Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Silver Alert Program to host registration event

PALM HARBOR

Register for silver alert at Pinellas event

When someone with a cognitive disorder such as Alzheimer's disease or autism goes missing, a quick response can be the difference between life and death. The National Silver Alert Program, a free online registration program for all individuals with cognitive disorders, will host its first on-site registration event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 in Palm Harbor at Fountains Plaza, 34824 U.S. 19 N. The National Silver Alert Program lets caregivers store vital personal, medical, health and caregiver information that can be easily accessed in an emergency. Neil Arfmann, chief executive officer of National Silver Alert, said, "Wandering is the major reason for missing person alerts, particularly in persons with cognitive disorders. Having this information available to law enforcement officers, hospitals and emergency responders minimizes the time in which a person is missing and reduces the potential health risks." For more information, call (866) 840-3639 or visit www.nationalsilveralert.com.

CLEARWATER

Help honor vets after trip to D.C.

An Honor Flight with 75 World War II veterans will return to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after a day spent visiting Washington, D.C., and the World War II Memorial. The veterans will be greeted by their families and various groups, and the welcome-home celebration is open to the public. (Free parking will be available for those attending.) Honor Flight director Barbara Howard said, "We are giving them a long-overdue day of honor in Washington, D.C., and a welcome home and thank-you on their return."

STATEWIDE

FHP to keep eye on Halloween drivers

Planning to celebrate this spooky season at Halloween parties? The Florida Highway Patrol wants you to know it is launching a crackdown on impaired drivers starting today and continuing through Nov. 4. To keep safe this Halloween, the FHP has these tips:

• Plan a safe way to get home before the festivities begin.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation to get home.

Motorists are encouraged to report aggressive or impaired drivers by calling *FHP (*347) on their cellphones.

PINELLAS COUNTY

Ambulance decked out in pink, white

Drivers on Pinellas County roads might see something different when they look to see where that ambulance siren is coming from: Sunstar ambulance No. 52 in a pink and white color scheme. The new paint job is designed to draw attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nearly one in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: One year later.

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Published: 01/21/18
Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

Lightning falls to Wild, its fifth loss in seven games

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Lightning said all the right things about needing to look in the mirror and do some soul-searching during its recent funk. Veterans said they had to lead the way. Coach Jon Cooper believed this eight-game trip would "show us wha...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

Florida wins big SEC showdown with Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jalen Hudson came off the bench to score 17, and Chris Chiozza, Keith Stone and Kevarrius Hayes contributed clutch baskets down the stretch as Florida rallied to upset No. 18 Kentucky 66-64 Saturday night. "We were able to win it jus...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

Shrine Game journal: USF players’ thoughts are with grieving QB Quinton Flowers

ST. PETERSBURG — USF had expected to have four former players in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, but QB Quinton Flowers had to miss the showcase game after learning that his grandmother had died late last week."I most definitely ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

Late score gives West victory over East in Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG — With less than a week to install a playbook, offenses can have it tough in college showcase games.And for 58 minutes on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field, the teams combined for just one offensive touchdown.But...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

Tampa Bay jobs chief Ed Peachey making top dollar

For years, Edward Peachey has bragged about the number of jobless people he has helped find work.As president and CEO of CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay, he’s in charge of the two main government agencies that provide training to the...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Diver from Dover dies in treacherous Eagle’s Nest cave

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WEEKI WACHEE — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday investigated the death of a Hillsborough County man in the Eagle’s Nest, an underwater network of caves where at least 11 others have died since 1981.Even experienced divers have lost th...
Published: 01/20/18
More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

More than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles rescued in Florida Panhandle

Florida’s dip into frigid temperatures did more than just stun humans unused to such cold air. This month scientists and volunteers have rescued more than 1,000 cold-stunned sea turtles from a single bay in the Florida Panhandle.The U.S. Geological S...
Published: 01/20/18
Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

Orchestra sets off fireworks in the brassy ‘Sinfonietta’

TAMPA — Many times during Sinfonietta, Leoš Janácek’s notoriously difficult but joyous work, it was impossible for a regular patron of the Florida Orchestra to escape this observation: They have never sounded quite like this.This isn’t to say musicia...
Published: 01/20/18
The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The longer the shutdown lasts, the further the economic ripples will spread

The early days of the federal government shutdown won’t slow the U.S. economy much. No workers are missing paychecks yet, and because it is a weekend, few businesses expect to feel the effects of lost customers or suppliers.That could change, quickly...
Published: 01/20/18