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Child labor in the chocolate industry: An investigative panel

Child labor in the chocolate industry: An investigative panel

Gulfport, Florida -- Most of the world's population consumes chocolate, but many people have no idea the extent to which child labor is tied to the international cocoa industry. Today from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., a panel at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport will investigate the unjust labor practices in the world of chocolate production.

The event, which is not open to the public, will begin with a screening of the documentary film, “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” by U. Roberto “Robin” Romano and award-winning Danish journalist Miki Mistrati to raise awareness about children working under slave conditions in the chocolate industry. Stetson human-trafficking expert and law professor Luz Nagle and students have organized a panel of experts following the film to begin a discussion on the topic.

Critically Acclaimed author makes appearance in Largo today

Critically Acclaimed author makes appearance in Largo today

Largo, FL -- There couldn't be a better day for sports lovers than Super Bowl Sunday, but just when you thought the day couldn't get any better, it did!

Acclaimed Author, John Greenburg will be at the Largo Public Library, today from 1 - 3:00 p.m. signing his new books, The Grand Old Man: Amos Alonzo Stagg and Captain Courageous: My True Story.

The book The Grand Old Man: Amos Alonzo Stagg is based on the life of football legend Amos Alonzo Stagg, whose football career spanned seven decades. His work in football helped define college football as it stands today. His work transcended college football into the developing NFL, where his work can still be found today.

Renowned autoharpist coming to Tarpon Cultural Center

Renowned autoharpist coming to Tarpon Cultural Center

Tarpon Springs, FL -- The Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is playing host to one of the world's premiere autoharpists and storytellers.


Adam Miller is also a folklorist, historian and story collector.  According to his promotional material, he has amassed a repertoire of more than 5000 songs.


Miller will perform at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center on Friday, Feb. 4 at 8:00 p.m.  The center is located at 101 S. Pinellas Avenue.  Tickets are $15 or $13 for center members or students.

Senior Hall of Fame nominations begins

Senior Hall of Fame nominations begins

Dunedin, FL -- The City of Dunedin had announced it is now accepting nominations for its Senior Hall of Fame awards.

The Dunedin Senior Hall of Fame honors and celebrates older Dunedin residents who have made significant contributions to the community.

Each year the Committee On Aging inducts new members to the Senior Hall of Fame.

Honored inductees must meet the following guidelines:

New director named for Leepa-Rattner Museum

New director named for Leepa-Rattner Museum

Tarpon Springs, FL -- The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is getting a new director.


Victoria Cooke, former assistant director at the Lousiana State Museum of Art, will replace founding director Lynn Whitelaw on Feb. 9. 


Whitelaw will take on a new role as as the museum's first full-time curator.


According to a press release from St. Petersburg College, Cooke will lead the implementation of the museum's five-year strategic plan. 

Clearwater policeman and partner named K9 Team of the Year

Clearwater policeman and partner named K9 Team of the Year

Clearwater, FL -- A Clearwater police officer and his K9 partner will be honored tomorrow for uncovering $215,000 in drug money during a traffic stop.

Officer Michael Spitaleri and his K9 "Major" discovered the money packaged and hidden inside a car back on March 12 of last year.

Subsequent search warrants by the DEA led to the arrest of four people on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Investigators determined the four were involved in drug trafficking from Mexico to Pinellas County.

Officer Spitaleri and "Major" will receive the K9 Team award at the 165th Annual Appreciation Dinner for Emergency Personnel Friday evening at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

Vote for your favorite Educator of the Year finalist!

Vote for your favorite Educator of the Year finalist!

Pinellas County, FL -- Six Pinellas County teachers are up for the Educator of the Year award and you can vote for your fan favorite!

Pinellas County's best educators and business partners will be recognized at the Evening of Excellence in front of more than 1,000 guests including educators, community leaders and visionary business leaders.

The event will pay tribute to the Best Educators and the Best Business Partners who create ever-expanding opportunities for Pinellas County's Children.

It will also celebrate this year's induction to the Pinellas Free Enterprise Hall of Honor, recognizing a legacy of service and advocacy for education.

The six finalists include: