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Melrose Elementary, one of five failing elementary schools in south St. Petersburg, earned the lowest reading scores in Florida among traditional schools, according to results released Friday by t …


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  1. Celebrating Black History Month in Florida: First black ballplayers at Yankees’ spring training (1954)


    For Black History Month, we culled through our archives looking for photos showing various historical "firsts" by African-Americans in Florida. Today's installment features Elston Howard, who in 1955 became the first black to play in the major leagues for the New York Yankees. This photo shows Howard (right) in 1954, …

    (February 4, 1954) Original published caption: “Yesterday was a big day for the two players. They met Yankee Manager Casey Stengel just before beginning workouts. Elston Howard, right, is being tried as a catcher while Eddie Andrews will show his wares as a pitcher. They are the first Negroes to be members of a Yankee tryout camp here. Both saw service with minor league clubs last season.”
  2. Bright House recognizes regional businesses


    TAMPA — Bright House Networks announced the winners of its annual regional business awards competition recognizing companies who have impacted the area with their products, services and leadership.

    The winners were:

  3. Carlton: The teacher, the pot arrest, and the case for civil citations


    On the question of whether our local police should be able to hand out civil citations instead of criminal charges to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, consider the case of Jalem Robinson.

  4. Ex-FSU receiver Greg Dent seeks NFL shot


    In the summer of 2013, Greg Dent was preparing for his senior year at Florida State, competing for a starting role as a receiver on what would be a national championship team for the Seminoles.

    Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Greg Dent (15) hauls in a pass on the run during the Clemson Tigers at the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 22. [WILL VRAGOVIC, Times]
  5. Clearwater Marine Aquarium brings $2 billion impact, study says


    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Marine Aquarium had a $2 billion regional impact over the past four years and continues to grow even after the initial boom from the Hollywood film that made it famous, according to a study released Friday.

  6. Failure Factories schools earn F's from the state


    Melrose Elementary, one of five failing elementary schools in south St. Petersburg, earned the lowest reading scores in Florida among traditional schools, according to results released Friday by the state Department of Education.

    Melrose Elementary School is one of five failing elementary schools in south St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  7. Pope Francis arrives for meeting with Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill


    HAVANA — Pope Francis landed in Cuba Friday for the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity.

    Pope Francis speaks to reporters Friday aboard the plane during the flight from Rome to Havana, Cuba. The pontiff was scheduled to stop in Cuba for a historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill that the Vatican sees as a historic step in the path toward healing the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity. [Associated Press]
  8. Two students killed in shooting at Phoenix-area high school


    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children.

    A Phoenix police officer, center, tries to give instructions to parents waiting to board buses to reunite with their children Friday in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Ariz., after two students died in a shooting at Independence High School. The danger at the campus was over, police said, as worried parents crowded stores nearby to await word on their children. [Associated Press]
  9. Commentary: The town always ready to welcome Tony Stewart home

    Auto racing

    There's a story my high school English teacher used to share about the headstrong boy in the back of the class.

    Hometown fans in Columbus, Ind., celebrate Tony Stewart in 2005, after he won NASCAR's Brickyard 400, his first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Photo by Columbus (Ind.) Republic
  10. 'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant


    COLUMBUS, Ohio — From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean pastries.

    Police talk inside the Columbus, Ohio, restaurant where they say a man attacked several people with a machete on Thursday. They say the man fled the scene and was later fatally shot by police. [Associated Press]
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