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  1. Huge gun range wins approval from Tarpon Springs

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — A huge indoor gun range that's planned for a blighted spot alongside U.S. 19 won approval late Tuesday night from Tarpon Springs commissioners who heard passionate arguments for and against it.

    The nearly 60,000-square-foot Reload Gun Range is planned at 40050 U.S. 19, on the west side of the highway, north of Klosterman Road in Tarpon Springs.
  2. 'The Deuces' loses its grocer and lifelong student Paul Barco

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — For a few decades, 22nd Street S offered all the amenities available to white people downtown.

  3. Intel chief condemns NSA leaks that led to Pulitzer Prizes

    Military

    TAMPA — The nation's intelligence chief didn't wait for the next-day, Pulitzer Prize hangovers to recede before criticizing leaks of National Security Agency surveillance that helped two newspapers win journalism's highest honor.

  4. Belleair Commission creates new zoning district that could affect Belleview Biltmore

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place.

  5. Largo commission votes to take Pinellas to mediation over proposed EMS cuts

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners here voted unanimously Tuesday to take the county to the bargaining table over proposed cuts to Pinellas emergency medical services system.

  6. Man pleads guilty in BB gun shooting at St. Pete Pride

    Criminal

    ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man has pleaded guilty to battery for shooting someone with a BB gun at the St. Pete Pride Parade.

  7. St. Petersburg mayor plans liaison to gay community, but two council members have concerns

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — When a national report ranked Tampa as the leading city in Florida for its promotion of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents last fall, officials on this side of the bay took notice.

    Okay, maybe a little umbrage, too.

  8. Hillsborough Avenue site of pedestrian deaths to get signal, crosswalk

    Roads

    TAMPA — One of the deadliest roads in one of the deadliest metro areas in the country for pedestrians is getting a safety upgrade, but residents and local officials are calling for more.

    The backpack and shoe of Shenika Davis lie in the middle of Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa after the 15-year-old was struck and killed in 2011. From 2008 to 2012, there have been 21 pedestrian- and bicycle-related crashes on Hillsborough between N 22nd Street and N 30th Street.
  9. 'Cavernous' Amazon warehouse in Ruskin is well under way

    Retail

    TAMPA — Amazon is racing to complete a massive warehouse in southeastern Hillsborough County in time for the holiday shopping rush and likely will end up hiring even more people than the 1,000 originally planned.

    The Ruskin warehouse, near Interstate 75 off State Road 674, covers 1.1 million square feet. It could start processing orders by Christmas. Eventually robots will assist workers.
  10. Florida lawmakers make one more push to extend health care to immigrant children

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — A bill to extend subsidized health insurance to the state's youngest legal immigrants has stalled in the Florida Legislature, due largely to the initial $27.5 million price tag.

  11. More equal city means Hillsborough Avenue will get safer

    Public Safety

    Running straight through some of Tampa's poorest neighborhoods is one of its most dangerous streets.

  12. Record Store Day tips, exclusives and parties

    Music & Concerts

    Ask Manny Kool about the hype and hope surrounding Saturday's Record Store Day — a glorious all-day bonanza for geeked-out vinyl and music fans — and the smooth-pated, normally chill dude in charge of Daddy Kool in St. Petersburg widens his eyes.

    "Oh god," he says.

    Among the RSD-only merch Daddy Kool will feature is the Pixies 12-inch album Indie Cindy.
  13. Low algebra scores lead to summer 'boot camp' for Pinellas ninth-graders

    K12

    Pinellas is launching its second new summer program in as many years, targeting hundreds more students atop the thousands already enrolled in summer learning.

    Pinellas is launching a new summer program called “Algebra Boot Camp” for incoming freshmen who need help with the subject.
  14. Pasco Economic Development Council proposes convention center

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County can't wait 10 years to collect the full $45 million of 1-cent sales taxes it has earmarked for economic development, business leaders told county commissioners Tuesday.

  15. School Board ponders big-ticket fixes at Westside Elementary

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County School District officials made it clear during a School Board workshop Tuesday that something needs to be done about the condition of Westside Elementary School — and soon.