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Want your name on a museum? A Tarpon Springs man has one waiting in storage.

Charles Zidar, the CEO of the Museum of Archaeology, Paleontology and Science, holds a fossilized dinosaur egg, at his home in Tarpon Springs. Zidar had the egg scanned at his dentist's office, and claims the images show an embryo inside. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Tampa Bay Times]

FarmTable Cucina still wows with new chef, revamped menu

Rainbow cauliflower at FarmTable Cucina on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times]

Bubba the Love Sponge back on the radio in Tampa and Orlando without his longtime co-host

Bubba "The Love Sponge" Clem poses for a photograph along with his two dogs, Pookie, top and Peaches at his St. Petersburg home. [CHRIS URSO | Times files (2018)]

Why are teens vaping? And why aren’t we stopping them? | Editorial

In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, photo, Andrew Teasley, a salesman at Good Guys Vape Shop, exhales vapor while using an e-cigarette in Biddeford, Maine. Efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes and reduce their appeal to youngsters have sputtered under industry pressure in over a half-dozen states this year. The industry and its lobbyists urged lawmakers to leave mint and menthol alone. A proposed ban that President Donald Trump outlined Wednesday, Sept. 11, would supersede any state inaction and includes a ban on mint and menthol. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) [ROBERT F. BUKATY | AP]

A new wave of coffee shops is taking over Tampa Bay — and they’re serving much more than coffee

An espresso drink and a vegetable sandwich at King State Coffee in Tampa. [MICHELLE STARK | Tampa Bay Times]

Goody Goody ‘Hamburger Queen’ Yvonne Freeman dies at 91

All eyes were on manager Yvonne Freeman as she brought an order to a table at the Goody Goody restaurant Tuesday. The restaurant on the north end of downtown Tampa closed the next day. [DIEZ, CHERIE | Tampa Bay Times (2005)]

Ben Mallah proposes $20 million hotel at site of Redington Long Pier

The Redington Long Pier is seen on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

Review: Lizzo dazzles, empowers Tampa fans in sold-out Yuengling Center concert

Lizzo performs at the Yuengling Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 in Tampa. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

The horse was nearly feral when a Florida woman bought her. Together they’re aiming for a national competition.

Kirsty Wright, 32, of Odessa, visits with her nine-year-old pony, Noelle, on Monday, August 12, 2019, at Winding Oaks Equestrian Center in Masaryktown. Noelle was found in a wooded area in Jacksonville in 2017 and was adopted by Wright, a student, who has a goal to compete with Noelle in the Pony Finals (event). [DOUGLAS CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]

Middleton faces Sickles in emotional home opener

at Middleton High School in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Clearwater announced it would cut down 155 trees. Most were sick, officials said. Residents are upset.

Blackbirds mix with mallard ducks who rest and feed in the shade of lakeside trees at Crest Lake Park on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, in Clearwater. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]

Five scenic Tampa Bay bike routes for the casual rider

Minh Ross Jr., 10, rides his bike on the new Courtney Campbell Trail during the official opening of the paved pedestrian and bicycle trail on Saturday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the San Francisco 49ers for the regular season opener

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) tackle San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) during the third quarter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 17 to 31. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]

Radar finds more than 120 coffins buried beneath Tampa apartment complex

This image is a 3D laser scan of Robles Park Village showing subsurface results in relation to the buildings. The red and/or blue rectangles represent buried objects in the shape of graves superimposed on the 3D imagery. These results are from two different data sources and they align with historical maps of the former Zion Cemetery. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 in Tampa, FL. [Cardno]

After losing hope for a cure, Lincoln DeLuna’s family is living for the moment

Lincoln DeLuna uses his mirror to look around during a family outing Tuesday, August 20, 2019. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times]

Hurricane Dorian pounds Bahamas and poses threat to east coast of Florida

Volunteers rescue several families that arrived on small boats, from the rising waters of Hurricane Dorian, near the Causarina bridge in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The storm’s punishing winds and muddy brown floodwaters devastated thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) [RAMON ESPINOSA | AP]

Hands on

Jung Kang, 63 owner of Hutson Shoe & Leather Repair, in St. Petersburg. [BOYZELL HOSEY | Times]

Sneak peek: We toured the new Star Wars land at Disney World

The Millennium Falcon at Black Spire Outpost is seen at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

Need to get sandbags in Tampa Bay? We have a map for that.

Anthony Tamargo 52, of Tampa gets his allotment of sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at MacFarlane Park in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, August 29, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | TIMES | Times]

Your questions about Hurricane Dorian, answered

Marlene Cox of Tampa buys water and flashlights in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at the Home Depot store on 1712 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, August 29, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | TIMES | Times]

I gave up plastic for one week. I survived, and you can too.

St. Petersburg is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Last sawmill in Pinellas County cuts its last board after 50 years

Brian Axley loosens hardware while helping to disassemble the saw mill at Axley Bros. Saw Mill on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, in Largo. The mill, which has closed and was sold on July 1, has been providing the Tampa Bay area with rough cut cypress, cypress fencing, cypress siding, cypress mulch special timbers and beams since 1969. The 14.5-acre family owned and operated mill was sold for $3.2-million to a company which plans to build and lease industrial warehouse spaces ranging between 20,000 and 208,000 square feet. The sawmill equipment has been sold and is being relocated to Baxley, Georgia. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Someone needs to watch Florida’s dwindling scallop population. Enter the ‘scallop sitters’

Sneak peek: We toured the new Star Wars land at Disney World

The marketplace at the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu are seen at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

Women still don’t have equal rights in the Constitution. Florida could change that. It won’t.

Audrey Didomenico, 8 poses for a portrait at Demens Landing Park before the Women's Solidarity March St. Pete in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 21, 2017. St. Petersburg Police said 20,000 participated in the event, which made this sister event to the Women's March on Washington the largest demonstration ever held in St. Petersburg. "I'm here because I believe everybody should be equal no matter who they are or what they are." [Times]

Florida must protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor as it plans new toll roads | Carlton Ward Jr.

A Florida panther. [CARLTON WARD JR. | National Geographic Society]

Florida Gators, Feleipe Franks beat Miami Hurricanes 24-20

Florida Gators linebacker Ventrell Miller (51) celebrates on the field after Miami Hurricanes missed a field goal during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

10 places to get a fried chicken sandwich in Tampa Bay

Chicken sandwiches are seen Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO | Times]

Things to Do, Friday, Aug. 23

LUIS SANTANA | Times (2017) The Kiwanis Club of Tampa hosted a rubber duck race to raise funds for The Tampa Kiwanis Foundation which supports many local children\u2019s programs and charities. More than 7,000 duck have been purchased for the race at $5 per duck. The rubber ducks raced down the Hillsborough River starting at Curtis Hixon Park and the first 3 ducks that crossed the finish line won their adoptive parents a cash prize. The first place prize is $5,000. [Saturday, August 12, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

It’s midnight, and these Tampa Bay chefs are about to throw down

Chefs Ruhe and Reinsmith gather their ingredients as the clock strikes 12 during Midnight Chef Fight. A monthly late-night event and fundraiser at Il Ritorno that pits two competing chefs against each other at midnight pictured on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Tonight Noble CrustÕs Chef Rob Reinsmith and Chef Jason Ruhe of Brick & Mortar face off with secret ingredients whole Pheasant and grasshoppers. LUIS SANTANA | Times [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]

We took the World’s Spiciest Ice Cream challenge at Snobachi. It was rough.

Thursday, July 2, 2019 in Tampa. After winning, Times writer Daniel Figueroa IV stayed like this for almost two hours. The Reaper Roll at Snobachi Ice Cream, in Tampa's Ybor City, is makes a strong case for being the world's spiciest ice cream. Times writer Daniel Figueroa IV decided to take the challenge on Thursday, July 2, 2019. Contestants have to finish the whole cup of the ice cream and peppers combination then wait 20 minutes before eating, drinking, or purging.TRACEE STOCKWELL | Times ["TRACEE STOCKWELL | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

Two women from St. Petersburg like to hunt pythons in the Everglades. We went with them.

Beth Koeler, 60, and Peggy Van Gorder, 53, run a dog-grooming salon in St. Petersburg, but spend three nights a week down in the Everglades searching for Burmese pythons for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. These are photos they provided of some of their captures, including one of the 500th python caught by wildlife commission contractors. [BETH KOELER | ]

Tampa Bay goes back to school: Photos from the week’s first day of school around the region

Band director Kevin Ford shares strategies for success with his students on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Tarpon Springs High School during the first day of classes for Pinellas County Schools. The students will spend the year progressing through a series of 12 major scales tests and evaluations as part of their musical studies with the school's Leadership Conservatory of the Arts program. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ["DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

These are Tampa Bay’s hottest jobs - literally

Gerardo Reyes pulls up the leftover nails from a Pinellas Park roof after removing the shingles. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 in Pinellas Park. ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times ["ANGELIQUE HERRING | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

A small Tampa company is working on a big breakthrough: a cancer vaccine

Morphogenesis founders Dr. Michael Lawman and Dr. Patricia Lawman pose for a portrait inside the Morphogenesis lab. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 in Tampa. ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times ["ANGELIQUE HERRING | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

8 great independent book stores in Tampa Bay

Teacup, pictured at Haslam's Book Store on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ["MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

A historic sign has the wrong name for an African-American pioneer. But much more needs fixing.

Booker Doby, 87, holds a photo of his mother, Dorothy Florence, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 in his Tampa home. Florence is the grand daughter and Booker is the great grandson of Richard Doby, one of the more prominent African-American businessmen of the early 20th Century in Tampa. Richard Doby was the original owner of Zion Cemetery. JAMES BORCHUCK | Times ["JAMES BORCHUCK | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

What is it like to work in an abortion clinic or pregnancy center? Our reporters visited both.

Joanne Mellish, client advocate and director of abortion healing, posed for a portrait at First Coast Women's Services on June 7, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. MONICA HERNDON | Times [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

Teammate’s absence weighs heavily on hearts, minds of Seminole players

Personal items of Sophie Delott, 17, remain in a locker at Seminole High School. Delott, the football team's only female player, was struck and killed by an impaired driver while cycling across the Indian Rocks Causeway Bridge in June. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times) [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times]

We gave a shelter dog a Doggy Day Out. You can too.

Nya, a young female mixed breed, is seen on a leash along with Tampa Bay Times reporter Christopher Spata Friday, July 19, 2019 in St. Petersburg. Friends of Strays has launched a 'Doggy Day Out' program which pairs local residents and strays for a day out. CHRIS URSO | Times ["CHRIS URSO | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

Stalled cold front brings widespread storms and heavy rain, could form tropical depression

Motorists drive through standing water along Pasadena Avenue South, South Pasadena, after morning thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the area, Thursday, July 25, 2019. The area is near Ted Pester's Smoked Fish Restaurant. SCOTT KEELER | Times ["SCOTT KEELER | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times]

For years she couldn’t speak, then she found her voice through song

Cierra Reynolds, 18, poses for a portrait at her home in Largo, Monday, July 22, 2019. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Tampa Bay Times]

Apollo 11 moon landing: All of our coverage of the 50-year anniversary

American servicemen pause on a downtown Saigon, Vietnam street to read a local newspaper account of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, July 21, 1969. From left are Air Force Sgt. Michael Chivaris, Clinton, Mass.; Army Spec. 4 Andrew Hutchins, Middlebury, Vt.; Air Force Sgt. John Whalin, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Army Spec. 4 Lloyd Newton, Roseburg, Org. AP Photo | Hugh Van Es [HUGH VAN ES | AP]

Along the Space Coast, the legacy of Apollo and dreams of new frontiers are intertwined

Bob Sieck talks about a control room on June 25, 2019 at the American Space Museum in Titusville, Florida. Sieck was a NASA spacecraft systems engineer. The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing is July 20, 2019. [MONICA HERNDON | Times] [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

‘Beautiful Downtown Lutz:’ How a small town became the unlikely subject of a hit song

Country folk singer-songwriter John "Lutz" Ritter performed his classic song "Beautiful Downtown Lutz" at his studio on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in St. Petersburg. The song, written in 1981 became a cult classic in the Lutz community, performed all over town. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times] [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Tampa Bay Times]

New study predicts higher high temperatures for Florida thanks to climate change

"Plenty of water, everyday, you need that. Fruits too," said Jerry Burton, 31, of Tampa, in response to working in extreme heat. Burton has worked for American Asphalt Pavers for three months. Tuesday they lay new asphalt along 49th St. and 94th Ave. in Pinellas Park. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times] [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times]

So traffic in Tampa is bad. These are the 10 worst bottlenecks in rush hour.

Traffic crosses the hump on the eastbound Howard Frankland Bridge on the left side of the image. JAY CONNER/STAFF [JAY CONNER | Tampa Bay Times]

That spaceship on top of a Tampa strip club? It once was the house of the future.

Exterior photo of strip club 2001 Odyssey featuring the iconic space ship which was actually once a home. [LUIS SANTANA | Times] [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]

Ghost orchid photos are first to show pollination — and a surprise about who’s spreading the pollen

The first-ever photo of a streaked sphinx month (Protambulyx strigilis) probing and potentially pollinating a ghost orchid flower. Photo by Carlton Ward, Jr. [CARLTON WARD JR | by Carlton Ward Jr / CarltonWard]

Meet Hyde Park’s cowboy

Billy Stokes cheers on as Alex Carvajal as he rides a bull during a practice session at Stokes Green Swamp Ranch Arena. [LUIS SANTANA | Times] [LUIS SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]

These sisters are serving up small-town charm and from-scratch flavors in an ice cream truck

Mindy Converse, left, and Ali Converse, right, hold up ice cream cones through the window of the truck they have been using to make, distribute and store their homemade ice cream in Palmetto. The duo started American Honey Creamery in December and have been making and selling ice cream full time ever since. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times] [HERRING, ANGELIQUE | Tampa Bay Times]

Florida Girls creator spins comedy from real-life Clearwater

Florida Girls premieres on Pop network on July 10. [Courtesy of Pop] [POP TV | ]

“Florida Girls” is a new scripted comedy series on the Pop network. It’s creator, Laura Chinn, says she used real life experiences from her aimless years growing up in Clearwater and hanging out in Tampa (including sneaking into Ybor clubs with a fake ID). Read the full interview here.

Our new food critic dishes on why food matters to her

Helen Freund, Tampa Bay Times food critic. [MONICA HERNDON | Times] [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

Pinball Arcade Museum opening in St. Petersburg

The Pinball Arcade Museum is set to open Aug. 1. [Christopher Spata | Times]

Are you ready to play some classic arcade video games from the ’80s and ’90s? Read the full story here.

St. Petersburg hopes to have scooters in the fall, city says

Spin scooters are ready for deployment at a local Spin scooter distribution warehouse located in east Tampa on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times] [JONES | Tampa Bay Times]

Inside the Terri Schiavo case: Pinellas judge who decided her fate opens up

Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit Court Judge George Greer [Douglas R. Clifford, Times (2010)] [CLIFFORD, DOUGLAS R. | St. Petersburg Times]

Photos: Fourth of July across Tampa Bay

[ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times] [HERRING, ANGELIQUE | Tampa Bay Times]

Forget plain ketchup: Try making these nine condiments for your Fourth of July cookout

Assorted condiments for the Fourth of July. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

The pool makes summer cool

[Times | (2015)] [CERRI, LARA | Tampa Bay Times]


Do you recognize these famous faces from their yearbook photos?

Photos from Tampa Bay area yearbooks show what stars looked like when they attended local high schools. [ELI ZHANG | ]

We found dozens of photos from local high school yearbooks that show what celebrities, pro athletes, politicians and prominent Tampa Bay natives looked like in their teenage years. See them all here.


Warrior Games in Tampa Bay

Senior Airmain Joseph A. Pate, number 14, tries to block the ball during the sitting volleyball match between airfare and army on Thursday, June 27, in Tampa. [ANGELIQUE HERRING | Times] [HERRING, ANGELIQUE | Tampa Bay Times]

Rays explain details of Montreal plan: ‘This is not a staged exit’

Stu Sternberg at the Dali Museum for the Rays news conference on the team's Montreal plan. [Dirk Shadd | Times]

Nearly 400 people buried in Tampa are missing. What happened to Zion Cemetery?

This is a drone photo of Robles Park Village in Tampa taken on April 24, 2019. In 1951 when these projects were being built, workers dug up three bodies near the spot where this photo was taken. Newspaper accounts from the time said the bodies were buried in Zion Cemetery and should have been moved in 1925. LUIS SANTANA | Times [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Tens of thousands celebrate St. Pete Pride with truth, love and freedom

MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times Jackson Wiggins, 7, and dad, Matt Wiggins, on Saturday, June 22, 2019 during the St. Pete Pride Parade and festivities in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times]

Essay: What I left behind, a fresh look at ‘mi tierra’

MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times Fishermen pull up nets at sunset on Coson Bay, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | ]

Three years after Pulse shooting, psychological wounds still raw. ‘This isn’t something that’s going to heal itself’

MONICA HERNDON | Times Pulse survivor Orlando Torres, posed for a portrait on June 10, 2019 at the Pulse Interim Memorial, in Orlando, Florida. On June 12, 2016, 49 people died in a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub. Torres survived by hiding in the bathroom. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

Jane Castor balances crash course in city government with charting her own course

MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times Tampa Mayor Jane Castor takes a few steps on the balance beam while visiting the Wayne C. Papy Center in Tampa, May 17, 2019. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Tampa Bay Times]

How does downtown Tampa’s SunTrust building light up at night? We went to the top to find out.

LUIS SANTANA | Times Aerial views of the illuminated pyramid like structure called a ziggurat which sits on the top of the SunTrust Financial Centre on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Tampa. [LUIS, SANTANA | Tampa Bay Times]

They chopped up the ice at Amalie Arena and threw it in the dumpster

ALLIE GOULDING | Times Melted ice drips off a bulldozer during the Tampa Bay Lightning ice removal process at Amalie Arena on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Tampa. The process started at 6 a.m. and took several hours to complete. [ALLIE GOULDING | Tampa Bay Times]

15 mezcal cocktails to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Tampa Bay

Mezcal cocktail

Happy Arbor Day. Let’s take a walk around our favorite Tampa Bay trees.

ALLIE GOULDING | Times Oak trees provide shade at Zephyr Park and Waterplay on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Zephryhills, Fla. [ALLIE GOULDING | Tampa Bay Times]

John Jonchuck guilty of first-degree murder in 2015 death of his daughter, Phoebe

SCOTT KEELER | Times Defendant John Jonchuck leaves the courtroom, Tuesday, morning, April 16, 2019 after the jury had been released by the judge to deliberate. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

Lightning-Blue Jackets: Tampa Bay can now contemplate the true meaning of pressure

DIRK SHADD | Times Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (71), left, celebrates with Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) celebrate their 4-3 win over Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Tampa. [SHADD, DIRK | Tampa Bay Times]


March for Our Lives students arrived to watch Florida lawmakers debate guns. What they got was delay.

MONICA HERNDON | Times Students and supporters of March For Our Lives held a rally opposing HB 7093 on the Old State Capitol steps on April 3, 2019 at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida. HB 7093 proposes arming teachers. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

April 2, 2019: Women’s Final Four in Tampa: What you need to know

DIRK SHADD | Times The new Final Four banners go up in preparation for the 2019 NCAA WomenÕs Final Four at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Monday morning, April 1, 2019. [SHADD, DIRK | Tampa Bay Times]

March 29, 2019: Photos: She shoots, she scores.

MONICA HERNDON | Times Brylee Bartram (22), of Seffner Christian Academy, scores three points during a game against Carrollwood Day School at Seffner Christian Academy on January 24, 2019 in Seffner, Florida. Carrollwood Day School defeated Seffner Christian 86 to 81, in overtime. Bartram, who will play basketball at to University of Florida next year, is likely to beat the the national 3-point record this week. [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

The trial of John Jonchuck: Daily live blog and everything you need to know about the case

SCOTT KEELER | Times John Jonchuck, left, talks with defense attorney Greg Williams while appearing before Judge Chris Helinger during the first day of jury selection on Monday (3/18/19) at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]

March 16, 2019: And the river flowed green. And so did the beer.

Gianna Constantinople, 5, of Land O'Lakes, puts the finishing touches on her outfit during the 8th Annual Mayor's River O' Green Fest on March 16, 2019 at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. [TAILYR IRVINE | TIMES | ]

Thousands attend the River O’ Green event along the banks of the Hillsborough River in Tampa where the water and the beer flowed green. Sláinte!

March 6, 2019: DNA supports St. Pete rape claim from woman who is intellectually disabled. Why no charges?

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times Mary Scroggins, 53, left, stands with her 26-year-old daughter recently at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs. Almost three years after the alleged rape, Scroggins’ daughter, who has had intellectual disabilities most of her life, still wonders why her attacker never went to jail. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times]

Detectives were ready to make an arrest, but prosecutors didn’t believe they could prove the case. The issue, they said: “Whether the victim is disabled to the point where she could never consent.”

Feb. 27, 2019: Dave Bautista does not want to be a movie star

You might know Tampa resident Dave Bautista from “Guardians of the Galaxy” or the WWE, but can the self-proclaimed “muscle head” make it as a serious actor? We spent some time hanging out with him. Here’s the story of what that was like.

Feb. 14, 2019: Lucifer, the story of America’s oldest hippo

Lucifer poses in the sun. He has this down, seeming not to care while simultaneously stealing all focus. He’s Kate Moss on the runway. He’s Greg Maddux in the World Series. Read the rest of his story here.

Feb. 12, 2019: Hamilton arrives, with a lottery for tickets

If you didn’t score the hottest ticket in Tampa, you can take your shot in the Hamilton ticket lottery to win a seat at the Straz Center. Read more here.

Feb. 2, 2019: Tampa Bay’s Best Restaurants for 2019

Food critic Laura Reiley has once again rounded up the best of the best restaurants across the Tampa Bay area. Check out the top 10 here.

October 10,2018: Hurricane Michael strikes down

Businesses and homes are seen near Dock Street as clouds break Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 in Cedar Key. A combined high tide and storm surge from Hurricane Michael pushed water into the low lying streets of small town Wednesday. Hurricane Michael first made landfall near Mexico Beach in the panhandle area of Florida as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane. (Chris Urso, Times) [URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times]

For our more photos from on Hurricane Michael, check out our All Eyes blog here.

September 26, 2018: Explore the Kusama infinity room

Audio of the artist reciting a poem plays while visitors explore the Yayoi Kusama: Love is Calling exhibition in the Tampa Museum of Art on September 26, 2018. TAILYR IRVINE | Times [TAILYR IRVINE | TIMES | ]

Incredibly Instagram-able, “Yayoi Kusama: Love is Calling” opens Friday at the Tampa Museum of Art. The mirrored room is filled with tentacle-like inflatable, soft sculptures arising from the floor and dangling from the ceiling. Full story and photos here.

August 10, 2018

DELPHINE LEE | Special to the Times

Tara McCarty, our news design director, was 20 years old and in college when her mom sent her a copy of Taylor Swift’s Fearless. Clearly something stuck with her because she’s spent the better part of 3 years tallying, counting and cross-referencing 99 of her songs and, in the process, created a database of 5,270 lines of her lyrics. And what has she learned? Well, for starters, Taylor’s most used word is “know” — how fitting. Check out what else Tara found out here.

August 8, 2018

Happy International Cat Day! These August 2016 images are from the All Breed Cat Show, hosted by the Skyway Cat Club of Tampa Bay at Minnreg Hall in Largo. Over 140 cats competed in the weekend-long event, with hundreds more attending. [LUIS SANTANA - Times]

August 5, 2018

LUIS SANTANA | Times Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish performs at the final Van's Warped Tour at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. [Saturday August 4, 2018] [Photo Luis Santana | Times] [LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Tampa Bay Times]

You wouldn’t know it from the music, but there were a lot of feels floating around the Vans Warped Tour on Saturday, mixed in with gallons of sunscreen and sweat. After 23 years as a rite of summer passage for suburban punk kids, the tour that helped launch dozens of bands' careers was closing the mosh pit for good. Read the full story here.

August 1, 2018

Tampa artist Cam Parker gives his painting to musician Janelle Monae after her performance at Jannus Live. Read the full story here.

July 31, 2018

Trump campaigns for Ron DeSantis (and himself) in Tampa

Live Coverage: President Donald Trump in Tampa

President Donald Trump came to Tampa for a rally and to voice his support for Ron DeSantis. Read our coverage here.









July 27, 2018

Last night, Janelle Monáe came to Jannus Live and, well, she was amazing. Read our full review here.

July 23, 2018

A hot dog walks near the end of the 5K Fun Run during the Times Turkey Trot. The trot features a 5K Wingding, 5K Fun Run, 1 Mile Gobbler and the 10K Turkey Trot in 2012. [Jim Damaske, Times] [DAMASKE, JIM | Tampa Bay Times]

Happy national Hot Dog Day! This hot dog was photographed at the 5K Fun Run during the Times Turkey Trot in 2012. If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate this holiday with a hot dog, of course, follow this link.

July 21, 2018

William Maillis, 11, poses for a portrait at his father's church on Riviera Road in Palm Harbor on Friday, July 20, 2018. Maillis is about to graduate from St. Petersburg College. He has been in college since he was eight. But at the age of two he knew all the planets, the moons they had, their gases and their distance from the sun. At that age he also knew multiplication. And later division at three years old. [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times] [BRONTE WITTPENN | TIMES | ]

Meet William Maillis, an 11-year-old from Palm Halbor. Today, the local wunderkind — declared a genius at 5 — will graduate from St. Petersburg College with an associate in arts degree. The ceremony is at 10 a.m., and he’s excited. Follow this link to read the full story, including his plans for the future.

July 19, 2018


Chickens in Ybor: a nuisance or a part of the culture? Regardless of how you feel, hawks have been taking action. In May, a survey counted 89 chickens; recently, they counted 29. Follow this link to read the full story. In a city council meeting, members declined to do anything about the chickens.


July 17, 2018


Follow this link to see the full gallery from the UANA Junior Pan American Championships.


July 13, 2018


Follow this link to read more about each of these local barcades.


July 10, 2018


The Rays have unveiled renderings of the Ybor stadium. For all our coverage of the new stadium, follow this link.

June 29, 2018

Tim Allen visits Toy Story Land. [Luis Santana | Times]

To infinity and beyond: Toy Story Land opens Saturday at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. The Tampa Bay Times got a sneak peek at the new rides and restaurant -- plus, a guest appearance from Tim Allen.

June 21, 2018

Happy pride month! Mayor Rick Kriseman raised the pride flag over city hall in St. Petersburg on June 21, 2018.

June 20, 2018

June 19, 2018

Protesters gathered in Pinellas County yesterday in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents as they seek asylum at the U.S. border. That evening, more than 100 people gathered at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg to hold a rally organized by the Florida chapter of the Women’s March. Photos by Douglass R. Clifford. Follow this link to read more about the protests.

June 15, 2018

Cannoli participates in the diving competition at the AKC All Breed Dog Show in Tampa, June 13, 2018 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. [MARTHA RHINE | Times]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Evan Smith (62) plays on the field with his son Blake Smith, 1, after mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2018 at One Buc Place in Tampa, Fla. MONICA HERNDON | Times [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]

This week’s three-day minicamp was the final push in the Bucs’ offseason, with about six weeks now until the team reconvenes in late July for training camp and the real preamble to the 2018 season. To see more scenes, check out the gallery here.

June 14, 2018

Frito, the seahorse has been released. Clearwater Marine Aquarium rescued and rehabilitated its smallest rescue yet: Frito, the tiny seahorse. Frito, a female lined seahorse, was rescued Sun., June 10 off Redington Shores, FL by local resident Dawn McCartney and her two daughters. On June 14, CMA released Frito back into the wild, in a lush seagrass bed, reached via boat. [Photo courtesy of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium] [HANDOUT | ]

Frito has been freed! The @cmaquarium rescued and rehabilitated this tiny seahorse and released her earlier today. Follow this link to read more about Frito.

June 13, 2018

LARA CERRI | Times The flavors of gourmet popsicles at The Hyppo: (from left) pineapple cilantro, bourbon peach and ginger dragonfruit. Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, especially from about the 600 block west, has become a gourmet heaven with lots of little places like The Hyppo, Brew D Licious and Tony's Pizza. [CERRI, LARA | Tampa Bay Times]

Times food critic Laura Reiley named her favorite frozen desserts in the Tampa Bay Area this summer. Check out her list, featuring top destinations for gelato, popsicles and rolled ice cream, here.

June 12, 2018

Times photographer Martha Rhine traveled to Italy and went on a 10-day tour of Tuscany and Rome, capturing these stunning photos of the country. Follow this link to see the full gallery.


LOREN ELLIOTT | Times McKenna Post holds a rainbow flag as her mother, Randa Black, hugs her during a vigil at Lake Eola honoring the 49 lives lost exactly one year earlier in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, June 12, 2017. The event was part of "Orlando United Day," organized by the City of Orlando, Orange County government and Pulse, as a tribute to the victims of the attack. [ELLIOTT, LOREN | Elliott, Loren]

McKenna Post holds a rainbow flag as her mother, Randa Black, hugs her during a vigil for the Pulse massacre victims at Lake Eola on June 12, 2017 (@lorenelliottphoto). Today marks two years since 49 people died during a shooting in Orlando's Pulse nightclub. Gov. Rick Scott named June 12 "Pulse Remembrance Day" for the second year in a row, calling for flags to be flown at half mast and a moment of silence. For more, read the story here.

June 11, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) and Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames (1) celebrate the Tampa Bay Rays 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, June 11, 2018 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO | Times] [URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times]

Rays win! Bauers and Adames celebrate 8-4 win over the Blue Jays. Read the recap here.

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) slides underneath Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) during the seventh inning Monday, June 11, 2018 in St. Petersburg. Both Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers (9) and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos (40) scored on a fielder's choice hit by Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Joey Wendle (18). [CHRIS URSO | Times] [URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times]

June 11, 2018

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa has partnered with Top 5 Fishing Charters for what they are calling a hook-to-table experience. Guests go out, fish for four hours and bring their catch back to the hotel’s restaurant. Read more about the experience here.

June 9, 2018

Ink Mania has made its way to the St. Petersburg’s Coliseum this weekend. The family-friendly expo features specialty vendors, live entertainment and a DJ battle. Read more about the event here.

June 8, 2018

There's no better picture to describe the summer weather in Tampa Bay. This was taken by the Times' Jim Damaske at the Safety Harbor Pier as rain moved in earlier this afternoon. Keep up with the latest in local weather here.

June 8. 2018

Anthony Bourdain, author, chef and Food TV star who's in town promoting his latest book stopped for lunch at La Teresita in Tampa on Tuesday 3/5/2002. [Times Photo by: Mike Pease] [PEASE, MIKE | St. Petersburg Times]

We are saddened by the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death this morning in France. He was 61. The celebrity chef, author and television star was in Strasbourg to film an upcoming segment of his CNN series “Parts Unknown.” A photo from the Times archives shows Bourdain stopping for lunch at Tampa restaurant La Teresita in 2002 while promoting one of his books. Read our interview with Anthony Bourdain here.


June 5, 2018

CHRIS URSO | Times Dog trainer and walker, George Gagalis, 68, of Hyde Park prepares to throw a tennis ball as several dogs wait in anticipation near the water's edge Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the dog park located along Davis Islands in Tampa. Despite projections of torrential downpours and flooding, a low-pressure vacuum sucked up some dry air, choking Albertos rain engine and steering it away from Tampa Bay. [URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times]

May 30, 2018

May 29, 2018

CHRIS URSO | Times Dog trainer and walker, George Gagalis, 68, of Hyde Park prepares to throw a tennis ball as several dogs wait in anticipation near the water's edge Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the dog park located along Davis Islands in Tampa. Despite projections of torrential downpours and flooding, a low-pressure vacuum sucked up some dry air, choking Albertos rain engine and steering it away from Tampa Bay. [URSO, CHRIS | Tampa Bay Times]
LARA CERRI | Times The flavors of gourmet popsicles at The Hyppo: (from left) pineapple cilantro, bourbon peach and ginger dragonfruit. Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, especially from about the 600 block west, has become a gourmet heaven with lots of little places like The Hyppo, Brew D Licious and Tony's Pizza. [CERRI, LARA | Tampa Bay Times]

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