Links from the Times for Feb. 12: Dunedin explosion, Alex Rodriguez
Firefighters battled a house fire on Michigan Blvd. in Dunedin Wednesday morning. View a gallery of photos from the scene.
Tampa Bay NAACP has a birthday
The NAACP marks a century of struggles to ensure that black Americans can live, learn, work and vote anywhere. But along with the celebrations, NAACP leaders are looking to new challenges, among them attracting a new generation of members. | Timeline: Historical highlights of the Tampa Bay chapter.
At 18, new lungs after a life of cystic fibrosis
Samantha Peterson, the 18-year-old cystic fibrosis patient featured in a St. Petersburg Times story Sunday, received a double lung transplant Wednesday at Tampa General Hospital. | Backstory: Cystic fibrosis brought them together, now keeps them apart
What do kids make of this A-Rod mess?
How do the revelations that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids affect youngsters who consider him a hero and role model? We asked some. | Video: Florida high school baseball players react
Ex-State Rep. Barreiro fired over porn
Gus Barreiro, 49, a former state representative from Miami Beach, was fired Jan. 15 from a $72,000-a-year job as chief of residential programs for the Department of Juvenile Justice after pornography was found on his state computer. Barreiro said he was set up and that he isn't liked at Juvenile Justice. He told investigators: "I don't know how in the hell that got on my computer." | Read the investigation report (PDF)
American Idol Experience
American Idol hopefuls, welcome to Hollywood (Studios)! Sing your heart out at Disney's new American Idol Experience attraction. Sean Daly has your ticket. Watch the video.