5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 19, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 19, 2014.

(1) Christopher Weed sentencing

Christopher Weed is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday for his role in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Weed pled guilty in April to leaving the scene of an accident involving death. According to his attorney, Weed will receive an 11 year prison sentence followed by three years of probation.

Prosecutors say Weed hit 25-year-old Rob Lemon and 27-year-old Hilary Michalak around 6:15 a.m. on September 2, 2013. Authorities say the couple was riding a tandem bicycle in the designated bike lane on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway when Weed truck struck them.

Lemon died at the scene. Michalak passed away a few days later. Their families agreed to the 11-year prison sentence.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Pinellas County Courthouse in Clearwater.

(2) Pinellas County Animal Services neuterathon

Pinellas County Animal Services is sponsoring a week-long "neuterathon" in an effort to reduce cat overpopulation in the county.

Beginning on Monday, the shelter will provide free neuters to male cats whose owners reside in Pinellas County and are current on their rabies vaccines and license.

Cats must be contained in a carrier and feral cats must be in traps.

The shelter will take the first 100 appointments on a first come, first served basis by call (727) 582-2600, option 8.

Rabies vaccines will also be offered on Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at a reduced fee of $5 with the purchase of a Pinellas County license fee for $20.

(3) International Special Operations Forces Week

United States Special Operations Command, which is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, is hosting the fourth International Special Operations Forces (ISOF) conference at the Tampa Convention Center.

The conference opens on Monday and runs through May 22.

Special Operations Forces (SOF) from 84 nations will attend this weeklong conference. This year's theme is "Strengthening the Global SOF Network."

The highlight of the conference will be a public special operations exercise involving troops from 16 nations.

The land, sea and air scenario will take place behind the Tampa Convention Center on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. A rehearsal will take place on Tuesday. Both events are open to the public.

(4) NASA Robotics Mining Competition

NASA's Fifth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition begins at Kennedy Space Center on Monday.

The competition sees 35 university-level student groups design and build a mining robot that can traverse a simulated regolith, or Martian terrain.

Competing groups will have to deal with the unique physical challenges the reduced 1/3rd gravity cause roving vehicles on Mars. The teams' robots will go head-to-head to determine which machine can collect and move the most regolith within a specified amount of time.

There are students from three Florida universities participating: the Florida Institute of Technology, Florida International University, the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida.

For more information about the competition, visit www.nasa.gov/nasarmc .

(5) 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

The 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting begins at Skydive City in Zephryhills on Monday.

Local and national competitors will be practicing today and Tuesday. The competition will occur Thursday through Saturday.

The Canopy Piloting championships will see sixty skydivers competing in 'drag-racing-like' events.

They will exit an airplane at 5,000 feet and immediate open their parachutes. During their two-minute flight, the skydivers will be setting up for their final approach where they will "swoop" through narrow slalom-like courses across the ground and water at speeds reaching 90 miles per hour.

The cost to attend the championships is free. The skydiving will occur from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Skydive City is located at 4241 Sky Dive Lane in Zephyrhills. For more information, call (813) 783-9399 or visit www.SkydiveCity.com .

To learn more about the USPA National Skydiving Championships, visit www.uspa.org/USPAMembers/Competition/Nationals/tabid/94/Default.aspx .

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