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  1. Wyndham Grand resort, largest development ever on Clearwater Beach, opens today

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — The long-awaited Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach resort opens to the public today — all 750,000 square feet of it.

    Will Saunders, 8, left, and his father David Saunders, right, of Melbourne, Australia, arrive at Clearwater Beach in October outside the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort, in background.
  2. Deputies: Woman steals hundreds of dollars worth of feminine products, sex toys

    Crime

    LARGO

    Deputies: Woman steals feminine products, sex toys

  3. Art center brings Cuban life to Dunedin

    Visual Arts

    DUNEDIN — It's the land of cigars and mojitos. Vintage cars and crumbling architecture. Hemingway and Castro.

    DFAC?•s curator, Catherine Bergmann admires a work by Manuel Mendive Hoyos before it gets hung at the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC) which is opening a new exhibit centering around Cuba. In the Entel Family and Douglas-Whitley Galleries, the collection is a result of an expansive visit to Cuba in November 2015 by a group of DFAC delegates including DFAC?•s curator, Catherine Bergmann. Representing a cross-section of contemporary Cuban artists, educators and visionaries, this exhibit is a vibrant sampling of the vital, creative culture active in Cuba today. The Gamble Gallery will feature select photographs from Veronica Stewart, Leslie Joy Ickowitz, Kirk Ke Wang and -- greatest hits from DFAC?•s Cuban ?”delegate?• photographers. - ( From DFAC's website; This exhibition, spanning two galleries, is the result of a joyful and expansive visit to Cuba in November 2015 by a curious group of DFAC delegates including DFAC?•s curator, Catherine Bergmann. Representing a cross-section of contemporary Cuban artists, educators and visionaries, this exhibit is a vibrant sampling of the vital, creative culture active in Cuba today.)
  4. Intent of fatal shot is crux of Clearwater teacher's trial

    Criminal

    LARGO — John "J.J." Rush was "out of control" on the day he was shot dead.

     Cara Ryan, shown here at a previous hearing, goes on trial today in the murder of her ex-husband.
  5. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    Seminole Pow Wow Parade seeking floats

  6. Man faces charges in co-worker shooting at Clearwater mobile home park

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he shot a co-worker during an argument at a Clearwater mobile home park, Pinellas County sheriff's detectives said.

    Pinellas County Sheriff?€™s detectives investigate a shooting Tuesday afternoon that left one man dead. Deputies responded at about 1:10 p.m. to Southern Comfort Mobile Home Park at 24479 U.S. 19 N. [Kathryn Varn | Times]
  7. Clearwater asks residents: Where should the pennies go?

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city is asking residents to give feedback on the proposed Penny for Pinellas IV list in an online survey. The 18-question form asks residents to rank Clearwater's 12 proposed Penny IV projects and give input on how satisfied they are with the program.

  8. Former mayor to run for commission in Tarpon Springs

    Elections

    TARPON SPRINGS — Former Mayor Frank DiDonato has decided to make another run for the City Commission after a loss last year in the race for mayor. He vies for Seat 1 against Jacob Karr and Tim Keffalas. The seat is being vacated by Commissioner Townsend Tarapani.

    Frank DiDonato is a candidate for Tarpon Springs City Commission.
  9. Senior Awareness Fair coming to Dunedin

    Briefs

    DUNEDIN — The city seeks vendors for the Senior Awareness Fair on Jan. 27. Organizations that can provide insight or services related to healthcare, wellness, legal assistance, home and financial security, retirement living, insurance and nutrition are welcome. Vendor fees are $90 per business and $25 per …

  10. Affordable apartments open in Clearwater

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — A 76-unit affordable housing apartment complex opened this week on Seminole Street through a state and local partnership.

  11. Bar review: Cueni Brewing Co. joins Dunedin's beer haven

    Bars & Spirits

    First there was Dunedin Brewery, which paved the way for all Florida craft breweries when it opened in the mid '90s. It took 17 years for a neighbor to arrive: 7venth Sun Brewing. In the past year, Dunedin had seen the opening of House of Beer Brewing, Woodwright Brewing.

    Cueni Brewing Co. in Dunedin is right off the Pinellas Trail.
  12. City to revamp downtown Clearwater plan for more lenient code, zoning rules

    Growth

    CLEARWATER — Lina Teixeira has a plan for promoting her wearable art boutique on Cleveland Street, but first she has to figure out how to cut through all the government red tape.

    Clearwater is talking about loosening some regulations to make it easier to attract businesses downtown. .DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
  13. Tarpon Springs' Epiphany dove is a frequent flier

    Human Interest

    TARPON SPRINGS

    Emanuel Hatzie keeps nine birds in his back yard. But only one of them has been blessed by God.

    Dove bearer Maria Chagaris, 16, releases Theodoros during this year’s Epiphany celebration at Spring Bayou.
  14. Tarpon Springs crash injures woman, closes S Pinellas Avenue

    Accidents

    TARPON SPRINGS — A woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning after she was hit by a truck while crossing the road.

  15. Naked man accused of home break-in just wanted "sesame seeds for his hamburger"

    Crime

    LARGO

    A Largo resident woke up Jan. 5 to find a naked man in his kitchen, police said.