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St. Petersburg College amends diversity policy


St. Petersburg College amends diversity policy

Dr. Bill Law, named president of St. Petersburg College last year to replace retiring longtime president Dr. Carl Kuttler, noticed something was missing when he reviewed the college's diversity policy. The policy banned discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status and disabilities, but it didn't say anything about sexual orientation and gender identity. The omission, he said, "does not represent the openness that characterizes St. Petersburg College." Last week, he asked the college's board of trustees to remedy the situation by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes. The board approved the addition without discussion.


'Tip-A-Cop' for Special Olympics

In the wake of a powerful storm that struck the Tampa Bay area weeks ago, the Clearwater Police Department was forced to cancel its annual torch run to benefit Special Olympics. So the agency has come up with a new way to support Special Olympics, a nonprofit that empowers intellectually disabled people through athletic training and competition. From 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Clearwater police Chief Anthony "Tony" Holloway and his staff will be serving food and welcoming guests during the inaugural "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser at Mugs Grill and Bar at 1250 S Missouri Ave. Any tips collected for their service will benefit the nonprofit. Restaurant owner Abe Moussa will also donate 10 percent of revenue taken in on Tuesday, according to a news release.


Help animals, earn volunteer hours

Register now to learn about the Humane Society of Pinellas Summer Teen Team. The organization is looking for youth ages 16 to 18 who are interested in assisting animal caretaker staff in the adoptable cat area. There are also limited positions available in the adoptable dog and medical areas as well as in the adoption center. The program is geared toward Bright Futures scholarships or other academic-based volunteer hour needs. The information sessions for the summer team program will be held on May 12 and May 14. Registration is required to attend the session. Call Volunteer Services at (727) 797-7722, ext. 237, or e-mail


Golf tournament benefits 4-Hearts

The 4-Hearts organization is hosting a golf tournament Monday to raise money for the Shepherd Center. Last year's tournament raised $6,000 for the nonprofit center, which has provided low-income families, the homeless and the elderly with food, clothing and other services since 1974. This year's event will include a buffet lunch, silent auction, raffle prizes and putting contest. The tournament starts at 9 a.m. at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd. in Tarpon Springs, and costs $100 per person. Register at

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