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  1. Valentine's Day brings an assortment of options


    Weary of roses and candlelit dinners for Valentine's Day?

    Biting wit in The Book of Mormon, the hit Broadway musical, attracts many more fans than it drives away.
  2. Alternative and cool things to do on Valentine's weekend


    Valentine's Day weekend doesn't have to be ruined by overcrowded restaurants and unmet expectations. Get your mind off the holiday's cliched rituals by venturing out to one or more of the refreshingly distinctive events happening on both sides of the bay Feb. 11-14. From a retro bike ride to a new yoga-and-beer …

    The Love Doctors do open mic Feb. 14 at New World Brewery.
  3. Conference brings international affairs to USF-St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — In 34 years as an American diplomat, Douglas L. McElhaney witnessed a revolution in Portugal, helped negotiate independence for the African nation of Namibia and served as ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Douglas L. McElhaney, 68, was an American diplomat for 34 years.
  4. Dunedin nears solution for downtown parking woes

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — It has been a long time coming.

  5. Aerial adventures zipping their way to Oldsmar

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — As you soar 70 feet above the ground, secured in a harness, you'll see Old Tampa Bay to the west and Mobbly Bayou to the east. In between, you'll float over a mix of mangrove swamp, salt marsh and oak hammocks. And if you're lucky, from your perch, you'll spot an assortment of shorebirds often spotted …

    Jason Clement with Empower Adventures says, “Our goal is to increase exposure and visibility” to Mobbly Bayou Wilderness Preserve in Oldsmar. The water on the right will be crossed by two legs of Empower Adventures’ $1 million zip line course, which also will include an aerial adventure park.
  6. Palm Pavilion's Ken Hamilton named Mr. Clearwater

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Ken Hamilton has spent nearly 40 years keeping his family business, the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar, a Clearwater Beach landmark, while volunteering his free time to hospitals, schools and the homeless.

    Ken Hamilton, president of the Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill and Bar, accepts the 2016 Mr. Clearwater award on Tuesday at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce's 94th annual meeting. The award is given annually to business leaders who show a record of community service.
  7. St. Petersburg police: Man robs taxi driver, leaves wallet in the back seat



    St. Petersburg police: Man robs taxi driver, leaves wallet in the back seat

  8. Safety Harbor commissioner cleared in ethics complaint

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — Almost a year after a conflict of interest complaint was filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics, City Commissioner Janet Hooper has been cleared.

  9. Dunedin to debut dog park on Saturday with football theme

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Starting Saturday, dog owners will have another place to hang out with their four-legged friends.

  10. Weekend events may create traffic headaches on Clearwater Beach


    CLEARWATER — City officials are anticipating heavy traffic and parking shortages on Clearwater Beach this weekend because of a series of community events and damage to a major garage.

  11. Clearwater will help turn school into museum

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The City Council has committed $12,000 a year for three years to help the Clearwater Historical Society convert the historic South Ward Elementary School at 610 S Fort Harrison Ave. into a museum and cultural center.

  12. State investigates Tarpon Springs building development director for expired license

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is investigating the city's building development director after receiving an anonymous complaint regarding his expired license.

  13. Safety Harbor Art and Music Center nears completion



    Their art is everywhere — a manatee sculpture in City Hall, mixed media mobiles in the community center and Whimzeyland, their multicolored house on Third Street with its collection of countless bowling balls. For more than two decades, Safety Harbor has been Kiaralinda and Todd Ramquist's …

    Todd Ramquist, left, and Kiaralinda work on the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center. The artists are the masterminds behind the SHAMC, a place for artists in need of a creative space. They hope to have the center finished in March.
  14. New chapter looming for downtown Clearwater's abandoned Strand building


    CLEARWATER — There may be hope for Clearwater's tallest eyesore.

    The nearly $7 million sale of the abandoned condo tower on Clearwater’s Cleveland Street is set to close May 18.
  15. Former Dunedin city manager in running for Largo's top job

    Local Government

    LARGO — The ex-Dunedin city manager who resigned last month amid criticism of his job performance is a semifinalist in Largo's search for a new city manager.

    Former Dunedin City Manager Rob DiSpirito is a finalist for the vacant Largo city manager position.  [Times files]