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Hell doesn't freeze over, but almost

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 23, 2006


Tuesday was not a cold night in hell, but pretty close: It snowed in Orlando. Fortunately, a warming trend will have the Sunshine State back to its normal balminess by the weekend. Snowflakes, mixed with rain, fell in Orange, Lake, Seminole and Volusia counties Tuesday night. National Weather service forecaster Matt Bragaw called it a "very light dusting." He said it's "not uncommon" for a little snow to fall, "but we never get any kind of accumulations." The cold weather is expected to last through today in the Tampa Bay area, with a low of 47 and a high of 69, but warming to a high of 75 on Friday, according to Bay News 9.

Holiday meal for the hungry, lonely

There is a place in St. Petersburg where people in need can go today for Thanksgiving. Dinner will be served to the homeless, the lonely or anyone else in need from noon to 4 p.m. at Church Heritage Hall, 6315 Central Ave. The meal, which last year served 175 people, is prepared by Gay Inskeep, the Sixth Judicial Circuit Courts administrator, and her husband, Paul Inskeep. Relatives, friends and neighbors also pitch in. This is the sixth year the Inskeeps have provided the dinner.

This book came from a movie

Seminole writer Angela Hunt has gone Hollywood. Tuesday she will attend the American premier of The Nativity Story, a New Line Cinema motion picture that will be shown at the Vatican on Sunday. Hunt, the author of more than 100 books, was commissioned by Tyndale House Publishers to write a novel based on a screenplay by Mike Rich. Her book, The Nativity Story, was published Nov. 1 and includes full-color, behind-the-scenes photographs from the movie. Hunt, 48, is a former high school teacher who began writing in the 1980s. She says her books convey a subtle Christian message.

Too much to drink? Try Tow to Go plan

Feeling a little tipsy after that last glass of holiday cheer? AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser have come up with one answer: Tow to Go. Adults at bars or restaurants who drink too much to drive can get a free ride home and their vehicle towed (call 800-222-4357). Last year, 37 people died in 29 accidents in Florida over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. The program runs through New Year's Day.