Sunday, January 21, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown Pinellas

SUNSTAR PARAMEDICS COLLECTS TOYS, FOOD: Sunstar Paramedics, the 911 ambulance transport service for Pinellas County residents, stuffed an ambulance with toys and canned food as part of a Toys for Tots Tampa Bay and RCS Food Bank this month. Sunstar collected an estimated $5,000-$6,000 worth of toys and about $250 of food.

TAMPA BAY BEACHES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNIZED: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce became a Visit Florida Certified Travel Information Center this month. Visit Florida research indicates that visitors who stop at official information centers stay longer and invest more money into their Florida vacation based on the information and experience they receive at one of these facilities.

INNER WHEEL RECEIVES $2K GRANT FROM ROTARY CLUB: The Rotary Club of Dunedin awarded a $2,000 grant to Inner Wheel of Dunedin North for the Inner Wheel U.S.A. Foundation Myoelectric Limbs Program. The Myoelectric Limbs Program provides myoelectric upper limbs for children who were born without limbs or lost them at a young age due to illness or accidents.

ST. CECELIA STUDENTS DONATE TO SOUP KITCHEN: St. Cecelia Catholic School students collected food that was donated to the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen. The kitchen serves hot meals to the homeless of Clearwater on a daily basis.

COFFEE FUNDRAISING EVENT RAISES MONEY FOR CHILDREN IN NEED: Blessings in a Backpack Pinellas held its Coffee for a Cause Fundraising event at Belleair Coffee Company, Belleair Bluffs, raising more than $200 to help feed children in-need with six full meals and snacks over their weekend, where food might not be readily available.

OUR LADY OF LOURDES CHOIR CELEBRATES MASS AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY: The fourth-grade choir class at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School celebrated Mass with the residents at Mease Manor Assisted Living facility. The students sang as choir with Father Gary Dowsey as celebrant.

PALM HARBOR MUSICIAN AWARDED VANS SCHOLARSHIP: Kyle Knudsen, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter, poet and multi-instrumentalist from Palm Harbor is the 2016 recipient of the Vans Berklee Off the Wall Scholarship, which covers four years of tuition and room and board at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Knudsen is a founding member of Denim Blue & Miclain Keith. He wrote the electronic duo's entire first album, The Abyss, which caught the attention of Tampa's commercial alternative rock radio station 97X. After several cuts from the album became popular among listeners, the duo was invited to play the 2015 97X BBQ alongside Panic! at the Disco and AWOLNATION. Later that year, DBMK won the station's local band search and earned the opening slot on the 97X Next Big Thing Festival, performing in front of 20,000 people alongside Walk the Moon, The Neighborhood, and Twenty One Pilots. DBMK's latest release is Sleep, released in 2016. Knudsen spent several summers in Grammy Foundation music camps in Tampa, New York and Los Angeles. He has also attended Berklee's summer songwriting workshop.

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Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

Add swagger to Lightning’s loss column

CHICAGO — It didn’t take the sound of a door slamming in the visitor’s dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.Tampa Bay believed it had worked hard against the Wild — at least, harder than it did in Thursday’s letharg...
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Hillsborough diver who died in Eagle’s Nest Cave was adventurous but experienced

Davin Brannon was a pilot, a spearfisherman, an avid cave and open-water diver and an experienced all-around adventurer, said those close to him ."I guess you could say he died doing what he loved," his cousin Pam Kirven said. "But I also know he’d n...
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‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

‘Three Billboards’ sweeps female-focused SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES — The Western-inspired revenge tale Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri swept the female-focused and led Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday with wins for best ensemble, best actress for Frances McDormand and best supporting actor for...
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Shutdown opens week

Shutdown opens week

Associated PressWASHINGTON — The government shutdown will extend into the workweek as the Senate appeared to inch closer to ending a partisan stalemate late Sunday but fell short of agreement. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic...
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Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

Record number of inmates died in Florida prisons last year. And they died younger than past years.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was released late Friday by the Florida Department of Correctio...
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Oxfam highlights sharp inequality as Davos elite gather

DAVOS, Switzerland — A CEO from one of the world’s top five global fashion brands has to work for just four days to earn what a garment worker in Bangladesh will earn in an entire lifetime, campaigning group Oxfam International said Monday. In advanc...
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Amazon opens cashier-less store in Seattle

SEATTLE — Amazon employees have been testing it, but is the public ready for a cashier-less store? More than a year after it introduced the concept, Amazon is opening its artificial intelligence-powered Amazon Go store today in downtown Seattle. The ...
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At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on

At second St. Petersburg Women’s March, 5,000 focus on "what we can do"

ST. PETERSBURGNear Mirror Lake, as protesters posed for pictures, hung signs on their dogs and distributed chant scripts just after noon Sunday, Linda Pair and her friend Beth Gavin arrived to march.Asked why she came out, Pair, 72, of Largo put it b...
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USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

USF women blow late lead, lose at Wichita State

WICHITA — USF led by eight points in the fourth quarter but went cold, and Wichita State pulled off the upset 64-56 Sunday afternoon in a potentially costly loss for the Bulls.USF (15-5, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) missed 14 of its last 15 fiel...
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