Thursday, June 21, 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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Rays journal: 7 pitches, 3 straight homers prove too much in loss to Astros

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