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  1. Spring training kicks off in Clearwater and Dunedin


    Baseball is a game of tradition — hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, the crack of the bat, the seventh-inning stretch, and rooting for the home team. • Around here, there's a local baseball tradition that's about to return: an annual migration of Northerners arriving to escape the brutal winter weather in …

    Philadelphia Phillies players report on the first day of spring training at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater on Monday. The first home game is against the University of Tampa Spartans at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Bright House Field. 
  2. Three Oldsmar candidates agree on downtown project as a priority

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The three candidates running for City Council in the March 10 election seem to agree that a main concern is Market Square, the city's downtown redevelopment project along State Street.

    Dan Belcher
  3. Study focuses on Dunedin Causeway facelift

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The roughly 2-mile stretch of Dunedin Causeway bridges that connect Honeymoon Island State Park to the mainland is about five years away from a facelift.

    County engineers and URS Corporation Southern have kicked off a process to decide the best fix the Dunedin Causeway bridge.
  4. Guest column: Downtown Dunedin needs parking solutions


    Downtown Dunedin is entering a new phase in its evolution from a blighted, mostly vacant, dilapidated traffic corridor to the vibrant arts and entertainment district it is today. Four major development projects (Victoria Place, Highland Town Homes, The Gateway, the Keller Property) are about to displace almost 50 …

    (DUNEDIN 1/20/2006 ) HONEYMOON ISLAND WEDDINGS Peter Kreuziger, (CQ), President and CEO of Advantus Leisure Management Services, owner of Bon Appetit Restaurant, Dunedin, right, talks about plans to add wedding facility to an existing bath house, left, at Honeymoon Island State Park. Kreuziger has the concession contract at both Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks.     TIMES PHOTO SCOTT KEELER
  5. Boys and Girls Club transforms lives

    Human Interest

    Kassindjaa Montague's academic success had taken a dreadful turn.

    Kassindjaa Montague is the Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year.
  6. Ruth: Stalemate on Rays stadium compromise requires new tactics


    If this well gets poisoned any further, the relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Petersburg City Council is going to make the Ukraine dustup look like a neighborly spat over a borrowed lawn mower.

  7. Vintage wedding dresses tell a historical tale



    Leigh Anne Brown has said "I do" only once, yet she owns 102 wedding gowns. ¶ The Brandon resident, a historian and collector of antique and vintage wear, has amassed a collection of bridal confections that range from 1890 to the present.

    Leigh Anne Brown arranges a 1963 wedding dress, right. Also shown is an 1897 war bride dress, left, and a 1944 war bride dress. The Dunedin Fine Art Center will have 30 vintage bridal gowns from Brown’s collection, from the Victorian era to present day, in a showing on Saturday. 
  8. Hometown North Pinellas


    ROTARIES SUPPORT SCHOOL: The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and local Rotary Club leaders celebrated campus improvements recently during a tour day at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy.

    Tiffani Sherman with Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA.
  9. Safety Harbor wins grant for waterfront park


    Safety Harbor

    Grant benefits wetlands

    The Tampa Bay Estuary Program has awarded the city a $70,000 matching grant to assist with wetland restoration and cleanup at Safety Harbor's planned waterfront park.

    Horses are dressed warmly as they graze in a pasture off Donegan Road in Largo on Thursday afternoon.
  10. Police: Power tools link man to Tarpon Springs brewery burglary


    TARPON SPRINGS — A drunken man who police found sitting on a sidewalk surrounded by power tools was arrested early Friday for the overnight burglary of a nearby brewery.

  11. Old borrow pits might become a new park in Oldsmar

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — Out of destruction has come a rebirth.

    Oldsmar officials tour a section of the 107-acre property that sits next to Brooker Creek Nature Preserve and a Duke Energy substation in Oldsmar. The borrow pits were created in the 1990s to help builders who needed dirt for projects.
  12. Police, judges host event in North Greenwood to aid black youths



    Black cops, judges to talk with kids

    In an effort to avoid the type of confrontations that have racked communities from Ferguson, Mo., to Staten Island, N.Y., a group of black police officers and black judges are meeting with black youths and their parents at a judicial forum Saturday at …

  13. Three candidates compete for two Belleair commission seats

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — A former town commissioner will take on two incumbents in a three-way race for two at-large seats up for grabs in the March 10 election.

  14. SUV to answer EMS calls in Clearwater experiment

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Some people who call for emergency medical services in this city may be surprised by what they don't see — a fire truck or a red ambulance-style truck.

  15. Kenneth City council votes to get rid of red-light cameras

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — This town was the first in Pinellas to install red-light cameras. Now it's following the crowd in getting rid of them.