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Canadians put hope in new bill that would let them stay longer in United States

ST. PETE BEACH Along about May 1 each year, Ted and Margo Footitt start dreading going home after their six-month stay in Florida. That's because home is Ontario, where May temperatures can …

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Agriculture Secretary says Cuba trade could grow by hundreds of millions

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack predicts U.S. trade with Cuba could rebound from its current $300 million to close to $500 million with Florida among the states capitalizing the most. …

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Trigaux: In 'Shark Tank' style, five startups get six minutes to prove who's best

Lights. Action. Pitch. In a frenetic mix of swirling lights, rolling cameras and a DJ-inspired audience rooting from bleacher seats, five area business startups earned six minutes apiece to …

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  1. A push to turn on export tap

    Energy

    WASHINGTON — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a drive from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a ban on exports that has lasted decades.

    U.S. oil prices are as low as they’ve been since 2009, yet oil producers are pushing to overturn an export ban. They’re betting that long-term demand remains strong. Opponents argue allowing exports would make U.S. energy independence unlikely. 
  2. Chances of dying in car crash plunged over three years, study shows

    Autos

    WASHINGTON — The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell in the 2011-2012 period by more than a third when compared to 2008-2009 statistics, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, says a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    A Hollywood, Calif., street is closed after a July accident. The chances of dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, according to a study.
  3. Hedge fund manager gets 13 years in prison

    Business

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Venezuelan-American hedge fund manager was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for running a Connecticut fraud scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars from Venezuela's state oil company.

  4. Canadians put hope in new bill that would let them stay longer in United States

    Business

    ST. PETE BEACH

    Along about May 1 each year, Ted and Margo Footitt start dreading going home after their six-month stay in Florida. That's because home is Ontario, where May temperatures can drop into the 20s.

    A recent photo of the backyard of one of Ted Footitt's neighbors in Ontario. [Courtesy of Ted Footitt]
  5. Greg Baker resurrects Florida Cracker cuisine at Fodder & Shine

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA

    Greg Baker stands in the Fodder & Shine kitchen explaining what will happen in a vast room full of gleaming ovens and prep counters when his phone rings for the fifth time. "And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate. Baby I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake. Shake it off." // Wife and business partner …

    Cornmeal, chicken fat fried chicken with sides of cornbread, and tomato gravy and rice at Fodder & Shine, in Tampa. Photographed on Friday January 9th, 2015.


MONICA HERNDON | TIMES
  6. Dunedin: New zoning equals renewed interest in ex-Nielsen site

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — Interest in the long-vacant former Nielsen Media Research campus is picking up.

    The Nielsen property at 375 Patricia Ave. in Dunedin has been empty since 2005, when Nielsen relocated to Oldsmar.
  7. Clearwater launches plan to revive downtown

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Downtown Clearwater doesn't have a Jeff Vinik like Tampa has, or a Bill Edwards like St. Petersburg has. There's no multimillionaire white knight who's looking to invest tens of millions downtown.

    One suggestion from the Urban Land Institute is to make Clearwater a major boating center by capitalizing on the Clearwater Harbor Marina, above, and other facilities.
  8. Investors, artists, businesses merge as St. Petersburg's Warehouse Arts District gains momentum

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not just artists who see the potential of the Warehouse Arts District. A Polish vodka distillery, a high-tech company, a custom furnituremaker and a real estate investor who spent $1.7 million buying up property last year see it too.

    “It’s an art project and also a community development project and an economic driver for the community at large,” Warehouse District Association president Mark Aeling said of the area.
  9. City sets schedule for Pier design presentations

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Pier design teams to present concepts

  10. Agriculture Secretary says Cuba trade could grow by hundreds of millions

    Agriculture

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack predicts U.S. trade with Cuba could rebound from its current $300 million to close to $500 million with Florida among the states capitalizing the most.

  11. Trigaux: In 'Shark Tank' style, five startups get six minutes to prove who's best

    Business

    Lights. Action. Pitch.

    In a frenetic mix of swirling lights, rolling cameras and a DJ-inspired audience rooting from bleacher seats, five area business startups earned six minutes apiece to pitch their ideas to a four-judge panel of veteran area entrepreneurs.

  12. Cow trachea, anyone? New St. Pete pet shop goes 'primal'

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Krista Schmidt is giving a tour of her dream-come-true, even if it sounds like a nightmare. "When you first walk in the store," she says, "you'll see the body parts: duck feet, antlers, cow tracheas."

    Curly Bully Stick (which is bull penis, roasted in its natural juice) is one of the unique dog treats available at a new store, St. PetersBark!, a new all-natural dog & cat food store opening at 2435 9th St. N. 
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times
  13. Restaurateur Frank Chivas named 'Mr. Clearwater'

    Business

    CLEARWATER — He had a tough childhood. His father, a commercial fisherman, was lost at sea when he was just 11. He was placed in foster care.

    Frank Chivas, who owns such restaurants as Island Way Grill, Salt Rock Grill, Marlin’ Darlin, Rumba and the Salt Rock Tavern, was instrumental in bringing powerboat and windsurfing events to Clearwater. [Julie Busch Branaman photo] 
  14. Guitar retailers worry that Fender's new online store will push them out

    Retail

    LOS ANGELES — Fender's curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades.

    Ken Grayson, owner of Grayson’s Tune Town in Montrose, Calif., worries that guitar manufacturers will shift more to direct-to-consumer sales, increasing competition and offering lower prices.
  15. Trigaux: What to name Jeff Vinik's Tampa project? Send me your ideas

    Economic Development

    Amid a whirlwind of speaking gigs to explain his $1 billion redevelopment plans surrounding Amalie Arena, Jeff Vinik often drops fresh hints of how his mega-project is shaping up.

    When Jeff Vinik first unveiled his ambitious plan last month, he referred to the project as the "Waterfront District" - just to give some identity to it until a more formal title is chosen. [Strategic Property Partners LLC]