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Wednesday, January 10th, 2018


Chick Corea Kicks Off Tour at SPC

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The 2018 tour of the Chick Corea Akoustic Band will be its first in more than 20 years.

ST. PETERSBURG – The Chick Corea Akoustic Band, the pioneering acoustic trio featuring legendary drummer Dave Weckl and master bassist John Patitucci, will start their 2018 touring season with a rare, intimate show at St. Petersburg College’s PC Music Hall.

They will play sets at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 13) at the Gibbs Campus, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Tickets can be purchased through the “On Tour” tab at

Corea, a 22-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, formed the band with Weckl and Patitucci 30 years ago, and they’ve been redefining the music scene together ever since, as a trio and as the rhythmic backbone of Corea’s Elektric Band. And yet an appearance from the crowd-favorite Akoustic Band is still a rare experience for jazz fans. The trio’s 2018 tour will be its first in more than 20 years.

“Dave, John and myself are all excited about playing as a trio again. The Akoustic Band is back! There’s so much to explore – past, present and future. Yes, and the adventure begins in St. Petersburg,” Corea said.

The 300-seat St. Petersburg College Music Hall invites the audience in close for a dynamic, thrilling performance of acoustic music by a band that perfected the art form. Expect the quintessential mix of brilliant Corea compositions, thrilling new takes on standards, and many more surprises.

The full Chick Corea Akoustic Band touring schedule, featuring a roster of shows throughout Europe and Australia, will be announced in early 2018.

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Major League Soccer Comes to Oldsmar

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The New York Red Bulls will train at the Oldsmar Sports Complex soccer field.

OLDSMAR – The Oldsmar Sports Complex soccer field will serve as the training field for Major League Soccer New York Red Bulls training field from Jan. 22 through Feb. 3.

This makes Oldsmar the third location in Pinellas County selected by Major League Soccer for pre-season training.

“This is an important development for Oldsmar as we continue to bring diverse usage opportunities for the Oldsmar Sports Complex,” Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis said.

Extensive renovations have been completed to the soccer fields to prepare for the arrival of the Red Bulls technical staff members and players.

“We would not have considered this opportunity without the complete support of Oldsmar Youth Soccer. The cooperation extended by their organization to the city during field refurbishing was extraordinary,” Bevis said. “More so, we thank our partner, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, for their expertise and guidance in bringing the Red Bulls to Oldsmar.”

The Oldsmar Sports Complex is at 3120 Tampa Road. It is also home to the Oldsmar BMX Supercross Facility and Track, one of 10 in the world, where BMX riders train and compete.

“We are thrilled that the Red Bulls have selected our Sports Complex,” said Felicia Donnelly, director of leisure services for the city of Oldsmar. “Spring training doesn’t necessarily mean baseball anymore. This is a diverse sports town and we are certainly thrilled to welcome the Red Bulls and their fans to our city.”

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Deputies: Tampa Driver Crashed into Apartment, Then Fled

Marcellino Perez | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

The person in the apartment was injured during the crash, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – One person was injured when a man lost control of the pickup truck he was driving and hit an apartment building, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Yasiel Toledo-Ruiz was taken to Florida Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Toledo-Ruiz was on a sofa located in the living room of the apartment and was thrown from the sofa when the crash happened.

Marcellino Perez, 28, of Tampa, was charged with one count each of  leaving the scene of a crash with injury, no valid driver’s license and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.

The crash happened about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 9). Perez was driving a 1998 Ford F150 pickup traveling east on 140th Avenue E. Deputies said Perez lost control, left the roadway, hit a fence and then crashed into an apartment building.

Perez then fled the scene on foot. Deputies said he was found about one mile away. Two witnesses identified Perez as the driver.

Perez has never had a driver’s license issued to him. Deputies said he told them his name was Carlos Diaz, but was positively as Marcellino Perez by his fingerprint through the RapidID System.

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Photos courtesy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

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Bilirakis Air Safety Bill Passes

Gus Bilirakis | House of Representatives | Politics

The proposal is designed to cure inconsistencies in safety and operating procedures at airports.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Security Assessment Feasibility for Equipment Testing and Evaluation of Capabilities for our Homeland sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, unanimously passed the House of Representatives with bi-partisan support, just 41 days after its initial introduction.

The legislation stems from Bilirakis’ Congressional Delegation trip during which he had the opportunity to review screening procedures at major European Union hubs like Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Frankfurt, Germany, for inbound travel to the U.S.

Technical standards for safety and operating procedures at international airports are set by international agreements. The standards set are generally broad; leaving vulnerabilities through inconsistencies with international partners. This bill will address this concern, and improve the safety of air travel for all passengers. Specifically, this legislation will provide an avenue for third party testing of innovative technology screening capabilities to enhance airport security. It will also assess the feasibility of linking compatible security technology utilized by the U.S. and international allies in order to augment screening check points. This coordinated collaboration is an essential element of strengthening global security. To view a copy of the Congressman speaking on the floor about this bill, click here.

“I have always contended that if we are not safe, then nothing else matters,” Bilirakis said. “During my recent fact finding mission, I was startled by the lack of consistency in international standards and gaps in technology that support precautionary measures to ensure passenger safety. I was convinced that this issue needed to be immediately rectified, and worked hard to ensure my bill to fix the problem advanced through the legislative process as quickly as possible.  I am elated that my colleagues joined me in making it one of the first legislative priorities of the new year. Our action today will make air travel safer for everyone entering the U.S.”

Bilirakis represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

For information about Bilirakis, go to

Photo is screen capture from video of Bilirakis speaking about his air travel safety proposal.

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Pinellas Deputy Injured in Dunedin Crash

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The other driver was also injured, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

DUNEDIN – A deputy and another driver suffered minor injuries Tuesday (Jan. 9) in a Dunedin traffic crash, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jennifer Zinge, 45, a detective with the sheriff’s office, and the other driver, George A. Gillies, 86, of Dunedin, were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Zinge has worked with the Pinellas sheriff since Oct. 9, 1994.

Deputies issued a non-criminal citation for failure to yield right of way to Gillies. They said it does not appear that either speed or impairment was a factor in the crash.

According to deputies, Zinge was on duty and driving her unmarked sheriff’s office 2013 Ford Fusion westbound on Main Street about 4:07 p.m. Gillies was driving his 2000 Ford Taurus
eastbound on Main Street. Gillies tried to make a northbound turn from Main onto Pinehurst Road, in front of Zinge’s Ford, causing the collision. Investigators said both westbound and eastbound traffic signals at Main and Pinehurst were green.

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