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Louisville to face Southern Miss in St. Pete

Louisville to face Southern Miss in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Louisville has been named the Big East's representative to face Southern Miss in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

The game will take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on December 21.

"The Louisville and Southern Miss matchup is a big win for college football fans," said Brett Dulaney, executive director of the bowl. "These are two programs that have always played an exciting brand of football and the matchup features a defensive-minded Louisville head coach against a Southern Miss coach, who has his team scoring nearly 40-points a game."

Louisville went 6-6 this year in Charlie Strong's first season as head coach. The Cardinals became bowl-eligible with a 40-13 rout of Rutgers on November 26.

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Empty jail could be new Pinellas homeless shelter

Empty jail could be new Pinellas homeless shelter

Pinellas County, Florida-- It has beds, bathrooms, even board games.

There's everything you need to feel right at home, which is what an empty jail could soon become for up to 500 homeless people.

The building, located near the Pinellas County courthouse, is no longer used due to budget cuts.

After receiving a multimillion dollar renovation a few years ago, it has been empty for around a year.

Community leaders took a tour of the building on Friday, as they hope to transform it into what you might call a short-term rehab center for the homeless.

"They'll come and we can get some services going and get them into more stable housing," explained Sarah Snyder, from the Pinellas County Coalition for the Homeless.

The facility, though, wouldn't just be for the homeless. It would also serve as somewhat of a halfway house for jail inmates before they are released.

Sheriff's employee arrested for leaving the scene of a crash

St. Petersburg, Florida - St. Petersburg Police have arrested Sheriff's Office employee Willye G. Shaw for Leaving The Scene Of A Crash Involving Injuries according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Shaw is a non-sworn member of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office assigned to the Support Services Bureau, Information & Systems Analysis Section, as a Technical Support Specialist. He was hired January 05, 2006.

No details about the crash have been released by the Sheriff's office since it is an active St. Petersburg Police Department investigation.

Holiday teddy bear drive brings smiles to sick children

Holiday teddy bear drive brings smiles to sick children

LARGO, Florida -- A young girl touched by a gift is now working to bring smiles to kids too sick to be at home this holiday season.

As a baby Hannah McMann received a teddy bear while she was a patient at All Children's Hospital.  Now, 10-year-old Hannah continues to give back. She's collected stuffed animals for young hospital patents for the past six years.

Today, Hannah was joined by several adult students with disabilities from UPARC to shop for teddy bears at the Wal-Mart on North Missouri Avenue in Largo.

Hannah says she does this because when kids are in the hospital, they don't always recieve gifts from Santa. Her goal is to give the young children something they can snuggle with while they recover, returning the same gift someone gave to her years ago.

The Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Children helped raise money for Hannah's teddy bear drive by selling handmade holiday cards.

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Pregnant woman killed in Ulmerton Road car accident

Pregnant woman killed in Ulmerton Road car accident

Largo, Florida -- A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed in a three car accident that backed up traffic on Ulmerton Road.

"I hear the screeching of the tires and there was a van in the left lane, he almost plowed right into them if he didn't slam on the brakes, but I guess the forward momentum of the car coming across the lanes and the poor kids in the SUV didn't have enough time to stop," said Matt Sperling, who works at a gift shop located on Ulmerton Road.

Sperling says after the cars collided, he ran over to see if he could help. He approached a Toyota Camry that had been attempting to cross Ulmerton Road.

"I look inside and the poor guy was leaning over the passenger seat knocked out," Sperling said.

UPS opens "mini delivery hubs" in residential neighborhoods

Palm Harbor, Florida-- Residents of a Palm Harbor neighborhood say they were shocked to discover UPS had opened a temporary holiday package distribution hub in a vacant home within their neighborhood.

Catherine Kelly owns the vacant home and took a job as a seasonal employee. Her job includes distributing packages to homes through six residential neighborhoods throughout the Palm Harbor area.

Every day around 11:00, UPS delivers between 80 and 100 packages to Kelly's home. The boxes are stored in her garage. She and several other employees then spend the day distributing the packages on small motorized vehicles.

Neighbor Kirk Phillips is upset, calling the operation a clear violation of his neighborhood's HOA rules.

"We do not want commercial activity in my neighborhood period," said Phillips.

Illegal apartments on St. Pete Beach?

ST PETE BEACH, Florida - A scorned tenant has turned into a whistleblower on a series of apartments he says are illegally divided.

Terry Richards says he lived in apartments divided by landlord Domenick "Nick" Savino for three and a half years.  The units often shared a single water heater, electric bill, and cable hookup.  They also often had addresses like 310.5 or 7810.5.

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