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5 things to know about the Columbus Blue Jackets
Even if you're a die-hard hockey fan, you probably don't keep daily tabs on the Columbus Blue Jackets. They've only been around for 18 seasons, and in that time, they've never been a serious contender for a Stanley Cup. Hours before they open their Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, here's what you need to know about the Lightning's first-round foe. And if you're going, check out the free concert by rock band Cage the Elephant begins at 5:15, followed by the watch party, which will include entertainment, games, food trucks, giveaways and more.
Police: Man shoots wife at Pinellas Park office after domestic dispute
Pinellas Park police and a SWAT team are at the home of a man who has barricaded himself after shooting his wife in the parking lot where she works following a domestic dispute. Police say the shooting occurred Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a physical therapy office at the 7800 block of 66th St. N. The unidentified woman is in critical condition at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, police said. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.
St. Pete's 'complete streets' push aims to make space for everyone. Not everyone loves it.
The concept receives favorable reviews when discussed in transportation forums and council chambers. And while individual projects vary in specifics, they usually include elements such as a replacing a traffic lane with options for bikes or buses, widening sidewalks, slowing traffic speeds and adding enhanced crosswalks. But Caitlin Johnston explains why discontent over the initiative has grown since redesigned Martin Luther King Jr. Street opened in October and more residents learned details of changes planned for First avenues N and S and 34th Street S.
Interim CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater resigns suddenly
After just two months serving as the interim CEO of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Jim Dean is leaving the Pinellas County office for a new job, the County announced Wednesday. Dean grew up in Memphis, Tenn., where he also earned his undergraduate degree in engineering. It's unclear which Memphis group is bringing Dean back to Tennessee. His last day at the tourism bureau is Friday.
Five picnic-perfect parks in Tampa Bay
We are not short on lovely outdoor spaces here in Tampa Bay. And this time of year especially, when the sun begins to set and the breeze kicks in, eating outdoors feels like a must. Here are some of our favorite spots to bring a blanket and a basket and have a picnic.