Links from the Times for March 5: Alligator symphony
Gator symphony in B flat
Word has it that one musical note, long and deep, can put an amorous alligator in the mood to roar. Well of course Jeff Klinkenberg had to find out. Watch this video to see if Toxic falls in the love with the tuba. You can also read Klinkenberg's story.
Klink admits he's always had a thing for alligators. He'll talk about encounters between humans and the beasts, from the 15th century to the present, with a multimedia progam, "Floridians in the Age of Dinosaurs," at 2 p.m. Sunday at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 453-6500. weedonislandpreserve.org. It's free.
Will Obama’s housing plan help you?
President Obama’s new mortgage relief plan, launched March 4, aims to help up to 9 million borrowers qualify for more affordable mortgages and stay in their homes.The “Making Home Affordable” program is designed to work with lenders to modify the loan terms for up to 4 million homeowners and to refinance up to 5 million homeowners into more affordable fixed-rate loans. Are you one of them? | Help: Find Florida housing counselors listed by HUD | More: Do Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac own your mortgage? | Avoid foreclosure: Find out how.
Rays stadium foes try political pressure
Stadium critics struggling to get their message heard at City Hall unveiled a new tactic Wednesday. Their message: Help us, and you'll probably get re-elected. | Ballpark Frankness: A blog about the stadium issue
Commuter rail still has opposition
After collapsing amid cries of corporate welfare last year, the Orlando area's commuter rail project has gotten a makeover. The state Department of Transportation spent nearly $300,000 on polling, focus groups and a naming contest, giving what was once known as the "CSX bill" — because of a lofty payout to the Jacksonville railroad giant — the new name SunRail and a colorful logo. The plan still has opponents. | Backstory: Previous coverage on the commuter rail project