Friday, January 19, 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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Lightning falls to Golden Knights

Lightning falls to Golden Knights

TAMPA — The door to the Lightning dressing room remained closed a little longer than usual Thursday night, and that wasn’t surprising.After the kind of performance displayed in its 4-1 loss to the expansion Golden Knights, this had players-only meeti...
Updated: 5 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Jan. 18

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Updated: 6 hours ago
Police presence at Martin Luther King Jr. Day after-party raises ire

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Tampa Bay record lows burst pipes, threaten berry and fish farms

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In winters past, when they ran the irrigation system at Parkesdale Farms to preserve the berry crop in a protective shell of ice, the icicles measured inches.But on Wednesday night, one of the coldest nights in years, the icicles hung more than a foo...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

Crystal Lagoon planners cut the ribbon on a chilly day (w/video)

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Booty and books on Blackbeard’s ship; critics warn new Trump offic would allow doctors to discriminate; more in U.S. news

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Updated: 10 hours ago

Consumer agency to spend rainy day funds

NEW YORK — The Trump-appointed acting director of the federal government’s consumer watchdog agency requested zero dollars of funding for its second-quarter budget, saying he intends to first spend down the agency’s rainy day fund. In a letter to the...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

Man free on bail during DUI manslaughter appeal arrested for drinking alcohol

A Tampa man convicted of DUI manslaughter for drunkenly running down a tourist and released on bail while his case winds through the appeals process was arrested Tuesday.Brock Troutman, 34, violated the conditions of his release from jail by consumin...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

Family recalls troubled youth for teen killer, now 39, who seeks new sentence

TAMPA — The bearded man with shackled hands sat weeping as he listened to witness after witness — his mother, aunt and sister among them — recount his childhood of poverty, abuse, and depression.Kyle Moran leaned forward occasionally, stretching to w...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

Tropical Breeze patron rides shuttle to check on crew

PORT RICHEY — Loretta Santini was one of a small group of customers boarding a Tropical Breeze Casino shuttle Thursday afternoon as the company sailed for the first day since another of its shuttle boats burned to the water Sunday, killing one woman....
Updated: 11 hours ago