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Cathie Wood introduces monthly Bitcoin report

ARK Invest CEO and founder Cathie Wood is introducing The Bitcoin Monthly, an “earnings report” that details relevant on-chain activity and showcases the openness, transparency, and accessibility of blockchain data, according to her firm's announcement. "Bitcoin’s inability to fit neatly within the framework associated with traditional asset classes has dissuaded investors from adopting it. We believe that instead of considering its unique attributes, skeptics have concluded that Bitcoin cannot be analyzed fundamentally," ARK Invest's website states. "In our view, investors increasingly will appreciate Bitcoin’s merits through the lens of its own framework." 

Parc Caregiver Relief program receives national honor

The Parc Center for Disabilities’ Caregiver Relief program has been recognized as an Innovative and Exemplary Respite Service for 2022 by the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. The program was one of only five services from across the country awarded. The St. Petersburg-based Parc provides programs and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Bolts one win away from third-straight Stanley Cup Final

After losing the first two games of the NHL’s Eastern Conference on the New York Rangers’ home ice, the Tampa Bay Lighting have reeled off three straight wins, including a 3-1 victory Thursday night in Madison Square Garden. The Bolts now own a 3-2 series lead and return home for Game 6. Defender Mikhail Sergachev played the hero for Tampa Bay, netting his first two goals of the playoffs. After falling behind 1-0 to the Rangers, Sergachev scored the equalizer at 17:34 in the second period. In the third, he slapped a shot through traffic before Ondrej Palat got a piece of the puck and credit for the goal. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy continued his brilliant play for Tampa Bay, and Brand Hagel scored an empty-netter to seal the game for the Lighting. The Bolts can wrap up the series in Amalie Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m.

St. Pete staple Wilson’s Sports Lounge closes

After 50 years of serving up cheap drinks and good times to St. Petersburg residents, Wilson’s Sports Lounge has closed for good. Opened in 1972 by John Wilson, the bar was also famous as a set piece in the movie “Magic Mike.” The sign in front of the distinct, semicircular building at 3030 4th St. N. called it the “end of an era” and thanked customers for years of support. The Bellair Development Group now owns the property, and future plans remain unclear.

Tampa company partners with Google to help detect threats

Digital Hands, a Tampa-based cybersecurity company that prevents, detects and responds to cybersecurity threats, has partnered with Google Cloud. Digital Hands' threat intelligence platform will be integrated with Google Cloud to better detect threats. “Our partnership with Digital Hands was not by chance. We were impressed with their deep cyber expertise, focus on security outcomes in addition to innovative technology, and their vision of the SOC of the future," Sunil Potti, Google Cloud Security VP/GM in Google’s interest in the alliance, said in a news release. “By partnering with Google Cloud, Digital Hands leverages further building blocks for their signature XDR offerings by developing on Google’s planet scale security, business intelligence, and data analytics and machine learning platforms."

ReliaQuest is named title sponsor of Tampa Bay Bowl

Tampa-based tech giant ReliaQuest will become the title sponsor of the Tampa Bay Bowl, ReliaQuest and Tampa Bay Bowl announced Thursday. The bowl will be known as the ReliaQuest Bowl for the next four years encompassing the January 2023-2026 games and will continue the game’s long tradition of playing in the New Year’s Day lineup of college football bowl games, the Bowl’s TV network partnership with ESPN and its conference affiliations with the SEC and Big Ten/ACC, according to the announcement. "ReliaQuest is a leader in cybersecurity and a key business leader in the Tampa Bay region. This is a 21st Century partnership with a fantastic 21st Century company.  We look forward to working with Brian Murphy and the ReliaQuest team to showcase their brand nationally and internationally while continuing to positively impact both the sport of college football and the Tampa Bay community, which we both call home," Bowl Association Chairman Troy Atlas said. 

PIE breaks monthly record

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) continues to set new milestones, recording the busiest May in its history. On Wednesday, PIE announced that 221,004 passengers utilized the airport last month, a 38% increase over May 2021. For the year, ridership at the airport is up 44%. PIE recently welcomed 3 Daughters Brewing to the facility, and the airport now serves 65 non-stop destinations.

Bolts shock Rangers and tie series

After losing two straight in New York to begin the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Tampa Bay Lightning have returned the favor on their home ice. The Bolts dominated the Rangers 4-1 Tuesday night at Amalie Arena to tie the series at two-all as the teams return to Madison Square Garden. Pat Maroon began the scoring for Tampa Bay just two and half minutes into the first period, followed by Nikita Kucherov’s breakaway goal at 13:07 in the second. Steven Stamkos’ goal at 4:56 in the third gave the Lighting a 3-0 lead and essentially put the nail in the coffin. Ondrej Palat assisted on both goals and added one of his own to close the game. New York hosts Game 5 of the best-of-seven series, with the puck dropping at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Workscapes opens new HQ in Tampa

Workscapes, a full-service office dealership offering furniture, walls, flooring and architectural products, has expanded its presence in Tampa with the opening of a new HQ. The company recently celebrated the opening of its 33,000-square-foot at Keating Resources’ distribution center at 101 S. 34th St., near downtown Tampa. Workscapes is a woman-owned contract furniture company that has other locations in Fort Myers, Jacksonville and Orlando. 

St. Petersburg hosts hurricane webinar

The City of St. Petersburg is hosting a citywide hurricane preparedness webinar Tuesday night, from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Councilmember Brandi Gabbard will moderate a discussion with a panel of administrators and directors. Residents can watch live on St. Pete TV or by visiting the Zoom link here. The city website will also air the meeting throughout the hurricane season. For more storm preparation information, visit StPetePrepares.com.

PCS Police Chief named as finalist for prestigious award

Pinellas County Schools Police Chief Luke Williams is one of just six finalists for Campus Safety Magazine’s Director of the Year award. The national publication is a source for campus police and security directors for schools, universities and hospitals across the country. According to the release, Williams has served on the force for over 30 years, helping to define and improve law enforcement’s roles in schools. Williams also led an initiative to provide 3,000 duffle bags for students in foster care, offering a more dignified alternative to carrying personal belonging in garbage bags. Campus Safety Magazine will announce its Director of the Year during a safety conference in Bethesda, Maryland, held June 20-22.

County commission hosts fresh food giveaway

The Pinellas County Commission, in collaboration with the St. Pete Free Clinic and other community partners, is hosting a free fresh food giveaway on Friday, June 10. The drive-through event takes place at England Brothers Park, located at 5010 81st Ave. N. in Pinellas Park. Distribution is open to all county residents from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., or while supplies last. According to the release, food insecurity is on the rise in the community and the St. Pete Free Clinic is working to ensure everyone has access to quality food.

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