Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar

Divya Kumar joined the Times in 2016. Born in Indiana, she has called Florida home for the last decade. Divya holds bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and economics from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) delivers a pitch in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Indians. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

The Daystarter: ‘Life-threatening’ Florence nears N.C. coast; the last days of Jordan Belliveau; will Red Tide kill our restaurants, too?

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• The chance of rain today has dropped down to 20 to 30...
Published: 09/13/18
The City of St. Petersburg is drawing up a 20-year plan to add more

More bike lanes, angled parking planned for St. Petersburg streets

ST. PETERSBURG — One of the city’s main thoroughfares is on a "road diet." Work started Tuesday to slim down two miles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N from four lanes of traffic down to three to make room for a buffered bike lane on each...
Published: 09/07/18
Clearwater Fire Rescue personal and biologists with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium slide a small whale onto a sling to carry it out of the water on Aug. 29. The two pygmy whales were found off Sand Key, then taken to Mote Marine Laboratory for rehabilitation. They were named Thunder and Lightning, and both have sinced died. Lightning died Wednesday morning and Thunder died Thursday afternoon, officals said. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Thunder and Lightning, the pygmy whales found on Sand Key, have died

CLEARWATER — The two pygmy whales that washed ashore at Sand Key last week have died despite the efforts of Mote Marine Laboratory to rehabilitate them.The pygmy whale the lab staff named Lightning died Wednesday morning, said Mote spokeswoman...
Published: 09/06/18
A limpkin with a piece of straw stuck on its bill has a morsel to eat it grabbed. - Bird rescuer Kim Begay, who works with Birds in Helping Hands, recently got word about a limpkin that had a straw stuck on it's bill that was hanging around a pond in Oldsmar. It's things like this that made Eckerd College ban plastic straws on campus and work to cut down on other single use plastics. . JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

Eckerd College grant targets single-use plastics

By DIVYA KUMARTimes Staff WriterST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd College biology professor Shannon Gowans often meets people who say they’re conservation-minded. But she’ll later see those same people carrying plastic...
Published: 09/06/18
The Florida Department of Transportation is renovating the rest areas  on the Sunshine Skyway. [Times files]

Sunshine Skyway Bridge rest areas to be renovated

Why is the rest area on the Sunshine Skyway bridge closed? The state Department of Transportation has been working on an $18 million project to construct new rest areas and parking lots with LED lights at both the Pinellas...
Published: 08/31/18
Updated: 09/04/18
Nicole Carr, left, and incumbent Peggy O'Shea will face-off in November for the District 3 seat on the Pinellas County School Board.

Peggy O’Shea and challenger Nicole Carr in a runoff for Pinellas School Board District 3 seat

Veteran Pinellas County School Board member Peggy O'Shea and first-time candidate Nicole Carr will head to a runoff election in November for the board's District 3 seat after a close race in a field of three candidates.O'Shea, 68, was...
Updated one month ago
Pinellas County School Board member Rene Flowers. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]

Rene Flowers cruises past three challengers for Pinellas District 7 School Board seat

Pinellas School Board chairwoman Rene Flowers held a commanding lead and appeared well on her way to reelection Tuesday in the School Board District 7 race.With nearly all precincts counted, Flowers, 53, had captured nearly 67...
Updated one month ago

Nature’s Food Patch brings organic offerings to Dunedin

DUNEDIN — Nature’s Food Patch recently opened a new downtown location at 966 Douglas Ave. The new store will stock much of what is offered at the Clearwater location, including organic produce, grass-fed meat, a fresh juice/smoothie bar, organic and...
Updated one month ago
Dr. Delay

Dr. Delay: Fix coming for lights on Memorial Causeway

I have noticed going over the Clearwater Memorial Causeway bridge that the lights that were blown down during Hurricane Irma last September have not been replaced. My question is do they ever plan on replacing...
Updated one month ago

Dr. Delay: Disabled permit allows free parking, to a point

I recently relocated to Florida and had to replace my auto plate which has a handicapped permit. I asked what happens if I enter a metered lot and all permit places are full, can I park at a metered site. No one knew the answer to that...
Updated one month ago