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Jury Duty Tales from a 10 News photographer (Part 3)

Jury Duty Tales from a 10 News photographer (Part 3)

Back to the holding area where I began my day and now they are telling us we can break for lunch, but must be back by 1 p.m.

Tune in soon... It is now 11:43 a.m.

So here is the low down of my lunch warm instant mashed potatoes, green beans and a substance that resembles meatloaf.

As I sit down another joins me only to find out she is the world's shower Jehovah's Witness. Makes me think her recuiting efforts are a bit abysmal at best.

Jury Duty Tales from a 10 News photographer (Part 2)

Jury Duty Tales from a 10 News photographer (Part 2)

Still waiting around 8:35 a.m., I look around and see the magazine selection supplied to those serving their civic duty. I see; Woman's Day, Working Mother, Parenting, Latina Woman, Family Circle and one issue of Time Magazine.

Oops, the man across from me just snagged it. I think I am seeing a trend as to who is stocking them here.

Now 8:55 a.m., we were just briefed by Judge William Levins, who informed us that we are serving our civic duty and he thanked us profusely for being here. Knowing that he has said this speech a time or two he attempted to make it light hearted.

Now names are being called for the first trial of the day. It is like a bingo call. Except those called are not nearly as excited as the retirement center I attended a few weeks ago.

Jury Duty Tales from a 10 News photographer (Part 1)

Jury Duty Tales from a 10 News photographer (Part 1)

If you have ever been called up for jury duty, it is nothing like being called up to the majors. Especially in Tampa, at the George E Edgecomb courthouse in downtown.

At 7:30 in the morning it has the feeling of a cattle call. From the moment you walk to the building you are greeted by panhandlers scoping you out passing out brochures or asking for money.

Followed by a man with a megaphone blaring in the background telling everyone they have sinned and will pay for their sins.

A line has formed at the security gates with three to four metal detectors. Many are beginning to shed their metal while others are scratching their eyes still trying to scrape out the weekend sleepies.

Woman's Club serves community in many ways

Woman's Club serves community in many ways

Temple Terrace, Florida -- The GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club assisted as volunteers at the Annual Temple Terrace Business Expo at MOSI. Club members took turns serving as greeters and helping out with other vendors booths. Temple Terrace Juniors help in Chamber events throughout the year as service to their community.

A General Federation of Women's Clubs Membership Social is scheduled for Monday, March 28 at 6 PM at Woodmont Clubhouse for all 3 Temple Terrace Clubs: the Woman's Club, Juniors and Juniorettes. Members from all three clubs will be on hand to show prospective members their club projects and community spirit. It is free to the public, with ladies and teens welcome.  For more information about GFWC go to www.gfwcflorida.org 

USF students called home from Japan

Tampa, Florida -- Six University of South Florida students in an education abroad program in Japan are returning to the United States following a travel warning from the U.S. State Department.

The evacuation of students from a program in Hirakata, in central Japan, was announced by USF President Judy Genshaft Thursday at a university trustees meeting. Travel arrangements are now underway for the students and details on their return to campus are not immediately available.

None of USF’s students have been in danger since Friday’s earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan – some 500 miles away from their location - and the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

Westchase student raises $4,100 for cancer research

Westchase student raises $4,100 for cancer research

Tampa, Florida --  He may not be not be old enough to drive a car, but 13-year-old Brett Steinfeld has managed to round up his fellow Westchasers to raise thousands of dollars for cancer research.

He brought back the "Amazing Race for Life" this year, which is modeled after the popular CBS TV show, and managed to raise $4,100 with the help of his friends and neighbors.

Steinfeld says he was inspired by his grandfather. 

Award-winning author discusses social media and journalism

Award-winning author discusses social media and journalism

Tampa, FL -- If you are interested in how social media has affected mainstream journalism, the Friends of the Library will explore that issue with Four-time Overseas Press Club Award Winner George Packer.



Packer's topic for this Four Season Author Series is Long-Form Journalism in the Twitter Era.



Park will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Library's 2nd Luncheon Lecture Series on Friday, March 25.