Monday, October 15, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: WEDU Be More Awards should inspire us to act

Kudos to young Hailey Scheinman, who made one of the most inspiring appearances at the inspiring WEDU Be More Awards last week.

Hailey, 10, a 2013 winner, shared without a hint of nervousness how her nonprofit, Livy's Hope, was born out of a desire to care for her twin sister, Livy, who has epilepsy. It focuses on supporting kids with medical needs. I can't help but marvel at youths who handle adversity with more courage than some adults. …

Heather Barrow's High Risk Hope took home the Be More Award for nonprofit of the year at the Thursday event. She called upon a quote sure to stick: "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." …

Visit St. Pete-Clearwater is using a comical snowman to lure millennials for a visit, but when it comes to getting them to stay, we need to remember we need more than sunshine. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Enjoy the Government We Elected. It's the Best Money Can Buy. …

Only 7 percent of people have O-negative blood, but 100 percent can receive the universal blood type. High demand in area hospitals has led to great need, so OneBlood is making an immediate appeal. Go to oneblood.org or call toll-free 1-888-936-6283 …

White Castle and Boyz 2 Men Barbers are two Florida State Fair draws you might have missed as it enters its final day.

Yes, the famed sliders have a food truck amid all the other sinful delights. Being Southern-born, I'll always opt for Krystal, but Northerners will be in line ready for a debate.

Meanwhile, you can find Boyz 2 Men in the exhibit hall exhibiting some of the most eye-catching designs you've ever seen.

That's all I'm saying.

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Sports Illustrated: Rays were baseball’s ‘most consequential’ team in 2018

Sports Illustrated: Rays were baseball’s ‘most consequential’ team in 2018

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Updated: 2 hours ago
In Cape San Blas, a wary walk to find out what Hurricane Michael left behind

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Royal baby: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle expecting child in spring

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The Daystarter: How Cape San Blas weathered Michael; Medicare’s first day of open enrollment; Bucs stumble in Atlanta

The Daystarter: How Cape San Blas weathered Michael; Medicare’s first day of open enrollment; Bucs stumble in Atlanta

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Updated: 3 hours ago
Clearwater is latest battleground for strong mayor initiative opponent

Clearwater is latest battleground for strong mayor initiative opponent

CLEARWATER — Beth Rawlins has done this before.As movements have surfaced across Florida to transform governments run by appointed city managers to put daily authority in the hands of mayors, it was often Rawlins who would show up. She has been preac...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Sears files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid plunging sales, massive debt

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Updated: 4 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: No evidence that Andrew Gillum is running from FBI

PolitiFact Florida: No evidence that Andrew Gillum is running from FBI

A Republican ad portrays Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum as a man on the run from law enforcement amid an FBI corruption investigation in his city."Andrew Gillum is running for governor and also from the FBI," the Republican Party of Florida ad says....
Published: 10/15/18

Hooper: Salute solutionists, leaders who invest in action

Solutionists.The word recently popped up in a conversation with a friend and it struck a chord. I call them doers, but I like solutionists even more. Instead of just talking about issues, they take action.In the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, ...
Published: 10/15/18
Dear Penny: My fiance spends his student loan refund like it doesn’t cost interest

Dear Penny: My fiance spends his student loan refund like it doesn’t cost interest

Dear Penny,I’ve been working full time for five years and have slowly learned to budget as I’ve clawed my way through student loans and credit card debt, which I’m still not out of. This year, I am also saving for my wedding. After that, I want to st...
Published: 10/15/18
‘The Conners’ return to TV without Roseanne this week

‘The Conners’ return to TV without Roseanne this week

The Conners will be trudging along without matriarch and star Roseanne Barr.The remaining cast members of the Roseanne spinoff have been leaning on one another in the wake of ABC’s firing of Barr in May after she made a racist remark on Twitter.Nary ...
Published: 10/15/18