Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown North Pinellas

Tarpon Springs resident wins literary award for thriller: The Florida Writers Association announced that David C. Edmonds of Tarpon Springs won a prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award. His winning entry, Lily of Peru, won first place in the thriller/suspense category. The award was announced at the FWA's four-day annual conference in Altamonte Springs. The competition received 393 submissions in 30 adult genres and 15 youth genres. The Royal Palm Literary Awards recognize excellence in members' published and unpublished works while providing constructive criticism for all entrants.

FSU names former Safety Harbor resident an Askew Award winner: The Florida State University Alumni Association named former Safety Harbor resident James Enos as one of six recipients of the Reubin O'D. Askew Young Alumni Award, one of its highest honors for young alumni. Enos now works at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Enos attended Countryside High School in Clearwater and is a pediatric cardiology fellow at the medical facility. Enos joins a distinguished group of 15 Askew Award winners. Since earning his medical degree in 2011, he has completed medical rotations around the world, including contributing to ongoing efforts to establish a medical center in Tanzania. The Askew Award is named for the former Florida governor, FSU alumnus and educator Reubin Askew. It is the highest honor granted by the university to alumni younger than 30 years old.

AARP honors local volunteer with Andrus Award: AARP Florida selected Susan Traylor of Tarpon Springs to receive the 2015 AARP Florida Andrus Award for Community Service. Traylor was selected for her volunteer service in both Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. As a registered nurse, she provides medical aid to community members in need. Traylor also works with agencies around the county to help educate the community about financial matters, scams, identity theft and health care. Andrus Award honorees are chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of those around them, their dedication to improving their communities and their ability to inspire others to volunteer.

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Rapper Kodak Black arrested in Florida on grand theft, other charges

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in Florida on grand theft, other charges

FORT LAUDERDALE — Rapper Kodak Black has been ordered held without bail in Florida on seven felony charges that include child neglect and drug possession.The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested the 20-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dieuson Octave,...
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Editorial: Saying ‘thank you’ helps Tampa police build needed trust

Editorial: Saying ‘thank you’ helps Tampa police build needed trust

The smiles, applause and at least one hug belied the grim impetus for a gathering last week at a neighborhood center in Tampa — the Seminole Heights killings.The Tampa Police Department held a ceremony to thank those who helped in the investigation t...
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Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey men face charges after Pasco County deputies say they stole about $11,000 worth of cell phones and cell phone equipment at a Metro PCS store on State Road 54.Robert Jackson and Ronald Hartshorn were arrested Wedn...
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Bus rapid transit: First look at Tampa Bay’s next, best hope

Bus rapid transit: First look at Tampa Bay’s next, best hope

ST. PETERSBURG — The public got its first glimpse Friday morning of a new transit system that could one day connect Wesley Chapel to Tampa to St. Petersburg.It’s called bus rapid transit, or BRT. Representatives from Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas ...
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Five things Tampa Bay needs to know about bus rapid transit

Five things Tampa Bay needs to know about bus rapid transit

ST. PETERSBURG — Transportation planners on Friday unveiled a new transit vision for Tampa Bay leaders on Friday morning: Bus rapid transit.Also known as BRT, it has arisen as the leading option in an ongoing study to find the best regional transit p...
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‘Mike Hammer - Encore for Murder’ serves up hard-boiled 1950s fare with a healthy side of wit

CLEARWATER — From the moment the title character takes center stage, Mike Hammer — Encore for Murder is sold. Rarely does one actor own an entire production the way Gary Sandy owns this world premiere, and it’s a pleasure at watch, in large measure t...
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Tampa man gets five life sentences for killing three with assault rifle

Tampa man gets five life sentences for killing three with assault rifle

TAMPA — Early one morning in December 2014, Angel Luis Perez, high on cocaine, burst through the back door of an east Tampa home and used an AK-47 assault rifle to slaughter two people in their bed.A 3-year-old boy witnessed the murders. Perez grabbe...
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Top 5 at noon: First 97 days of a foster mom and the little girl in her care; first look at Tampa Bay’s next, best hope for a mass transit system; and more

Top 5 at noon: First 97 days of a foster mom and the little girl in her care; first look at Tampa Bay’s next, best hope for a mass transit system; and more

Here are the latest headlines and updates on tampabay.com: THE FIRST 97 DAYS OF A FOSTER MOM AND THE LITTLE GIRL IN HER CARE Shannon Colavecchio, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter now living in Tallahassee, decided in the summer of 2016 to begin th...
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Hillsborough, Pasco schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

Hillsborough, Pasco schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

The Florida Department of Health is reporting a sharp increase in flu activity in the last several weeks, prompting area schools to send out letter warning parents about the virus. At least two districts, however, say that flu activity in their schoo...
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Forecast: After a chilly morning, normal weather slowly returning to Tampa Bay

Forecast: After a chilly morning, normal weather slowly returning to Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay can finally bid farewell to this week’s stretch of brutally cold conditions.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area It’s a slow return to normal, as some residents still woke up to frost and sub-freezing temperatures, ...
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