Gasparilla officials: here's your artist for your 2007 poster

Published December 7, 2006

A Tampa Bay area sixth-grader used marker, pastel, colored pencil and a technique called gouache to snare a statewide award from Gov. Jeb Bush and first lady Columba Bush. Zachary Maines of Patricia Contardo's class at Young Middle Magnet School in Hillsborough County was one of three winners in a statewide Reading in the Arts contest. The contest focused on the book Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Zachary's winning illustration is a scene near the end of the story in which Captain Stache tries to escape from the island (we don't know what that means, but it looks cool). Gouache, by the way, is a type of watercolor prepared with gum.

'Report all suspicious items to security'

Question: How many Canadian tourists does it take to clear out a Tampa skyscraper? Answer: one, if he eats breakfast in the building and leaves behind a large, black duffel bag. Police evacuated the Lykes Building at 400 N Tampa St. at 9:45 a.m. after someone spotted the suspicious bag, said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. Turns out, the bag belonged to a Canadian twentysomething who stopped at Lucky Dill Deli after getting off a Greyhound bus. Inside the bag: food and clothes. The man faced no charges, McElroy said.

Pearl Harbor survivors will join in remembrance

They witnessed the sneak attack that pulled the United States into World War II on this day in 1941. But each year, fewer Pearl Harbor veterans are alive to recount the events of that morning. Four from the Tampa Bay area today will join members of Holiday Isles Elks Lodge, 14111 E Parsley Drive, Madeira Beach, for a Pearl Harbor Day remembrance at 11 a.m. The public is invited.