Monday, August 20, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown North Pinellas

Teachers recognized by University of Chicago: Palm Harbor University High teacher Line Mercier and St. Petersburg High teacher Karen Vann were selected for the University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award. Each year, the University of Chicago invites students entering their first year of studies at the university to nominate an educator who has influenced them, challenged them or helped them along the path toward intellectual growth.

Crabby Bill's wins Best of Taste of Indian Rocks Beach: The Original Crabby Bill's Seafood in Indian Rocks Beach won the Best of the Taste of Indian Rocks Beach at the 10th Annual Taste of IRB. With more than 25 percent of the votes, Crabby Bill's all-fresh-from-Florida menu included grilled gulf octopus, stone crab sliders, Port Canaveral royal red shrimp, Baja grouper tacos and buffalo oysters.

Pinellas Community Foundation names new executive director: The Pinellas Community Foundation named Tampa Bay nonprofit leader Mack "Duggan" Cooley III as its new executive director. Cooley will take the reigns from retiring Julie Scales, who led PCF during more than a decade of growth spanning from 2003 to 2016. Despite the downturn in the economy, Scales ensured PCF remained an anchor of stability to the Pinellas County nonprofit agencies that rely on the foundation's support and increased net assets by more than $40 million. Cooley most recently served as the United Way of Pasco County president and CEO where he increased the organization's visibility and spurred fundraising growth. He previously led Religious Community Services to increase private fundraising by more than 70 percent thereby expanding the availability of services to victims of domestic violence, hunger and homelessness by 35 percent during his five-year tenure as president and CEO. Cooley is the former president of Leadership Pinellas. He is also the chairman of the Pasco County Homelessness Coalition and held board positions with the Pasco Economic Development Council and the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger.

, Inner Wheel of Dunedin North Tours Hanger Clinic: The Inner Wheel of Dunedin North took a tour of Hanger Clinic in Clearwater last month. Inner Wheel Foundation provides myoelectric prosthetic upper limbs for children who were born without arms or lost them due to illness or accidents. Inner Wheel of Dunedin North visited Hanger Clinic to see the processes necessary in manufacturing myoelectric prostheses. Hanger Clinic provides all of the prostheses for the Inner Wheel Foundation. Inner Wheel of Dunedin North is a nonprofit group that works to provide funds for many local charitable organizations. The club meets the third Thursday of the month at various locations. For information call Lesley Shaw at (727) 687-6142.

Largo City Commission recognizes new fire rescue personnel and small business month: Nine new Largo Fire Rescue Paramedics and EMTs — Jason Poole, Ian Calderwood, Alana Napier, Carlos Franco, Bernard Aris, Mario Barbara, Thomas Amato, Justin Clarida and Douglas Scott — were recognized and sworn into service earlier this month. November was also proclaimed as Largo Small Business Month in order to increase awareness of the impact local businesses have on the quality of life in Largo.

Divya Kumar, Times staff writer

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Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

Rays defeat Royals thanks to pitching and replay

ST. PETERSBURG — That the Rays defeated the Royals 1-0 on Monday night — Tampa Bay's major-league-leading 51st one-run game — is not surprising. What is a bit unusual is how they did it.With two outs and runners on first and third i...
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Rays journal: Seminole’s Brett Phillips returns home

Rays journal: Seminole’s Brett Phillips returns home

ST. PETERSBURG — Brett Phillips played at Tropicana Field in 2012 when he was a senior at Seminole High and a member of Team Pinellas in the annual Hillsborough vs. Pinellas All-Star Game. He was just weeks away from being picked in the sixth r...
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Who says preseason doesn’t count for Bucs?

Who says preseason doesn’t count for Bucs?

TAMPA — Monday was a beautiful day out at One Buc Place.Sunny. Blue skies. Hot, but not a thousand degrees like it has been in recent weeks around here.The Bucs were finally back home after spending most of the past week in Nashville. And despi...
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Rodney Page’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Royals game

Rodney Page’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Royals game

Replay played a big role in the game. The Rays got their run in the second when an out call at first was overturned. Then in the fourth, Kevin Kiermaier was picked off second with no outs after a replay showed his hand came off the base.Ryan Yarbroug...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — Three people were killed and two children were seriously injured in a head-on collision that took place Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place about 7 p.m. on County Road 54, west of Chantel Drive.Elv...
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Tampa Bay Catholics react: ‘Terrible and horrible,’ ‘betrayal,’ ‘deep disappointment’

Tampa Bay Catholics react: ‘Terrible and horrible,’ ‘betrayal,’ ‘deep disappointment’

ST. PETERSBURG — The fallout from a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the molestation of more than 1,000 children by at least 300 Roman Catholic priests that was covered up by church officials for decades has reverberated among Tampa Bay paris...
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More manatees have died in Florida so far this year than in all of 2017. Blame Red Tide.

More manatees have died in Florida so far this year than in all of 2017. Blame Red Tide.

ST. PETERSBURG — The number of manatee deaths in Florida this year has already exceeded the total for all of 2017. Blame Red Tide, which is suspected of killing more than 100 of them.So far, 554 manatees have died in 2018, with four months left to go...
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Bulls snubbed in preseason AP poll

Bulls snubbed in preseason AP poll

Less than two weeks before their season opener, the Bulls finally have a gaudy accessory to complement their new Adidas uniforms.The ol' chip on their shoulder pads.USF received no votes in the Associated Press preseason poll released Monday, marking...
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After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After a torrent of complaints, the Pinellas County school system is scrapping its plans to show a video to elementary school students in preparation for state-mandated active shooting drills to begin soon.The reaction came from parents after the dist...
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Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back.

Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back.

A little over a week ago, Key Largo resident Victor Perez was looking out toward the bayside canal behind his house when he spotted an unusual sight."I’m on my balcony," said Perez, "and all of a sudden, I see this noodle and there’s a crocodile hang...
Updated: 6 hours ago