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Gimmick Attorney helps wrestlers trademark their characters

Apr. 10, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Professional wrestlers have a nickname for Michael Dockins. The “Gimmick Attorney.” A “gimmick” is a term for a wrestler’s in-ring persona and anything that defines their character. Dockins’ legal specialties include...

Historic Florida church now a 4-bedroom $1.3 million home

Apr. 07, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 1928 church has been renovated into a four bedroom home, complete with a large stained glass window of Jesus. The home in St. Petersburg, Florida, is slated for closing at $1.3 million later this week, listing agent Bryan Belcher told the...

Moment of Silence bill moves through Florida Legislature

Apr. 05, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Legislature is on the verge of requiring public schools across the state to set aside one to two minutes of silence every morning, adding to the mix of school announcements, the Pledge of Allegiance and roll calls. The House passed...

How the Florida Aquarium feeds 8,000 animals a day

Apr. 04, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Theo, 3, isn’t really into the lake smelt being served for breakfast, so he flips his head back and spits the little fish at the woman in therubber boots. “He’s so dramatic about it,” says Michelle Uhlig. The palm-sized...

At Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach, the 1920s meet 2020s

Apr. 03, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The landmark Don CeSar Hotel has added a two-story pool bar and rooftop lookout to its sprawling beachfront property, completing a three-year renovation project aimed at connecting the Roaring ’20s to the 2020s. At the Beacon Pool Bar and Lookout, visitors can...

Russian entrepreneurs adapt to virus lockdown challenges

Apr. 02, 2021 03:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Valentina Konstantinova remembers well when Russia locked down for the coronavirus a year ago. Her 18-room boutique hotel, called Skazka, or “Fairytale,” was full, and within a couple of days, it had only one guest left. “I still don’t understand...

Former teacher convicted of recording students undressing

Apr. 01, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida teacher was convicted Thursday of secretly recording 124 students and an adult teacher undressing over a period of nearly two years. Mark William Ackett, 52, pleaded guilty in Hillsborough County Circuit Court to more than 300 counts...

Police: Woman in car with 2 young children fatally shot

Mar. 31, 2021 07:44 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A 21-year-old woman was fatally shot while sitting in a car with two small children at a busy intersection in St. Petersburg, police said. The shots that killed K’Mia Simmons on Tuesday evening came from another vehicle, said St....

‘How are you?’ A phone call lets seniors know someone cares

Mar. 27, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Fla. (AP) — She pulls up to the senior center just before 10 a.m., walks past people outside waiting for help with their taxes, others lining up for the food pantry. “Good morning!” she greets folks. As she props her cane by the welcome desk, an elderly...

Gasparyan retires in final, Kasatkina wins in St. Petersburg

Mar. 21, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Daria Kasatkina won the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Sunday when wild card Margarita Gasparyan retired from their all-Russian final with a lower back injury. The eighth-seeded Kasatkina was leading 6-3, 2-1 when Gasparyan’s back...