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What actually happens to your recycling? We toured a Tampa Bay plant to find out.
Three readers wrote in wanting to know more about recycling. What happens to the plastic bottles and aluminum cans you put in bins left at the curb? And what about the foam egg trays and plastic bags you leave at those bins at Publix? Is everything just going to landfills anyway? And ultimately, is it even worth it to try recycling?
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88
Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88.
Stranded whales force Clearwater Marine Aquarium into an early reveal
For months, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium worked quietly in an isolated corner of Fred Howard Park to build a brand new structure, which it meant to keep a secret until it was set to be unveiled at the end of the summer.
Then, last week, five pilot whales swam ashore at Redington Beach, spurring a full-scale rescue effort by the aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and volunteer beachgoers. Suddenly the new facility, where two of the whales were rehabilitated, was public knowledge.
An attorney for William Shatner objected, but a Clearwater man gets to claim the actor’s name anyway
Peter Sloan claims William Shatner is his biological father, trying and failing for decades to get the actor to admit any relationship publicly.
Sloan has also tried and failed to coax a DNA test out of the man best known as Captain Kirk on Star Trek and most recently, as a guest star on the Canadian TV series Private Eyes.
So, in January, Sloan decided to "take back" the last name that he calls his birthright.
Dozens of locals gathered at Williams Park in St. Petersburg in solidarity with vigils across the nation
In solidarity with vigils across the nation, dozens of people gathered at Williams Park in St. Petersburg Monday night to honor the lives lost in the shootings in El Paso, Dayton and other cities across America.
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