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Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:13

Holiday Safety Tips

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Keep Santa Safe this Christmas
Keeping Santa and His Helpers Safe This Holiday Season 
 
The holidays are an exciting time of year. However, decorating, traveling and even cooking can pose some safety risks. Taking simple preventative measures will help you and Santa Claus stay safe during this joyous season.

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Thanksgiving travel is expected to increaseWith a cautious eye on economic recovery more Americans intend to travel this year for Thanksgiving than last year. AAA projects 38.4 million Americans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more away from home throughout Thanksgiving weekend, a 1.4 percent increase over last year when 37.8 million traveled for the holiday. Overall, the numbers show an even greater number of people who plan on driving (86% of all travelers). Florida is projected to show a 3 percent increase in overall travel versus 2008.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:11

City of Clearwater Upcoming Road Closures

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Clearwater Road ClosuresThe following road closures will take place in the City of Clearwater:

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Space Shuttle AtlantisNASA launched the space shuttle Atlantis on Monday, November 16th at 2:28 p.m. from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Atlantis will deliver a six-member crew to the International Space Station. The flight, which is Atlantis’s 31st mission, will take 11 days to reach the International Space Station. 

Monday, 16 November 2009 14:15

College and Financial Aid: Myths and Facts

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College Financial AidEducation beyond high school is more important than ever. In an ever-changing economy, more education brings more opportunities and greater job security. Don’t let the myths about the cost of college or the availability of aid stop you from reaching your goals.

Here are the facts behind the myths.

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Boeing's new 787, which is some 20 percent more fuel efficient than other big passenger planes - Andrew W. Sieber, courtesy FlickrJust like every other industry, going green has become a mantra among airlines, car rental companies and even hotel chains. The fuel crunch of a few years ago forced all the airlines into belt-tightening mode and the results—lower fuel consumption and fewer emissions—are good news for the environment.

Monday, 16 November 2009 13:30

Wind Farms - Beautiful or Ugly?

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Wind Farms - John Foxx, Getty ImagesRegarding the attractiveness of wind farms, people do seem to come down on one side or the other rather vehemently. Those in favor of wind development have been known to extol the visual virtues of a horizon full of windmills not only for the turbines’ graceful sculptural lines but also for the fact that their very presence advertises the coming of a modern, almost futuristic age of clean, renewable energy.

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Sharing the Sheriff's Experience 

Pinellas County Sheriff's DepartmentWe see them on the roadside, lights flashing during a traffic stop. We see them in parking lots with some unfortunate occupying the back seat of a cruiser. Our law enforcement officers. They are all over town but their activities may seem mysterious to those of us on the outside. I had a chance for some insight when I rode a shift with one of the officers from the Pinellas County’s Sheriff’s Office.

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NASA Mars Rover SpiritSince April 23rd, NASA Mars exploration rover Spirit as been lodged in a site on Mars scientists call “Troy”. Beginning on November 16th, NASA will begin transmitting commands to Spirit as part of an escape plan to free the venerable robot from its Martian sand trap.

Thursday, 12 November 2009 14:45

Tony Dungy Visits the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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Tony Dungy with his kids at the Clearwater Marine AquariumOn November 7th, Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy stopped by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to speak to local kids and dads in the All Pro Dad program. Accompanying Dungy to the event was his daughter Jade, who is aged 8, and son Jordan, who is aged 9.
 
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TranquilityOn Friday, November 20th, The European Space Agency (ESA) will transfer ownership of the Tranquility node over to NASA.
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On November 2nd, the third and final installment of Downtown Clearwater’s Sculpture 360 series was lowered into position by crane on Cleveland Street. “Henry” by Doug Makemson joins “Going Green” and “Linear V” as Cleveland Street’s artistic adornments.

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Florida Students Improve a Full Grade Level in 30 Hours 

The Community Learning CenterThis October the Community Learning Center began its statewide tutoring program. The program utilizes the Applied Scholastics curriculum based on the Study Technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, which helps children improve in the areas of reading and math.

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Author Craig Hatkoff, Brandon and McKenna with Winter and CMA staff at Scholastic Book's Virtual Field Trip - Photo by Chris ConnellOn October 7th, 350,000 children from 12,500 schools visited the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on a field trip – a virtual field trip. These children traveled to Florida and met Winter the Dolphin without leaving their classrooms, through a live webcast presented by Scholastic Books, publisher of the inspirational children’s book Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009 18:01

Ares I-X Rocket Test Launch Successful for NASA Featured

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The Ares I-X Rocket Test LaunchThe Ares I-X rocket was successfully tested on Wednesday, October 28th at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Ares I-X rocket was launched on 11:30, and the test flight lasted six minutes total.

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Ares I-X Photo by NASAThe Tuesday launch of the Ares I-X flight test has been delayed due to weather concerns at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flight test will be rescheduled for a four hour launch window beginning at 8 am on Wednesday, October 28th.