Tuesday, September 18, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas news briefs

SPC to host pizza night with local candidates

St. Petersburg College will host a "Pizza and Politics" night on Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SPC Seminole Campus, 9200 113th St. N. All candidates running for Pinellas County Commission, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives and Congressional District 13 have been invited and voters are invited to engage in one-on-one conversation with them over free pizza and soda. Register at http://solutions.spcollege.edu.

Tickets for Treasure Islettes annual holiday luncheon on sale

The Treasure Islettes, the womenís club of Treasure Island, will host its annual Hollyfest fundraiser, Candyland ó Sweetest Hollyfest Ever, Dec. 1 at the Treasure Island Community Center, 1 Park Place. Tickets cost $15 and include the luncheon and beverage. The event will feature the annual holiday bazaar, crafts, a money tree, 50/50, baskets, jewelry and holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit city beautification projects. For tickets, call BJ Flowers at (863) 420-1226 and Judy Koepkey (615) 556-4977.

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What’s that bug gunk on your car? There’s an app for that

What’s that bug gunk on your car? There’s an app for that

Florida is rich in biomass. It’s got a lot of bugs. You’re driving down the highway, and all of a sudden — splat — a bug smacks your windshield, leaving a gooey glob on the glass. That’s the end of it from the bug’...
Updated: 12 minutes ago
Manslaughter charges coming against suspect in death of Tampa muralist Matt Callahan

Manslaughter charges coming against suspect in death of Tampa muralist Matt Callahan

TAMPA — Police say they’re bringing manslaughter charges Tuesday in the April death of Tampa muralist Matt Callahan. The suspect, 34-year-old Keith Mauga of Tampa, already is serving five years in prison for aggravated battery in an atta...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Marreese Speightsí nephew inherits his height, but puts it to use on the gridiron

Marreese Speightsí nephew inherits his height, but puts it to use on the gridiron

ST. PETERSBURG – Percy Speights is ready to battle. With knees slightly bent and elbows instinctively deployed, the 6-foot-4 sophomore stakes out his spot, pushing and pressing until his opponent is no longer a factor.It is hard labor for the d...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
A gopher tortoise has been found with pink painted nails and shell

A gopher tortoise has been found with pink painted nails and shell

Photos once again are surfacing again on social media after someone painted a gopher tortoise. In a post on its Facebook page, the non-profit Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife in Odessa showed photos of a rescued female tortoise -- which is a threate...
Updated: 19 minutes ago
Pasco, charities scramble for indigent medical aid

Pasco, charities scramble for indigent medical aid

NEW PORT RICHEY — A Pasco County contribution to provide medical care for needy people is not part of next year’s county budget.But that doesn't mean uninsured patients will go without seeing a health care provider.Here's why: The $356,...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers threatening to boycott induction ceremonies

Derrick Brooks among Hall of Famers threatening to boycott induction ceremonies

Former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks is among several Pro Football Hall of Famers who signed a letter Tuesday saying they would not attend the Hall's annual induction ceremony until they receive health insurance and an annual salary that includ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
School buses, technology updates and teacher recruitment on Hernando schools legislative agenda

School buses, technology updates and teacher recruitment on Hernando schools legislative agenda

BROOKSVILLE — Busing concerns, security technology updates and teacher recruitment efforts could headline the Hernando County School District’s concerns in Tallahassee next year. As the district’s legislative picture for 2019 sha...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Pumpkin spice haters, back off: Itís okay to crave the seasonal flavor

Pumpkin spice haters, back off: Itís okay to crave the seasonal flavor

All right, okay, enough, I get it: You all hate pumpkin spice. But Iíve got one request as we head into fall: Can you just let us have this?There are many things on which to heap anger and despair right now, but please, that thing does not need to be...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What happens when Jameis Winston returns?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What happens when Jameis Winston returns?

Who should start at quarterback for the Bucs in Week 4, when Jameis Winston returns from his three-game suspension?Head coach Dirk Koetter won't talk about it, while DeSean Jackson says, "you can't take the hot man out." But what might most impact th...
Updated: 2 hours ago
New Papa Johnís ads emphasize Ďthis isnít a single personís brandí

New Papa Johnís ads emphasize Ďthis isnít a single personís brandí

Associated PressNEW YORK ó Papa Johnís, which wants to distance itself from founder John Schnatter, is releasing new ads Tuesday that replace him with a diverse group of franchisees. The commercials show several franchisees looking into the camera a...
Updated: 2 hours ago