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Afraid of sharks in Florida? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk

Afraid of sharks in Florida? Flu, asteroids pose far greater risk

BOSTON — You might want a bigger boat, but you probably don't need better odds. The confirmed return of great white sharks to Cape Cod has rattled some boaters and beachgoers. Yet the chances of an encounter involving a human are infinitesimall...
Published: 06/25/17
Music, memories, friendships lend energy to 'Senior Prom'

Music, memories, friendships lend energy to 'Senior Prom'

RIVERVIEW — Mesmerizing music mixed with the mingling of friends to energize and engage a congregation of old souls Thursday (June 22).The three-and-a-half-hour Senior Prom at the Regent proved to be a jovial affair, compliments of the Hillsbor...
Published: 06/25/17
Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

Thousands converge in two St. Pete locations celebrating LGBT rights

ST. PETERSBURG — Tom Rockhill didn't know what to expect Saturday, but by noon people were knocking on the door of his bar Right Around the Corner in Grand Central. "Ok, then," he recalled thinking. "I guess we're open now."For the last 14 year...
Published: 06/24/17
Updated: 06/25/17
Rick vs. Rick: St. Petersburg sewage crisis edition

Rick vs. Rick: St. Petersburg sewage crisis edition

ST. PETERSBURG — For nearly two years, the political stench of a sewage crisis has permeated City Hall.The city's dilapidated sewer system has released up to 186 million gallons of waste into Tampa Bay plus local waterways and streets. The cris...
Published: 06/24/17
Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.In a "scorecard...
Published: 06/24/17
Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld. The Orlando Sentinel reported that new SEC filing disclosures released Friday show that agencies are asking for comments that executives and the company ma...
Published: 06/24/17
Exploratory Lab Boot Camp provides real-life technology training to students

Exploratory Lab Boot Camp provides real-life technology training to students

CLEARWATER — At this graduation ceremony featuring some of the brightest local minds in tech, it was the youngsters who stood out. The "no fear creativity" of a handful of local high school students participating in the Exploratory Lab Boot Cam...
Published: 06/23/17
Updated: 06/24/17
'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

'Garbage juice' seen as threat to drinking water in Florida Panhandle county

To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called "leachate," and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep.But to residents of mostly rural Jackson County...
Published: 06/23/17
Updated: 06/24/17
Florida Democrats surging with grass roots enthusiasm, but 2018 reality is grim

Florida Democrats surging with grass roots enthusiasm, but 2018 reality is grim

After Donald Trump's election, so many people started showing up at monthly Pinellas County Democratic Party meetings, the group had to start forking out more money for a bigger room.The Orange County Democratic Executive Committee changed venues to ...
Published: 06/23/17
Updated: 06/24/17
Home of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hits market at $3.45 million

Home of Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hits market at $3.45 million

TAMPA — The Davis Islands home of Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman is back on the market for $3.45 million after a brief hiatus.The Mediterranean-style home built on a canal in 2007 and purchased by Yzerman and wife Lisa in 201...
Published: 06/23/17
Updated: 06/24/17