Monday, April 23, 2018
News Roundup

Joan Lunden will speak in Tampa

Joan Lunden to speak at Girl Scout luncheon

Television personality and author Joan Lunden will be the keynote speaker at Tuesday's annual Women of Distinction recognition luncheon presented by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. Honorees are Robin DeLaVergne, Deirdre Dixon, Jean Gibson and Gwin Londrigan. $75. (813) 262-1690.

Five-course fundraiser benefits jobless vets

The Abilities Foundation hosts an intimate dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the wine cellar at Besa Grill, 2542 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, to benefit job placement services for disabled veterans. Executive chef Joe Voller and Zonin Italian wine importer Jim Bodkin will present a five-course meal. $60. (727) 538-7370, ext. 234.

And the Beacon of Light Award goes to …

Fresh Start Mentoring will honor community volunteer Karol Bullard at its annual Beacon of Light Award dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Feather Sound Country Club, 2201 Feather Sound Drive, Clearwater. The event is a fundraiser for Fresh Start Ministries & Mentoring. $50. (727) 249-6876.

Mr. or Ms. Sun will be unveiled at the Vinoy

"Back to the Future," the 2012 Suncoasters Ball, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Grand Ballroom at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The evening includes the announcement of Mr. or Ms. Sun and the 2012 Sungoddess Ambassador. Black-tie optional. $125 Suncoasters, $150 nonmembers. (727) 821-9888.

Battle of the Minds trivia dinner fills up

Battle of the Minds, the annual dinner and trivia competition to benefit the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. The event is sold out. (727) 821-1200.

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HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay

1. Sunlake (22-1)Up next: Wednesday vs. Clearwater-Northeast winner (7A-10 semifinals)The buzz: The Seahawks beat Anclote, Gulf and Zephyrhills last week to extend their win streak to 16, currently the longest in the area. Sunlake has been dominant, ...
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Police: Baby taken with stolen car found in St. Petersburg parking lot

ST. PETERSBURG — An 8-month-old baby was found just minutes after disappearing in the back of a stolen car Monday afternoon, according to St. Petersburg police.The boy was found safe in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 800 71st Ave. N, poli...
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Deputies: Parents may have fled with newborn ordered taken by court

Deputies: Parents may have fled with newborn ordered taken by court

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a missing and endangered one-month-old baby boy.Sage Cooper was last seen Friday at a home on Oak Pride Court in Tampa with his mother, Kaitlynn Lovel. Investigators believe that Lovel, 25, absconded with the child,...
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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 JW Marriott hotel, but there’s a lot more to come. And soon. Within a month or so, construction will begin on at least two more projects, 815 ...
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FHP: Man struck, killed by SUV while walking in center of road

FHP: Man struck, killed by SUV while walking in center of road

TRINITY — A 49-year-old man was struck and killed early Monday morning by a sport-utility vehicle as he walked in the center of westbound Trinity Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Phillip Meadows, of New Port Richey, was wearing dark...
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Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

Did you see who hit panhandler near Selmon and drove away?

TAMPA — A man with a history of arrests for roadside soliciting has been found dead at the side of a road. Jess Paez, 51, was identified by Tampa police Monday as the victim of an apparent hit-and-run crash over the weekend. His body was found about ...
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Romano: Forget the sewers, St. Pete has a crisis of trust

Romano: Forget the sewers, St. Pete has a crisis of trust

Imagine what kind of spin the world might have endured had St. Petersburg sewer officials been asked to explain the final Hindenburg flight.• The landing, city leaders acknowledged, was bumpy.• Some passengers chose to disembark before the airship re...
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Pinellas news briefs

Morton Plant Mease offers free skin cancer screeningsFor the 22nd year, Morton Plant Mease is continuing its tradition of offering free skin cancer screenings on May 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion on the Morto...
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Police arrest suspect in Waffle House shooting

Police arrest suspect in Waffle House shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The suspect in a quadruple homicide at a Nashville Waffle House was taken into custody Monday, police said. Authorities had mounted a massive manhunt for 29-year-old Travis Reinking, after the Sunday morning attacks. Authorities an...
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