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Smugglers get creative with contraband at Pinellas County jail

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Art hits the beach at 6th annual 'Sanding Ovations'

9 master sand sculptors from around the world are participating in the 6th annual Sanding Ovations competition on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island through Sunday. The artists are using 150 tons of sand from Homestead, Fl., to create their work. Work is judged by Saturday and will be on display through Sunday. Sculptures will be lit at night with flood lights.

  1. At end of newsman's career, 'family movie' celebrates tiny town where John Wilson got started

    Human Interest

    By Jay Cridlin | Times Staff Writer

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.

    Longtime WTVT-Ch. 13 news anchor John Wilson stands outside his family’s home in Big Stone Gap, Va. The bridge leading to the property is named for his father.
  2. Six must-do's before buying a home

    Home and Garden

    You might be ready to buy a home, but are you armed with the knowledge you need? Do you know about credit score requirements? Are you familiar with flexible standards on Federal Housing Administration loans? • Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced owner, buying a house requires a "preflight …

  3. FSU shooter's friends tried to get help for him months before the shooting

    College

    When she met him in the parking lot, the sight of him jarred her. Gone was the dapper, carefully dressed man who had taken her on dates for most of the past year.

    Myron May, the FSU shooter, stayed here in Wewahitchka during the three weeks before the shooting. May, far right, is engrossed in a book while friends socialize.
  4. Tell Me About It: The initial response was the perfect one

    Relationships

    Q: Tiny problem here. Today is my last day at my current office. A co-worker, who I've met a handful of times in 10-minute increments, handed me a goodbye letter. I took it and said thank you, etc. When I opened it, I found a very heartfelt letter about her worry for the condition of my soul. The central point …

  5. From vintage to city chic: holiday decor trends

    Home and Garden

    For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles. A look at the trends you'll see at stores:

    Christmas past

    Jazz Age-style motifs are a strong trend this holiday, and this beaded tree swag ornament hits the trend head on.
    Rubio campaigns in Louisiana

    Rubio campaigns for Cassidy in Louisiana

    Sen. Marco Rubio is in Louisiana today to campaign for Bill Cassidy, who is in a runoff with Sen. Mary Landrieu....

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    Yes, this is Tom Hardy. And yes, he is going to be on your TVs soon.

    Two new shows announced that we're excited about: 'Taboo' with Tom Hardy and Hulu's 'Difficult People'

    Two new shows announced today, two wildly different concepts, two reasons to get very excited....

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    Feeling kind of blah or just want to keep it low-key? Whether spring, summer, winter or fall, a scarf is an easy game-changer that can jazz up any outfit.

    Tutorial: The Boa, the European and 23 other ways to wear a scarf

    Hey guys! Today, we have a special treat -- a guest blog by Largo High School freshman Ketrin Gavani, who spent the day shadowing me in the pursuit of a possible journalism career. ...

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