Saturday, May 26, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas County news in brief

CLEARWATER

woman, boy able to escape fire at duplex

Firefighters were called to a fire at a home at 1308 N Madison Ave. in Clearwater at 9:56 a.m. Wednesday morning, authorities said. Clearwater Fire and Rescue workers were able to control the fire after about 10 minutes, according to spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts. A 53-year-old woman and 3-year-old boy escaped and refused medical treatment. Firefighters were called when neighbors noticed smoke coming from the rear unit of the duplex, authorities said. Damage was contained to the rear unit.

DUNEDIN

Burn conducted at Honeymoon Island

Did you see smoke rising from Honeymoon Island State Park on Wednesday? From about 10 a.m. to about 3 p.m., the Florida Park Service conducted a controlled burn along the park's nature trail. The operation is an environmental management technique used to lessen the possibility of wildfires and encourage new growth.

SAFETY HARBOR

Author to sign during open house

Katie Bush of Atlanta, author of the children's book 1206 Third Street, will do a book signing during an open house at the Whimzey house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A children's educator, Bush wrote and illustrated the book about Whimzey. The book will be available during the open house for $10. The Whimzey house, also known as the bowling ball house, is at 1206 Third St. N.

COUNTYWIDE

SPCA looking for teen volunteers

Are you a young animal lover? SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave., Largo, needs teenagers to join the SPCA Youth Volunteer Program. Applications for the summer 2013 program will be accepted starting in January. The program requires only three hours each week. Teens must be at least 16 and commit to at least one semester of work. Visit spcatampabay.org for more information.

LARGO

Get advice from a lottery winner

Want some advice on playing the Florida Lottery? Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Richard Lustig," a seven-time lottery grand prize winner and author of Learn how to Increase Your Chances of Winning the Lottery. The program will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Tickets are $16.50 in advance, $21.50 at the door. For tickets, call (727) 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

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Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

Carlton: Sometimes taxpayers pay for not doing the right thing

I may have cracked the code. Found a way to sell doing the right thing. Discovered a method of persuasion in certain matters of fairness, conscience and the greater good.Like giving our fellow Americans a second chance.When morality-based arguments d...
Published: 05/26/18
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

Editorial: Welcome Bayshore changes still can’t stop bad judgment

It’s human nature in following any tragedy to imagine: How could this have been prevented? On that score, the city of Tampa responded appropriately to the deaths this week of a mother and her toddler whom police say were hit by a teenage driver racin...
Updated: 8 hours ago
In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

In federal trial, jury finds Hernando deputies’ actions justified

TAMPA — Michael Bratt told a story.He said that Hernando County sheriff’s deputies attacked him in his home early one morning eight years ago, beat him severely on his front lawn, and continued the assault as they took him to a hospital.But another s...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

Police: Driver in fatal Bayshore faces new charge in child’s death

The 18-year-old who was arrested this week after police said he was racing when he fatally struck a young mother pushing her stroller across Bayshore Boulevard was back in jail on Friday night.Cameron Herrin, 18, was arrested on a second count of veh...
Updated: 9 hours ago
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Updated: 11 hours ago