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Next month, Adventure Island theme park is set to open its newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl. The monumental slide, the park’s largest ride to date, will be able to be seen from every angle of the property.Adventure Island

Adventure Island theme park set to open newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl

This March, Adventure Island theme park is set to open its newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl. The monumental slide, the largest ride at the venue, will be able to be seen from every angle of the park. But what does it take to build a ride this big? Designing a water slide isn't like it used to be. There are a lot o …

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  1. Broadway singer brings a little 'Motown' back to her Pinellas high school

    Stage

    She may now be in a big Broadway hit, but Martina Sykes found time to go back to where it all started.

    "Motown the Musical'' performer Martina Sykes, right, bonds with Sierra Davis, 16, after Davis sang "I Am Changing'' on Thursday at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. Sykes was visiting her alma mater. [LARA CERRI  | Times]
  2. St. Pete High students paint portraits of animals to benefit shelter (w/ video)

    Life

    Students at St. Petersburg High worked with teacher Brianne Gates to paint the adoptable animals at Friends of Strays Animal Shelter. The paintings will be for sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the shelter at 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Scan the code to watch a video about the event created by one …

    Friends of Strays Animal Shelter
  3. Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride will be closed this summer

    Florida

    Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, will be out of operation May 11 to Sept. 25.

    The ride will undergo needed refurbishment, Disney says.
  4. St. Petersburg pier survey results released (w/ video)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A local team that would "reimagine" the inverted pyramid has captured the most votes in a nonbinding poll that sought to determine which of seven proposed pier designs St. Petersburg residents like most.

    Destination St. Pete Pier, pictured, received the most votes, followed by Pier Park and Blue Pier. [The St. Pete Design Group]
  5. Four Tampa Bay area students overcome odds to become Barnes Scholarship winners

    Human Interest

    For one student, it was being "the poor kid." For another, it was growing up a world away from his father, now a disabled U.S. Army veteran. For a third, it was her parents' devastating divorce. And for a fourth, it was mounting bills, foreclosure and caring for his ailing grandmother.

    Barnes Scholarship winner Alvin O’Garro, 18, is a senior at King High School in Tampa.
  6. Rays leave for better days

    News

    With Major League Baseball free agency in full effect, baseball fans around the nation are bewildered at the rapid signings and confused about the status of their favorite players. While some teams have decided to rise from the inept into the grander tiers of baseball, others have trudged through the sluggish …

    The Tampa Bay Rays pose for their team photo on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Back row (L to R): Jeremy Hellickson, Ben Zobrist, Curt Casali, Jerry Sands, James Loney, Alex Cobb, Joel Peralta. Third row: Grant Balfour, Matt Joyce, Logan Forsythe, Yunel Escobar, Sean Rodriguez, Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa. Second Row: Jose Fernandez (Manager, Home Clubhouse), Mark Vinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Chris Westmoreland (Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Operations), Jake McGee, Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Boxberger, Cesar Ramos, Kirby Yates, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Jeff Beliveau, David DeJesus, Brandon Guyer, Ron Porterfield (Head Athletic Trainer), Kevin Barr (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Mark Vinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer). First row: Jamie Nelson (Major League Coach), Jim Hickey (Pitching Coach), Derek Shelton (Hitting Coach), Seat reserved for Don Zimmer (Senior Baseball Advisor), Dave Martinez (Bench Coach), Joe Maddon (Manager), George Hendrick (First Base Coach), Tom Foley (Third Base Coach), Stan Boroski (Bullpen Coach), Scott Cursi (Bullpen Catcher). Sitting: Torian Sands (Clubhouse Staff), Tyler Wall (Clubhouse Staff), Justin Murray (Bat Boy), Kyle Malone (Bat Boy), Jesse Moeller (Bat Boy), Ryan Riddle (Clubhouse Staff), Ryan Denlinger (Clubhouse Staff), Nate Leet (Massage Therapist). (Photo by Skip Milos / Tampa Bay Rays)
  7. Robinson High flag football team's mission: #getback to the state championship

    News

    It is a long road to the state finals. For the Robinson High flag football team, the Lady Knights, it meant dozens of demanding practices, intense workouts and defeating 18 opponents.

    Robinson High senior Amanda Chromiak, right, returns as captain on the squad that will defend their 2014 state championship. In practice, “when we’re playing, everyone is competitive.  Everyone wants to get better and we don’t really care that we’re just playing against ourselves. We play like it’s our last game,” Chromiak said.
  8. 5 things you didn't know about Colossal Curl, Adventure Island's new water ride

    News

    Who doesn't love a good water ride? Adventure Island opens for the season on Saturday, and many people will make a beeline for Colossal Curl, the newest thrill ride. But you might want to know more before you end up at the bottom of the gargantuan slide. How many steps does it take to reach the top? How tall do you have …

    At 70 feet, Colossal Curl is the tallest ride at Adventure Island. To get to the top, you and your friends — up to four of you can ride in the same raft — will have to scale 114 steps. The park opens Saturday.
  9. February sports player of the month: Russell Westbrook

    News

     

    BY ARYAN PATIDAR

    King High School

     

    Russell Westbrook, NBA

    Point guard

    Oklahoma City Thunder

     

    Russell Westbrook continues to electrify the league with dynamic shooting and energetic athleticism. In the random absences of star Kevin Durant, …

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) as center Alex Len defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  AZMY101
  10. Obama's new proposal could make college a more realistic option

    News

    America's College Promise, a proposal from President Barack Obama, aims to provide two years of free and universal community college to American students.

    President Obama’s America’s College Promise speech was well-received at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.