Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Clearwater Sun reunion seeks former employees

Planning is under way for a spring reunion of former Clearwater Sun employees. The planning committee is attempting to contact anyone who worked in any department at the former newspaper. Anyone who is a former employee — or anyone who knows someone who may have worked there — is asked to provide email addresses for news and updates about the reunion plans. The email addresses will not be shared and will be used only for reunion news. Anyone who wants to be included or knows how to reach former Sun employees should submit names and email addresses to [email protected] (Dorothy Smiljanich), [email protected] (Tom Keyser) or [email protected] (Ron Stuart).

St. Petersburg Literacy Council trains new volunteers

Donnilah McClendon, Alice Hume, Evelyn Bentayou, Eleanor Eichenbaum, Dorie Michalik, Cathy Johnston, Kathryn Donatelli, Margie Sundstrom and Dan Amato attended a recent Literacy Council of St. Petersburg to help tutor adults with reading and writing skills to take the GED.

Big, Little Brother and Sister of the Year for Tampa Bay recognized

Big Brother Chris Butler of Largo and his Little Brother Elgin, who have been matched for more than five years, have been named the Big Brother and Little Brother of the Year for Big Brother Big Sister of Tampa Bay, the nation's fourth largest BBBS agency representing Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties. Big Sister Roxanne Connor of Safety Harbor and her Little Sister Megan, who have been matched in the school-based program at Eisenhower Elementary School in Clearwater for the past three years, have been named the Big Sister and Little Sister of the Year. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are adult volunteers who are matched with children facing adversity (called "Littles") for professionally supported one-on-one mentoring. Last year BBBS Tampa Bay matched more than 2,850 children with caring, positive role models.The honorees are now eligible to compete for Florida's Bigs and Littles of the Year, which will be determined later this year.

Admiral Farragut student earns Eagle rank

Luke Markus, 18, is a senior at Admiral Farragut Academy and a member of Troop 334 in St. Petersburg. He recently earned his Eagle Scout rank, the first Eagle Scout of the year for the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council. For his Eagle project, Luke supervised the building of campfire benches for the Boyd Hill Pioneer Settlement at St. Petersburg.

McGough Nature park home to two new vultures

McGough Nature Park is home to two new vultures. A male black vulture, Vlad, suffered a shotgun injury that broke his wing and didn't heal to the point where he could be returned to the wild. The young female turkey vulture, Ember, was found in Michigan with a broken wing and then was moved to Oklahoma. Due to both birds' injuries, they are no longer suited to live in the wild and have found a permanent residence at the Narrows. The Friends of Largo Nature Parks is accepting donations to help build additional enclosures for Vlad and Ember. For information on donating, call (727)518-3047 or visit the Narrows Environmental Education Center at 11901 146th St. N.

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Bucs’ belief Jameis Winston has been shaken

Bucs’ belief Jameis Winston has been shaken

TAMPA — Belief is the biggest attribute a quarterback can bring to his team. Belief in his talent. Belief in his commitment to winning. Belief in his ability to bring everyone together and have his voice lead the path forward.But the belief the Bucs ...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh: Who would you rather have?

In the crowd-pleasing sports-talk of game of "Who Would You Rather Have?’’ there might not be a more perfect match-up than this.Gerald McCoy vs. Ndamukong Suh.Both are defensive tackles. Both went to, what were at the time, Big 12 schools. Both were ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh: ‘Let them remember us’

TAMPA — In the spring of 2010, one of the biggest debates the week leading up to the NFL draft was which defensive tackle would be selected first? Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy.Both figured to be highly productive NFL players. S...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

Tampa police: Drunk wrong-way driver caused major crashes on Courtney Campbell Causeway

TAMPA — Police arrested a 26-year-old man they say drove the wrong way while drunk and caused a multi-vehicle crash Friday on the Courtney Campbell Causeway.Collin John Cole faces two counts of driving under the influence causing serious bodily injur...
Updated: 1 hour ago

AC/DC founding member Malcolm Young dead at 64

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the Australian hard rock band AC/DC, has died. He was 64. AC/DC announced the death on their official Facebook page and website Saturday. The posts did not say when or where...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs-Dolphins preview

Greg Auman has a final preview of Sunday’s Bucs-Dolphins game in Miami in his latest Cannon Fodder podcast.He talks about key matchups to watch for, from perhaps the NFL’s best slot receiver in Jarvis Landry, to Miami’s vulnerabilities at right tackl...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

Region football: Plant 22, Viera 18

MELBOURNE — With 1 yard separating Plant from an incredible come-from-behind victory, or a devastating defeat, it all came down to a matter of trust.And for Panthers coach Robert Weiner, there was no one he would put more faith in to get that 1 yard ...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

Fennelly: If this is true, Jameis Winston is done in this town

TAMPA — Why should we believe this man?Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated by the NFL concerning an allegation of him groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., in March 2016.Winston denied the allegations Friday in a statem...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

Romano: Hunting for a deadly needle in the Seminole Heights haystack

During the day, you hear from the psychics and the kooks. The well-intentioned tipsters, and the unsolicited profilers. This is all part of serial killer spillover, a sort of cottage industry of macabre.It gets tougher at night when you’re hounded by...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Possible wrong-way crash on Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday

TAMPA — A multi-vehicle crash on the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Friday may have been caused by a driver traveling in the wrong direction, Tampa police said.The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes closer to the Tampa side of the causeway, near ...
Published: 11/17/17
Updated: 11/18/17