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  1. Arson at Zorba's in Tarpon Springs brings back memories, good and bad

    Fire

    TARPON SPRINGS — More than 30 years ago, an arsonist broke into Zorba's nightclub on a Monday night, poured kerosene throughout the property, and ignited one of Tarpon Springs' gems of Greek nostalgia.

    The interior of Zorba’s was declared a total loss after the March 18 arson. The Tarpon Springs club was closed at the time and no one was hurt, police said.
  2. Murray Studio Theatre reopens at Ruth Eckerd Hall

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER

    Ruth Eckerd Hall's smallest theater used to have big problems. Its door was next to the stage, letting light in and breaking the mood anytime someone had to leave. Its box office was hard to find. Its chairs squeaked.

    Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts students Isabelle Houck, 8, and Victor Nikolov, 7, hand out pieces of the ribbon cut at the theater’s reopening.
  3. Construction work on U.S. 19 reaches milestone

    Roads

    CLEARWATER — After six long years of orange barrels, concrete barriers, periodic road closings and lane shifts, frustrated commuters on U.S. 19 are getting a bit of relief.

    Traffic crosses the recently opened northbound lanes of U.S. 19 over Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.
  4. Safety Harbor music festival draws national talent

    Events

    SAFETY HARBOR — If this year's singer-songwriter festival is anything like last year's, just about anything can happen: Spontaneous after-parties. Popup miniconcerts. Lasting friendships.

    Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda created the Safety Harbor SongFest, this weekend’s celebration of Americana, country, folk, blues, pop and bluegrass. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, which they founded.
  5. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Virginia Papadopoulos of Safety Harbor has been named General Federation of Women's Clubs 2014 Volunteer of the Year for District 14 in Florida. Under Papadopoulos' leadership as president of North Pinellas Woman's Club in 2014, NPWC continued its leading role in funding and supporting …

    Virginia Papadopoulos was honored as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
  6. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    The Gathering of Women Inc, a not for profit organization, is having its annual prom dress drive for high school seniors. They are currently soliciting slightly used dresses, shawls, and jewelry to accessorize with dresses and shoes. The prom dress drive will be held at the Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. …

  7. Looking for bike, man gets ride to jail

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    Man tries to steal impounded bike, police say

  8. Traffic signal timing to be adjusted

    Roads

    Why are the traffic light sequences and timing so erratic on Belcher Road? I (recently) was driving west on Tampa Road approaching Belcher. The light was red and cars were backed up about a quarter mile. After two more minutes the light changed to green. A total of three cars went through the intersection before the …

  9. Dan Ruth: The Pier's time has passed: Move on

    Columns

    This what happens when well-intentioned good faith collides headlong into St. Petersburg's Snell Isle/Old Northeast rump government.

  10. Pet of the Week

    News

    Samantha is a 4-year-old gray and white cat with gold-green eyes. She has been at Friends of Strays since she was a kitten, probably because she appears to be very shy. But sit down on the floor near her and she's in your lap and purring. Meet Samantha at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St Petersburg. For …

    Pictured: Samantha (cat)
  11. Pinellas births

    News

    Ewin, Maria and Tracy, St. Petersburg, a boy, 8 pounds 4 ounces, Feb. 26, 2015, 4:58 p.m., Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

  12. Lawsuit against Clearwater Marine Aquarium is thrown out

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — An appellate court on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit that sought to derail the results of a 2012 voter referendum that cleared the way for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's potential move to downtown Clearwater. In that referendum, Clearwater got voter approval to negotiate with the aquarium for a 60-year …

  13. Clearwater CEO opens North Pinellas business incubator

    Business

    CLEARWATER — Clearwater is a long way from Silicon Valley. It's not widely known for its high-tech startup companies.

    Steve Allen, founder and CEO of iDatix Corp., opened a tech incubator at his company’s Clearwater headquarters.
  14. Morton Plant Hospital breaks ground on new addition

    Health

    CLEARWATER — Morton Plant Hospital's main building was constructed in 1966, and its age is showing.

    Doyle Tower will also add 52 private rooms, a need at the hospital.
  15. Ruth: Competition makes reviving Pier aquarium questionable

    Columns

    Perhaps the biggest mystery surrounding the long-shuttered Secrets of the Sea Aquarium is why we need yet another fishy attraction in the Tampa Bay area.