Feature Writing


Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Dan Wagner

Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Dan Wagner

Feld's monster truck jam hits Tampa - hard

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa undergoes a two-day metamorphosis from football field to a pit of destruction to host one of the world's most famous motorsport events.

Monster Jam will send 10,000-pound machines barreling across the stadium floor, a trail of crushed cars in their wake.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Nick Adams

Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Nick Adams

'A proper memorial' for Baby Chance

Nearly 12 feet tall, the handmade cross standing on Elliot Court cannot be overlooked.

It is a remarkable thing of beauty in an otherwise unremarkable place. A symbol of divinity decorating an empty and cracked cul-de-sac that is devoid of houses and overgrown with palmetto thickets.

Painted white, the cross is adorned with angels, butterflies and pale blue letters that spell “Baby Chance.


Photo provided by Norrece Wright

Photo provided by Norrece Wright

Crash victim remembered as 'brilliant'

As a boy growing up on Dixie Avenue in the ‘70s, Michael Wright read through his family’s encyclopedia set from A-to-Z.

Once he finished the volumes, he started again.

“If you asked him a question he wanted to have an answer for you,” said his younger sister, Norrece Wright. “He was a brilliant man.”


Photo provided by Barbara Shulla

Photo provided by Barbara Shulla

A tale of tragedy and victory

Curtis Shulla had one last Sunday paper to deliver.

For two years, the 47-year-old rose early seven days a week to finish his route before dawn.

The day he died, like every Sunday, Curtis's wife of 17 years was never far from his side. She would join him in their white 1996 Dodge Caravan, passing him bundles of papers from the backseat.


Photo provided by Mark Grevelding

Photo provided by Mark Grevelding

Sarasota fitness teacher survives bomb blasts at Brussels airport

Mark Grevelding was walking toward passport clearance, tickets in hand, his lone suitcase already checked in, when the first explosion rocked the Brussels airport...

The ground shook Tuesday morning as ceiling tiles rained down. Grevelding was knocked off balance, injuring his leg, and collapsed.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Thomas Bender

Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff photo, Thomas Bender

Provitt a player for all seasons

Langston Provitt is a throwback.

Twenty years ago, nearly every high school could boast of athletes who played all three of the major team sports — football, basketball and baseball.

But in an age when ever younger athletes are being guided to specialize in a single sport, Provitt has become a rarity, if not downright unique — a standout in all three sports for Venice High School.

The 17-year-old is believed to be the only area athlete to letter in all three sports last season and, in his senior year, he is aiming to do it again.