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U.S. Rep. Young to award medal to soldier from Pinellas


U.S. Rep. Young to award medal to local soldier

Army Cpl. Stevan Hollahan, a Pinellas County soldier on a two-week leave from Afghanistan, will receive the prestigious Army Achievement Medal presented by U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young on Sunday at the Armed Forces Military Museum. Hollahan will be awarded the medal for his expertise in engaging the Taliban with a Javelin missile. An Army sniper, he was in pursuit of the enemy in Afghanistan's dangerous Korengal Valley, known as the "Valley of Death." The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. at the museum, 2050 34th Way N, Largo.

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County will get rid of old chemicals

A mobile collection event for household chemicals and electronics will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at East Lake High School, 1300 Silver Eagle Drive. Items accepted include fluorescent bulbs, pesticides, motor oil, paint, pool chemicals, computers, fax machines, microwaves and televisions. It's free for county residents. For information call Pinellas County Utilities, (727) 464-7500 or visit


Author Tim Dorsey to sign latest novel

Florida author Tim Dorsey will visit the Clearwater Main Library at 100 N Osceola Ave. on Sunday as part of the promotional tour for his just-released novel, Electric Barracuda. There will be a book signing after his 3 p.m. lecture. His other novels include Florida Roadkill, Atomic Lobster and Gator A-Go-Go. For information, call (727) 562-4970.

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Woman also faces charge in slaying

A woman being held in the county jail on drug charges has been charged with murder in connection with the New Year's Day killing of a 21-year-old Palm Harbor man. Danielle Barrett, 30, who is a transient, was charged with principal to second-degree murder. Police say her boyfriend, 24-year-old Danny Lafever, shot Austin Bradley Childers on Jan. 1. The couple had given Childers $500 worth of illegal drugs and had gone to collect the money when the shooting occurred, sheriff's detectives said. They say Barrett drove Lafever to and from the murder scene, hid the vehicle used in the shooting and had a friend get rid of the gun. She was initially charged with sale and possession of oxycodone. The additional charge was added Friday.

International Day celebrated at the Y

The Greater Palm Harbor YMCA will host its fourth- annual International Day on Wednesday. The event showcases the different cultures that make up the community. There will be food and art from over 15 countries and live music. The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to noon, and 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (727) 787-9622.

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U.S. Rep. Young to award medal to soldier from Pinellas 01/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011 7:49pm]
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