Friday, May 25, 2018
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Seminole children's choir performs in Vatican City: Thirty young people from second to 12th grades from the Diocese of St. Petersburg joined more than 5,000 youth from around the world to participate in the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Rome and Vatican City last month. Fifteen children from the Children's Choir of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole joined 15 from the Choristers of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio to travel with their choir directors and family to this event. The singers sang in various churches in Rome and Vatican City. The conclusion was singing during the World Peace Day Papal Mass, celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 1.

St. Pete couple collects donations for Free Clinic: St. Petersburg residents Lee and Rose Patterson collected 1,563 rolls of toilet paper, 554 bars of soap, paper towels, tooth brushes and other toiletries to donate to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. The donations are given to people in need through We Help Services, an emergency assistance program at the Free Clinic. The donations were collected through the couple's annual holiday breakfast in December.

Florida Orchestra collects for Toys for Tots: The Florida Orchestra Musicians Association hosted a Toys for Tots drive and collected almost 600 toys in just over two weeks. Donations were given by musicians, staff and board members of the orchestra, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, St. Clement's Episcopal Church and audience members at the Mahaffey Theater, the Straz Center and Ruth Eckerd Hall. This is the first year the musicians have hosted a toy drive, and they hope to make it an annual event.

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Felled by fire, popular tower at Wall Springs Park to reopen soon

Felled by fire, popular tower at Wall Springs Park to reopen soon

PALM HARBOR — The long, strange saga of the Wall Springs Park observation tower is finally coming to a close as county officials hope the rebuilt structure, along with refurbished decking leading up to it, will be open in time for the Fourth of July....
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

Carlton: Senseless death on a street like no other

On a Wednesday morning, a mother and her little girl, not quite 2, went for a stroll along one of Tampa’s prettiest streets.It was nearly lunchtime when they were crossing back over Bayshore Boulevard, headed to the home nearby where they were stayin...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
At Pinellas Park’s iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

At Pinellas Park’s iconic model train store, an ownership change goes off the rails

PINELLAS PARK — The iconic model train store that has sat at U.S. 19 and Haines Road for close to 30 years announced on its website it will be moving to another location."It’s difficult trying to stock a store that’s bigger than the reality is these ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

SAFETY HARBOR — Denis Phillips cracks a pop-top and pulls a can that looks a lot like him to his lips."It’s got that citrusy feel to it," he says. "Which is a Florida thing. That’s not bad." Indeed, there’s a grapefruit finish to Rule #7 Hurricane Sa...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

Deputies: Hours after birth, newborn abandoned in north Tampa

[UPDATE: Friday just after midnight, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced it has located the mother of the abandoned baby. She has yet to be identified.] TAMPA — An abandoned a newborn baby was found in the University area on Thu...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

TAMPA — Joe Capitano Sr. invested in the 1400 block of E Seventh Avenue in 1985, never doubting the huge potential of the property for Ybor City.But the deal to build a $52 million boutique hotel on the site didn’t start to come together until six ye...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Having lost two straight and nine of 12 times overall to the Red Sox, the Rays needed two things to go right Thursday:First, a strong start from Blake Snell.Second, some early runs against Rick Porcello from an offense that had...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Home cooking clearly agrees with OF Denard Span. The 34-year-old Tampa product continues to deliver, producing at the plate, running the bases, making diving catches in the outfield, and Thursday, even going over the short sidewall twice in hot pursu...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

Bucs’ Ali Marpet: NFL flip-flopping on anthem policy ‘a little bit odd’

TAMPA — This much is clear: The National Football League is focused on getting rid of kneeling players.That was the league's announcement Wednesday in requiring players to stand during the national anthem before games or possibly have their tea...
Updated: 6 hours ago