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  1. Weather cancels First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg


    Friday's popular Get Downtown First</span> Friday event in St. Petersburg was canceled because of the weather, according to the event website. The monthly event that closes off part of Central Avenue downtown features live music and food, with proceeds from beer and wine sales benefiting area organizations. …

  2. Bitter cold (of 50 degrees) cancels St. Pete's First</span> Friday


    Don't laugh, but St. Petersburg's First</span> Friday block party has been canceled because of the cold. …

  3. On your radar: First</span> Friday in St. Pete and an outdoors family flick


    Get Downtown First</span> Friday Music Series: The Tempests provide live music this month at the festivities between Second and Third streets on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. It starts at 5:30 p.m. Free. (727) 393-3597. …

  4. Plan your weekend: July 3-5


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    Fireworks light up the sky above Channelside Bay Plaza in Tampa.
  5. Richard O. &#8220;Dick&#8221; Jacobs, Leopard, Botswana, from his book Wonderlust.
  6. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 June 25-July 1


    1 Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail: With much fanfare, the final connection between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties opened June 22. Now joggers, cycli sts and skaters can enjoy panoramic views of Upper Tampa Bay and safe passage between Clearwater and Tampa on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The Hillsborough portion of the trail, completed in 2013, consi sts of 5.5 miles of paved sections and bridge along the south side of the causeway that runs to the Pinellas County line. There is free parking available at Ben T. Davis Beach, 7740 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, as well as Cypress Point Park, 5620 W Cypress St., and Skyway Park, 3901 George Road, Tampa. On the Pinellas side, it's a bit trickier, with no big parking areas available in the leadup to the causeway, but there are plans in the works to create one in the future, planners have said.  …

    Tiffany Edens, 41, of Tampa takes in the view as she climbs up the big bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. Runners, bicyclists and pedestrians can now traverse the entire span of the Courtney Campbell Causeway from Clearwater to Tampa.
  7. Review: Pelican Pop Fe st highlights a busy First</span> Friday in St. Petersburg

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    On Friday, St. Petersburg got it right. …

  8. On your radar: free Edwin McCain show, First</span> Friday in St. Pete and 'Jaws' on a pool float


    Edwin McCain: The singer-songwriter from South Carolina, known for his ballad I'll Be performs a free concert at 7 p.m. at the Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg. …

  9. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for July 3


    Vans Warped Tour: The tour once again brings an array of dance, pop, punk, acou stic, hip-hop and alternative arti sts including, Palisades, Neck Deep, Bebe Rexha, Handguns, Kosha Dillz, Black Veil Brides and more. 11 a.m., Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $36. …

    Crowd for the Motionless in White band at the 2014 Vans Warped Tour at Vinoy Park, Friday, July 25, 2014.  CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  10. See photos from First</span> Friday in downtown St. Petersburg

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    Were you dancing in the streets la st night in downtown St. Petersburg? Lots of other folks were, and photographer Andrea Lypka captured photos of the monthly outdoor party,  Get Downtown. Take a look, see who was letting loose on Friday night: …

  11. Rays-Blue Jays Saturday preview


    Rays vs. Blue Jays When/where: 6:10 tonight; Tropicana Field TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish) Tickets: $19-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketma ster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time. …

  12. Dancin' in the street


    LARA CERRI | Times  …

    Barbara and Ryan Beck of Philadelphia dance to the tunes of The Billy Rice Band during First Friday in downtown St. Petersburg June 6, 2014. The Central Avenue crowd danced and sang along to the band, who covered tunes by The Greg Kihn Band, The Doobie Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire. The event is held between Second and Third streets South every first Friday of the month, from 5:30-10 p.m.
  13. Sage Karam makes right turn with Ganassi team


    ST. PETERSBURG ­­— At age 20, Sage Karam has an opportunity a lot of drivers with more experience can only dream about. But even at that young stage, an IndyCar ride with Chip Ganassi Racing is about much more than ju st how fa st he is, and how fa st he has arrived here. …

    Sage Karam said his driving style is close to teammate Scott Dixon's, so he's studying the all-time leader in IRL/IndyCar wins closely. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  14. Man convicted of murder in St. Petersburg killing


    A St. Petersburg man was convicted Friday of first</span>-degree murder for shooting another man at a local nightclub. …

  15. Secret's out on St. Pete's newe st speakeasy — here's the Proof


    Everyone talks about be st-kept secrets, but it's hard to find the real thing. Proof Cocktail Club in downtown St. Petersburg may not be a secret to everyone, but it's managed to keep an impressively low profile since it quietly opened in January, despite having one of the be st cocktail li sts in town. …

    Bar manager Pete Ketchum, right, and a few of Proof&#8217;s creative cocktails, above. The Chai Bye Cocktail, left: Papas Pilar Blonde, fresh lemon, chai syrup, egg white and burnt star anise. The Jalisco Hibiscus Mule: Milagro Tequila, muddled ginger and mint, lime, hibiscus-infused agave nectar and topped with ginger beer. &#3;Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  16. St. Petersburg police identify missing girl, 42 years later (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — The black binder is old and peeling, the cover askew, a rush of papers bur sting from each end. It bears the scars of too many openings, of a journey between hands that tried and failed to keep it closed for good. …

    Investigator Brenda Stevenson was dogged in her desire to close the cold case. In 2010 she asked to have the body of Janice Marie Brock exhumed in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
  17. This week in Tampa: Train, Sean Paul, Tycho and more

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    So ... no Garth Brooks. What on earth are music lovers in Tampa to do now? …

  18. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5, Jan. 29-Feb. 4


    1 Young Eagles Flight Rally: Let the kids get behind the controls of a plane? Why not? Kids ages 8 to 17 can actually take flight and explore the world of aviation for free. Volunteer pilots will take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first</span>. Young Eagle certificates are awarded on completion of the program and each child's name is entered into the "World's Largest Logbook" at the Experimental Aircraft Association Air Adventure Museum. Weather will be monitored. Check for possible cancellation. Free, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Albert Whitted Airport, 540 First</span> St. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-1532.  …

    Pilot Jim Porter, with the Clearwater&#8217;s chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, left, flies a Cessna 175 Skylark with 8-year-old Colby Koberna of Clearwater during the EAA&#8217;s Young Eagles Flight Rally in 2011.
  19. This week in Tampa: Florida Georgia Line, Shelby Lynne, Collie Buddz and more

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    If you're looking for a party this weekend, you can find it at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, where Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will hit the stage on Friday. Other concerts this week in town include Shelby Lynne (above), Collie Buddz, Michelle Branch, Veil of Maya, Beartoe, Kill Paris, Melt-Banana and more. Here to walk you through it all is Ray Roa... …

  20. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 30


    Gasparilla Pre-Invasion Party with the Commodores: The late '70s funk and soul group, the Commodores headline the new Gasparilla warm up party with the Atlanta Rhythm Section and Daniel B. Marshall opening. 6 p.m., Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. $30.  …

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