Things seem to be turning around for Angel Adams, the Hillsborough County mother whose previous lack of cooperation cost her custody of 12 of her 15 children. At a court hearing Friday, Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan learned that Adams has found a six-bedroom home for her family and behaved during recent visits with her children. The judge approved a request by child welfare workers to possibly reunify the children, who remain in state custody, with their mother. If that happens, the family will be subject to twice-weekly visits from caseworkers, Sheehan said. The judge will decide whether state supervision of the children should continue at a July 21 trial.
* * *
Protect yourself from mosquitoes
The mosquitoes are biting, and it could lead to more than an itch. Health Department officials warned Hillsborough County residents Friday of an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases that may cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain. Two horses tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis in the past weeks. While human cases are extremely rare, people should be vigilant, said department spokesman Steve Huard. Stay inside when mosquitoes start biting, apply repellent, empty containers of standing water and clean rain gutters.
* * *
A full day of pride in St. Petersburg
Roughly 80,000 people are expected to converge on downtown St. Petersburg today at the ninth annual St. Pete Pride celebration. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will go along Central Avenue, starting at 30th Street and ending at 21st Street. The street festival will line Central between 21st and 28th streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information go to stpetepride.com or call (727) 388-9435.