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Meet Duke, the library’s new blue superhero

The newest member of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library sports four legs, blue fur and a dashing cape. His name is Duke. Duke found his way to the jewel by the bay with the help of the Southeastern Guide Dogs. Southern Guide Dogs is based out of Palmetto, Florida and works to pair guide dogs […]

100 square feet and a dream: Tiny Home Festival

The teardrop-shaped home supplied just enough room for two people to lounge on the cushioned floor that also acts as a bed. Two doors were carved into the blue abode and kept open to enforce the intense need for connection with nature. Books about spirituality, photos of loved ones, and a small vase filled with […]

Bookworms rejoice: Count down the savings with 321 Books

Used books are supposed to be cheap, but 321 Books raises the bar and lowers the price. The bookstore opened three weeks ago and has already made an impact on the St. Petersburg community with its customer-friendly price model. While wandering through Tyrone Square Mall’s tiny, new bookstore, shoppers may not realize the bargain they’ve […]

A Tale of 3 Cities

Spring break is a time to get away, literally. Bogged down by homework, exams and studying, the students deserve the weeklong exodus of responsibility that takes them out into the world, or onto the couch. Three Crow’s Nest writers traveled to different parts of the world and brought back the story of their travels. Tim, […]

TEDx returns, prepared to talk change

After the successful TEDx USFSP event two years ago, the talk is coming back. This year it will be held on April 4 with the theme “Catalyst: Spark the Change.” TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing a platform for expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, to bring forth ideas that […]

Pointers from the Poynter: Know your library

Beanbag chairs, a perfect view of Bayboro Harbor and all the help one needs on their research paper. What more could a student want? If anything comes to mind there is a suggestion board on the first floor of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Little notes reading: coffee shop, extended hours and more study rooms […]

Eat chicken or chickpeas, either works for me!

One day, around three years ago, I decided to go vegan. I had absolutely no idea what it meant or what it entailed but I was up for the challenge. My first go around lasted about three months until I was defeated by a giant piece of cheese pizza and three scoops of delicious chocolate […]

Review: “Santa Clarita Diet” consists of human flesh and hilarity

Everybody dies but not everybody lives. This may be true, however, what if it took dying to finally bring somebody to life? Now, this notion may sound impractical but in the case of the Netflix Original Series  “Santa Clarita Diet” that is exactly what happens. Drew Barrymore plays a woman who lives a life marked […]

Review: “Come and Gone,” but not forgotten

The moment Calvin M. Thompson fell to the ground in a fit of convulsions, I knew that “Jo Turner’s Come and Gone” was far more than a simple lighthearted production. Patrons sat on the edge of their seats as they hung to every word in the tenth and final installment of the August Wilson Century […]

DeVos nomination facing difficult partisan divide

Betsy DeVos, Michigan billionaire, is set to become the next Secretary of Education, despite strong opposition from the American people. At the strange hour of 6:30 a.m. this past Friday the Senate met to vote on the DeVos nomination. The vote was split down the middle at 52-48 with the majority of members voting with […]