Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

Pete Frates, the man who inspired ALS ice bucket challenge, is back in hospital

BOSTON — The man who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's disease research is back in the hospital and is keeping his sense of humor.

A Facebook post from the family of 32-year-old Pete Frates said he is resting comfortably at Massachusetts General Hospital and that "doctors, medicine, prayers and love continue to help him get stronger."

After some news outlets erroneously reported Monday that he had died, Frates responded by posting a 45-second video on Twitter showing him lying in a hospital bed while the song "Alive" by Pearl Jam plays in the background.

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Rapper Kodak Black arrested in Florida on grand theft, other charges

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in Florida on grand theft, other charges

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Editorial: Saying ‘thank you’ helps Tampa police build needed trust

Editorial: Saying ‘thank you’ helps Tampa police build needed trust

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

Two New Port Richey men accused of stealing $11,000 in cellphone merchandise

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Bus rapid transit: First look at Tampa Bay’s next, best hope

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Five things Tampa Bay needs to know about bus rapid transit

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Updated: 1 hour ago

‘Mike Hammer - Encore for Murder’ serves up hard-boiled 1950s fare with a healthy side of wit

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Tampa man gets five life sentences for killing three with assault rifle

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Top 5 at noon: First 97 days of a foster mom and the little girl in her care; first look at Tampa Bay’s next, best hope for a mass transit system; and more

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Hillsborough, Pasco schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Forecast: After a chilly morning, normal weather slowly returning to Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay can finally bid farewell to this week’s stretch of brutally cold conditions.10News WTSPFeels-like temperatures around the Tampa Bay area It’s a slow return to normal, as some residents still woke up to frost and sub-freezing temperatures, ...
Updated: 2 hours ago