Sunday, December 10, 2017
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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Fennelly: Gerald McCoy’s lost season may be over

Fennelly: Gerald McCoy’s lost season may be over

TAMPA — It was the face of a losing season.Gerald McCoy’s tearful, contorted face.Up there on the video boards at Raymond James Stadium. On your TV screen. Everywhere."I’m not a quitter," McCoy said. "I don’t play to lose."The Bucs lost their ninth g...
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Bucs-Lions: Grading Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss to Detroit

Bucs-Lions: Grading Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss to Detroit

TAMPA — It was football weather, cool, crisp, a day for the Bucs and their fans. That explains the crowd. Stow the zinc oxide. Where’s my muff?Oh, and break out the record book.For the 28th time in their 42-year history, the Bucs are losers. They sec...
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Buc-Lions: The end could be near for Doug Martin

Buc-Lions: The end could be near for Doug Martin

TAMPA — One costly fumble Sunday did what two seasons with the worst average per carry in the NFL couldn’t do: Put Doug Martin on the bench.Bucs coach Dirk Koetter had stuck with Martin, starting him Sunday even after Peyton Barber rushed for 102 yar...
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Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

Jones: Why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter won’t survive this

TAMPA — Dirk Koetter isn’t going to return as coach of the Bucs next season.That’s not official. No announcement has been made. No press conference is scheduled. It’s not an absolute fact. Not yet.And this isn’t a call for his job.It’s a prediction. ...
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Lions-Buccaneers: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss

Lions-Buccaneers: A by-the-numbers look at Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bucs’ 24-21 loss to the Lions on Sunday:28Seasons, out of 42, in which the Bucs have lost more games than they’ve won.81.8Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s completion percentage Sunday. He completed 36 of 44 pas...
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All boxes checked on Lightning home stand sweep; now, back to the road

All boxes checked on Lightning home stand sweep; now, back to the road

TAMPA — You don’t often see a coach making shadow puppets on the wall with his hands at the start of his postgame news conference, but that’s where the Lightning is these days after sweeping a four-game home stand with Saturday night’s 4-3 overtime v...
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Sting rocks the house with old and new hits in Florida Orchestra gala

Sting rocks the house with old and new hits in Florida Orchestra gala

ST. PETERSBURG — In some ways, the Florida Orchestra’s gala with Sting looked like other concerts of a mega-star. Most of the fans who packed the Mahaffey Theater bought their tickets the day they went on sale. They cheered and sang along at the open...
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Bucs-Lions: Social media reaction from Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss

Bucs-Lions: Social media reaction from Tampa Bay’s 24-21 loss

Matthew Stafford playing with a bad throwing hand completed 36 of 44 passes. The Bucs committed five turnovers. And yet..... Tampa Bay tied it late in the fourth quarter Sunday before Detroit drove for Matt Prater’s 46-yard field goal and a 24-21 vic...
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Jewish remains moved for parking lot in Poland; 3 arrested in attack on Swedish synagogue; more in world news

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‘What I am detained for?’ Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

‘What I am detained for?’ Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

Popular comedian Hannibal Buress was arrested Saturday night in Wynwood on a disorderly intoxication charge after an encounter with a police officer.Buress, 34, was booked into a Miami-Dade jail at 1:57 a.m. Sunday and posted bail just before 6 a.m.,...
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