Saturday, February 17, 2018
News Roundup

Nuggets of interest

More recycling on the beach: The Gulf Beaches Recycling Program offers the potential to recycle more materials in more places. Except for yard waste, all recyclable materials defined in this directory — pinellascounty.org/recycle — are acceptable.

Youth development summer program: The Pinellas Opportunity Council is accepting applications for an eight-week program for students 14 or 15 in ninth or 10th grades with a GPA of 2.5 or better and who meet minimum income guidelines. Students will attend two weeks of training at St. Petersburg College and then six weeks of on-the-job-training at various job sites. Apply through May 18 at 3443 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Students who complete the program will receive a stipend. Agencies interested in placing students may contact Frances M. Cato at (727) 327-8690, ext. 15.

Volunteer for 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares: Learn more from 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Room 191 of the Juvenile Welfare Board, 14155 58th St. N, near Largo. You may register at 211volunteer recruitment.eventbrite.com. If you are interested but are unable to attend, contact Geri at [email protected] 211tampabay.org or call (727) 210-4209. All volunteers must be at least 18 and able to pass a background check.

Community dinner: Pilgrim Church, 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, will host a community dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Smoked chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and beverage are $10. Buy tickets in advance from the church office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For additional information call (727) 347-1226.

Sports medicine lecture: St. Anthony's will present "Fueling Your Body for Peak Performance and Nutrition," a free sports medicine lecture, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Meeting Rooms A and B at St. Anthony's Outpatient Center (Carillon), 900 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 953-9129 or visit stanthonys.com.

Market freebie: The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market will continue its program of offering one free vendor space each week for a nonprofit organization to offer free information, promote events, raise money or sell items for fundraising. For information, contact Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or [email protected]

Tax collector to take over driver's licenses: Tax collector offices are preparing for an increase in customers after the St. Petersburg driver's license office closed and the Pinellas Park office is scheduled to close June 29. Driver's license customers are encouraged to visit taxcollect.com, as many transactions can be done online. For information, call (727) 464-7777.

Synchronized swimming: Suncoast WaterWorks will perform "Going Gaga for Synchro'' at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at Southwest Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. A free synchronized swimming clinic will be held at 5 p.m. for all ages. Show tickets are $5 for children and students and $8 for adults. For tickets, call (727) 669-4115 or email [email protected]

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Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

Trumpeter is the highlight of a concert featuring ‘West Side Story’ themes

TAMPA — Leonard Bernstein would have turned 100 this year. The Florida Orchestra performed two of his works Friday, the second of which paired the dances from West Side Story with the overture to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet.The orches...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Stormy at the strip club: A porn star cashes in on presidential connection

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Updated: 22 minutes ago
Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

Hundreds rally against gun violence in downtown St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — A red heart-shaped balloon rose above crowd of several hundred people that had gathered at Williams Park on Saturday evening to mourn last week’s school shooting in Broward County and to protest gun violence.Below the balloon, signs ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Man found dead in flaming mobile home

TAMPA — Firefighters found a man dead inside a burned-down mobile home Saturday.Tampa Fire Rescue got a call just after 4:30 p.m. that a single-wide mobile home at the 100 block of East Linebaugh Avenue was in flames.The man’s identity was not releas...
Updated: 3 hours ago
‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

‘I’m going to watch you bleed’: Nikolas Cruz threatened ex’s new boyfriend, report says

Warning: This story quotes graphic material.Before he killed 17 people at a South Florida high school, Nikolas Cruz repeatedly threatened an ex-classmate who had started dating his former girlfriend, according to a report in Buzzfeed News."I’m going ...
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Police find dead man in Tampa apartment

TAMPA — Police found a dead man inside an apartment in the 5200 block of Sonora Court Friday after 3 p.m.Who the man is or how long he’s been dead is not yet clear, police said. The victim appears to have been killed in some sort of "homicidal violen...
Updated: 4 hours ago

Police up patrols at two Pinellas Park schools after Snapchat threat

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Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

Prosecutor: Death penalty was ‘designed’ for cases like Florida school shooting

The 17 counts of premeditated murder against Nikolas Cruz are the type of case "the death penalty was designed for," according to the Florida prosecutor in charge of trying the confessed school shooter.But Michael Satz, the longtime Broward state att...
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Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

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Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

Divided Congress unable to act on guns, immigration despite public pressure

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