Monday, July 16, 2018
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Photo gallery: Remembering the Pheil Hotel building

Now that the Pheil Hotel is being knocked down, we thought you might enjoy looking at some photos of that entire block from years past.

From Susan Taylor Martin's story on the demolition: Built in the 1920s by an early mayor of St. Petersburg, the hotel has long been known as the "cheese grater'' because of the grillwork added in the '60s. As demolition began this summer on other structures on the site, city staffers found old photos showing what appeared to be a stone sign engraved with the words PHEIL HOTEL beneath the grillwork. Hopes of removing the sign and perhaps displaying it in the city's history museum, were recently dashed when the sign, which turned out to be plaster, not stone, crumbled during attempts to remove it.

     
         
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Forecast: Dry start to work week, but rain chances will build across Tampa Bay

Forecast: Dry start to work week, but rain chances will build across Tampa Bay

The work week will start of relatively dry across Tampa Bay, but rain chances will increase throughout the week with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms near 50 percent on Friday.Skies will be mostly sunny on Monday, with only a 20 percen...
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Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship

Iraqi interpreter who risked life helping U.S. troops fights for citizenship

Haeder Alanbki, an Iraqi living in Orlando, applied to become a U.S. citizen in 2016. Given his years as an interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq, he thought it would be a simple formality. But in a lawsuit he filed last month against the government, ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
The Daystarter: Will ‘Lionfish Challenge’ put dent in invasive species?; Amazon Prime Day today; Rays lose their most valuable trade chip

The Daystarter: Will ‘Lionfish Challenge’ put dent in invasive species?; Amazon Prime Day today; Rays lose their most valuable trade chip

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Updated: 2 hours ago
PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

PolitiFact Florida: What Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said on abortion

When President Donald Trump unveiled his second Supreme Court justice pick, Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor warned of dire consequences for access to abortion."With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his ...
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Can Florida’s Lionfish Challenge rein in the venomous invasive? Maybe.

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Submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael DeRemer spotted the yellow glint of the lionfish’s tag.The 62-year-old Largo diver had been looking for grouper that June day, but the tag changed things: It meant the spiny seafarer was a lucrative target — o...
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The secret to Amazon Prime Day is buying only what you really, REALLY need

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Prime Day is upon us. At 3 p.m. today giant online retailer Amazon will unroll its biggest sales of the year to celebrate its birth month. That could mean either big savings, or the urge to buy stuff you don’t really need because it seems like...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

ATLANTA — Good morning from SEC media days, the unofficial kickoff to college football's preseason.The four-day event begins later this morning with commissioner Greg Sankey's address at 11:30. A few things I'll be monitoring over the next...
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Hooper: La Segunda bringing a taste of Ybor to South Tampa

One of Tampa’s oldest jokes regards the reluctance of folks in South Tampa to drive north of Kennedy Boulevard.Even if it’s to get great Cuban bread from Ybor City.La Segunda Bakery will look to give South Tampa residents one more reason to stay clos...
Published: 07/16/18
Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball will honor ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt

Poynter Institute’s Bowtie Ball will honor ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt

ST. PETERSBURG — Longtime NBC News anchor Lester Holt will receive the 2018 Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism this fall.The 59-year-old Holt will be honored at the Poynter Institute’s annual Bowtie Ball on Dec. 8. The Poynter Insti...
Published: 07/16/18
Hulk Hogan returns to the WWE after a three-year suspension

Hulk Hogan returns to the WWE after a three-year suspension

Hulkamania can again run wild in World Wrestling Entertainment.Three years after Hulk Hogan became persona non-grata within the professional wrestling organization that he helped make the largest in the world, the WWE announced on its website Sunday ...
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