Saturday, June 23, 2018
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North Pinellas Hometown

Women with Purpose founder receives grant: Royal Neighbors, one of the oldest, female-led life insurers in the country, and Women With Purpose joined forces to help women with cancer. Jane Morse-Swett, founder of Women With Purpose, was a recipient of a $10,000 grant from Royal Neighbors' Nation of Neighbors program. These grants provide financial support to empower women to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth and give back to their communities. Morse-Swett was one was 10 women in the country given grants.

Clearwater realtor honored for service: Tom Gaspari, property manager with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Properties Group, was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award from the Pinellas Realtor Organization. Gaspari is with the firm's Countryside office in Clearwater. Gaspari earned the award for his work as a committee chair of the Pinellas Realtor Organization Leasing and Property Management Council. He is responsible for the direction of council activities and meets with the council regularly to discuss educational programs and service the council provides to more than 6,000 members.

Belle of the Ball honors Sun Country Cleaners for dress donations: Belle of the Ball, the leading Tampa Bay area homecoming and prom dress provider to girls in need, honored Sun Country Cleaners for the company's outstanding support. Sun Country Cleaners collects dresses and accessories for Belle of the Ball at all 39 of its locations. It also dry-cleaned all the dresses before donating them to Belle of the Ball, which in turn distributed the dresses to girls in the area for their high school dances. Since 2003, almost 4,500 dresses have been given to girls in need in 11 counties.

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Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

Will this be Jameis Winston’s last season in a Bucs uniform?

A t his introductory news conference after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Bucs in 2015, Jameis Winston said to judge him on his actions moving forward."Actions speak so much louder than words, or what they may have read or what they may have hear...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Rays Tales: Why ‘trades’ and ‘prospects’ are always in same conversation

Besides the continual evolution of their intriguing pitching plan, the primary topics of conversation for the Rays over the next several weeks will be trades and prospects. And not mutually exclusively.Some sooner than others, the Rays are going to c...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Authorities looking for

Authorities looking for "inmate" who left Bilirakis event

Authorities are searching for a man who they say took off from a New Port Richey political event while under supervision of a treatment center.The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office described Nicholas Moore, 23, as both an "inmate" and a "member" of the A...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

Lightning takes Quebec LW Gabriel Fortier with second-round pick

The Lightning is on the board in the 2018 NHL draft, using their first pick — 59th overall in the second round — on Gabriel Fortier, an undersize left wing from Quebec."I spoke with them a couple of times, so I knew there was an interest,...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Newly discovered, 550 million-year old fossil named after Obama

Newly discovered, 550 million-year old fossil named after Obama

Recent actions by the Trump administration - a wave of unprecedentedly large family separations at the border, aggressive trade-war-fueling tariffs and rebukes of allies - have made some feel as though the Barack Obama presidency was an unrecognizabl...
Updated: 4 hours ago
For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

For starters: Rays vs. Yankees, looking for two straight

UPDATE, 2:38: Clarifying what was a communication error with the team PR staff, Rays manager Kevin Cash said LHP Blake Snell was slated for an extra day's rest all along and will face the Nationals on Monday not the Yankees on Sunday. The Rays will u...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged Saturday in a tweet that she was booted from a Virginia restaurant Friday night because she works for President Donald Trump.Sanders said she was told by the owner of T...
Updated: 5 hours ago
FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

FHP: Wrong-way driver hit 100 miles per hour before sideswiping car

A Clearwater man who authorities said sideswiped a car while driving more than 100 miles per hour the wrong way on U.S. 41 was arrested Friday. Wendel Jamel James, 35, is charged with DUI with property damage, reckless driving and leaving the scene ...
Updated: 7 hours ago
‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

‘Notorious RBG’ wanted to be a singer. Now, a CD celebrates her life.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has often said, in interviews, that she would have loved to have been an opera singer.She has certainly become a fixture at many opera houses around the country: She is often spotted in the audience; she sometimes presides...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

Oldsmar cheer coach faces new sexual battery charges

An Oldsmar cheerleading coach charged this week with sending explicit images to a minor now faces additional sexual battery charges.Victor Martin Valenty, 28, is accused of having "inappropriate sexual activity" with a 15-year-old at his home for mor...
Updated: 9 hours ago