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MUSLIM GROUP TO SPONSOR FOOD GIVEAWAY

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Tampa) will announce plans by the local Muslim community to sponsor distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets to low-income families and veterans in Hernando County. The announcement will be made at 9 a.m. today at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. The Hernando Food Basket Program is part of CAIR-FL's "Muslims Care" campaign. Information is available online at www.muslims-care.org.

SPRING HILL

Two arrested in battery, robbery

"What do you want to say before you die?" That's what Branden Ortiz asked as he jammed a handgun into Logan Beadleson's stomach, according to arrest reports. Ortiz and Jordan Martin, both 19, were arrested and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a weapon. The incident happened on Sept. 6 in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 6016 Spring Hill Drive, but the men weren't arrested until Thursday. They are accused of pistol whipping Beadleson and taking his jewelry. Jennifer Warren, 19, was also charged as a principal to the robbery. The arrest report said she drove Ortiz and Martin to and from the crime scene. She was arrested Friday.

SPRING HILL

Signal work will disrupt traffic

There will be a lane closure and lane shifts throughout the day Sunday on Mariner Boulevard, north and south of Spring Hill Drive, for signal switching. Call 797-3537.

Learning Coalition board meeting set

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties will conduct a board meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday at the coalition office, 15506 County Line Road, Suite 104. RSVP to Maryrose Wersan at m.wersan@phelc.org or call (727) 233-8391.

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