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  1. Smaller crowds against Yankees at Trop: Are fans tiring of stadium stalemate?

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees are coming, the Yankees are coming!

    The Rays’ Allan Dykstra reacts to a called strike three in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday in a game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Yankees won 5-3, sweeping the three-game series over the weekend.
  2. Tierra Verde artisan turns out unique glass knobs

    News

    TIERRA VERDE — A palace in Dubai has 100. A grand home going up in Sarasota will have 85. A ranch out West has eight, and a condo in South Pasadena has one.

  3. St. Petersburg debuts solar-powered charging stations

    Environment

    ST. PETERSBURG — The solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park was getting plenty of energy Friday morning under a sun already hot enough that Mayor Rick Kriseman's brief remarks were accompanied by thirsty dogs slurping at a nearby water fountain.

    Dogs and their owners mill about near the solar-powered charging stand at Crescent Lake Dog Park on Friday. Five stations, capable of charging cellphones and tablets even on cloudy days, thanks to a battery, are now available, including at Vinoy Park, Lake Vista and Walter Fuller dog parks. The charging stations cost about $2,500 and were built by city workers from a design by St. Petersburg’s Sunsure.
  4. Vision for Clearwater veterans memorial to become a reality

    Veterans

    CLEARWATER

    The city of Largo has a dignified-looking veterans memorial in one of its parks. So does Dunedin. The same goes for Oldsmar. But up until now, a veterans memorial in Clearwater's Crest Lake Park has existed only as a idea in an artist's rendering.

    A  rendering shows a memorial the Tampa Bay Veterans Alliance intends to build in Clearwater. 
  5. Construction creates havoc on Bay Pines Boulevard

    Roads

    The Doc's mailbox has filled up lately with letters from readers expressing varying degrees of dismay regarding the explosion of construction along Bay Pines Boulevard near the Bay Pines/C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The most recent construction of a Dunkin' Donuts on the northeast corner of Bay Pines Boulevard and …

  6. Dan Ruth: Backyard gun ranges come before common sense

    Columns

    A few days ago, Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch proposed drafting a county ordinance that would ban people from building backyard gun ranges.

    Insert a "Duh!" anywhere you want here.

  7. Debutante programs should reflect diversity

    Columns

    Recently, in a program sponsored by the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, I had the privilege of presenting 25 of our city's most accomplished young women as debutantes. It was a great honor that I will forever treasure, however, I hope that it looks a little different by the time my Nia takes …

    Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor, City of St. Petersburg, is pictured meeting with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board on Tuesday, 02/19/2013. [CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times] 

  8. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    GREEN FESTIVAL: Safety Harbor will be holding its Green Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Marina Park, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. This is an interactive event where people can learn how to live healthier and more sustainable lives. The event offers a wide selection of plants, eco-friendly home …

  9. Interfaith groups form rotating shelter for homeless families

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several years ago, a local pastor tried to put together an interfaith coalition to offer homeless families temporary shelter at congregational facilities and help them find jobs and permanent housing.

    Volunteers John Colbert, left, and Mike Conrow set up a bed at Central Christian Church in St. Petersburg. The church is the first host in the local Family Promise program that will shelter homeless families.
  10. New offerings in St. Petersburg: gourmet food to grilled cheese, Boho chic to high-end bongs

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — More than a dozen new businesses are open, or in the works, along four blocks of Central Avenue on the edge of downtown.

    A new business, Central Melt, will occupy the old Fountain and Restaurant space at 685 Central Ave. The restaurant will sell several kinds of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  11. Tablecloth project turns into lesson in community activism

    News

    ST. PETE BEACH

    Inside the yellow-and-white house, Maria Saraceno and nine friends weave needle and thread through a 70-pound, pearl-covered tablecloth.

    Several times a month, for the past 10 years, Maria Saraceno, center, and her friends have met for two to three hours to sew a 70-pound, pearl-covered tablecloth. The women call themselves the pearls in honor of the project.
  12. Florida Orchestra Guild honors Bill Edwards

    Human Interest

    04.17.2015

    The Florida Orchestra Guild of St. Petersburg honored Bill Edwards with its 48th annual Golden Baton Award, presenting it to him at a dinner held in the Club at Treasure Island. The recognition is for persons who have made significant contributions to the orchestra's growth.

    From left, Beth Houghton, of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, with trivia contest winners Lynne and Nelson Steiner, Marcia and David Feaster, Cary and Deb Cash, and Janice and Covington Sharp at a clinic fundraiser.
  13. Former Times editor to lead St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Downtown group gets new leader

    Former Tampa Bay Times editor Joni James is the new chief executive officer of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. James will replace Peter Betzer, who has served as CEO and president the past seven years. He will continue as the partnership's …

    Karen Fralich of Toronto works on her sand sculpture for the 2015 Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival’s Sand Walk Exhibit, just south of Pier 60. In the background is sand sculptor Dean Arscott from St. Petersburg. The exhibit opens today and admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 17, and $7 for seniors. For more information, go to www.sugarsandfestival.com.
  14. American Stage park gala features 'In the Heights'

    Human Interest

    Social datebook

    American Stage Theatre Company's annual Gala Under the Stars starts at 6 p.m. April 24 in Demens Landing Park, First Avenue at Bayshore Boulevard SE, St. Petersburg. The evening features dinner, auctions and the opening-night performance of In the Heights. Benefits the …

  15. Deputies: Man asks for work, sharpens machete when rejected

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK

    Deputies: Man asks for work, sharpens machete when rejected