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Who topped the Billboard charts 35 years ago? Paul and Stevie, of course

Who topped the Billboard charts 35 years ago? Paul and Stevie, of course

We really did have it so much better in the early ‘80s. Just check out the Billboard top 5 songs for the week of June 26, 1982.  1. Ebony and Ivory (Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder)2. Don’t You Want Me (The Human League)3. Rosanna (...
Published: 06/26/17
Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology planned to film a mock FBI raid on a downtown building Monday afternoon, but the actors and cameras never showed up to the location disclosed to the city. Church officials first notified the Clearwater Pol...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Deputies find unidentified decomposing body in Dunedin canal

DUNEDIN — Pinellas County sheriff's deputies found an unidentified male body floating in a Dunedin canal Monday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office said.The decomposing remains were floating in the shallow canal behind the Cedar Creek Mobile Home P...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Unlicensed contractor accused of faking death triggers policy change at Pinellas construction licensing board

Unlicensed contractor accused of faking death triggers policy change at Pinellas construction licensing board

The unlicensed contractor accused of faking his death to avoid angry homeowners has triggered an immediate change in policy at the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.On Monday, the agency's interim executive director Gay Lancaster said the ...
Published: 06/27/17
SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena

SeaWorld shares drop Monday to 2017 low after disclosure of federal subpoena

The Orlando parent company of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens theme parks saw its stock drop 3.5 percent Monday to $15.10, its lowest price of this year. The decline followed news that SeaWorld Entertainment was subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comm...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Editorial: Tampa Bay's Disciples of Darkness

Editorial: Tampa Bay's Disciples of Darkness

They are Tampa Bay's Disciples of Darkness. These 12 Florida House members consistently voted this year to keep more public records secret and allow public officials to discuss the public's business in private. They all received D's in a legislative ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Romano: I think Uber is Latin for gouging (Or why I should apologize to cabs)

Romano: I think Uber is Latin for gouging (Or why I should apologize to cabs)

Let's talk about regulations.Specifically, let's talk about the battles we've seen locally, and nationally, that have pitted the taxi industry against rideshare companies such as Uber.So I was in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday night for a U2 concert at th...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Lawsuit: Florida contractor fakes death to dodge angry homeowners

Lawsuit: Florida contractor fakes death to dodge angry homeowners

SEMINOLE — For weeks, Glenn Holland, 67, crawled out of bed before the sun rose to look for a dead man.The retiree and Vietnam veteran spent several weeks on stakeout in his Ford F-150. Under the cover of darkness, he waited outside the home of...
Published: 06/23/17
St. Petersburg police: Former pest control worker targeted 12 homes being tented for termites

St. Petersburg police: Former pest control worker targeted 12 homes being tented for termites

ST. PETERSBURG — A former pest control worker was arrested for burglarizing 12 homes over the last five weeks, according to St. Petersburg police.David Cooper, 36, was breaking into homes being tented for termites, police said. He has worked in...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Canada Day is coming Saturday to Ybor City, Tampa's Latin District

Canada Day is coming Saturday to Ybor City, Tampa's Latin District

TAMPA — Ybor City is Tampa's Latin District, known for showcasing Cuban, Spanish and Italian cultures.Toronto native turned Tampa-area transplant Bryan Grimsdale wants to add Canada to that list. At least for one day a year.On Saturday, he will...
Updated: 8 hours ago
'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
Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade

Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade

ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival.They played games at the tents lining Central Avenue, took literature being passed out by LGBT organizations, accepted free hu...
Published: 06/25/17
Updated: 06/26/17
Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up."We view Adeiny He...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Rick Scott appoints 'my friend,' Jimmy Patronis, as Florida CFO

Rick Scott appoints 'my friend,' Jimmy Patronis, as Florida CFO

PANAMA CITY — Gov. Rick Scott on Monday picked close friend and supporter Jimmy Patronis to be Florida's next chief financial officer, a lucrative prize for loyalty that casts new light on Patronis' pro-business votes as a legislator and his su...
Published: 06/26/17
Next up in Bucs renovations? A $20 million indoor practice facility

Next up in Bucs renovations? A $20 million indoor practice facility

TAMPA — Stormy weather often chased the Bucs indoors during their Super Bowl season in 2002. And by indoors, we mean in the upper level of a parking garage in an office building on the corner of Westshore Boulevard and Spruce Street. Some emplo...
Published: 06/26/17
Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee."Every time he came up I thought he was a Hall of Famer," Bowman told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. "I kn...
Updated: 7 hours ago
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
Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

Andy's in. Deservedly so. About time. Long overdue.Now that that's finally out of the way, who's next?Former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk became the latest Tampa Bay sports star to be inducted into his sport's Hall of Fame. He joins a list of Ta...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Ruth: Haunted by poltergeists at Tampa's port

Ruth: Haunted by poltergeists at Tampa's port

What a pile-driving juggernaut of an employee is Felix Santoya. Why, the man is a relentless worker over at the Port of Tampa, logging 726 hours of dedicated labor doing whatever it is he is supposed to be doing. The diligent member of the Internatio...
Published: 06/25/17
Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches

Local gas prices plummet as Fourth of July holiday travel approaches

TAMPA — Local gas prices are enjoying an unseasonal dip around the $2 mark just in time for the hectic Fourth of July holiday travel weekend. Today, AAA - The Auto Club Group reported average gas prices had dropped to $2.09 in Tampa Bay area, d...
Published: 06/26/17