Links from the Times: Do new baseball stadiums bring wins?
Do new parks bring wins?
While baseball history shows higher payrolls mean more victories, a St. Petersburg Times analysis of the past decade shows it's no guarantee. Unpredictable player performances, injuries and other intangibles can quickly undermine the mantra that new stadiums and higher payrolls always bring more victories.
Backstory: Read the Times' story from September 14, 2008
Thieves steal $6,800 in artwork from Florida Craftsman Gallery
The two thieves knew exactly what they wanted. They weren't concerned with the laptop in the director's office. They avoided the multicolored jewelry that lay in clear cases and other one-of-a-kind works of art that fill the Florida Craftsmen Gallery downtown. They broke no windows and didn't trash the place. They didn't even go near the cash register set up barely 20 feet from the pieces they took. Their loot: two glass sculptures -- a Duncan McClellan vessel worth $5,200 and a $1,600 Chuck Boux vase.
Robbery defendant slaps lawyer
About a dozen bailiffs were called into a courtroom at Pinellas County's Criminal Courts Complex after robbery defendant Samuel Nesbitt slapped his attorney, Geoff Cox. Bailiffs who were already in the courtroom ordered Nesbitt to lie on the ground and cleared the courtroom. The jury was also led out. As a co-defendant was speaking on the stand, Nesbitt asked Cox about something unrelated to the testimony. Cox told Nesbitt that he needed to listen to the testimony. That's when Nesbitt struck Cox in the forehead with an open hand, Cox said later outside the courtroom. When Nesbitt struck Cox, a bailiff yelled to Nesbitt: "Get down, get down.'' | Audio: Hear the altercation
Hernando Sheriff's captain dies in head-on crash
Scott Bierwiler, a captain and 22-year veteran with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, was killed early this morning in a traffic crash on Powell Road south of Brooksville. | Guest book: Read tributes; leave your own
Obama, God and controversy
The owner of a naughty novelties store in Pinellas Park has often complained about the presence of religion at city meetings. Now Christians have come to his shop to protest. He says they vandalized a sign that read "One Nation Under Obama."
Attorney general seeks to shut down Tidewater Marketing
Consumers who say they were cheated by a Clearwater marketing firm that has distributed hundreds of thousands of vouchers for free gas could get a glimmer of relief today. The state attorney general wants a Pinellas circuit judge to order Tidewater Marketing Global Consultants Inc. to stop doing business. The state also wants the judge to appoint a receiver to preserve the company’s assets for consumers. Backstory: Gas cards too good to be true?
You don’t say: 2,500 languages threatened with extinction
Those are just two of the nearly 2,500 languages that UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, says are in danger of becoming extinct or have recently disappeared. That’s out of a total of 6,000 world languages. | Read more: Atlas of the world's endangered languages