5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 10
8:15 AM, May 10, 2013
TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 10.
(1) James Minyard detention hearing
A pre-trial detention hearing will be held on Friday for the Tampa man who blew parts of two fingers off using an improvised explosive device on Tuesday.
A judge ordered 41-year-old James Minyard held without bond on Thursday.
Today's hearing will determine in Minyard will be kept in jail until his trial. Police arrested him after his release from Tampa General Hospital and charged him with six counts of manufacturing and possession of homemade explosive devices.
Investigators said Minyard told them he was making the bombs because he never finished school and was trying to prove that he could accomplish a challenging task.
(2) Teacher Pay Raise Victory Tour pep rally
Florida Governor Rick Scott will be in Tampa on Friday morning to celebrate pay raises for teachers.
Earlier this year the Florida Legislature passed a bill providing $480 million for teacher pay raises. The raises would go into effect by June 2014, but not every teacher will receive them.
The raises will only go to teachers who qualifying based on their students' performance. Principals, guidance counselors and librarians will also be given the chance to receive raises.
Governor Scott will attend a Pay Raise Victory tour pep rally at Alexander Elementary School in Tampa. The pep rally is occurring from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí 24-hour Read-A-Thon
The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg will stage a 24-hour reading of the artist's autobiography,
The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí, beginning on Friday.
The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and will conclude approximately 24 hours later at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Approximately 80 people will read sections of the 417-page book, each reading for about 20 minutes.
The reading will take place in the museum's Raymond James Community Room and upstairs on the third floor overlook. As part of the 24-hour event, the museum will toast the artist at midnight, to mark his 109th birthday.
Admission is free everyone through until the galleries close at 5:30 p.m. At that time admission will increase to $5 for non-members.
For more information, call (727) 823-3767 or visit
(4) The Music of The Doors with the Florida Orchestra
The Florida Orchestra will conclude their 3-concert Rock series on Friday night at The Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.
Tonight, the orchestra will play a concert in tribute to The Doors. A total of 21 Doors hits will be performed including
Riders on the Storm,
Roadhouse Blues and
Light My Fire.
Randy Jackson, the lead singer of the rock band Zebra, is the featured vocal soloist tonight.
The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. Ticket prices start at $35.00
A benefit concert by actor Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band to raise money for a Bay Area Marine will occur in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa on Friday night.
The event is raising fund to help a specially designed home for Sgt. Michael Nicholson of Tampa. He lost both legs and his left arm from in an improvised explosive device attack in Afghanistan in July 2011.
The roughly half-million-dollar home is designed to fit all of Sgt. Nicholson's needs. Counters and cabinets adjust to his height. The entire home will be controlled through easy-to-use, and reach, touch screens.
You can purchase tickets with no service charge today at the ticket booth at Curtis Hixon Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are also available at
www.supportmikenicholson.com. The cost is $35 for general admission, or $75 for VIP tickets.