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Local artists wanted for 2011 Leepa-Rattner exhibit

Local artists wanted for 2011 Leepa-Rattner exhibit

Tarpon Springs, FL - As The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art announces the dates for its 2011 Artists Market, which will be held on Mar. 26 and 27 next year, local artists are invited to fill out a free application to participate in the program.

Selected artists will be notified if they are one of the 25 invited to participate in the free two-day festival, which will be held in the LRMA's award-winning building on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Peteresburg College, which was designed by area architect Ed Hoffman, Jr.

A wide variety of media will be included, so all types of artists are welcome. Those selected will be able to showcase and sell their work in support of the museum and Isabelle's Museum Store.

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Wednesday's Child: Taylor

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center seems like the perfect place for a curious kid.

taylor is just that.  He's also very ambitious and determined to go through each exhibit during our visit. From solving puzzles to learning what fossils can be found in Florida, Taylor makes the most of his time at Weedon Island.

Once we got the chance to talk, I found out that this 10-year-old is a typical boy who loves sports. Most of the books he has read are related to sports. He is a big football fan and has some old school favorites that might surprise you.

Taylor also has some pretty cool sports memorabilia  that he's very proud to talk about. He is energetic so were hoping to find him a home with two active parents who can spend some quality time with him.

You can learn more about Taylor by clicking on the video link or by calling  Connie Going at 866-271-4705.

Obama: No drilling off Florida, East Coast waters

Obama: No drilling off Florida, East Coast waters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at least the next seven years.

Obama's earlier plan -- announced in March, three weeks before the April BP spill -- would have allowed drilling from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. The new plan allows drilling in Alaska, but officials said they will move cautiously before approving any leases.

The eastern Gulf of Mexico was singled out for protection by Congress in 2006 as part of a deal with Florida lawmakers that made available 8.3 million acres to oil and gas development in the east-central Gulf.

Suspect who wanted to "go out like Jesse James" turns himself in

Clearwater, Florida -- The hunt is over for a man accused of killing a Largo woman as he fired into a crowd of people outside a convenience store.

Larry Jerry turned himself in at the Pinellas County Jail late Wednesday night.

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Jerry had told family members he wanted to "go out like Jesse James." Presumably, that means he would die in a hail of gunfire.

But he turned himself in without a fight.

That's more like Jesse James than he probably realizes. Jesse James was tracked down -- under pressure from law enforcement and the public -- and shot in the back for reward money.

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Text-for-sex arrest

Largo, Florida - Deputies have charged a young man with trying to arrange sex with a 12 year old girl via a cell phone text message.

Booked into the county jail is Jeffrey Shuba, 20, of no permanent address.

Investigators said Shuba and the victim met on an Anime convention at a local mall in December 2009 keep in touch via cell phone texting. Last April, he allegedly tried to have the girl send him explicit pictures of herself and tried to convince her to sneak out of her house while her parents slept to have sex with him.

The victim's parents discovered inappropriate messages on her cell phone and notified authorities.

Shuba was charged with traveling to meet a minor and "certain use of a computer services and devices prohibited."

He was being held in lieu of $15,000 bond pending a court appearance expected Thursday.


Skyway pier demolition to begin this summer

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Officials say they expect partial demolition of the eastern Skyway piers to begin early next summer.  A total of 61 sections of the piers on both the north and south side of Tampa Bay will be removed as part of the project.

The work will take about 10 months to complete and will cost an estimated $4-million.

The eastern Skyway piers have been closed for nearly two years now due to safety concerns while the parallel western piers remain open.

Originally the piers were part of the approach to the old Skyway bridge.

The Florida Department of Transportation says eventually a decision will be made about the western piers as well. They are popular places for anglers but are aging.

Church service to close roads in Tarpon Springs Sunday

Tarpon Springs, Florida - The city today announced road closings for Sunday night because of services at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

Traffic will be delayed or detoured between about 8:15 p.m. and 9 p.m. during a Vespers service and procession.

The procession will start at the church at 36 North Pinellas Avenue, travel east on Orange Street, south on Stafford Avenue then west on Tarpon Avenue and return to the church.

Police say Pinellas Avenue traffic will be detoured west on Tarpon Avenue, and Tarpon Avenue traffic will be detoured north and south on Ring Avenue.