Friday, June 15, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown North Pinellas

Caladesi NSDAR honors local veterans: The Caladesi chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution honored military veterans at a recent meeting. Retired Army Col. Carol Zieres, who was the keynote speaker, was awarded the DAR Community Service Award for her dedication and service to Operation Helping Hands, Tampa Bay Military Officers Association of America, Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Safety Harbor Garden Club and for founding the Safety Harbor Historical Society. Also honored for his service was Gary Holsopple, who served with the 371st TC Detachment, 7th of the 1st Air Cavalry in Vinh Long, Vietnam. His family was honored for their support.

Clearwater Library system gets grant for digitization of historical records: The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded the Clearwater Public Library System a $12,000 grant to make historical records and artifacts from community members digitally available to the public. The system is one of only two in the state to have been awarded the grant. These are the first awards made under NEH's Common Heritage grant program, an agencywide initiative to enhance the role of humanities in civic life. The Common Heritage Grant will allow the library system to host digitization days, encouraging community members to share materials important to their family or community histories. The items will be digitized, along with descriptive information and context.

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Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg frustrated, but optimistic

NEW YORK — So what does the boss — lowercase, of course, around here — think of this up-and-down, hot-and-cold Rays season so far? Appropriately, a variety of things.In a 30-minute chat with the Tampa Bay Times before Friday's 5-0 l...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

Rays journal: Nathan Eovaldi pitches well against his ex-team but gets no help

NEW YORK — RHP Nathan Eovaldi made an impressive return to Yankee Stadium on Friday to face his high-powered former teammates.It's too bad he didn't get any help from his current mates, in what ended up a 5-0 Rays loss.Eovaldi was in command an...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
St. Petersburg police make arrest 31 years after sexual assault

St. Petersburg police make arrest 31 years after sexual assault

ST. PETERSBURG ó Police arrested a man Friday in connection with a 31-year-old sexual assault case and believe heís connected to other unsolved cases from decades ago.Anthony Stokes, 56, faces a charge of armed sexual battery, according to St. Peters...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Interviews detail the downward spiral of the Seminole Heights killing suspect

Interviews detail the downward spiral of the Seminole Heights killing suspect

TAMPA ó One day last September, Howell Emanuel Donaldson III sat in his red Ford Mustang outside a Clearwater coffee shop."Iím just not in a good spot," he told a friend who sat beside him. "Iím going through a rough time."Matt Threadgill, his old hi...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Records detail Wrigley heirís $480,000 betrayal by trusted employees

Records detail Wrigley heirís $480,000 betrayal by trusted employees

ODESSA ó One day in the summer of 2014, Helen Rich spotted a Facebook post about an aging black Labrador in Kansas named Lady who badly needed a new home. The author and heir to the Wrigley gum fortune had recently lost her own Black lab. Rich decide...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida’s unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent

Florida’s unemployment rate drops to 3.8 percent

Just when it seemed like Florida’s unemployment rate couldn’t get lower, it did. According to the state figures out Friday, Florida’s jobless rate dipped to a near 18-year low of 3.8 percent in May after holding steady at 3.9 percen...
Updated: 2 hours ago
St. Petersburg home becomes finalist in HGTV contest

St. Petersburg home becomes finalist in HGTV contest

ST. PETERSBURG ó A house in St. Petersburgís Old Northeast is a finalist in HGTVís Ultimate House Hunt contest. Built in 2007 in the Mission Revival style, the 4,000-square-foot home a block from Coffee Pot Bayou is among 12 nationwide in the "curb a...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Services set for former USF, Storm lineman Kenyatta Jones

Services set for former USF, Storm lineman Kenyatta Jones

A pair of visitations and a celebration-of-life service for former Bulls OL Kenyatta "Bear" Jones have been scheduled for next week.Jones, the first USF player ever taken in the NFL draft, passed away June 9 in Colorado of cardiac arrest, according t...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

Editorial: Encouraging private citizens to step up on transit

The new grass-roots effort to put a transportation package before Hillsborough County voters in November faces a tough slog. Voters rejected a similar effort in 2010, and another in 2016 by elected officials never made it from the gate. But the lates...
Updated: 2 hours ago