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When she couldn't outrun authorities, a teenage girl tried to outswim them, a police report indicates. Hernando County sheriff's deputies say the 16-year-old from Pinellas County ran a red light at 5 a.m. Thursday near the Wal-Mart on Cortez Boulevard. When a deputy tried to stop her, she turned off her lights and sped up, reaching 100 miles per hour. At Pine Island Drive and Bayou Drive, she got out of the car and ran into a body of water. Deputies caught her and placed her under arrest for a single felony count of fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Authorities said the girl, whose name is being withheld because of her age, had an outstanding warrant in Pinellas County for failure to appear for driving without a valid license.


Donate blood and get a cone, chance at car

LifeSouth Community Blood Center has teamed up with Carvel Ice Cream to host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday. The LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in the Carvel parking lot at 2711 Forest Road, off Commercial Way.

All blood donors will receive a complimentary ice cream cone from Carvel, a recognition gift item and cholesterol screening. Also, all those 18 and older who donate at any LifeSouth center or LifeSouth bloodmobile in Florida through Dec. 31 will be entered to win a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt, courtesy of Palm Gainesville Chevrolet. An entry will be submitted with each donation. The winner will be notified by Jan. 31. He or she will be responsible for paying tax, tag and title fees.

The local LifeSouth center is at 12395 Cortez Blvd. For information, call 596-2002.

Big band music slated for Aug. 5 at VFW

The Frankie Dee New York Orchestra will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at VFW Post 10209, 15166 Spring Hill Drive.

The band performs big band sounds, swing, Latin, Frank Sinatra tunes and others.

Tickets are $9, which includes a chance to win a door prize. For information or reservations, call Mary at 596-9486.

Free class set Tuesday on perennial flowers

A free class, Easy Perennial Flowers for Florida, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Forest Oaks Government Center, 7479 Forest Oaks Blvd.

The speaker is Jim Moll, urban horticulture agent with the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service. No registration is required. However, seating is limited and will be addressed on a first-come, first- served basis.

For information, call 754-4433.


Urban D to perform concert at Fire Escape

Nationally known speaker, author and recording artist Urban D will perform a hip-hop concert at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Fire Escape, 420 Howell Ave. The free event is geared for students in the seventh grade through college.

Urban D, whose real name is Tommy Kyllonen, developed a love for hip-hop at a young age while growing up in Philadelphia.

He has a bachelor's degree in pastoral theology with a concentration in youth ministry. He lives in Tampa, is the lead pastor at Crossover Church and hosts the Fla.vor Fest Hip-Hop Series television show on I-Life and INSP.

Fire Escape is a youth ministry in Brooksville led by Pastor Brian Brijbag. For information, call 796-6791 or visit the Web sites at or