Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

The skinny

The skinny: Princess Beatrice's wedding hat to be auctioned

high-minded woman

hat that inspired a Facebook page Can Be Yours

The eye-popping hat worn by Princess Beatrice, 22, at Britain's royal wedding is to be auctioned to raise money for charity, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The famous creation — which some said looked like antlers — will be sold on eBay with the proceeds to go to the charities UNICEF and Children in Crisis. The hat was the handiwork of Britain's leading milliner, Philip Treacy, who designed many of the hats worn at the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The unusual design of the beige hat sparked a Facebook fan page called "Princess Beatrice's ridiculous Royal Wedding hat" and one computer-altered picture showed President Barack Obama and his national security team all wearing the hat as they watched the commando raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. The hat isn't on eBay yet, but a "Princess Beatrice Style Royal Wedding Paper Costume Hat" is currently listed at $9.99.

dollars in dung

Czech zoo director has a fertile mind

Prague Zoo has started selling what look like ice cream containers but are actually full of elephant dung. It's the latest fad among Czech gardeners who are buying out the manure pails to use as fertilizer. The brain behind the project is zoo director Miroslav Bobek, whose surname literally means dung. Zoo officials estimate they sell 200 of the 2.2-pound containers per weekend, at $3.90 each. Sales have been so brisk they are expanding to weekdays.

step children

Family taps into its deep talent pool

Four generations of an Ohio family learned a routine to help the clan's matriarch tap dance her way into her 80s. On Wednesday, eight family members ranging all the way down to a 6-year-old great-granddaughter joined Jean Ivers in a dance to the song Tuxedo Junction at an American Legion post in Newark in central Ohio. When Ivers turned 80 in February, her three daughters gave her a card promising tap lessons with family members followed by a group performance. Ivers has been dancing since age 8, performing on local stages and at her daughters' weddings.

truce in advertising

Hershey objects to Reese's packaging

Candymaker Hershey says a Pennsylvania sheriff candidate's campaign signs are a tasty case of trademark violation. The chocolate company says Lancaster County sheriff candidate Mark Reese lifted the font from the Reese's candy logo. A campaign spokesman says the Hershey Co. agreed to let Reese continue to use the campaign materials already made for Tuesday's Republican primary. If Reese wins, however, the campaign will change its font. Hershey spokesman Kirk Saville says the candy company doesn't endorse political candidates. The company is based in the town of Hershey in neighboring Dauphin County.

Compiled from Times wires

The skinny: Princess Beatrice's wedding hat to be auctioned 05/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Trigaux: For Class of 2016, college debt loads favor Florida graduates

    Banking

    Florida college graduates saddled with student debt: Take heart. The average debt Class of 2016 Florida grads must bear is less than students in most states.

    University of South Florida undergraduates gather at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa for last fall's commencement ceremony. A new survey finds their average student debt upon graduating was $22,276. Statewide, 2016 Florida grads ranked a relatively unencumbered 45th among states, averaging $24,461 in student debt. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. Romano: One person, one vote is not really accurate when it comes to Florida

    Politics

    Imagine this:

    Your mail-in ballot for the St. Petersburg mayoral election has just arrived. According to the fine print, if you live on the west side of the city, your ballot will count as one vote. Meanwhile, a ballot in St. Pete's northeast section counts for three votes.

    Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections worker Andrea West adds mail ballots to an inserter Sept. 22 at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Service Center in Largo. (SCOTT KEELER   |   Times)
  3. St. Petersburg will hold first budget hearing tonight

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Sunshine City's new property tax rate looks exactly like its current rate. For the second year in a row, Mayor Rick Kriseman does not plan to ask City Council for a tax hike or a tax cut.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman talks about the state of the city on Tuesday, two days after Hiurricane Irma passed through the state. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  4. 'We were lucky': Zephyrhills, Dade City get back to normal after Irma

    Hurricanes

    Two weeks after Hurricane Irma struck Florida, residents and city officials in eastern Pasco — hit harder than other areas of the county — are moving forward to regain normalcy.

    Edward F. Wood, 70, tugs at a branch to unload a pile of debris he and his wife picked up in their neighborhood, Lakeview in the Hills in Dade City.
  5. After Hurricane Irma, many ask: How safe are shelters?

    News

    NAPLES — Residents of the Naples Estates mobile home park beamed and cheered when President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott strolled amid piles of shredded aluminum three days after Hurricane Irma to buck up residents and hail the work of emergency responders. But almost nobody had anything good to say about …

    The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area opened its doors to anyone seeking temporary shelter during Hurricane Irma. Evacuees were housed in the Istaba multipurpose building and was quickly at capacity housing over 500 people. [Saturday, September 9, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]