Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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North Pinellas Hometown

Seven Tarpon Springs students chosen to march in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: Seven students from Tarpon Springs High School Color Guard — Alex Bess, Sam Haag, Haleigh Elks, Chelsea Earley, Hana Gleason, Ryan Tatum and Jillian Ferron — have been chosen to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as the members of Great American Marching Band. The Tarpon Springs Color Guard are 2014 and 2016 Winter Guard International Scholastic World Champions. The group has started a website and GoFundMe page at marchto2016macy.com.

Clearwater Community Woman's Club awards $11,500 in grants: The Clearwater Community Woman's Club recently held the 45th annual Daisy Grants Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Belleair Country Club and distributed grants to seven charities totaling $11,500. These local charities included The Beth Dillinger Foundation/Beth's Corner; The Foundation for Sustainable Families; Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay; Homeless Empowerment Program; Lighthouse of Pinellas; Ready for Life; and Clearwater Community Sailing Association's Camp Awesome. The Clearwater Community Woman's Club is a member club of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, one of the world's largest and oldest volunteer service organizations. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Most meetings are at 11 a.m. at the Clearwater Downtown Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. For information visit ClearwaterCWC.org or visit Clearwater Community Woman's Club on Facebook.

LongHorn Steakhouse Director of Operations recognized nationally: Dan Rose, director of operations for LongHorn Steakhouse, has been presented with the company's top leadership honor, the Director of the Year award. He was selected from more than 60 directors nationwide. This is the fourth time Rose has received this recognition. Rose oversees nine LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants, including in Largo, Port Richey, Winter Haven, Palm Harbor, Lakeland and Tampa.

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Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Report: Bucs QB Jameis Winston bracing for suspension from NFL

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston could be suspended for up to three games  next season following the the league's investigation into allegations he groped a female Uber driver in Arizona in 2016, a Tallahassee radio station reported.Jeff Cam...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Lightning’s Victor Hedman wins NHL’s Norris Trophy

Victor Hedman, a relentless part of the Lightning's push to the Eastern Conference final, was honored Wednesday night with the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL's top defenseman."To the Lightning organization, Mr. Jeff Vinik, Steve Yzerman and the coac...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Passengers on fatal Southwest flight sue airline and manufacturers of plane and engine

Eight passengers who were aboard a Southwest Airlines flight that was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia after one of its engines blew apart filed suit Wednesday against the airline, Boeing and the companies that manufactured the eng...
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Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Former employee sued by Tesla says he was a whistleblower

Tesla sued a former employee Wednesday, accusing the man of hacking the automaker’s computer systems and stealing company secrets, shedding light on what chief Elon Musk had suggested was the work of a secretive internal saboteur.But the employee, Ma...
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Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together.

Rays see the results of keeping a good, young core group together.

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Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

Police: Couple leased someone else’s home to 15 families at same time

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Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

Clearwater wants $40 million from the county for a stadium. But there’s not $40 million to give.

CLEARWATER —The city’s proposed $79.7 million overhaul of the Philadelphia Phillies’ spring training facilities depends on getting $40 million in bed taxes from Pinellas County.But records show even if county officials wanted to bankroll the Phillies...
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Hillsborough commissioners approve referendum on making county officers non-partisan

Hillsborough commissioners approve referendum on making county officers non-partisan

TAMPA — The debate over whether "Rep" or "Dem" should be on the ballot alongside the name of candidates for sheriff or property appraiser is now in the hands of Hillsborough County voters.Hillsborough County commissioners voted 5-2 Wednesday to hold ...
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For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

For starters: Rays at Astros, with a different look

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Seminole Heights restaurant Mortar & Pestle files for bankruptcy reorganization

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