Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Human Interest

Early Christmas decorators are happier while reliving their childhood, experts say

Early Christmas decorators are happier while reliving their childhood, experts say

It’s nearly a yearly guarantee.Even before pumpkins are replaced by turkeys, there’s one neighborhood house somewhere that will be ready for Christmas the day after Halloween, evoking groans from those who wait until the day after Thanksgiving to bre...
Published: 08/13/18
Still in the hunt: Largo paleontologist's old passion turns to new journeys

Still in the hunt: Largo paleontologist's old passion turns to new journeys

Twenty-something years ago, James Pendergraft took a reporter to a fossil site in Polk County. On that day, he was dazzling, spotting and identifying the ribs and teeth of extinct dugongs and sharks and mammoths. Now, in 2018, he walked Indian Rocks...
Published: 08/12/18
Ludacris is probably in your Whole Foods right now

Ludacris is probably in your Whole Foods right now

Last week, a woman named Therra Gwyn Jaramillo described, over the course of more than 1,200 words on Facebook, how a man named Chris had bought her groceries at Whole Foods — $375 worth — in a moment of grave need. (She was strapped, and a friend ha...
Published: 08/09/18
How to get Janelle Monae or Lady Gaga to notice you: Make them some art

How to get Janelle Monae or Lady Gaga to notice you: Make them some art

Cam Parker unrolls the painting against the wall, just enough to see a bright red pair of lips coaxed into the subtlest of smiles. Above them is the face of singer Janelle Monae, who happens to be standing just around the corner. Parker spent 3 1/2 ...
Published: 08/01/18
Tampa pet cemetery has odd Elvis connection, thank ya very much

Tampa pet cemetery has odd Elvis connection, thank ya very much

TAMPA — Tucked into a back corner of the sprawling campus of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Armenia Avenue is a scattered collection of stones and statues with an odd connection to Elvis Presley.It’s a pet cemetery. And it’s about to get dug up.W...
Updated one month ago
The history of drinking straws: ancient beer slurper, erotic object, ocean polluter

The history of drinking straws: ancient beer slurper, erotic object, ocean polluter

Our plastic pollution pandemic has a new poster child: the straw. Buoyed by a disturbing viral video of a researcher prying a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nose, the utensil rose to topple the plastic bag and six-pack can holder as the ite...
Updated one month ago
When black performers use their ‘white voice’

When black performers use their ‘white voice’

In Sorry to Bother You, the wily satirical debut feature from Boots Riley, Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) lands a job at a telemarketing company, where the first rule is "Stick to the script." He stumbles during his first few calls, unable to conn...
Updated one month ago
Beating the summer heat

Beating the summer heat

MICHELE MILLER | TimesThe splash pad in Sims Park offers some relief from the heat for local children. On a recent morning Landon Roditis (center), 6, and his twin brother, Ethan Roditis (right) skipped through the spraying water as Amiya Jackson...
Updated one month ago
Instagrandmas: Women over 60 are in fashion on social media

Instagrandmas: Women over 60 are in fashion on social media

Photographed with a hip thrust forward to show off her Margiela apron dress and modishly frayed jeans, Lyn Slater projects a kind of swagger pretty rare among her peers. A professor at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University, with...
Updated: 2 months ago
St. Petersburg couple drive a minivan, volunteer at church and were CIA spies

St. Petersburg couple drive a minivan, volunteer at church and were CIA spies

What's it like to start a family when you're working for the CIA? Jihi and Andrew Bustamante know.
Updated: 2 months ago