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Clearwater firm sues Vinny Testaverde over unpaid ad bill for auction of his Odessa estate

The former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterbar has been trying to sell his house for more than two years.

The home of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarter back Vinny Testaverde is back on the market.  (Courtesy of Firelight Images)
 
 

Burglaries are down 34 percent in Clearwater. Here’s one reason why.

The Police Department’s burglary unit makes the rounds in city neighborhoods with a simple...

Clearwater Police Sgt. Kevin Insco, left, talks with dog walker Karen Killen in the city’s Coachman Ridge neighborhood this week. Insco, head of the burglary unit, says the simple act of locking homes and cars and putting away valuables can make a big difference. Burglaries are down 34 percent from this time last year. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
 

Clearwater residents hope for second chance against Edgewater Drive condos

Members of the Edgewater Drive Neighborhood Association say the seven-story building with 80 luxury...

Edgewater Valor Capital, LLC has proposed a seven-story condominium on the empty lot at Edgewater Drive and Sunset Point Road. The Edgewater Drive Neighborhood Association is appealing a recent decision by the Clearwater Community Development Board to approve the project. [Courtesy of Edgewater Valor Capital]
 

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed more than $3.9 million in Pinellas budget requests. What’s the impact?

Although many who asked for money saw their requests approved, others did not make the...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, greets Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, as he enters the House chamber in March. The governor later vetoed $131 million in budget requests around the state, including more than $3.9 million from Pinellas County organizations. Among them was a $1 million request from the Dunedin fire department, which DeSantis vetoed despite Sprowls’ support for the allocation. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
 
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Caddy’s, residents settle dispute over restaurant noise. St. Pete Beach location to open soon.

After legal action and a work stoppage, renovations will resume at Caddy’s St. Pete Beach,...

This aerial view shows a St. Pete Beach inlet leading to the former Silas Dent’s restaurant (painted yellow), which is being renovated and will reopen soon as a Caddy’s restaurant and bar. After complaints by many nearby residents, and legal action by one of them, the owners of Caddy’s have revised their plans. The new Caddy’s is expected to open within four months. [Courtesy of Edward Stapor]
 

The Apollo 11 story told through the eyes of the Florida men and women who made it happen

Fifty years on, first moon landing remains mankind's greatest accomplishment for those involved and...

Thousands of newsmen and photographers line the banks of a lagoon at the Cape Kennedy Press Site on July 16, 1969 as the Saturn 5 Rocket with Apollo 11 astronauts aboard thunders from its launch pad three and a half miles away.
 
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Controversial Ridge Manor zoning application is withdrawn, but concerns remain about landowners who seek rezoning rather than complying with county codes

Land owner said he will clean up his property and propose a business that fits with current zoning.

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Hernando County high-schoolers can get reduced schedules during their senior year. Is it worth it?

The option affects per-student funding from the state. School Board members want to take a fresh...

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times
Hernando County School District  919 N Broad St., Brooksville
 

$117 million apartment tower and hotel planned for downtown St. Petersburg

The site was once planned for the luxurious Grand Bohemian hotel but has sat vacant for years.

A rendering of Ascent St. Petersburg, a 36-story apartment tower with adjacent hotel in downtown St. Petersburg. (Courtesy of Greystar)
 

Beating of Florida inmate, Facebook group messages spark broader concerns

Some are renewing calls for criminal justice reform in the wake of the incident.

Snap shot of video that shows multiple guards at Lake Correctional Institution beating an inmate. [YouTube]
 

Donald Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, ‘Send her back!’

Taking the four Democratic congresswomen one at a time, Trump ticked through a laundry list of what...

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Williams Arena in Greenville, N.C., Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Associated Press)
 

Florida dad says he tossed boy in ocean to teach him to swim

John Bloodsworth told the police he’d been teaching the boy to swim and that he was...

Daytona Beach police arrested John Bloodsworth on child abuse charges Monday night. [Volusia County Jail]
 

Florida jury awards $700 million to murder victims parents

A jury is awarding $700 million to the parents of a Florida man who died after being beaten...

The jury reached its verdict Monday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Aaron Doty, who was killed in June 2012 in Highlands County.[Aaron Doty/Facebook]
 

Man dies during diving trip in the Florida Keys

A man from Arkansa fell unconscious when he got back aboard a rental boat after diving 112 feet off...

Charles H. Boone of Quitman was pronounced dead later Tuesday (Associated Press)
 

People with disabilities worry about Florida’s cuts to essential services

Almost all of the state’s Medicaid services are now run through a statewide managed care program,...

Florida's Capitol building in Tallahassee. [SCOTT KEELER    |  TIMES]
 

Oops? Apollo 11 hit its mark, but did editors miss with headline for moon landing?

‘Moon, We’re Onto You’ headline inappropriate for historic event, some Times staffers felt

The front page of the St. Petersburg Times from July 21, 1969.
 

Life of the Party podcast: How to cut back on fast fashion

Danielle Ferrari talks about resale, rentals and swaps as a way to help the world. Plus, Emmy...

Danielle Ferrari, owner of Valhalla Resale in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of Danielle Ferrari.
 

Tickets to Post Malone, ‘The Skyway Bridge Disaster’ and other Tampa Bay events on sale soon

This week’s box office roundup has a little something for everyone.

In this 2018 photo, Post Malone poses with his award for song of the year in the MTV Video Music Awards press room at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The rapper and singer will return to Tampa for a performance at Amalie Arena on Oct. 24. [Evan Agostini/Invision/AP]
 

Breaking down the Bucs 2019 roster

We analyze how each unit shapes up as Tampa Bay prepares for training camp.

We know Jameis Winston will be the leader of the offense, but how is the rest of the Bucs roster shaping up as training camp approaches? (Times, 2018)
 

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 61-70

Quite a few players on this list can cite exceptional bloodlines for their talent.

Plant City runs onto the field before last season's game against Armwood. (Times, 2018)
 

Rain seemed a pain for Rays, but could be a good thing

Wednesday’s game was postponed due to forecast storms, so Rays and Yankees will play a Thursday DH...

Dark clouds and storms that rolled in Wednesday night were reasons why July 17 game between the Rays and Yankees was canceled. [KATHY WILLENS | Associated Press]
 

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Can Brooks Koepka continue his impressive run at majors?

Also: Can Rory McIlroy break through In his home country to win The British Open?

Brooks Koepka of the United States plays a shot on thew 15th fairway during a practice round ahead of the start of the British Open golf championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The British Open starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
 
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