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  1. DEP to St. Pete: Spend money on sewer lines, not other suggested fixes

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — Forget that street sweeper. Take a rain check for the aerators to spruce up Lake Maggiore. And, while you're at it, find some other source of cash to make those city recreation centers more energy efficient.

    A city street sweeper helps prepare the track before a grand prix race in St. Petersburg. City officials have suggested purchasing a new sweeper to comply with a state consent decree. But state environmental officials say the money would be better spent to fix leaky private sewer lines. [DIRK SHADD   |  Times]
  2. Florida 10-year-old is one of 21 kids suing federal government over climate change

    Global Warming

    At age 10, Levi Draheim hates math and loves reading Harry Potter books. He plays the violin but dislikes practicing. What he really enjoys is paddling a kayak or going swimming. It helps that he lives just a five-minute walk from the beach in the town of Indialantic on Florida's east coast.

    Levi Draheim, 10, from Indialantic on Florida?€™s east coast, is one of 21 kids around the country who have joined together to sue the federal government over climate change. [Photo courtesy of James Kilby]
  3. These giant crabs can grow as big as dogs - and hunt birds, a biologist's video now proves

    Wildlife

    There's a theory that giant crabs overwhelmed Amelia Earhart, dismembered her and carried her bones underground.

    A coconut crab like this one was recently caught on video killing a bird. Photo via Wikipedia Commons. Photo taken by Rebecca Dominguez.
  4. Florida panther killed by vehicle; 25th death this year

    Wildlife

    NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — An endangered Florida panther was struck and killed by a vehicle.

    FILE - A Florida Fish and Wildlife trail camera catches a nursing female panther in January 2017.
  5. Best beaches? Now it's our turn

    Environment

    For those of us who know Florida, you know this time of year is quiet. The weather chills ever so slightly, making for perfect days at the beach. The tourists, affectionately referred to as snowbirds, aren't here yet, which makes for smaller crowds. The sun is less intense, giving us some reprieve. So the …

    A drone's view of St. Pete Beach. The two most popular destinations in St. Pete Beach are Pass-A-Grille Beach and Shell Key. LUIS SANTANA | Times
  6. Frizzy-haired, smaller-headed orangutan may be new great ape

    Wildlife

    A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say.

  7. Days before election, St. Pete City Council tussles over sewage

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — One last spat before Election Day broke out along political lines at Thursday's City Council meeting between supporters of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker.

    Partially-treated sewage discharges into Tampa Bay from a St. Petersburg city sewage plant in September 2016 during the height of the city's 13-month, billion-gallon sewage crisis. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]

  8. Three decades of panther capture-and-collar program may come to an end

    Wildlife

    500 FEET ABOVE THE BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE — Biologist Darrell Land holds his left hand out flat, as if he's playing paper in a rock-paper-scissors game, then tilts it to the right. Pilot Don Graham banks the Cessna Skyhawk at a 45-degree angle and begins circling a clump of cypress trees.

    A state wildlife biologist adjusts a radio collar on a sedated panther. Biologists have been taking radio telemetry readings on panther locations since 1981.
  9. Florida's most endangered butterfly may not have survived Hurricane Irma

    Wildlife

    Hurricane Irma didn't hurt the endangered Key deer, but it may have all but wiped out the most endangered butterfly in Florida.

    The male Miami blue’s wings are iridescent blue on top.
  10. Squeaky the rehabilitated owl may be in danger after escaping Clearwater home

    Wildlife

    CLEARWATER — Squeaky took flight before his big festival debut, disappearing into the trees before his handlers could catch him.

    Squeaky, a great horned owl, escaped Wednesday morning from his home at Moccasin Lake Nature Park, where he's cared for by Clearwater Audubon Society volunteers.  Call the Clearwater Audubon Society at 727-798-2385 if you to sight him. [Courtesy of the Clearwater Audubon Society]