Sunday, December 17, 2017
News Roundup

Hometown South Pinellas

Star Wars' 501st Legion visits All Children's Hospital

Though All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine pediatric patients weren't able to attend the premiere of the newest Star Wars movie, members of the 501st Legion Star Wars character troop stopped by to visit. Darth Vader, R2-D2, stormtroopers and other characters visited rooms to cheer up patients and pose for photos during the weekend of the movie's release.

Hreglias celebrate 65th anniversary

Tony and Yolanda Hreglia celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2015. They married in Queens, N.Y., and moved to Pinellas Park in 1998. Both are very involved with the Pinellas Park Senior Center, with Tony leading the Senior Center volunteer program. The two also are active with the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Duke Energy awards grant to Largo parks for interactive display

The Duke Energy Foundation awarded a first-time $30,000 grant to the Friends of the Largo Nature Parks, a nonprofit organization benefiting Largo's Recreation, Parks and Arts Department.

The funds will be used to make improvements to the Narrows Environmental Education Center at George C. McGough Nature Park. The funds will be allocated for a proposed interpretive display called Your Water, Your Life, which will allow visitors to interactively learn how everyday decisions can affect water and environmental quality.

Friends of the Largo Nature Parks and the city were awarded the grant at the January commission meeting.

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Sudden power outage brings Atlanta airport to a standstill; expected to be restored by midnight

Sudden power outage brings Atlanta airport to a standstill; expected to be restored by midnight

ATLANTA — A sudden power outage brought the world’s busiest airport to a standstill Sunday, grounding scores of flights in Atlanta just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. However, authorities said that electricity should be restored ...
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Bucs fans call for Jon Gruden — why was he fired to begin with?

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Wesley Chapel woman, 28, dies after crashing motorcycle

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Church bombing kills 9 in Pakistan; Couples wed in 1st Australian same-sex marriages; more in world news

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Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller

Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of ...
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Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

Florida mayor resigns after arrest for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of a small Florida town arrested for using dead peoples’ disabled parking permits to park at city hall has resigned.The Bradenton Herald reports that Teresa Bradley resigned and was given six-months of probation as pa...
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Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

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Woman, 24, hit by Land Rover, in critical condition

LARGO — A 24-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle Saturday night, police said.Khadijah Wood was walking through the parking lot of the Sandy Lane Apartment Homes on Belcher Road about 7:30 p.m.At the same time, Ju...
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