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Dreams become ‘reality’ at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

Jan. 29, 2023 03:14 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A new exhibit at The Dalí Museum is turning dreams into physical images. Literally. From ones centuries old to ones not yet realized, dreams are at the center of a new two-part exhibit running through April 30. One part of “The Shape of...

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to $12 million, 3-year contract

Jan. 27, 2023 20:06 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a $12 million, three-year contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons. The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667...

Putin: Ukraine action aimed to end 'war' raging since 2014

Jan. 18, 2023 09:22 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Moscow's action in Ukraine was intended to stop a “war” that has raged in eastern Ukraine for many years. Speaking at a meeting with veterans, Putin said Moscow had long sought to negotiate a...

2 generations offer a taste of Asia at St. Pete grocer

Jan. 01, 2023 03:13 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — In 1995, Minh Bui watched his parents fashion a new life in America. That year, they bought a storefront with neon orange awning to call their own. They named it Dong-A Oriental Market — or Asian market. It took hard work to get here, his parents like...

Tennessee airport still feeling effects of pandemic

Dec. 10, 2022 12:08 PM EST

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Tri-Cities Airport with lower passenger traffic and businesses more cautious about expanding their footprint. “At the height of COVID, we lost 90% of our customers at our lowest point,” Gene Cossey, TCA executive...

Airplane crash in Gulf of Mexico leaves 2 dead, 1 missing

Dec. 05, 2022 14:13 PM EST

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities were searching Monday for the pilot of a small airplane that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, with two people confirmed dead. Authorities in Venice, Florida, said they were looking for a 42-year-old man in an area offshore from...

Thousands of ‘nuisance alligators’ are killed each year

Dec. 04, 2022 03:12 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The 6-foot alligator in a northern Hillsborough County backyard pond hadn’t bothered anyone. It wasn’t injured. But it was killed. Phil Walters, a nuisance alligator trapper contracted with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Statewide Nuisance...

Poisons killed beloved owls in Tampa Bay

Dec. 03, 2022 03:19 AM EST

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Mark Schocken took thousands of pictures of the great horned owls in Philippe Park, but he didn’t often capture them eating. Then one clear afternoon, binoculars slung over his shoulder and camera in hand, he watched the mother bird plop a rat in front...

Tampa Bay Rays enter bid to redevelop Tropicana Field site

Dec. 02, 2022 19:14 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays, in partnership with a global real estate investment and development firm, have submitted a bid to redevelop Tropicana Field and surrounding land on the edge of downtown St. Petersburg. The club said Friday that in addition to a new...

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

Dec. 01, 2022 23:40 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian. The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to...