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  1. Clearwater City Council candidate Hoyt Hamilton: Experience is key for critical next term

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — By asking voters to elect him into office a fifth time, Hoyt Hamilton knows he's now considered part of the old-guard.

  2. Clearwater City Council candidate John Funk: City needs better planning

    Elections

    CLEARWATER — Voters may not be too familiar with the name John Funk.

  3. Inside American Stage's plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

    Stage

    ST. PETERSBURG

    An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated the set of A Raisin in the Sun, opening Jan. 26 at American …

  4. After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.

  5. Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

    Real Estate

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.

  6. Extraordinary heroism deserves a less ordinary movie than '12 Strong'

    Movies

    After 16 years of combat and counting, the war in Afghanistan gets a happy movie ending in 12 Strong, a thick slice of patriot porn.

  7. 'Piratically speaking,' NHL thrilled to don Gasparilla garb for All-Star Game

    Events

    TAMPA — Jose Gaspar, mythical pirate, meet Lord Stanley of Preston.

  8. You can buy the balls from Amalie's Beach Tampa exhibit at auction

    Events

    More than 100,000 people showed up at Amalie Arena in 2016 to frolic in a huge ball pit. It was a sea of 1.2 million white orbs so vast that grown men could belly flop and remain afloat.

  9. Read the report on the fatal FSU frat party: 'The most intoxicated' they had ever been

    College

    "On Nov. 3, 2017, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to 1012 Buena Vista Drive … in reference to a death investigation."

  10. Romano: Are buses really our last gasp?

    Transportation

    To the members of the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership group:

  11. In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

    College

    In the state capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers breezed through the bullet points of a higher education bill. They skimmed past a hot-button proposal to consolidate the University of South Florida System into a single university without a peep of pushback.

  12. What you need to know for Thursday, Jan. 18

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

  13. Shelters offer escape from the cold for those who need it

    Weather

    On warmer nights, Jerry Hardison can sleep for a few hours at the recycling center. He works 11-hour shifts there. He gets off at 2:30 a.m., then waits until the buses start running again.

    But not Wednesday.

  14. Gibsonton man faces 50 counts of child porn

    Public Safety

    GIBSONTON — A 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents on 50 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child.