Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Tarpon Springs gets $40,000 grant to support Center for Gulf Coast Folklife

Former Clearwater fire Chief Jamie Geer's alleged victim testifies in his sexual abuse case. 1B

A Largo man shoots and kills his wife and himself in public, one day after a murder-suicide in Palm Harbor. 1A

kidnapping, rapes

raped them and kidnapped one of them.

Tarpon springs

City receives $40,000 grant for folk art

The city of Tarpon Springs has received a $40,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support programs offered by the Center for Gulf Coast Folklife. Tarpon is one of 788 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive such a grant. The funding will support the center's presentation of local, state and regional traditions to the Tampa Bay area. Folk artists, both established and newly documented, will be represented in an exhibit of Latin American folk culture at the Gulf Coast Folklife Gallery. The Folklife Center, located inside the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center at 101 S Pinellas Ave., also will organize several festivals and performances, including the second Gulf Coast Folklife Festival, the Gulf Coast Maritime and Music Festival and Night in the Islands, a monthly Greek music and dance event. It will also offer folklife workshops for local folk arts.

Clearwater

Student law interns sought

Do you know a high school student who might be more motivated to attend college or do better in school if they could experience a quality mentor relationship this summer? The Clearwater Bar Association is holding the 2012 Student Legal Intern Program. To qualify, students must live in or attend school in north Pinellas County and have completed 10th grade but not yet graduated from high school. The six-week program is designed to provide a valuable work experience; to further understanding of the law; and to provide a mentor relationship. The interns will interact with local attorneys, judges, law firms and legal departments. The paid internships will run from June 11 to July 20. Interns will perform numerous duties as they learn the inner workings of law offices, legal departments and the judicial system. Students must submit an application by May 7, along with a school transcript and two letters of recommendation. An essay is also required. Qualifying applicants will be interviewed the week of May 14. Download an application at www.clearwaterbar.org/intern.html or phone (727) 461-4869 to request one.

Dunedin

Bark in the Park set Saturday

On Saturday, the Dunedin Blue Jays will host an annual tradition at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium — Bark in the Park. Fans are invited to bring their dogs to the 6:30 p.m. game against the Tampa Yankees. Tickets are $6 for humans and $3 for dogs. Proceeds of dog tickets will benefit Retired K9 Heroes. For tickets, go to dunedinbluejays.com or call (727) 733-0429.

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Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

Senate race motivated Alabama’s white, black evangelical voters in different ways

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Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

Gators crash volleyball power party, play national semifinal Thursday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s difficult to call a volleyball program that has been to the Final Four eight times an underdog, especially the way Florida rallied to beat Southern California and punch its latest ticket. Yet of the four schools descending on ...
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High school scoreboard for Dec. 13

Wednesday’s scoreboardGirls soccerCountryside 3, St. Petersburg 1Girls basketballPalm Harbor U. 42, Largo 25
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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken’s Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018...
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Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

Florida Toys for Tots charity raffles off AR-15 rifle. Gun debate ensues.

SPRING HILL — Hernando County Commission Vice Chairman Steve Champion wanted to do something to help raise money for the annual Toys for Tots drive. So he donated the grand prize for the Nov. 18 raffle:It was an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.That led to ...
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Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Thefts from cell towers interrupted service, deputies say

Lost cell signal recently? The culprit could be a 40-year-old Ruskin man who deputies said stole thousands of dollars worth of the equipment that powers cell towers. The theft interrupted cell tower signals on at least two occasions, deputies said, i...
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