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  1. Dunedin center's wearable art show takes it to the edge with extravagant attire



    The Dunedin Fine Art Center's beloved Wearable Art Fashion Show is now in its 12th year and that means adolescent hormones are in high gear.

    Julian Hartzog designed this for the wearable art fashion show
  2. Pinellas commissioners delay vote on Dunedin Causeway replacement options (w/video)


    CLEARWATER — County commissioners Tuesday were slated to decide which of three bridge designs will replace the largest declining span of the Dunedin Causeway — but they didn't.

    A man strolls across the south side of the draw bridge at the Dunedin Causeway. [Times files]
  3. New trial denied, murder resentencing hearing in Clearwater stabbing continues


    LARGO — For the second time, Renee Langfritz sat through the sentencing of the troubled teenager convicted of randomly stabbing her only child to death.

    Mychal King
  4. New sentencing for teen convicted in Clearwater man's fatal stabbing may turn into plea change


    Mychal King was 15 when authorities say he fatally stabbed a Clearwater bicyclist in 2013. Sentenced to life in prison, he is scheduled to be resentenced today under new state sentencing guidelines for juveniles convicted of murder that could lower his sentence to 40 years.

    Mychal King received a life sentence for a fatal stabbing in Clearwater committed when he was 15.
  5. Detectives coerced confession from man accused in Pinellas Trail death, documents say


    The confession of a Clearwater man whose first-degree murder charge was dropped last week was coerced by detectives during an interview that lasted more than nine hours, according to court records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times on Monday.

  6. Q&A with Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne on new national church role

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Having served as a colonel in the Air Force and the chief executive for 15 years of Pinellas County's second largest city, Bill Horne is no stranger to leadership.

    Clearwater city manager Bill Horne is now vice president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. [Times files]
  7. Animated video gives public first look at changes coming to Dunedin Causeway


    DUNEDIN — After months of back-and-forth on how to replace the deteriorating Dunedin Causeway, county commissioners are slated to make a decision on Tuesday.

    A man strolls across the south side of the draw bridge at the Dunedin Causeway. [Times files]
  8. Oldsmar offers chance to help celebrate centennial

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — Help celebrate the city's 100th birthday and leave your mark on history by joining the Oldsmar People's Centennial Task Force's endeavor to create a time capsule. Add pictures, letters, newspaper articles or another type of relic to the time capsule that will not be opened until 2066. You can submit one …

  9. Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne a national church leader


    CLEARWATER — City Manager Bill Horne became the highest ranking layman in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America last week after being elected vice president during the annual church wide assembly.

    Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne
  10. Safety Harbor spends $4,000 to prove speeding not a problem

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — The city is nearly $4,000 in the hole after paying for two sets of traffic studies to prove to residents that there is not a speeding problem on Main Street.

  11. Safety Harbor may soon allow food trucks

    Local Government

    SAFETY HARBOR — Food trucks could soon be welcome in Safety Harbor, thanks to Crooked Thumb Brewery co-owner Kip Kelly.

  12. Dunedin's proposed budget shows steady property tax rate, money for paid parking downtown

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — A rise in city property values will allow officials to maintain this year's property tax rate while accomplishing some long-planned goals, including the downtown paid parking plan.

  13. Clearwater Ice Arena debuts new rink on Saturday


    LARGO — In 1986, before Tampa Bay natives recognized Zamboni as more than a foreign word and lightning as more than a reason to run for cover, one of the first ice arenas in the state opened on Icot Boulevard. Its name was Sunblades, and its core customers were snowbirds and transplanted moms and dads craving to …

    Ice dancer Sara Wilson, 19, laces up, below, before stepping out onto the new rink on Monday. Wilson was practicing for an upcoming ice dance test session.
  14. First Tee golfers from St. Petersburg earn a trip to Pebble Beach


    Claire Vermette and Sadie Chlapowski have played golf throughout the state in junior golf tournaments and as members of the First Tee of St. Petersburg. Seldom have they had the chance to play outside of Florida.

    Claire Vermette of Northeast High, left, and Sadie Chlapowski of Boca Ciega High learned of their selection for the tournament during a segment of the Morning Drive on the Golf Channel.
  15. Beer column: Cool off with some fine bay area craft lagers

    Bars & Spirits

    It's brutally hot out, and that calls for extra-refreshing beer. More often than not, my go-to is a nice cold lager.

    Independent Pilsner by Coppertail Brewing Co.