Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Crews work to fix sewage line on Sand Key in Clearwater

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Crews work to fix Sewage line on Sand Key

The bursting of Sand Key's main sewage line on Tuesday slowed traffic and sent crews scrambling to the break on Gulf Boulevard between Lighthouse Towers and the Crescent Beach Club. Sewer service was not stopped on the island, with vacuum trucks pumping the waste and dumping it at a beach lift station. City officials have asked Sand Key residents to conserve their water usage — postponing activities, such as doing laundry, that use a lot of water — until the 16-inch main is fixed. By Tuesday evening, officials said they didn't know what had caused the break, adding that they were prepared to continue working even if the fix took several days. Northbound traffic was diverted into the median turn lane without major delays.

Annual pet festival will be March 24

Vendors, entertainers and volunteers are needed for the seventh annual Downtown Pet Festival, which will be held March 24 in the 500 and 600 blocks of Cleveland Street between Fort Harrison and East avenues. The event will include a pet parade, contests, a Clearwater police canine demonstration, animal rescue groups, pet supply vendors, entertainment and food. Applications and more information are available online under the March 24 date at ClevelandStreetDistrict.com/events.

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Park is site of controlled burn

Did you see smoke rising from Honeymoon Island State Park on Tuesday? From about 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Florida Park Service conducted a controlled burn that cleared about 5 acres on the western portion of the park's nature trail. The operation is an environmental management technique used to lessen the possibility of wildfires and encourage new growth.

Sign up now for anthem auditions

Only a few spots are left for people who want to audition to sing the American and Canadian national anthems before this year's Toronto Blue Jays spring training games and Dunedin Blue Jays Florida State League games. Auditions are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. To try out, you must first schedule an appointment by calling Vince Caffiero at (727) 738-7067. Space is limited to the first 20 applicants. Applicants must be able to sing both O Canada and The Star-Spangled Banner to be considered for the Toronto Blue Jays' 17 spring training home games, between March 3 and April 3. Those interested in singing for the Dunedin Blue Jays' 70 home games between April 5 and Sept. 2 will need to know only the American anthem. When scheduling an appointment, indicate whether you are interested in singing during spring training, the Florida State League season or both.

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‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at "the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt," trashing a new report in the New York Times that said an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

For starters: Rays at Angels, with Romo again as “the opener”

UPDATE, 2:27: If the Rays win today, it would be their first four-game sweep since Sept. 20-23, 2013, vs. Baltimore and first on the road since Aug. 16-19 here at Anaheim. … It also would be the first time they swept back to back series on the ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high scho...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

SANTA FE, Texas — A 17-year-old student looking forward to celebrating his family's new swimming pool and a substitute teacher whose home frequently hosted family gatherings were among the 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high sch...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Softball: Scouting the Academy at the Lakes vs. Lake Worth Christian semifinal

Softball: Scouting the Academy at the Lakes vs. Lake Worth Christian semifinal

Academy at the Lakes (24-4) vs. Lake Worth Christian (10-3)Where: 11:50 a.m. Monday at Historic Dodgertown, Vero BeachHow they got thereAcademy at the Lakes defeated Seacrest Country Day 11-1, defeated Canterbury 5-1Lake Worth Christian defeated...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

Rays hang on to beat Angels 5-3 behind Robertson slam, get back to .500

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Playing .500 ball is obviously no goal, and the Rays certainly know that.But given where they came from, that terrible 1-8 start that oozed into 3-12 and 4-13, climbing back to the respectability of .500 would be an accomplish...
Published: 05/20/18

Up to two tons of fertilizer spilled into channel leading to Tampa Bay, Kinder Morgan reports to state

TAMPA — As much as two tons of fertilizer accidentally spilled into a channel that leads to the upper part of Tampa Bay, according to a report sent Friday night to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Mil...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

Rays journal: New pitching plan worked so well Romo starts again Sunday

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The first part of the Rays' new and unusual pitching plan worked so well Saturday, as game "opener" RHP Sergio Romo struck out the first three Angels hitters, that the Rays will do it again on Sunday.That's right. Romo will st...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay withstood Washington’s barrage

Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay withstood Washington’s barrage

TAMPA — A two-goal lead was suddenly only one, and the Washington Capitals, having pulled their goalie, had a furious 96-second siege.Andrei Vasilevskiy made the last three of his 28 saves to preserve the Lightning's 3-2 victory Saturday in Gam...
Published: 05/19/18
Updated: 05/20/18
Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay’s early surges carried the day

Lightning-Capitals: How Tampa Bay’s early surges carried the day

TAMPA — Dan Girardi knew where the puck was heading. It was heading to Alex Ovechkin for a one-timer on net, so Girardi did the only thing he could do. He blocked it.With his rump."It hit me right in the cheek," said Girardi, the Lightning defe...
Published: 05/19/18