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  1. Man hired to remove body from Dunedin home charged with stealing jewelry

    Crime

    A man hired to remove the body of an elderly woman from her Dunedin home was arrested Thursday after deputies said they caught him stealing her jewelry.

    Stubblefield
  2. Blue Ocean Film Festival to draw 20,000 to St. Petersburg

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not Cannes or Sundance, or even the Bollywood awards.

  3. Jury can't reach verdict in case of man charged with burning girlfriend to death

    Criminal

    LARGO

    Jury can't agree on first-degree murder

  4. Cute panther kitten has a new home to roam (w/video)

    News

    JIM DAMASKE | Times

    Yuma, a Florida panther cub, explores his new enclosure at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Thursday. The young panther will live out his days at the park after being rescued in January near Naples when he was about 1 week old. He had been abandoned. The park held a …

    Yuma, a Florida panther cub, explores his new enclosure at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park on Thursday. The young panther will live out his days at the park after being rescued in January from the wild near Naples when he was about 1 week old. He had been abandoned. The park held a ceremony Thursday morning with speeches explaining Yuma’s circumstances, which were followed by a brief countdown for the opening of a gate allowing Yuma to enter his new enclosure. The state animal, the Florida panther is an endangered subspecies of cougar that lives in the forests and swamps of South Florida.
  5. Housing for homeless teens given early nod by City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 55-bed dormitory and service center for homeless teens gained preliminary approval from the City Council on Thursday after a few initial bumps.

  6. New bus pass program launched for SPC students and employees

    Mass Transit

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg College and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority formally launched their new collaborative Universal Pass initiative Thursday, which allows SPC students and employees to ride the bus for free by showing their school ID when they climb aboard.

  7. Military says about 70 percent of troops' vehicles being shipped will be late

    Military

    The company hired to deliver the personal vehicles of troops and civilian defense workers around the world has successfully transported just 7,987 of the 27,358 vehicles it is shipping, and 70 percent of those still in transit will arrive late, according to an email by military officials released this week.

  8. Avoiding the HPV vaccine for your kids? Maybe it's time to reconsider

    Health

    If you have an adolescent son or daughter, you might be wrestling with a big question: Whether to get your child the HPV vaccine.

  9. Paratrooper from Ruskin killed in Afghanistan

    Military

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An Army paratrooper from Ruskin has been killed in action in Afghanistan as the United States continues to wind down its presence there, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, served three combat tours and received numerous awards.
  10. San Antonio plans lawsuit against St. Leo in warehouse dispute

    Local Government

    SAN ANTONIO — The city plans to sue the adjacent town of St. Leo for its approval of a university's plan to build a warehouse along a residential street.

  11. Naturalization ceremony at Trop gives 240 new citizens reason to cheer

    Human Interest

    In a setting that was about to host a game known as America's past-time, 240 people had a reason to cheer Thursday morning. They had just become new citizens in a naturalization ceremony.

    In a setting that hosts America's past-time 240 new U.S. citizens take the Oath of Allegiance at a Naturalization Oath Ceremony, before a Tampa Bay Rays-Detroit Tigers baseball game, Tropicana Field, Thursday, August 21,2014. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES
  12. Construction worker killed in accident in St. Petersburg

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A worker was killed Thursday after he was pinned under a large piece of equipment at a jobsite near Sawgrass Lake Park.

  13. Campaign attacks heat up in Pinellas County Commission races

    Elections

    The cordiality couldn't last.

    With days to go until Tuesday's primary, what had been a couple of relatively polite Pinellas County Commission races have turned a bit ugly.

    Jim Coats, former Pinellas sheriff, criticized Peter Nehr on his Internet cafe ties.
  14. Area tax collectors report confusion over $25 cut in auto tag fees

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Gov. Rick Scott's much-touted $25 cut in auto tag fees will kick in on Sept. 1, but the rollback isn't eliciting a chorus of cheers at area tax collectors' offices.

    It's mostly sparking confusion.

  15. State Sen. Latvala says Duke's billing strategy not 'moral,' urges reversal of additional fees

    Energy

    Urging Duke to act as a "good corporate citizen," Pinellas County's most powerful state lawmaker called on the utility Thursday to abandon the idea of charging customers higher rates while it revamps its meter-reading process.