Monday, December 11, 2017
News Roundup

Neighborhood news briefs

Craigslist and eBay: Get a hands-on guide to two popular websites, 1 p.m. today at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive. Mouse and keyboard skills preferred. For adults. Limit 12 participants. Free. Call (813) 273-3652.

LifePath seeks volunteers: LifePath Hospice will offer a 90-minute orientation for potential volunteers at 6:30 p.m. Monday at its South Tampa Resource Center, 3010 W Azeele St. No prior experience necessary. All volunteers must preregister. For information or to register, contact Vickie McDonald at (813) 984-2299 or [email protected]

Weird talk: Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, who recently published the critically acclaimed anthology, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Best American Fantasy, will give a public reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday in MSC 2709 on the University of South Florida campus. A reception and book signing will follow. On Wednesday at 1 p.m., they will be joined in MSC 2709 by anthropology and women's and gender studies professors to discuss various forms of sci-fi media and how they address issues of gender and otherness. World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's fiction has been published in more than 20 countries, and he recently signed a three-book agreement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York). Junot Diaz described his last collection, The Third Bear, as "cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence, proving again why VanderMeer is so essential." Ann VanderMeer is only the second female editor of the venerable horror magazine, Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press and she and Jeff are compiling an anthology on feminist speculative fiction. Both have won numerous prestigious awards for their original fiction and anthologies. For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak at [email protected] or (813) 974-3657.

Stroke discussion: Memorial Hospital will offer a presentation on strokes, causes and prevention, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at 2901 W Swann Ave. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call (813) 342-1313.

Women's club: The Lutz-Land O'Lakes Women's Club holds its general meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on Land O'Lakes Boulevard. The club is open to women 18 years and older, and new members are welcome. For membership information, go to gfwclutzlandolakeswomensclub.org or call Cathy at (813) 961-7038.

Hospice volunteers: If you want to make a difference in someone's life, and if you have two to four hours to share each week, then consider volunteering with LifePath Hospice. Potential volunteers can attend a 90-minute orientation session at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at the LifePath Hospice Resource Center, 3010 W Azeele St. Specialty and professional volunteers, such as hair stylists, massage therapists and nail technicians, are in great demand. LifePath Hospice provides free training, and volunteers do not need any previous type of experience. Potential volunteers must preregister. To register, or for more information, contact Vickie McDonald at (813) 984-2299 or [email protected]

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Police investigating explosion at bus terminal in New York

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department says it is responding to a report of an explosion near Times Square.The response is centered in the area of the Port Authority bus terminal.It’s led to delays along some of the subway lines that pass beneath ...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work?

Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work?

NEW YORK — Some women, and men, worry the same climate that’s emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues. Forget private meetings and get-to-know-you dinners. Beware of banter. Th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Firefighters brace for second week of California wildfires

Firefighters brace for second week of California wildfires

LOS ANGELES — As Southern California enters its second week engulfed in flames, fire officials anticipate more growth and danger due to continued strong wind gusts, no rain and decades-old dry vegetation. A powerful flare-up on the western edge of th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

Final push for Moore and Jones in Alabama Senate race

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama Democrats see Tuesday’s special Senate election as a chance to renounce a history littered with politicians whose race-baiting, bombast and other baggage have long soiled the state’s reputation beyond its borders. Many Repu...
Updated: 1 hour ago

No injuries as fire destroys St. Petersburg home

ST. PETERSBURG — A fire destroyed a home in St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.St. Petersburg fire officials say the fire occurred some time before 3 p.m. at 1225 21st St. S.The homeowner discovered the fire and was able to escape safely, officials s...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

Forecast: Freeze warning for some Tampa Bay residents, but warmer weather coming

Portions of the Tampa Bay area under a freeze warning as this weekend’s cold blast extends into the start of the workweek.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area That wintry feel, however, is coming into an end as conditions beg...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

Reasons elusive as Pinellas EMS demand skyrockets

When the fire chief asked if anyone in the room had fallen before, a few in the gray- and white-haired crowd raised their hands. One woman lost her footing as she was answering the phone. Another saw a palmetto bug, sprayed it with repellent, then s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

PolitiFact Florida: Does Andrew Gillum want to make Florida a sanctuary state?

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is using the controversial topic of sanctuary cities to drum up Republican support in his bid for governor.At a campaign stop in Jacksonville, Putnam warned voters that one of his Democratic opponents want...
Published: 12/11/17

Hooper: Yacht StarShip weathers the storm

At the height of the economic downturn, Yacht StarShip owner Troy Manthey said he and his wife, Jill, worried about the company’s survival."We were counting ice cubes," Manthey said.But they made it. The dining cruise business that sails out of the C...
Published: 12/11/17
St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

St. Pete takes small steps on the way to sustainability

BY CHARLIE FRAGOTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — It was a big promise made by Mayor Rick Kriseman more than two years ago: Get the Sunshine City to eventually run on 100 percent renewable energy.In a few months, the city will take small but tangibl...
Published: 12/11/17