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Palm Harbor literary tutors celebrate successes, essay contest winners

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Palm Harbor Library Literacy Tutors and their students celebrated the year's successes by honoring the winners of the essay contest, "The Stairway to Success." The winners read their essays and received prizes donated by community businesses. The winners were Donata Zajac, first; Marina Egorova, second; and Viviana Basile, third. The Literacy Program is supported by the Friends of the Palm Harbor Library.

USAmeriBank establishes fund with foundation

USAmeriBank recently established a fund with the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Through the partnership, the foundation will help USAmeriBank connect to causes the bank and its employees care about most. Representatives from both organizations announced the new fund at a party at the bank's Clearwater branch.

Lighthouse of Pinellas celebrates ninth year of helping thousands

The Lighthouse of Pinellas celebrated the lives of the thousands of blind and visually impaired who have benefited from their programs and honored locals at its ninth annual Point of Light Luncheon on Sept. 25. Lighthouse alumni told their stories of challenge and hope to more than 300 guests. Keynote speaker Jennifer Rothschild, blind since the age of 16, delivered her personal and inspiring story of "living beyond limits."

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  1. 10 sailors missing, 5 hurt in collision of USS John S. McCain

    SEOUL —Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning.

    In this Jan. 22, 2017, photo provided by U.S. Navy, the USS John S. McCain patrols in the South China Sea while supporting security efforts in the region. The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship on Monday, Aug. 21, in waters east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca. Ten sailors were missing, and five were injured, the Navy said. [James Vazquez/U.S. Navy via AP]
  2. Pasco County Fire Rescue fighting a two-alarm fire started by an explosion

    Fire

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  3. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
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    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

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  5. Tampa man turns himself in for Sunday hit and run fatality

    Public Safety

    A Tampa man was arrested early Sunday after he struck and killed a pedestrian, left the scene, and then called 911 to turn himself in.