Links from the Times for Feb. 21: Artwork stolen from St. Petersburg gallery
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. The piece have the local art world puzzled. The piecdes taken form two galleries in the past year would be hard to sell and easy to spot.
Despite stolen bike flap, Dr. Rao tries to stay at USF
Dr. Abdul Rao, the USF administrator who was captured on video taking a bike that belongs to a student, has changed his mind about resigning. USF hasn't. | Backstory: USF pays $50K for resignation after bike theft | It's Your Times: I'm ashamed of USF
Attorney general calls company's gas vouchers deceptive
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Friday a lawsuit against a Clearwater company that has distributed gas rebate vouchers nationwide, alleging the company engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices. Meanwhile the Pinellas Department of Justice and Consumer Services said it has opened a criminal investigation into the company, Tidewater Marketing Global Consultants, and its president Crystal Marie Clark. | Backstory: Gas cards too good to be true?
Family, friends bid farewell to Lutz pilot
Marvin Dean Renslow, whose plane crashed Feb. 12, killing 50 people, is remembered for his honor, integrity andfaith in a service filled with laughter and tears. "My dad did everything he could to save the people on the plane," said his daughter, Kaley.
Monster truck show brings questions
Raymond James Stadium will be loud tonight as the Monster Jam revs, but this year the event comes with fresh concerns about safety.
Bank gives heckler a Bronx cheer
Florida's anemic housing market does not affect cowbells, but anoher slice of Tropicana Field ambience may have taken a hit. Roberrt Szasz, whose foghorn heckling from behind home place during Rays games sometimes reaches all the way to ESPN's SportsCenter, apparently is in a financial jam.