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Forecast: Hot, humid and mostly dry conditions prevail for St. Pete Pride weekend

Forecast: Hot, humid and mostly dry conditions prevail for St. Pete Pride weekend

The threat of any lingering effects from Tropical Storm Cindy have passed, leaving behind a relatively dry — but hot and humid — St. Pete Pride weekend. [WTSP]Check the latest Tampa Bay-area live radar: The Tampa Bay region's recent stre...
Published: 06/23/17
Transgender former Navy SEAL returns to St. Pete for documentary, veterans art reception

Transgender former Navy SEAL returns to St. Pete for documentary, veterans art reception

For Kristin Beck, who is returning to St. Petersburg this weekend to take part in St. Pete Pride and events at the Veterans Art Center of Tampa Bay, life has brought a series of huge changes.The former member of SEAL Team 6 who earned a Purple Heart ...
Published: 06/23/17
Displaced South Tampa peacock gets a new home in Pasco

Displaced South Tampa peacock gets a new home in Pasco

TAMPA — The rented U-Haul van sped north, a displaced South Tampa peacock named Big Bird resting in the back.For weeks, advocates of a bird displaced by progress had looked for a new home and a way to get him there.They'd begun to lose hope of ...
Published: 06/23/17
Owners to level Port Richey flea market but may rebuild

Owners to level Port Richey flea market but may rebuild

PORT RICHEY — The owners of the recently shuttered USA Flea Market have agreed to demolish all structures on the property, leaving open the possibility of rebuilding the weekend shopping attraction, according to Pasco County officials.The marke...
Published: 06/23/17
Four questions with Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith before he helps lead the St. Pete Pride parade

Four questions with Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith before he helps lead the St. Pete Pride parade

A decade ago, Largo City Commissioner Michael Smith was afraid to tell his friends and family he was gay.On Saturday, he'll be leading the St. Pete Pride parade as one of four grand marshals, front and center of the largest Pride celebration in the s...
Published: 06/23/17
PolitiFact: 6 questions about the Senate health care bill and transparency

PolitiFact: 6 questions about the Senate health care bill and transparency

Now that a Senate health care bill has been unveiled, senators will be jousting over its provisions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature health care law.But substantive policy differences aren't the only f...
Published: 06/23/17
Walmart opens first Pinellas County in-house training academy

Walmart opens first Pinellas County in-house training academy

Seminole — It had all the hallmarks of a typical graduation: robe-clad graduates marching in to Pomp and Circumstance, friends and family packed together under a sweltering tent and a lineup of speakers encouraging the graduates to take charge ...
Published: 06/23/17
Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place

Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place

When Lillian Dunlap moved to Florida at age 52 in 1999 she could finally breathe. The journalism professor from the University of Missouri and Indiana University hadn't been able live openly as a gay woman until then. She had considered coming out be...
Updated: 1 hour ago
In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you're not alone.

In your 20s and living with mom and dad? In Florida, you're not alone.

TAMPA — After graduating from the University of Florida in 2015, Gabrielle Piloto jumped on the highway and headed south to Tampa.She had landed a marketing job at a law firm and envisioned renting an apartment downtown or in Seminole Heights. ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
She doesn't care if you accept her, as long as you respect her

She doesn't care if you accept her, as long as you respect her

Mary Jane Taylor finds strength walking quietly among the dead.In dark times, she visits Oaklawn Cemetery in downtown Tampa. She stares at names on cracked and dilapidated headstones. The 18-year-old sits and imagines she is among the bodies there, u...
Updated: 2 hours ago