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Food Pantries in Citrus County Florida

— Daystar Life Center — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 6751 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River. 352-795-8668. Food for dogs and cats may also be available. Other assistance available. A community service resource.

— First Baptist Church of Homosassa Life Care Center — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays for bread distribution at 10540 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa. Homosassa residents may receive a bag of canned and dry goods once a month. Call 352-628-3858.

— A food pantry is provided by St. Timothy Lutheran Church and Life Tree Church from 9:30 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly at Life Tree Church on U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

— For those in need, the food pantry and Beyond the Bread ministries at North Oak Baptist Church are open from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly and from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday monthly. The food pantry provides vegetables, meats, prepared foods and more. Beyond the Bread provides nonfood items such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, some cleaning supplies, personal items and more. Folks are asked to visit only one of those times, once a month, to enable the ministries to serve more people. NOBC is at 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs. For more information, call 352-489-1688.

— St. Anne’s Episcopal Church — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the administration building, 9870 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River. Call 352-795-2176.

— Citrus United Basket (CUB) — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1201 Parkside Ave., Inverness, to assist Citrus County residents facing temporary hardship. Call 352-344-2242 or go online to citrusunitedbasket.org.

— First Baptist Church of Crystal River — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 700 N. Citrus Ave. Call 352-795-3367.

— Our Lady of Fatima — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 604 U.S. 41 S., open to needy residents of Floral City, Hernando and Inverness. Call 352-726-1707.

— The Citrus County Veterans Coalition’s food pantry, for veterans and their families, operates from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and the first and third Thursdays (excluding holidays) on the DAV lot at 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness, just west of U.S. 41, on Independence Highway. The pantry offers a variety of dry, canned and frozen goods (cereals, rice, canned vegetables, soups and meats) for veterans in need. For food assistance, call Linda Enlow at 352-220-6754, see a member at one of CCVC’s flea markets, or ask a volunteer during food pantry hours.

— Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church — 9 to 10 a.m. the third Tuesday monthly, 6 Roosevelt Blvd. Call 352-746-2144.

— St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church — 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 352-726-3153.

— First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River — 9:30 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly, 1501 SE U.S. 19. Call 352-795-2259.

— Suncoast Baptist Church — food pantry open for bread distribution from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and the second Wednesday monthly is distribution of bagged canned goods, dry goods and meat from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at 5310 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs. Open to Homosassa residents only.

— Homosassa First United Methodist Church Bread of Life Pantry — 8 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in fellowship hall. Bag of groceries with bread, meat and produce available for Homosassa residents once a month. Call 352-628-4083.

— Serving our Savior (SOS) — 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando. Call 352-513-5857 or sosfoodpantry@gmail.com.

— Calvary Church — 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, 2728 E. Harley St., Inverness. Photo ID and proof of Citrus County residency are required. Visitors can receive food once per month. Calvary Church is an equal opportunity provider.

— Calvary Chapel of Inverness — Free bagged groceries available from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays at 960 S. U.S. 41. 352-726-1480. Calvary Church is an equal opportunity provider.

— Floral City First Baptist Church — 1 to 3 p.m. the third Thursday monthly. Proof of residency required.


— Peace Lutheran Church offers a free community meal from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the third Monday monthly. This is not a fundraiser and there is no charge. Come be our guest(s). We care and you are important to us. All ages are welcome. The Aug. 19 meal will be spaghetti and Bolognese meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. For more information, call 352-489-5881. Peace Lutheran Church (“The Church on the Hill”) is at 7201 U.S. 41 South in Dunnellon.

— Free hot meals are available Monday through Friday for clients ages 60-plus at the following community centers. Call to reserve your first meal as a visitor: Central Citrus Community Center at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto (352-527-5993); West Citrus Community Center at 8940 W. Veterans Drive in Homosassa (352-795-3831); East Citrus Community Center at 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Inverness (352-344-9666); and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Inverness Community Center at 1082 N. Paul Drive in Inverness (352-726-1009).

— Inverness First United Methodist Church — Provides a free hot meal to everyone from 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at 1140 Turner Camp Road, Inverness. Call 352-726-2522.

— Floral City United Methodist Church — 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays in Hilton Hall, 8478 E. Marvin St. Call 352-344-1771.

— St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church’s Feed My Sheep outreach — 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call 352-726-3153.

— Our Father’s Table — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Saturdays monthly at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, one mile west of the Plantation Inn on West Fort Island Trail. Call 352-795-2176.


— El-Shaddai food ministries “brown bag of food” distribution is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Crystal River Church of God, 2180 W. 12th Ave. Although food is distributed once a week, families are only eligible for food once a month. Call 352-628-9087 or 352-302-9925.

— Hernando Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1880 N. Trucks Ave., Hernando, provides food distribution for needy families from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call 352-212-5159.

— Christ Christian Bible Ministry distributes food at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at 619 NE Second St., Crystal River. Preparations are being made to provide a hot meal once a week. Call 352-513-8065.

California against the sea

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By Rosanna Xia

The California coast grew and prospered during a remarkable moment in history when the sea was at its tamest.

A California Beach not very enticing??

But the mighty Pacific, unbeknownst to all, was nearing its final years of a calm but unusual cycle that had lulled dreaming settlers into a false sense of endless summer.

Elsewhere, Miami has been drowning, Louisiana shrinking, North Carolina’s beaches disappearing like a time lapse with no ending. While other regions grappled with destructive waves and rising seas, the West Coast for decades was spared by a rare confluence of favorable winds and cooler water. This “sea level rise suppression,” as scientists call it, went largely undetected. Blinded from the consequences of a warming planet, Californians kept building right to the water’s edge.

But lines in the sand are meant to shift. In the last 100 years, the sea rose less than 9 inches in California. By the end of this century, the surge could be greater than 9 feet.

Wildfire and drought dominate the climate change debates in the state. Yet this less-talked-about reality has California cornered. The coastline is eroding with every tide and storm, but everything built before we knew better — Pacific Coast Highway, multimillion-dollar homes in Malibu, the rail line to San Diego — is fixed in place with nowhere to go.

But the world is getting hotter, the great ice sheets still melting, the rising ocean a slow-moving disaster that has already swept past California’s front door. Seaside cliffs are crumbling in Pacifica, bringing down entire buildings. Balboa Island, barely above sea level, is spending $1.8 million to raise the wall that separates it from the ocean.

Winter storms pummeled a Capistrano Beach boardwalk, turning the idyllic shoreline into a construction zone as bulldozers rushed to stack boulders into a barricade. From San Diego to Humboldt counties, homeowners scramble to fend off increasing erosion and storm surges, pleading with officials for bigger seawalls that can hold back the even bigger ocean. Rest of story here

Homosassa Man Dies Parking Lot Race Track Sunday

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A Homosassa man died Sunday evening in a hospital after being injured earlier that morning when a truck rear-ended his bicycle in the parking lot of a RaceTrac gas station.

Following the 8:43 a.m. collision at the RaceTrac on the corner of U.S. 19 and West Homosassa Trail, medics transported Jeromy Landon Bresler to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, according to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) crash report.

Bresler later died at 6:07 p.m. He was 36.

According to FHP’s report, Bresler rode into the gas station’s parking lot ahead of a southbound Chevrolet pickup driven by 32-year-old Weeki Wachee resident Jamie Jo Fox-Brady, who didn’t see Bresler and collided with the back of his bicycle.

FHP reported that alcohol was not involved. Charges are pending.

“Here We Go Again:” This Judge Blocked Another Mississippi Abortion Ban and He’s Tired

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n May 27, 2019

A U.S. district judge temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy Friday evening, after the only abortion clinic left in Mississippi sued to stop the law from going into effect.

And in his sarcastic, searing opinion, Judge Carlton Reeves makes it clear that he’s fed up with the Mississippi legislature’s attempts to restrict access to abortion.

“Here we go again,” Reeves wrote in his opinion’s very first line. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.”

Late last year, Reeves struck down another Mississippi law that sought to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In his Friday opinion, Reeves pointed out that the Supreme Court has repeatedly held that a woman has a right to get an abortion prior to fetal viability — which generally occurs at 24 weeks. REST OF STORY HERE…

Gov. DeSantis and Florida Leaders in Israel

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A group including Gov. Ron DeSantis, politicians, business leaders, lobbyists and academics land in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

A Visit Florida ad was the first thing to greet the Florida delegation to Israel as they disembarked in Tel Aviv after a 12 hour flight. [Jeffrey Schweers / Florida Society of News Editors]

By Jeffrey Schweers 3 hours ago

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – While Florida slept nearly 100 politicians, business leaders, lobbyists and academics flew to Israel after a 30-minute delay caused by security checks.

This intrepid reporter was among at least a dozen other passengers pulled into a private, secure room to have his bags checked one last time before boarding. Israeli security put our laptops and cameras under intense scrutiny.

We touched down in Tel Aviv after an uneventful flight at 6:05 p.m. Israel time (11:05 EST), and were greeted by a Visit Florida advertisement exhorting visitors to “Follow Your Sunshine” upon disembarking. The Florida tourism agency just announced that it was laying off 44 of its 135 employees after state lawmakers slashed its budget by more than a third.

Young said there are 35-40 VISIT FLORIDA billboards around Tel Aviv https://t.co/AaBuMNFEft— Jeff Schweers (@jeffschweers) May 26, 2019

This reporter also caught a glimpse of Gov. DeSantis behind a rope line on his cell phone wearing a navy blazer and his trademark black cowboy boots.

The delegation breezed through security and customs and were greeted by our Israeli hosts before boarding charter buses to the Hilton where most of delegation is staying while in Tel Aviv.

A meet and greet is planned for later today.

I had brief chat with Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, who plans to tour the Israeli emergency management center at the Gaza border tomorrow.

Sen. Lauren Book said she’s excited to meet with security experts tomorrow morning to learn more about school security.

And Rep. Randy Fine hopes to talk to experts about water quality, given his concerns about the Indian River Lagoon.

USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA Statehouse Reporter Jeffrey Schweers is accompanying Gov. Ron DeSantis and his 90-plus member delegation on his Israeli business development mission this week as a pool reporter for the Florida Society of News Editors. Schweers will provide regular reports and updates from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for Florida’s newspapers. Follow him on Twitter for updates @jeffschweers.Jeffrey Schweersuz


Two Editors on How to Make an Abortion Ban Funny

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The cofounders of satire site Reductress talk about how they’re capturing people’s collective rage.


What’s funny about a total abortion ban? Very little. Yet last week, people were gleefully sharing the darkly humorous headlines and stories published by the women’s satire site Reductress, guffawing at its acerbic coverage of the extreme anti-choice laws coming out of Georgia, Ohio, and Alabama to tens of thousands of retweets.

The site has been unsparing in its criticism. A favorite subject of the recent slate of stories is the conservative hypocrisy surrounding abortion legislation: “I Believe God Gave Us All Free Will—Except Pregnant Woman,” reads one headline, accompanied by a photo of an Alabama Governor Kay Ivey grinning; “Senator Says the Only Acceptable Way to Kill a Fetus Is With a Gun,” reads another; “Life Is Sacred, That’s Why This Nonviable Fetus Should Stay Inside Me So We Can Both Die,” reads a third.

Reductress lays bare the components of recent anti-choice legislation that amount to pure cruelty, like the lack of exceptions for rape and incest in Alabama’s abortion ban: “Life Begins the Second a Girl’s Uncle Decides on Incest,” contributor Alexandra Ozeri wrote in a May 15th headline.

And headlines like “What Surprised Me Most About Becoming a Parent Was That I Was Forced to by the Government” are both funny and a punch to the gut—as some people on Twitter pointed out, the world in which these headlines simply reflect reality seems to have grown frighteningly near.


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Former WWE star Ashley Massaro dead at 39

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Former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro died on Thursday at 39. Former WWE star Ashley Massaro (R) died on Thursday morning. She was 39. (Getty

Former WWE star Ashley Massaro died on Thursday, the WWE confirmed. She was 39.

Massaro, according to The Blast, was transported from her home in Long Island, New York, to a hospital around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning where she died. The cause of death is not yet known, though it has been classified as “non-criminal,” according to TMZ.

She tweeted Wednesday afternoon that she had just answered “a ton of fan mail”.

“We are saddened to learn of the tragic death of former WWE Superstar Ashley Massaro,” the WWE said in a statement. “She performed in WWE from 2005-2008 and was beloved by her fellow Superstars and fans around the world. WWE offers its condolences to Ashley’s family and friends.”

Massaro’s career took off after she won the “2005 Raw Diva Search,” and she won the WWE Women’s Championship against Melina at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007. She also briefly competed on “Survivor: China” in 2007, though was voted off in the second episode.

Massaro was part of a lawsuit filed by 60 former professional wrestlers against the WWE claiming that the company failed to protect them from repeated head trauma, which resulted in long-term brain damage, according to NBC News. That lawsuit was dismissed last year after a judge determined that several claims were either frivolous or that the statute of limitations had expired, per the report.

Massaro also alleged in the lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted on a WWE trip to an American military base in Kuwait in 2006. She said she was examined by a company doctor after returning from the trip, who then reported the incident to WWE executives. Those executives, she said, later met with her “to apologize for their negligence, but [they] persuaded her that it would be best not to report it to appropriate authorities,” according to the Boston Globe.

Receipt found in dumpster with live newborn led cops to mom

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By Lisa J. Huriash , Marc Freeman  and Juan Ortega

| South Florida Sun Sentinel |

May 10, 2019 | 5:02 PM

| West Boca

Receipt found in dumpster with live newborn led cops to mom

Rafaelle Sousa, 35, is accused of abandoning her newborn daughter in a dumpster in West Boca. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office)

The Sheriff’s Office was going door to door at the apartment complex, trying to figure out who would leave a newborn baby girl in the dumpster, her head wrapped in a plastic garbage bag and discarded with the rest of the household trash.

They were closing in, and found their way to a ground-floor apartment at Building 6 of the sprawling West Boca complex off State Road 7 on Wednesday. It was the dumpster for this building.

But Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa wouldn’t answer the door when they came knocking.

She would tell her neighbor in their native Portuguese after detectives had left that she was a nail-tech doing manicures and pedicures out of her home without a permit, her neighbor said.

“’I didn’t open my door. I don’t have papers,’” Sousa said, according to the neighbor.

“They just want to know about the baby,” the neighbor told her.

“I don’t speak English,” Sousa responded.

Still, Sousa said she canceled her afternoon appointments in case the Sheriff’s Office came back again asking questions, the neighbor said.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified for her own safety, said she still didn’t think anything was off when she saw Sousa on Thursday wearing a blue garment around her belly to flatten her stomach. The neighbor teased Sousa that she ought to take it off.

“They’re going to think you’re the mother,” she joked. Sousa laughed.

“Oh, I didn’t think,” she answered.

Neighbors saw Sousa arrested Thursday, led away in handcuffs into an ambulance.

Her husband reportedly told neighbors he didn’t know his wife was pregnant. And he told the same thing to the Sheriff’s Office, who wrote on the arrest report that “he found out when police first arrived because she whispered to him” that it was her baby in the dumpster.

“I put the baby in the dumpster,” were among the first words Sousa uttered to law enforcement, according to the arrest report, which also identifies her as a nail technician.

Cops didn’t crack the case going door-to-door in the end.

Instead, Sousa also left behind another clue that led to her arrest: A receipt from the beauty-supply store where she recently shopped, deputies say.

Sousa, 35, admitted placing her baby girl in a bag and throwing her in the dumpster, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. But that plan was foiled when workers at her apartment complex found the child alive Wednesday after hearing cries coming from the dumpster.

The baby, who weighed nearly seven pounds, was found in a white plastic garbage bag with a red tie. The girl’s head also was wrapped in a yellow and white plastic bag that also contained coffee grinds and other household trash.

Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa, the mother accused of abandoning her newborn girl in a West Boca dumpster, will be kept in jail without bond, a judge ruled Friday morning.

Rafaelle Alessandra Carbalho Sousa, the mother accused of abandoning her newborn girl in a West Boca dumpster, will be kept in jail without bond, a judge ruled Friday morning. (Marc Freeman)

Detectives found a similar trash bag in the dumpster, with blood-soaked napkins and a receipt from Fantastic Beauty Supply, a store in Deerfield Beach whose system can store customers’ telephone numbers. Employees were able to match the receipt and provide deputies Sousa’s phone number, a sheriff’s arrest report said. Deputies then determined Sousa lives in an apartment near the dumpster, in the 10300 block of Boca Entrada Boulevard.

Diane Burton, a 20-year employee for the beauty-supply store, said she had been following the news Wednesday when the newborn was found in West Boca.

“When I got to work Thursday morning, detectives had been here interviewing some of the employees,” Burton, 54, recalled. The detectives also reviewed the store’s surveillance footage, and “they did spot her on video.”

She was surprised to learn the newborn’s mom had shopped at the store as recently as Tuesday, she said.

“They were able to identify her with the receipt and the videotape, and I guess that cohesively led to the arrest of this lady,” Burton said. “Thank God.”

Burton said her co-workers recalled having “no clue” that the newborn’s mom was pregnant. “The clothing that she wore was a little blousy,” Burton said. “But they couldn’t really tell if she was pregnant or in seasonal apparel.”

She said detectives also encountered a bit of luck: Within the past year, the beauty-supply store upgraded its system so all receipts include the store’s name, as well as its contact information. Previously, the receipts didn’t identify the store, she said. “It’s been very helpful in this case,” she said.

People who had seen Sousa in recent days said they didn’t realize she was pregnant, partly because she wore loose-fitting clothes. Sousa’s neighbor, a woman who frequently chatted with her, said she didn’t know — and couldn’t tell — that Sousa was pregnant.

“She never told me," said the neighbor. "She dressed in black, and she looked normal.”

The neighbor said Sousa and her husband are from Brazil and have a 3-year-old son. On Friday, a blue stroller sat outside of the family’s unit at Alister Boca Raton apartments.

Even a couple months ago she complimented Sousa on what a wonderful mother she was.

The neighbor said Sousa had laid out a blanket on the grass for her son, playing with him and spreading out food “like a picnic.”

“You’re such a good mother,” the neighbor remembered telling her. “I never do that with my kids.”

After the baby was found in the dumpster, the neighbor said she told Sousa how upset she was. “How could a mother do this?” she asked. “Why didn’t she give it to somebody? She could have given it to me. I don’t have a girl."

“Me too! I don’t understand it," Sousa replied, according to the neighbor. "I don’t believe it.”

At Sousa’s court appearance Friday, Circuit Judge Ted Booras ordered her held without bond on charges of attempted felony murder and aggravated child abuse. “She is not allowed to have contact with the minor child, the victim in this case,” Booras said.

A Portuguese interpreter translated the judge’s instructions.

The Sheriff’s Office said Sousa told detectives what she had done.

Live newborn found at dumpster in West Boca »

“She stated she tried to get the baby to respond and waited three hours to see if the baby would breathe,” detectives said in the report. “She also said she went back twice to the dumpster to make sure the baby was dead but never approached the bag because there were people in the parking area around the dumpster.”REST OF STORY HERE

‘Volcano tsunami’ hits Indonesia after Krakatoa eruption

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Mount Anak Krakatoa eruption seen on July 19, 2018 in Kalianda, Indonesia

At least 20 people have been killed and 165 injured after a tsunami hit the coast around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, government officials say.

The country’s disaster management agency says two people are missing, and dozens of buildings were damaged.

It says the possible cause of the tsunami were undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted.

The Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra connects the Java Sea to the Indian Ocean.

The deaths were reported in the Pandeglang, South Lampung and Serang regions.

Footage posted by the head of the disaster management agency showed the aftermath of the tsunami, with flooded streets and an overturned car.

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