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  1. Construction delays push Trader Joe's St. Petersburg opening to 2015


    Don't count on celebrating the holidays with a bottle of Two Buck Chuck from the new Trader Joe's on Fourth Street N in St. Petersburg. The much anticipated 12,000-square-foot store under construction between 28th and 27th avenues won't open until next year.

  2. Nitally's super spicy soup to be featured on Travel Channel show


    Nitally's Thai-Mex Cuisine in St. Petersburg, infamous for its super spicy Inferno Soup, will be featured in the Aug. 5 episode of the Travel Channel show Food Paradise. The show is like a culinary documentary. Each week it follows a theme, like the best breakfast, and finds restaurants all over the country that …

    The monster bowl of soup that must be finished by customers at Nitally's that take the Inferno Soup challenge. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  3. FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv


    In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

    A Delta Air Lines jet takes off at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich., in this file photo.  [Associated Press]
  4. Video: People at a cat video festival look like you'd expect them to

    Pop Culture

    Wouldn't it be a purrrfect get if the Internet Cat Video Festival came to Tampa Bay?

  5. Pinellas School Board welcomes magnet proposal, but has questions


    LARGO — Pinellas County School Board members generally supported a plan to significantly increase the number of new magnet schools in the district, offering only a few criticisms at a board workshop today.

  6. California company recalls fresh fruit over listeria scare


    CUTLER, Calif. — A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

  7. Brooksville middle school lands band instructor, keeping program alive


    BROOKSVILLE — Parrott Middle School has a new band director.

  8. St. Petersburg Mayor Kriseman introduces Holloway as new police chief

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman introduced Anthony Holloway as the city's new police chief at an 11 a.m. news conference Tuesday.

    New St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony  Holloway, greets members of the department and city leaders after Tuesday's news conference. On the left is Holloway's wife, Andra Dreyfus, and St. Petersburg police spokeswoman and community awareness manager Yolanda Fernandez, center. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  9. Baby pictures: Britain's Prince George turns 1 (w/video)

    Human Interest

    LONDON — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

    Britain's Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge took Prince George to the Sensational Butterflies exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London earlier this month. [Associated Press]
  10. MacDill ranked sixth among nation's Air Force bases


    The Air Force Times this week ranked the nation's 68 stateside Air Force duty stations as desirable places to live. MacDill Air Force Base came in sixth, the top Florida installation. MacDill was tied with Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. The top-ranked bases are in Illinois and Ohio. As you might …

  11. Developer proposes razing Seminole Mall, building new shopping mecca


    SEMINOLE — After almost 10 years of wishing, hoping and speculating, residents and business owners will get a glance at Seminole Mall's possible future tonight.

    The front entrance of the Seminole Mall can be seen from Park Boulevard.  SCOTT KEELER | Times
  12. With billions for Floridians at stake, courts issue dueling rulings on health care law


    An estimated 931,000 Floridians could lose $4.8 billion in subsidies to buy health insurance after a federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a major part of the 2010 health care law.

  13. Trial begins in 2008 Clearwater cab driver killing


    LARGO — Jury selection began Tuesday morning in the trial of a man accused of killing a Clearwater taxi cab driver in 2008.

  14. Delay sought on application that would allow mining of property west of Brooksville

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Just a week after a resounding rejection by the Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission, the applicants for the Cemex mining expansion west of Brooksville have asked for a delay in their next hearing.

  15. Bodies found in Hudson home appear to be murder-suicide

    Public Safety

    HUDSON — Authorities released the names of two people found dead in a house on Clark Street Monday night, classifying the case as a murder-suicide.