| May 20, 2013
| 6:14 AM
Florida's got fanboy down. Where else can you count on an annual Wookie sighting?
Disney's Star Wars Weekends, though, going on from May 17 to June 9 at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is just one of Florida's great offerings for movies, TV, comics and...
| Jun 24, 2013
| 6:33 AM
A new exhibition at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is causing diplomatic friction between Germany and Russia. "The Bronze Age of Europe: Europe Without Borders" features some German works of art that were looted by Russian soldiers at...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Janet Fitch's first novel, "White Oleander," hit big when it was picked by Oprah for her book club. Before that happened, she was just another aspiring writer in this big city.
She sat down with me at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and talked about...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 8:16 PM
According to news reports, Florida legislators have agreed to allocate $50 million to buy right of way to connect scattered trails to create a 275-mile trail network that would span the state from St. Petersburg to Titusville. The $50 million still...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 6:19 AM
UCF received a commitment from St. Petersburg Gibbs athlete Maurice Hall over the weekend after the 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior took an unofficial visit to the Orlando campus.
If things go as planned, Hall will eventually join his fellow Pinellas County...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 8:25 AM
Orestes De La Paz's exhibit at the Frost Art Museum in Miami in May recalled Chuck Palahniuk's novel and film Fight Club, in which lead character Tyler Durden's principal income source was making upscale soap using discarded liposuctioned fat fetched from...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife of nearly 30 years announced on state television Thursday that they are divorcing.
Those curious about what caused the breakup won't have to wait for a tell-all book: Lyudmila Putina dished the dirt on her...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 4:53 AM
This Doomsday prepper is headed for some real serious bunker time after a federal judge sentenced him to eight years in prison on Tuesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg.
Convicted felon Jason Deon Thomas, 31, the owner of JT's The...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
What does the cutting-edge, digital 3-D world of James Cameron have in common with the centuries-old Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia?
For the last few years the venerated ballet company, which dates back to the 18th century, has been...
| May 20, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Appearing with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra eight years ago, 23-year-old Alisa Weilerstein was a playfully kittenish cello soloist in Tchaikovsky's "Rococo" Variations. I wrote then that when she matures, look out.
I can take no credit for...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:30 PM
Barry Levinson has come on board to direct an untitled love story, set in Shanghai and Leningrad, with Shanghai Film Group financing and Mike Medavoy, Rafaella De Laurentiis and Edward McGurn producing.
Production will start in February in Shanghai...