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  1. Grouper Week spoof on Shark Week to promote Pinellas restaurants

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG — Since debuting in 1988, the Discovery Channel's Shark Week has become a cultural phenomenon, with celebrity hosts, startling shark footage and impressive ratings.

    Logos from Visit St. Pete-Clearwater for Grouper Week, a tourism promotion that spoofs Shark Week by promoting grouper and tourism to this area.
  2. Tampa opens Sulphur Springs center to Idlewild Baptist's program for at-risk youth

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Sulphur Springs has an old community center with space available and more than its share of teenagers who have had scrapes with the law.

    Soon, the first could help the second.

    Hope Street of Tampa, a nonprofit group based at Idlewild Baptist Church, recently received city approval to bring a program for at-risk youth to the George Bartholomew North Tampa Community Center. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  3. House District 63 race heating up

    Local

    Montelione for House?

    Mike Reedy is building momentum with big-name endorsements toward becoming the Democratic nominee for House District 63, considered one of the Democrats' best chances statewide to flip a GOP seat.

  4. Clearwater man detained after 12-hour standoff faces several charges

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — The 43-year-old man who shot at officers during a 12-hour standoff Wednesday faces several charges, including aggravated assault, attempted murder of an officer, felon in possession of a firearm, and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

  5. Coffee company's past financial problems not discussed by aviation board

    Airlines

    TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority board had a full house for its regular meeting on Thursday at Tampa International Airport, as many anticipated that board members would discuss a concessions contract involving a local coffee shop owner with a history of financial troubles.

    But that didn't …

  6. Midnight run starts holiday events in Pinellas

    Human Interest

    While many patriotic revelers will wait until daylight tomorrow, there are some who choose an early start to their celebration. About 2,500 runners will kick off their Fourth of July by kicking up their heels at the 36th annual Kiwanis-Virginia Street Dermatology Midnight Run. The featured event is a 10K race with …

    Go ahead and “ooh” and “aah,” it’s the Fourth!
  7. Public art to be installed at Clearwater Harbor Marina

    Human Interest

    Clearwater — A new piece of public art is scheduled to be installed Wednesday at the Clearwater Harbor Marina in downtown Clearwater.

  8. Crime Stoppers looking for info on May slaying in Clearwater

    Public Safety

    Clearwater — Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a 51-year-old man found dead May 4 at 806 N Osceola Ave.

  9. No TV, so follow our live coverage of this afternoon's Rays-Indians game

    The Heater

    After narrowly avoiding no-hit history Wednesday night but still making history of a different sort, the Rays will end their 10-game homestand with today's 12:10 game against Cleveland.

    Rays starter Matt Moore warms up at Tropicana Field before Thursday's noon start against the Cleveland Indians — his first in 451 days, after Tommy John surgery in April 2014.
  10. Dunedin to hold dedication ceremony for World War II landing vehicle

    Human Interest

    Dunedin — City officials will hold a dedication ceremony today for a World War II landing vehicle that was acquired last month and placed at VFW Post 2550.

  11. Seminole mayor: New city manager will be start of new era

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — In replacing their longtime city manager, council members here settled on a woman with extensive experience in municipal government.

    Ann Toney-Deal, 54, cites the city’s “strong, positive financial history” as the reason she applied for the job.
  12. Fulfilling budget requests would require Hernando commissioners to approve higher tax rates, fees

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Standing at the microphone before the Hernando County Commission late last month were the passionate leaders of the First Hernando Youth Soccer Club and several of their young members.

  13. St. Petersburg man demands officers take him to jail

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officers were dispatched to 4510 19th Ave. S last week when Jeremie Robinson yelled he wanted to go to jail, according to arrest reports.

  14. Breaking: Gawker-Hulk Hogan trial postponed

    Civil

    Monday's scheduled start in the trial over former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker has been postponed.

    Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, stands next to his attorney David Houston at a 2012 news conference. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times (2012)]
  15. Former Tampa cop gets a top job in Pinellas County government

    Local Government

    It was one of the most memorable protest-related moments of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

    In this photo from 2012, then Assistant Chief John Bennett of the Tampa Police Dept. talks with protesters as they decide to disperce at the corner of Kennedy and Tampa Street in downtown Tampa during the March For Your Life rally.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]