Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata

Christopher Spata is a web producer and features writer for the Tampa Bay Times, focusing on entertainment, pop culture, social media and things to do. He also contributes to The Feed blog. A lifelong Floridian, he previously worked as a web producer and entertainment reporter for the Tampa Tribune, and covered sports for the Ocala Star-Star Banner. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011, and joined the Times in 2016.



Michael Leaming, right, confronts fisherman Bob H. Hope at Crescent Lake Park before throwing the man's fish back in the lake in a video that went viral. [YouTube still courtesy Kayla Leaming]

Animal activist who threw fisherman's catch back in the water on trial in Clearwater Friday

Michael Leaming threw a fisherman's catch back in the water to “save it,” went viral with millions of views, and now faces trial for what he did.
Published: 11/15/18
Updated: 11/16/18
Ira Flatow, host of NPR's

‘Science Friday’ broadcasting live from WUSF ahead of Tampa Theatre show

Science Friday with host Ira Flatow will be live and local this week from the University of South Florida in Tampa.Science Friday is normally recorded in advance before airing on Fridays, but with the radio show and...
Published: 11/14/18
KRISTIN AND RYAN MILLS, 
Wesley Chapel

Voting selfies: An election tradition for the social media age

There were no smartphones, and certainly no portrait modes, in the mid 1980s when someone first applied an "I Voted" sticker to their body and strutted out of a polling place walking taller, feeling more radiant, knowing they’d done their civic...
Published: 11/05/18
Updated: 11/06/18
Danial Ryan frequently paints cats. [Photos courtesy of Danial Ryan]

National Cat Day: St. Petersburg artist Danial Ryan on his surreal feline art

Danial Ryan can’t stop painting cats.
Updated one month ago
This tomb at Greenwood Cemetery in south St. Petersburg was among the places readers found creepy or spooky in Tampa Bay. [Photo from Todd McMullen]

For Halloween, the creepiest Tampa things

For Halloween, we asked readers to send us their thoughts on the spookiest and creepiest things in Tampa Bay.Some themes emerge: mysterious houses, cemeteries and the Tampa Theatre.Several people immediately pointed toward St.
Updated one month ago
This tomb at Greenwood Cemetery in south St. Petersburg was among the places readers found creepy or spooky in Tampa Bay. [Photo from Todd McMullen]

For Halloween season, these are Tampa’s creepiest real life things

For Halloween, we asked readers to send us their thoughts on the spookiest and creepiest things in Tampa Bay.Some themes emerge: mysterious houses, cemeteries and the Tampa Theatre.Several people immediately pointed toward St.
Updated one month ago
Tampa Theatre calls this bust, which has been at the theater since 1922,

For Halloween season, these are Tampa Bay's creepiest, spookiest, real-life things

Mysterious houses, cemeteries and a few blocks of downtown Tampa's Franklin street are creeping out Tampa Bay residents.
Updated one month ago
Marion Lambert, owner of the South Tampa Farm poses for a portrait near his milking station on September 25, 2018 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE  | Times

Is this a farm in South Tampa, or a time warp to the Confederate South?

When a black woman became a live-in employee at a farm in South Tampa run by the man who erected a giant Confederate flag on the highway, it begged the question: What exactly is Marion Lambert preserving?
Updated one month ago
Marion Lambert, owner of the South Tampa Farm poses for a portrait near his milking station on September 25, 2018 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE  | Times

Is this a farm in South Tampa, or a time warp to the Confederate South?

When a black woman became a live-in employee at a farm in South Tampa run by the man who erected a giant Confederate flag on the highway, it begged the question: What exactly is Marion Lambert preserving?
Updated one month ago
To get to Ybor's spookiest bar, step through the secret bookcase

To get to Ybor's spookiest bar, step through the secret bookcase

TAMPA — Asked to describe his newly opened SpookEasy Lounge in Ybor City, you'd expect EvanChristopher Traver to go with any number of words. "Goth." "Victorian." "Hidden."
Updated one month ago