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  1. Amid Confederate flag debate, 'Unity Flag' group hopes to raise different banner

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Aaron McCrae was cruising along Interstate 4 with a friend from out of town, listing all the reasons he loves Tampa Bay, when his visitor paused and pointed up.

    "What's that about?" he asked.

  2. Pasco deputy clerk accused of stealing traffic department money

    Local Government

    A Pasco County deputy clerk was arrested on Tuesday, accused of stealing money from the New Port Richey Traffic Department, Pasco Clerk Paula O'Neil said.

  3. Road to Nowhere: Homeless bused out of St. Pete, but then what?

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — A city program bused nearly 1,000 homeless people to destinations all over the country during the past two years.

  4. Seminole Heights favorite Bo's Ice Cream reopens after food service violations

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Bo's Ice Cream in Seminole Heights reopened Tuesday afternoon a day after a state inspector found live roaches and evidence of other pests inside the venerable roadside stand and ordered it closed.

  5. St. Petersburg workforce survey finds discontent, racial tension

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly half of city employees in a survey expressed doubts about how their workplace fosters equality, respect and inclusiveness, according to a report released Tuesday.

    St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, here with Mayor Rick Kriseman, said the study will serve as a guide for officials.
  6. Kennedy proposes ULI study of Tropicana potential

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — Council member Jim Kennedy plans to ask his colleagues to bring in the Urban Land Institute to provide a detailed analysis of the stadium impasse with the Tampa Bay Rays.

  7. Clearwater police officers testing body cameras

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Starting Saturday, five police officers will be outfitted with body cameras as part of a 30-day pilot program at Pinellas County's third largest law enforcement agency.

    Clearwater police Officer Craig Murray wears a Taser Axon body camera during a training session Tuesday.
  8. Carlton: Shameful? You said it, attorney Diaco

    Criminal

    Two years ago, a cowboy of a Tampa lawyer, successful and smooth in his crisp suit, condemned opposing counsel in a contentious case playing out for the cameras.

    Stephen Diaco had offered to resign for five years over the DUI setup case, but the court declined.
  9. Rays drop doubleheader against Royals

    The Heater

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The end of a long Tuesday left the Rays with a pair of big losses.

    Paulo Orlando (16) of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 9th inning during game 1 of a double-header against the Rays Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. [Getty Images]
  10. Police: 14-year-old boy shot in foot in drive-by shooting

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 14-year-old boy standing near his home was shot in the foot Tuesday afternoon in what appears to be a drive-by shooting, St. Petersburg police said.

  11. Publix is opening second store in downtown St. Petersburg

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Reflecting the westward growth of St. Petersburg's revitalized downtown, Publix announced Tuesday that it is opening a new grocery store on a previously moribund stretch of Central Avenue.

    The Publix supermarket at 700 Central Ave. will be more than 30,000 square feet and will include a three-level parking garage.
  12. Moffitt Cancer Center receives $3.6 million grant to study electronic cigarettes

    Research

    TAMPA — Vapers everywhere could soon learn whether their preferred method of smoking actually is better for their health.

    The Moffitt Cancer Center has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the use of electronic cigarettes.[iStockphoto.com]
  13. Everything is awesome: 'Lego Movie' directors piloting a young Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie

    Blogs

    Rejoice with me, nerds, for everything is awesome! *

    Who can be the snarky younger version of Harrison Ford's iconic smuggler?
  14. Baymont Inn and Suites near Busch Gardens sells for hefty profit

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — The Baymont Inn and Suites — so close to Busch Gardens that all rooms have roller coaster views — has been sold to a Latin American investor.

    Mallah Investments of Tampa bought the Baymont Inn and Suites near Busch Gardens for $3.75 million in 2013 and has sold it for $6.95 million.
  15. Kriseman submits his budget

    Blogs

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman submitted his proposed budget to City Council Tuesday, eight days before a newly-revised deadline.