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Taking the plunge in Tarpon Springs Epiphany cross dive

Taking the plunge in Tarpon Springs Epiphany cross dive

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Dozens of young men leaped into chilly waters just after 1 p.m. Thursday, pursuing a wooden cross and a year of blessings, in one of the world's largest Greek religious celebrations.

Two days of events commemorating the Epiphany will reached their high point when teenage boys of the Greek Orthodox faith take part in the annual cross dive in Spring Bayou near downtown Tarpon Springs.

Photo Gallery: Tarpon Springs Epiphany Celebration and cross dive 2011

Tarpon Springs has a higher proportion of Greek Americans than any other city in the United States.

This is the 105th year the city has celebrated the Epiphany; the tradition began with Greek immigrants who came to the area to make a living diving for sponges in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stetson Law alum hired onto staff

Stetson Law alum hired onto staff

Gulfport, FL - A graduate of Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Michael Stewart knows first-hand about the student and alumni experiences related to the academic institution. So much so, in fact, that he was just named the new assistant director of alumni services in the  of college relations at Stetson Law.

Stewart, who graduated in '09 with a J.D. degree from Stetson, will be responsible for developing alumni chapters throughout the country, planning events for alumni, and creating online communities for graduates.

Before accepting the new position, he worked with the office of admissions and financial planning. During his time as a law student, Stewart was an active member of the Black law Students Association, a student assistant, and a research assistant.

Wednesday's Child: Gregg

Wednesday's Child: Gregg

Safety Harbor, Florida -- Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things. 

Today, 13-year-old Gregg is showing me how to skip stones.  We are at the beautiful Phillipe Park in Safety Harbor and it's a perfect day to be outside.

Gregg tells me how to find good rocks for skipping and he schools me on his technique.  I am not a good student but he is patient and seems to having a good time at my expense.

He really enjoys being outside but he tells me he also enjoys cooking.  It's a valuable skill he hopes will come in handy one day when he gets married and has kids.

Gregg would love a family who has a big yard and other kids he can spend time with.

He's a very thoughtful young man who would love to find a forever home.

If you would like to learn how to make Gregg a part of your family call Connie Going at 1-866-271-4705.

Wednesday's Child: Gregg

Wednesday's Child: Gregg

Safety Harbor, Florida -- Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things. 

Today, 13-year-old Gregg is showing me how to skip stones.  We are at the beautiful Phillipe Park in Safety Harbor and it's a perfect day to be outside.

Gregg tells me how to find good rocks for skipping and he schools me on his technique.  I am not a good student but he is patient and seems to having a good time at my expense.

Newlywed Hogan enters hospital for back surgery

Newlywed Hogan enters hospital for back surgery

Clearwater Beach, FL - According to the U.K.-based Daily Mail Online, Hulk Hogan checked into a hospital near his Clearwater Beach home yesterday to undergo back surgery.

The 57-year-old, whose legal name is Terry Bollea, has been a career WWE wrestler who has reported ongoing physical issues, including regular back pain, in the past as a result of spending decades in the ring. His hospital visit comes on the heels of his wessing to Jennifer McDaniel at their home last Tuesday.

Coast Guard Clearwater in top videos of 2010

Coast Guard Clearwater in top videos of 2010

Clearwater, Florida - Coast Guard crews from the Air Station and Port Security Unit in Clearwater are being showcased in three of the top 11 USCG videos for 2010.

The videos "highlight the dynamic and challenging environment our men and women operate in daily, as well as during major response operations such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Operation Unified Response to assist the people of Haiti after the earthquake," said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp.

One video shows crews from Air Station Clearwater rescuing an injured 64 year old woman and her friend from their disabled 65-foot sailboat about 198 miles west of St. Petersburg on Sept. 1.

Another shows two men rescued from the water after their boat overturned about 30 miles west of Egmont key on Aug. 28th.

A third shows crewmembers bringing relief supplies, including medicines, to an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince Feb. 3rd, after a major earthquake there.

Homecoming for soldiers in Pinellas Park

Homecoming for soldiers in Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park, FL - Approximately 80 members of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team will return home to Florida today after a nearly year-long deployment to Iraq and Kuwait.

The soldiers spent the past 5-7 days conducting demobilization activities at Fort Stewart, Ga., and will return to their families in time for the holidays. The soldiers are expected to return to various armories throughout the State of Florida.

Locally-based military men and women will be returning at 5:30 p.m. to 2801 Grand Ave. in Pinellas Park.