Monday, November 20, 2017
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Fundraiser brings in $13,000: Catholic Charities' Shelters of Hope of the Diocese of St. Petersburg hosted a Mardi Gras dinner fundraiser in February at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Clearwater. One of the areas that Catholic Charities focuses on is shelter for the homeless. It has more than 1,700 units of affordable housing for individuals and families in need. More than $13,000 was raised at the event.

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Navy Seaman Recruit Rashad P. Johnson, a 2010 graduate of Dixie Hollins High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

Army Pvt. Demmico D. Bristol, a 2012 Boca Ciega High School graduate, graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Bristol is the nephew of Aundia Bristol and Nathan Lee of St. Petersburg.

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Frank Knight, a retired St. Petersburg music teacher, began donating blood when he was a student at Florida State University in 1959. In March, Knight donated platelets again, totalling 125 gallons since he began. For information on donating blood, visit oneblood.org, or call toll-free, 1-800-682-5663.

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Seminole resident Kristin Moorehead, 13, was chosen as a Tourette Syndrome Association Youth Ambassador. The TSA hosted its seventh annual Tourette Syndrome Youth Ambassador Training Program in Washington, D.C., in March for teens with and without Tourette syndrome. Kristin has now returned to Florida to educate her peers and younger children about sensitivity and awareness of Tourette syndrome by visiting classrooms, schools and clubs. She will focus on its symptoms and dispel myths and stereotypes that are often associated with the disorder.

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Editorial: Florida should restore online access to nursing home inspections

Editorial: Florida should restore online access to nursing home inspections

In a state with the nation’s highest portion of residents over 65 years old and more than 80,000 nursing home beds, public records about those facilities should be as accessible as possible. Yet once again, Florida is turning back the clock to the da...
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How did UCF go from 0-12 to unbeaten? Coaching and chemistry

How did UCF go from 0-12 to unbeaten? Coaching and chemistry

ORLANDO — The marvel of Space Mountain dissipated decades ago. Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Universal, while a nifty defiance of gravity, has its ups and downs. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Please. To many locals, Orlando’s most dizzying experience — ...
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Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

On Sunday, the Buccaneers and Dolphins played one of those football games that gets only an obligatory mention at the end of highlight shows. In that spirit, this week’s Turning Point will focus mostly on the final three minutes of Tampa Bay...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Updated: 1 hour ago
Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

Buccaneers-Dolphins Turning Point, Week 11: Cool, calm Fitzmagic

On Sunday, the Buccaneers and Dolphins played one of those football games that gets only an obligatory mention at the end of highlight shows. In that spirit, this week’s Turning Point will focus mostly on the final three minutes of Tampa Bay’s 30-20 ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Sex assault reports declining at MacDill despite increase militarywide

Sex assault reports declining at MacDill despite increase militarywide

TAMPA — The number of sexual assaults reported to officials at MacDill Air Force Base has decreased dramatically during the past three years even as reports across the military have increased slightly, new Pentagon statistics show.Officials at MacDil...
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David Straz adds $10,000 to reward for arrest in Seminole Heights killings

David Straz adds $10,000 to reward for arrest in Seminole Heights killings

TAMPA — The David A. Straz Foundation is contributing $10,000 to the reward for information leading to an arrest in the Seminole Heights killings.The contribution brings the total to $110,000.Straz is a philanthropist and retired banker who is explor...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Ruth: Would high-speed rail have reduced traffic deaths on I-4?

Ruth: Would high-speed rail have reduced traffic deaths on I-4?

Ah, just in time for the Thanksgiving travel season, Florida has once again achieved national prominence. We’re No. 1 — with a body bag! Can’t you feel the pride swelling?A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that...
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Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ has a Dia de los Muertos theme and is, well, lifeless

Disney-Pixar’s ‘Coco’ has a Dia de los Muertos theme and is, well, lifeless

Disney-Pixar’s Coco was more enjoyable three years ago when it was titled The Book of Life and came from Twentieth Century Fox.Both animated features spring from Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos celebration, the annual "day of the dead" when departed rela...
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UPDATED: Crocodile spotted lurking on Florida beach has been captured (w/video)

UPDATED: Crocodile spotted lurking on Florida beach has been captured (w/video)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Authorities say they’ve captured a 6-foot (2-meter) crocodile that came ashore on a Florida beach.News outlets report that wildlife officers caught the large reptile Monday afternoon on Hollywood Beach.Hollywood spokeswoman Joann Hu...
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