Friday, June 22, 2018
News Roundup

Class notes

HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

In celebration of Black History Month, the school district is seeking entries for its Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream (LEAD) Student Contest. The contest challenges students to create an artistic interpretation expressing how they have been inspired by a local black leader. There are three arts categories: Literature, Performance, and Visual Arts. Winners will be selected in each category from each student division. The district has extended the deadline to Wednesday (Jan. 18). For more information, visit tbtim.es/18uv.

COMPUTER MENTORS

Computer Mentors will be hosting the fourth annual Teen Business Competition on Feb. 18-19. The event will feature 20 teens, learning entrepreneurship and developing business ideas as a competition. All High-school-aged teens, 14 through 18 years of age, and living in Hillsborough County are qualified to apply. For more information, visit computermentors.org.

TBBCA

Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts (TBBCA) is now accepting applications for the 2017 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarships Program, which is open to high school juniors and seniors in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco County. Each year, TBBCA awards $15,000 to six Tampa Bay area students based on merit and artistic ability. Scholarships are awarded in the fields of instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literary arts. It can be used for tuition at the college, university or professional arts training program of the students' choice. For more information, visit tbbca.org.

BEN HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Students at Hill Middle School collected 1,119 pairs of socks during a "Socktober" Holiday drive for charity. The socks were delivered last month to New Beginnings of Tampa, a transitional housing and homeless recovery program, by students led by NJHS president Olivia Krause and Vice President Gina Ricci-Bean.

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FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

FHP: One dead, three seriously injured in head-on Pasco crash

DADE CITY — A Dade City man was killed and three others were seriously injured after a pickup truck and motorcycle crashed head-on Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Floyd Williamson, 72, of Lakeland, was driving northbound on U....
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Health care IT company CareSync shuts down, laying off 292

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Convicted St. Pete heroin supplier gets 25 years in federal prison

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Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

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A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

A Pasco driver was annoyed another driver was texting. So he pointed a firearm at her.

PORT RICHEY — A 41-year-old Uber driver was arrested Friday after police said he pointed a firearm at another driver because he was annoyed that she was texting and driving.Philip Macchio was driving near State Road 52 and U.S. 19 around 12:30 a.m. F...
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Former Tampa police corporal qualifies as Democrat to run for Hillsborough sheriff

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Talia Lavin, whose tweet about a Pasco veteran’s tattoo implied he was a Nazi, has apologized to him and resigned from her position as a fact-checker at the New Yorker magazine.But in another tweet, Thursday evening, Lavin also lashed out at the fede...
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