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From intricate goblets to towering church windows, glass has been used to blend beauty with function since ancient times. But it's only in the last 50 years or so that the medium was used to create art solely for the sake of art.

Florida's Gulf Coast is becoming a hub for glass collections, with some in the business dubbing it the "Glass Coast."


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Twenty-five years after his death, famed African American tennis player Arthur Ashe has yet to have his biography written.

This August, that changes when USF St. Petersburg professor Ray Arsenault's newest book, “Arthur Ashe: A Life,” is published by Simon & Schuster. The 700-plus-page book will be the first extensive biography of Ashe.

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The number of privately owned art museums around the world is booming, with wealthy individuals opting to open their own museum rather than donate to an existing gallery.

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg

When Herb Snitzer was photo editor for the jazz magazine, Metronome, in the early 1960's, he occasionally got complaints from subscribers. Why, they asked, were there not more stories about the white musicians of the era like Benny Goodman?

Snitzer says the reason was simple. The magazine was intent on covering what they knew to be true. Jazz more than any other music, expressed the black experience in America.

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In his memoir, "Glorious Days and Nights," Herb Snitzer wrote that his camera allowed him to experience things he couldn't have dreamed of.

Hundreds of Seminole Tribe members and construction workers cheered as the final piece of steel was placed on top of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new guitar-shaped building Monday in Hollywood.

At 450 feet tall, the new building will be a 638-room hotel on the existing casino's property on the Seminole reservation. One of two lakes on site were filled in to create space for the massive guitar next to an existing casino.

Tampa Writer Touts State's Natural Attractions

Jul 6, 2018
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Tampa Bay Times columnist Craig Pittman says tourists need to know that Florida is so much more than Disney World:  "Some people think that there is no culture in Florida. They think our sense of architecture is Cinderella's Castle."

Pittman will be a guest on Travel With Rick Steves Saturday morning at 6 on WUSF 89.7.

A Department of State panel has agreed to allow a Confederate General statue currently in the U.S. Capitol to call a Florida museum its new home. But, that decision is receiving some pushback.

A Florida museum may be the new location for the statue of a Confederate General currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. On Thursday, a state panel approved the Lake County Historical Society and Museum’s application to become the new home of the likeness of Edmund Kirby Smith. Bob Grenier is the curator of the museum located in Tavares, which he says is a prime location for the statue.

Sarasota Orchestra

Sarasota Orchestra C-E-O Joseph McKenna said his organization will not be part of the grander vision to alter Sarasota's Bayfront.  McKenna spoke at a City Commission workshop on Monday night.  There, he affirmed that his organization "remains a firm support of the Bayfront master planning process."

"The extended time that it will take for the Bayfront to develop doesn't align with the pressure and the urgency that the orchestra has to sort of relieve the calendar constraint at our six venues,” McKenna said.

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Salvador Dali's surrealist, often bizarre, painted landscapes were not a product of his imagination - but based on the beaches, rock formations and dream-like skies of the Catalonian coast in Spain.

Following through on promises to finally diversify the rank and file of the Academy of Motion Pictures, the Oscar-granting body has invited a record number of 928 new members, making the 2018 class the largest in history.

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North Florida counties led the state in the growth rate of Florida's Hispanic population last year, but traditional bastions in South Florida and central Florida led growth in pure numbers, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence of Tampa Bay will be participating in St. Petersburg Pride this weekend. The drag queens call themselves the "nuns of the gay, lesbian and supportive communities” and use entertainment to affirm people for who they are.

The National Park Service has approved an initial request for organizers to hold a second "Unite the Right" rally, this time across the street from the White House in August — one year after white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va.

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.

The first few matches of this year’s FIFA World Cup have been seismic.

Mexico literally shook the ground after beating Germany –a highlight for some fans like Susan Dirgins-Friend, who's from California and lives in Davie.

"Though I am not Latin, Mexico, Mexicans and Mexican Americans are close to my heart," she says.

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An elephant that once lived at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch briefly escaped its enclosure at a Florida zoo.

Moviegoers sitting down to see Incredibles 2 are in for a tasty treat in the form of an animated short called Bao. It tells the story of an empty nester who discovers joy — and sorrow — when a steamed bun she makes comes to life.

The story is pulled from the childhood of Domee Shi, who wrote and directed the Pixar film. Shi was born in China and raised in Toronto. She started working at Pixar as an intern in 2011, and now she's the first woman to direct a Pixar short.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off this week in Russia. Here's the nitty-gritty and a few stories to watch as 32 national soccer teams begin their pursuit of the copa mundial.

When does it start?

The tournament starts on Thursday, June 14, and runs through Sunday, July 15.

"Sometimes we take for granted that kids know how to wash dishes," says Susan Turgeson, president of the Association of Teacher Educators for family and consumer sciences. "I never thought I was going to have to explain, step by step, how to put the drain plug in, the amount of soap to be used."

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For hours, her life was like a highlight reel of daring stunts and escapes — but now, a raccoon that mesmerized people by climbing a tall building in St. Paul, Minn., has been trapped and is safe.

"In our office we are just glad he is safe. We were all worried about him," said Sheila Donnelly-Coyne, an attorney whose firm, Paige Donnelly, is on the 23rd floor of the UBS building. (It was later determined that the critter is female.)

Tampa Theatre and the Tampa Downtown Partnership are hosting a block party before the premiere of Won't You Be My Neighbor?, a documentary on famed children's television show host Mr. Rogers.

Tampa Theatre

With the Tampa Theatre’s $6 million restoration now complete, members of The Florida Orchestra will perform live Saturday during the 1926 silent film The General.

The board of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has voted to fire its longtime president, Paige Patterson, who was ousted from the top post last week amid controversy over past counsel he had given women concerning marital abuse and rape.

The Fort Worth-based seminary's board voted a week ago to replace Patterson as president, appointing him instead "president emeritus with compensation."

President Trump praised the NFL's decision to mandate that players either stand for the national anthem or stay in the locker room in a TV interview that aired Thursday.

And he questioned whether players who choose not to stand "proudly" should be in the country at all.

Fifty years after his LOVE painting made Robert Indiana a sensation, the artist has died at the age of 89.

Indiana's two-row rendering of the word, with its tilted "O," became one of the most recognizable works of modern art in the world. The famous design emerged from deep influences in Indiana's life, from his early exposure to religion to his father's career.

The saga of the freighter El Faro became news when its captain ventured into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. Thirty-three people died after it sank to the bottom of the Atlantic. But the crew of another freighter fared very differently. And a Clearwater-based Coast Guard unit was instrumental in their rescue.

Benjamin Ealovega

Violinist James Ehnes made his reputation recording music like the Ravel Berceuse and other classical works, like Mozart's violin concertos.

But this weekend with the Florida Orchestra, he will play a work by James Newton Howard, who is best known for composing for the movies, like the Hunger Games franchise.

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All drivers entering Key West are again being greeted by a large painted sign welcoming them to "Paradise USA."

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