Monday, December 11, 2017


Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar joined the Times in 2016. Born in Indiana, she has called Florida home for the last decade. Divya holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and economics from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Anthony Acosta. (Photo courtesy of Nick Acosta).

Epilogue: Anthony Acosta, 67, remembered for love of ER, family

ST. PETE BEACH — Anthony Acosta, the former medical director of the emergency room at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, spent more than four decades in an ER he was remembered for loving second to only his family.Mr. Acosta, 67, died Nov. 19...
Published: 12/08/17
Andrew Barnes, former chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Co. [Times (1997)]

30 semifinalists named for 2018 Barnes Scholarship

Thirty high school students have been named semifinalists for the 2018 Barnes Scholarship, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times Fund.The scholarships, named after former Times Publishing Co. chairman and CEO Andrew Barnes, were established in 1999...
Published: 12/05/17
The city's tree has animated lights this year. (Times Photo|Divya Kumar).

New lights and action for St. Petersburg’s Christmas tree— Divya Kumar (@divyadivyadivya)
Published: 12/05/17
Cones will remain surrounding the center lanes on the 40th Avenue bridge. (Times Photo | Divya Kumar).

St. Petersburg to replace 40th Avenue Bridge; cones stay in the meantime

ST. PETERSBURG — Those traversing the 40th Avenue Bridge, the main span connecting Shore Acres and Venetian Isles with the Old Northeast and Northeast Park neighborhoods, can expect to see orange cones barricading the center of the bridge for...
Published: 11/29/17
Katie Keegan, center, hands out her blessing bags at The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in St. Petersburg. Keegan, a nurse at St. Anthony's Hospital, collected clothes, bathroom products and other items to give to people. .EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

St. Anthony’s nurse turns a moment into momentum for the homeless

About a year and a half ago, a patient was discharged from St. Anthony’s Hospital on a cold day. He told his nurse, Katie Keegan, he didn’t have any personal items. He asked her if she could help him get a jacket.
Published: 11/29/17
(From left) Volunteers Kathy Lawless, 55, of Tampa, and Cori Retelling, 17, of Apollo Beach, organize the donations at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent on Tuesday. The Holiday Tent, located at 905 N Governor St. in Tampa, Fla., is a place where more than 100,000 people from all walks of life receive assistance during the holiday season. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times]

Charities see greater need, donations during holidays after Irma

Charities that feed the poor around Tampa Bay say they’ve seen a bump in demand since Hurricane Irma that is continuing into the holidays.But they also are reporting a spike in donations they are attributing to a neighbor-helping-neighbor...
Published: 11/22/17
Updated: 11/27/17
Shoppers at Kohl's in Brandon wait in line during Black Friday 2016. Because of online shopping, the day has waned in importance in the retail world, but many consumers still like to mosey through the mall.

Here’s when stores will open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Although the crowds might still be unruly and the lines long, Black Friday as "The Day" is slowly waning. Steve Kirn, a University of Florida professor and executive director for the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education & Research,...
Updated one month ago
Natalie Turiczek, left, 18, of Winter Garden, holds up her fish as she leaves her dorm at Eckerd College Wednesday. With her, from second from left are Louise Nico, Natalie's roommate Alicen Nico, 18, Jake Duggan, 18, and Natalie's mother, Robin Turiczek, holding the fish bowl. Eckerd College will be closed starting Thursday and required students to evacuate in preparation for Hurricane Irma.[LARA CERRI | Times]

At Eckerd College, a tight-knit campus pulls together before evacuating

ST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd College sophomores Chris Donbrowski and Chris Keskeny walked through a nearly empty campus to Triton’s Pub on Wednesday afternoon, wondering if it was still open. The day before, they’d received an email calling for a...
Published: 09/06/17
Updated: 12/04/17