Thursday, May 24, 2018
News Roundup

Hometown South Pinellas

American Heart Association Tampa Bay office wins national award for campaign: The American Heart Association Tampa Bay office was the recipient of the American Stroke Association's national award for Best Integrated Campaign for American Stroke Month among markets with a corporate sponsor. The AHA Tampa Bay and its year-round Together to End Stroke supporter, Frontier Communications, implemented a campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting public stroke education. Judges commended the campaign for reaching multicultural audiences across the bay area through a stroke awareness event at USF St. Petersburg with American Heart Association spokesperson and renowned hip-hop artist Dee-1; strategic alliances with six hospitals and two medical professional groups; media placements and compelling interviews with radio stations, TV stations and print publications; and the creative use of social media.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic volunteer receives key to city: Retired bicycle mechanic Patrick Ruta, 70, above, volunteers twice a week at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, putting in 80-100 hours a month fixing donated bikes so low-income residents can ride them to work or school. In recognition of Ruta's years of volunteer work, the City Council presented him with a key to the city last month. A bike mechanic by trade for 30 years, Ruta helped revive the Free Clinic's bicycle program in 2010. He cleans and repairs donated bicycles to make sure they're safe and matches each bike to each recipient's height and weight. He outfits every bike with lights. Each rider also gets a bike lock to prevent theft. Individuals are eligible to receive a bicycle if they can show proof of permanent employment or schooling. Those interested should call (727) 821-1200, ext. 115, for eligibility requirements.

Rotary Club Donates $10,000 to Children's Art Programs at Morean Arts Center: The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg presented a check for $10,000 to the Morean Arts Center to benefit scholarships for disadvantaged children to participate in art education programs. The funds came from the club's "Wine for the Arts," wine tasting event held this year. Founded in 1920, The Rotary Club of St. Petersburg is the oldest civic club in St. Petersburg. The club provides financial and volunteer support to community organizations and meets every Friday at noon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

Osteopathic physician awarded with fellowship: Dr. Stacy Chase, Associate Family Medicine Residency Director for St. Petersburg General Hospital, was presented with the Fellowship Award from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. This award is given to those who have shown exemplary, ongoing dedication to the osteopathic profession and community on local, state and national levels. To date, 747 osteopathic family physicians have received this award since the ACOFP was founded in 1950. Chase supports medical education of family practice residents as the Residency Clinic Director at Family Care at Bardmoor. She is the chair of Family Medicine at St. Petersburg General Hospital; Associate Family Medicine Residency Director for St. Petersburg General Hospital family practice residents and interns and an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for Lake Erie College of Medicine in Bradenton. She is also a board member, treasurer and membership director of the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society; board of director in training for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Family Physicians.

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Licht promotes three in Bucs’ scouting department

Licht promotes three in Bucs’ scouting department

The dust has settled from another NFL draft, and Bucs general manager Jason Licht has made three promotions in his scouting department as a new year of player evaluation begins.Byron Kiefer, entering his 14th season with the Bucs and fourth as a nati...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

Forecasters: Increased likelihood for tropical system to form in gulf, soak Tampa Bay

ST. PETERSBURG — The National Hurricane Center has raised the chance that a low pressure system moving up through the Caribbean will become a tropical system as it enters the gulf in the next 3-5 days.Thursday morning, the hurricane center bumped up ...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Hillsborough prosecutors to seek death penalty in Riverview family slaughter

Hillsborough prosecutors to seek death penalty in Riverview family slaughter

TAMPA — Prosecutors will pursue a death sentence for Ronnie Oneal III, accused of slaughtering his girlfriend and their 9-year-old daughter at their Riverview home and trying to kill their 8-year-old son.Oneal, 29, has pleaded not guilty to charges o...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Pasco sheriff: Man arrested after stabbing driver, kicking officer

Pasco sheriff: Man arrested after stabbing driver, kicking officer

DADE CITY — A Dade City man was arrested Tuesday night after jumping on top of a car, stabbing the driver multiple times and kicking an officer in the face, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.Roscoe James, 42, was walking down Morningside...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
The single biggest reason Tampa Bay isn’t headed to the Stanley Cup final

The single biggest reason Tampa Bay isn’t headed to the Stanley Cup final

TAMPA — Washington is on to Vegas. The Lightning is not. So we asked the Times' Lightning coverage team for the single biggest reason Tampa Bay isn't headed to the Stanley Cup final. Here's their answers:Roger Mooney, staff writer: Th...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Front-end loaders will serve as coda to Tampa Bay Lightning’s wild ride

Front-end loaders will serve as coda to Tampa Bay Lightning’s wild ride

TAMPA — Hours before the puck drops at Amalie Arena for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, the ice crew boss talks about putting off any sign of the end for as long as possible."We don’t want to see the front-end loaders," says Tom Miracle, who...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

APOLLO BEACH — Tampa Electric Co. is taking a big step away from coal. The Tampa-based utility is converting its coal-fired Unit 1 at its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas and retiring coal-fired Unit 2 in 2021.Five workers died in June 2017 afte...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Familiar softball foe upends Land O’Lakes’ state title hopes

Familiar softball foe upends Land O’Lakes’ state title hopes

VERO BEACH — To become the first Pasco County team and just the third from the area to win consecutive state titles, Land O’Lakes knew it had to get past a familiar — and determined — opponent in Thursday’s Class 6A championship game.The Gators faced...
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Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct in CNN report

Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct in CNN report

Eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior on-set, at his production company, and during press junkets, according to a report.CNN reports that 16 people have spoken out against Freeman’s alleged misco...
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A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

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As a fifth-grader, Aleesha Mance wrote an essay about her sister’s killer, explaining how peer pressure and drugs led the 17-year-old to make a deadly choice. In high school, she searched for his name online. She read news articles about a tee...
Updated: 1 hour ago