afternoon, according to 10Weather WTSP. Beats yesterday’s humidity. The high temperatur...
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Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox’s ‘Empire’ say they’d like to tell Tampa stories

Twin sisters from Tampa helping shape Fox’s ‘Empire’ say they’d like to tell Tampa stories

JaNeika and JaSheika James’ television obsession was fueled by scarcity and convenience. As self-described "military brats" living in Germany, the girls treasured the VHS tapes their grandmother shipped overseas filled with English-language Saturday ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

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Published: 04/24/18
Big visitor calls at Port Tampa Bay

Big visitor calls at Port Tampa Bay

TAMPA — The 750-foot-long Ireland, one of the biggest cargo vessels ever to call at Port Tampa Bay, arrived Sunday.The Ireland is on its inaugural voyage, having left a shipyard in China for a stop in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula to pick up 64,865 shor...
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Work starting on JW Marriott, but Water Street Tampa expects to have 10 buildings under way within a year

Work starting on JW Marriott, but Water Street Tampa expects to have 10 buildings under way within a year

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa marks the start of construction Tuesday on its first building, the posh JW Marriott hotel, but there’s a lot more to come.And soon.Within a year, developers said Monday, construction should be underway on 10 — 10! — of Wate...
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Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping

TAMPA — A jury Monday found a former Air Force major guilty of kidnapping his daughter and holding her overseas to stop his ex-wife from exercising her part of a Hillsborough County custody agreement.Andrew Haley Morcombe had argued that his 2014 jau...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

Deputies find parents who fled with newborn; 1-month-old is safe

TAMPA — The 1-month-old infant reported missing Monday was found hours later about 300 miles north in Quincy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Sage Cooper was reported to be unharmed, officials said, and Gadsden Cou...
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Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

Former Rays pitcher Danny Farquhar “progressing well’ after surgery

As former teammates with the Rays and throughout baseball share thoughts and prayers, RHP Danny Farquhar is "progressing well" in a Chicago hospital after suffering a hemorrhage caused by a brain aneurysm on Friday.The White Sox on Monday released th...
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High school scoreboard for April 23

Monday’s scoreboardBaseballCanterbury 10, Citrus Park Christian 0Northeast 12, Countryside 5
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Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

Man faces first-degree murder charge in 2017 death of woman

TAMPA — A 68-year-old man was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder charge, according to Tampa police.Officers took James Leon Jackson into custody at 2712 W Nassau St. in west Tampa at about 1 p.m. A warrant for his arrest had been issued Friday....
Updated: 7 hours ago