SeaWorld has announced it is ending its practice of killer whale breeding after years of controversy over keeping orcas in captivity. The company also said it is ending theatrical shows at its parks and will introduce "new, inspiring natural orca encounters." We're exploring what that could mean for the SeaWorld park in Orlando.
Earth got so hot last month that federal scientists struggled to find words, describing temperatures as "astronomical," "staggering" and "strange." They warned that the climate may have moved into a new and hotter neighborhood.
A clearer picture of St. Petersburg's new Pier Park emerged today when architects unveiled schematic designs for the $46 million project. The designs, which you can view here, will be used to develop construction documents for the downtown landmark that city officials hope will be completed by 2018.
St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin and Kriseman's chief of staff, Kevin King, will be traveling to Cuba next week to see the Tampa Bay Rays play an exhibition game and pursue closer ties with the island nation.
Coming soon, according to the New York Post's gossipy Page Six column: a book by Tampa's own Jill Kelley. You won't believe what the title is.
What's next for gambling in Florida? When legislators finished their annual session last week without a gaming bill or a compact with the Seminole Tribe, they raised the stakes on the future of casinos in the state, and it's precisely where gaming opponents want it. Instead of lawmakers deciding the future of expanded gambling, that decision will now be made by the courts in pending lawsuits before the Florida Supreme Court and a federal judge.
When Katie Sanders' Japanese translator asked "Do you like animals?" Katie wasn't sure whether it was a real question or a warning. You can decide when you read about Katie's taste-test of the octopus cracker and other delicacies on her trip to Japan.
After making his own beer for a few months, Brian Pearson wanted fresher hops. Good hops, he realized, were key to good beer, since they shape its flavor and aroma. But fresh hops were nowhere to be found in Florida. Now Pearson is part of a group of UF researchers that plans to test how well hops grow in Florida with a two-year study in Hillsborough and Orange counties.
Matt Baker has a theory for why Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher ripped his Seminoles after their opening spring practice. In involves Jim McElwain.
ANOTHER FOGGY MORNING
Florida Highway Patrol troopers closed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge again this morning because of dense sea fog. Here's a video from the Dick Misener Bridge on the approach to the Skyway shot about 7 a.m.
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