Monday, September 24, 2018
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Hometown Pinellas

Salvation Army receives $1.5 million donation

Trial lawyers Scott Johni, Kent Whittemore and Erin Lohmiller, along with trial lawyer Jeff Liggio and the lead class Plaintiff, Alfred Williams, presented a check representing a $1.5 million cy pres award that will benefit the Salvation Army. A cy pres award is the distribution of money from a class action settlement to a charitable organization. These funds come as a result of 12 years of litigation on behalf of 65,000 Florida consumers. There was a favorable class action verdict against a state-wide propane company that unlawfully charged propane tank rent to its customers. The Salvation Army is a nonprofit organization that was selected to assist the clients they serve in the payment of utility bills and for the Pathways of Hope program.

Creative Pinellas announces finalists for traveling community art project

Five Pinellas County artists will be presenting proposals for the traveling public art project announced by Creative Pinellas earlier this year. They are Carrie Boucher, Kate Helms, Kenny Jensen, Mickett/Stackhouse Studios and Ya La’ford. The project is supported by BP settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To learn more about the selected finalists, the project’s background and its goal of a connected Pinellas County, visit creativepinellas.org/communityart.

St. Petersburg native promoted to staff sergeant

Elliott Kaelber, a St. Petersburg native, has returned from deployments in Korea and Kuwait, and was recently promoted to staff sergeant at Fort Bliss, Texas after completing an advanced leader course at Fort Benning, Ga.

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Deputy's wife texted 'Kirk has lost his mind' before murder-suicide, friend says

Deputy's wife texted 'Kirk has lost his mind' before murder-suicide, friend says

LAND O’LAKES — Samantha Keithley sent a series of disturbing text messages late Sunday, complaining about her husband to a longtime friend.“Kirk has lost his mind Kristin,” she wrote in one text to friend Kristin Kellin. &...
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Pinellas beaches get some relief from Red Tide, prompting county to scale back cleanup

Pinellas beaches get some relief from Red Tide, prompting county to scale back cleanup

ST. PETERSBURG — Red Tide’s grip on Pinellas County’s beaches weakened over the weekend.County officials on Monday even scaled back their response to the waves of dead fish that began covering the shoreline on Sept. 8. "The winds are keeping it pushe...
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Weight Watchers slims its name down to WW

Weight Watchers slims its name down to WW

Weight Watchers is its dropping its brand name in exchange for something slimmer: "WW." The company says the new logo - coupled with the tagline "Wellness that Works" -- puts an emphasis on overall health and well being, with less...
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Tony Dungy in the Bucs Ring of Honor: The tributes roll in

Tony Dungy in the Bucs Ring of Honor: The tributes roll in

TAMPA — There's a weather alert at Raymond James Stadium, halting all pregame activities before the Bucs-Steelers game on Monday Night Football. Feels like a perfect time to talk Tony Dungy.With the former Bucs coach set to be inducted int...
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HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Parker Valby and Joey Burns

HomeTeam Hot Shot winners: Parker Valby and Joey Burns

Our Players of the Week for the period spanning Sept. 17-22.Parker Valby, East LakeAt this past weekend's North Port Invitational, Valby figured she would finish sixth in the elite division, the spot where she was seeded.As soon as the gun sounded, t...
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More on Dan Mullen’s return to ‘Stark Vegas’

More on Dan Mullen’s return to ‘Stark Vegas’

As expected, Gators coach Dan Mullen's upcoming return to Starkville, where he led Mississippi State to national relevance, emerged as the dominant subject during his regular Monday press conference. Here's what he had to say about his de facto homec...
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Shooter in Clearwater parking space incident makes bail

Shooter in Clearwater parking space incident makes bail

LARGO — Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a case that set off a national debate about self-defense in July, was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday afternoon.Always Available Bail Bonds posted $100,000 bai...
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John Jonchuck set for spring 2019 trial in death of daughter Phoebe

John Jonchuck set for spring 2019 trial in death of daughter Phoebe

CLEARWATER — The day John Jonchuck was supposed to go on trial in the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, attorneys met instead to discuss a new trial date.The trial was delayed after Jonchuck’s attorneys raised concerns about one of the prosecutors’ ...
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For starters: Kevin Kiermaier out of lineup as Rays host Yankees

For starters: Kevin Kiermaier out of lineup as Rays host Yankees

Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier is out of the starting lineup tonight against the Yankees with a sore shoulder. He will be available if needed.The same goes for SS Willy Adames, who was held out Sunday due to illlness. Mallex Smith takes over...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Young, new managers bring spark to Airport Farmers & Flea Market

Young, new managers bring spark to Airport Farmers & Flea Market

By Beth N. GrayTimes CorrespondentSPRING HILL — The announcement, “Under New Management,” rings of change in the wind. That’s so at the Airport Farmers & Flea Market, where Jake and Chelsea Rosso, 27 and 28, respective...
Updated: 5 hours ago