Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

North Tampa community news briefs

Spanish lessons: Learn Spanish in a six-week course starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Life Enrichment Center, 9704 N Boulevard. Students in the class, taught by Alicia Garcia, can learn vocabulary, phrases and conversational Spanish. Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday through March 11. Cost is $120 for members of the center, $130 for nonmembers. To register for this class, or for more information about this or other classes, visit www.LECtampa.org or call Erin at (813) 932-0241.

African violets: Visitors are welcome when the Tampa African Violet Society meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at Common Ground Christian Church, 4207 N Boulevard. Award-winning growers Therese Lyman and Mary Lou Harden will present "Last Minute Tips for the Show." A plant raffle will be held and growing tips offered. Admission and parking are free. For more information, contact publicity chair Mina Menish at (813) 681-1910.

ALS Walk: More than 1,000 people will gather at the University of South Florida March 8 to raise money to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. Patients in wheelchairs and their families and friends will make a 2-mile trek in "The Walk to Defeat ALS,'' hoping their steps will make a difference for ALS patients living in the Tampa Bay area. "The Walk to Defeat ALS'' is the ALS Association's signature event in which all funds directly support cutting-edge research, programs and patient care. Last year, these events raised nearly $1 million around Florida. Interested walkers can call 1-888-257-1717 or register online at walktodefeatals.org.

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Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Pinellas protesters: Stop separating families at the border

Protests were held on both ends of Pinellas County on Monday in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum at the U.S. border."Children are not pawns," "No kids in cages" and "I would...
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Deadly Sunday for swimmers in bay area waters

Deadly Sunday for swimmers in bay area waters

Two people drowned and another suffered life-threatening injuries in the waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.Investigators said all three cases appear to be accidents, but the incidents stand as a reminder that summer, with vacation ...
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Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

An Orlando private equity firm has purchased lease-to-own business Rent-A-Center in a deal valued at more than $1 billion.Vintage Capital Management put a bid in for the company on Friday: $15 per share, $1 per share above its previous offer. Rent-A-...
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Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

Report: 40 percent of Florida property will be ‘highly exposed’ to flooding

One of Florida’s biggest draws is also one if its biggest liabilities — its coastline. A new report projects that Florida is at the greatest risk of any state for tidal flooding caused by rising sea levels. And Tampa Bay faces some of the greatest ri...
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Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

Pinellas deputies arrest Mississippi man 31 years after sexual battery

SEMINOLE — She was 22 when deputies said a man forced her at knifepoint into the woods off Seminole Boulevard and sexually battered her in February 1987.The case went cold, but now the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said it has arrested the man it ...
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Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing bette...
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Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and drove off

Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and drove off

TAMPA — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the driver who fatally struck a pedestrian on Sunday night and then drove off.The incident took place at 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of N Nebraska Avenue and E Linebaugh Avenue.No details a...
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St. Petersburg teen, seven months pregnant, dies in Pasco crash

St. Petersburg teen, seven months pregnant, dies in Pasco crash

HUDSON — A 16-year-old St. Petersburg teen who was seven months pregnant was fatally injured in a crash Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The incident took place at 9:11 p.m. on Little Road south of Hudson Avenue. The teen, Emily ...
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Mazzaro’s gets ready to reopen

Mazzaro’s gets ready to reopen

day after an electrical fire broke out in its dry goods warehouse Friday night.Dominic Horwath, a grocery manager at Mazzaro’s on 22nd Ave. N, said staffers spent Monday and the weekend moving things into other warehouses.The damage from the fire at ...
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WashingtonPentagon suspends August drills with South KoreaThe Pentagon on Monday formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump’s nuclear summit with Nort...
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