Monday, August 20, 2018
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Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back.

Yes, that’s a crocodile on a pool noodle. No, the human didn’t get it back.

A little over a week ago, Key Largo resident Victor Perez was looking out toward the bayside canal behind his house when he spotted an unusual sight."I’m on my balcony," said Perez, "and all of a sudden, I see this noodle and there’s a crocodile hang...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
Editorial: The Catholic Church’s proper response to Pennsylvania scandal

Editorial: The Catholic Church’s proper response to Pennsylvania scandal

Forceful words are coming from the pope’s pen as well as pulpits around Tampa Bay: The sexual abuse of minors, which proliferated for decades within the Roman Catholic Church, were not merely sins but crimes whose repercussions are still being felt b...
Updated: 1 hour ago
After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After parents object, Pinellas halts active shooter training videos for younger kids

After a torrent of complaints, the Pinellas County school system is scrapping its plans to show a video to elementary school students in preparation for state-mandated active shooting drills to begin soon.The reaction came from parents after the dist...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Florida drivers are still some of the worst in the nation

Florida drivers are still some of the worst in the nation

Florida again is one of the states with the worst drivers in nation, according to a study conducted by SmartAsset.The good news? At least we aren’t in first place anymore.RELATED: Florida is the worst state in the nation in every way, rankings sayFlo...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Wells Fargo terminates bank account of pro-medical pot candidate

Wells Fargo terminates bank account of pro-medical pot candidate

TALLAHASSEE —Wells Fargo terminated the official campaign account of a Democratic candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole "Nikki" Fried because of her campaign’s promotion of medical marijuana.Nikki Fried’s campaign received a letter...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

Crossing guard admits to accidentally killing gopher tortoise in Dunedin

A crossing guard turned himself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, saying he was the person seen on video running over a gopher tortoise at an elementary school on Saturday. Robert Dantschisch, 48, saw surveillance video from the sheriff’s o...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

Bar review: A trip to Saigon Blonde in St. Petersburg is an immersive experience

The space at 265 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg has always seemed out of place. Surrounded by a cigar lounge, restaurants and cocktail bars, its most recent dance-club incarnations never quite meshed with the block’s entertainment scene. So ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Update: Reader recognizes name of Vietnam casualty — and has a better photo

Update: Reader recognizes name of Vietnam casualty — and has a better photo

David Loeb read the paper on Saturday, and a story took him back to 1967, to boot camp at Parris Island, to one of the other Marines in his platoon.At his Clearwater apartment, Loeb pulled out an old yearbook and searched for Ruben Bell Jr.’s picture...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

Head-on crash kills three, injures two children in Zephyrhills

ZEPHYRHILLS — Three people were killed and two children were seriously injured in a head-on collision that took place Sunday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 7 p.m. on County Road 54, west of Chantel Drive....
Updated: 3 hours ago
Vigil tonight in beating death that was blamed on ex-Plant High running back boyfriend

Vigil tonight in beating death that was blamed on ex-Plant High running back boyfriend

TAMPA — Despite working together for just six months, Ashlie Hasty wasn’t surprised when Brittany Collett took it upon herself to organize Hasty’s entire birthday party, buying and preparing food. Or when, on a day where Collett was alone at Hasty’s ...
Updated: 3 hours ago