Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Pipers and drummers play in memory of Alexander Keith at Dunedin service

Clearwater

Pipes, drums to play in memory of band chief

A memorial service for longtime Dunedin pipe band director Alexander "Sandy" Keith is set for 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church's Conmy Hall, 750 San Salvador Drive in Dunedin. Keith, who died Thursday at age 76, taught bagpiping to thousands of students during his 30-year tenure leading the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, as well as the bagpiping and drumming programs for Dunedin Highland Middle School and Dunedin High School. Pipers and drummers are invited to wear their kilts or uniforms and participate in a mass performance of the song Going Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the middle and high school pipe bands. Find information online at http://on.fb.me/A3PrO6.

Abducted boy to go back to father

A boy abducted by his mother during a custody hearing at the Pinellas County Courthouse in May was recovered Thursday in Jacksonville unharmed, police said. Kim Swan, 40, was arrested and charged with interference with child custody after she fled with her 14-year-old son from downtown Clearwater, investigators said. Giovanni Burrows, the boy's father, had come from Bermuda to take custody of the boy, whom police would not name. A caretaker took the boy to the Clearwater Main Library to await the end of the hearing at the county courthouse. The boy told his caretaker he had to go to the bathroom, where he secretly met with Swan. They fled. Detectives eventually tracked Swan to Jacksonville, where the boy and another child with Swan were taken into protective custody. The boy will be reunited with his father, police said. Swan remains in a Jacksonville jail on $29,000 bail. She was also accused of petty theft, her third minor theft charge since 2010.

Safety Harbor

Try out the seat of big official vehicles

At today's Touch-A-Truck event, kids and adults can grab the wheel or honk the horns of vehicles they see on the streets every day. A Bayflite helicopter will also be landing and taking off at the event, which is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Safety Harbor City Park, 940 Seventh St. S.

Dunedin

Artist to discuss work over coffee

Mitchell Kolbe is the latest subject of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's free "Coffee and Conversation" series. Kolbe, a DFAC instructor, is best known locally as the creator of the Greek Orthodox statue of the Epiphany cross diver in Tarpon Springs. His other works include murals at Kennedy Space Center, and sculptures for the 1996 Summer Games. At noon Thursday, he will discuss his work in plein air painting and sculpture work in the studio. Call the DFAC, 1143 Michigan Blvd., at (727) 298-3322.

Largo

Book sale is today at public library

The Friends of the Largo Library will host their winter book sale today in the Jenkins Room at Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive. All books are 50 cents each; buy two and get one free. Proceeds benefit the library. The sale is 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 586-7392.

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Forecast: Muggy and hot with a chance of rain for Pride festivities

As the first weekend of summer swings in, it appears Tampa Bay should expect more heat, humidity and a chance of afternoon showers.Increased moisture in the Gulf of Mexico will result in scattered showers and isolated storms for coastal areas of Tamp...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
The Daystarter: The Jameis Winston fallout; from CIA agents to minivan drivers; Pride comes back together in 2018

The Daystarter: The Jameis Winston fallout; from CIA agents to minivan drivers; Pride comes back together in 2018

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.   • Get ready for a wet morning as the forecast calls for scattered showers and storms to start the day. There could even be thundershowers and lightning out there, according to...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

Boy George, coming to Tampa with Culture Club, talks fame, Pulse and the term ‘LGBTQ’

It’ll still be June when Boy George arrives in Florida this week to kick off a summer U.S. tour with Culture Club. But the LGBTQ icon says it won’t feel quite like a Pride parade. "I also bake cakes for straight people," he laughed. "Tha...
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Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

Pride divided no more: St. Pete Pride comes back together

ST. PETERSBURG — The 16th annual St. Pete Pride Parade is getting ready to march along the downtown waterfront the second straight year. But many hope to move past the division caused last year when the parade was uprooted from its original hom...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

Florida eliminates Texas Tech at College World Series, faces Arkansas for title-round spot

OMAHA, Neb. — JJ Schwarz hit a two-run homer and Florida built enough cushion to survive Texas Tech's six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings to eliminate the Red Raiders from the College World Series with a 9-6 win Thursday night....
Updated: 7 hours ago
Carlton: Could anything be more partisan than going nonpartisan?

Carlton: Could anything be more partisan than going nonpartisan?

So Hillsborough County commissioners — most of them, anyway — want voters to consider dropping political parties from certain elections, making those races nonpartisan instead.This would mean when you go to vote in those elections, you won’t know if ...
Published: 06/22/18
Joe Henderson: Hillsborough teachers have come to depend on foundation’s free supplies

Joe Henderson: Hillsborough teachers have come to depend on foundation’s free supplies

We have all heard stories about public school teachers reaching into their own pockets so their students will have basic classroom supplies.It goes on throughout the system because budgets are tight. The money allotted for pencils, markers, notebooks...
Published: 06/22/18
Kevin Knox to Knicks makes NBA history locally

Kevin Knox to Knicks makes NBA history locally

More than a year ago, Kevin Knox stepped across the stage at the Straz Center to receive his high school diploma.On Thursday, the former Tampa Catholic star was on basketball's biggest stage as he fulfilled his lifelong goal of making the NBA.Knox wa...
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Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers

Editorial: With Supreme Court ruling, Florida should collect sales tax from online retailers

It turns out the U.S. Supreme Court has a better grasp of the economic realities of the 21st century than Congress or the Florida Legislature. The court ruled Thursday that states can require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if the retail...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Plant City’s champion Al Berry, whose name shouted his passion, dead at 83

Plant City’s champion Al Berry, whose name shouted his passion, dead at 83

His name was Berry and berry was his passion — the strawberry that put his beloved Plant City on the map.Alfred "Al" Berry was born with the name, but he took on his role as chief promoter of Plant City through his four decades of work with the commu...
Updated: 2 hours ago