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  1. Jeff Vinik's proposed new downtown Tampa hotel coming up for City Council vote

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The rezoning for a 400-room hotel proposed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik comes up for final approval today at the City Council.

  2. Clearwater official pushes for beach parking garage near his business

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Now that Clearwater has decided to put a seven-story parking garage north of the Clearwater Beach Roundabout, some elected officials are already talking about where the next public parking garage on the beach should go.

  3. Replay Amusement Museum brings video game, pinball nostalgia to Tarpon Springs (w/video)

    Retail

    TARPON SPRINGS — Dodge ghosts with Ms. Pac-Man and smack pinballs until your fingers go numb, but don't call it an arcade. Visitors won't pay by the quarter at Brian and Becky's Replay Amusement Museum, opening today (Oct. 3).

    Brian Cheaney plays pinball Monday at the Replay Amusement Museum that he and his wife are opening in Tarpon Springs. Collecting machines started as a hobby, then turned into a business.
  4. Pinellas County gives awards for fire service distinction

    Briefs

    First-Responders honored: The Pinellas County Commission announced the recipients of the inaugural Fire Service Professionals of the Year awards at its meeting Sept. 23. The awards honor those who provide exceptional service to the community. Pinellas County 911 Telecommunicator Patrick Lavender was named …

    Fire Service Professionals of the Year awards went to, from left, Largo Fire Rescue District Chief Keith Daliendo; Palm Harbor Fire Rescue vehicle extrication team members Lt. William M. Fisher, Joshua Lovetere, Matthew Quinn, Ryan Fisher, Kyle Drozdowski and Andrew Bittner; and Pinellas emergency dispatcher Patrick Lavender.
  5. Pinellas Park council okays affordable apartments on Park Boulevard

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — Council members narrowly approved a zoning change to transform a used car lot into low-cost apartments.

  6. Some Treasure Island residents annoyed the homeless use gazebo

    Human Interest

    TREASURE ISLAND — Some downtown business owners are asking the city to demolish a gazebo used as a tourist welcome center. They say the homeless are using it as a shelter.

    The welcome center in downtown Treasure Island is a source of tension.
  7. St. Petersburg police to change uniforms from green to blue

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg police are happy to turn blue.

    CAPTION: St. Petersburg police officers model the department's new test uniforms. 

SOURCE: St. Petersburg police
  8. Largo commission says car dealer can have bigger sign

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners narrowly approved a car dealer's request to put up a bigger sign than allowed by Largo rules.

    The current sign at the Dick Norris dealership at 18200 U.S. 19 N is 127 square feet. The business was granted a variance for a 226-square-foot sign.
  9. At Dr. Jay's Suncoast Hospice clinic, East meets West

    Health

    CLEARWATER

    He had writhed in pain for 12 years before he reached for the gun.

    Dr. Jay Poonkasem, who runs the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Suncoast Hospice, applies acupuncture to the scalp of Ronald Britton, 70, who has found relief from chronic pain and turned from skeptic to big believer.
  10. Five in running for St. Pete Beach manager job

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The five candidates vying for the job as the city's next manager will face a broad number of issues, including unifying a community deeply divided over how the city's tourism sector will be redeveloped.

    Robert Kellogg
  11. Scouting report, Week 5 vs. Saints: Will Bucs pull off another road upset? (w/film review)

    Bucs

    There weren't many surprises in Week 4, but the Buccaneers and the Saints had parts in two of them. The Buccaneers weren't supposed to go to Pittsburgh and beat the Steelers, and the Saints weren't supposed to get blown out by the Cowboys after blowing them out 11 months ago.

    When Tampa Bay last played New Orleans in December, Saints quarterback Drew Brees torched the Buccaneers defense for 381 yards and four touchdowns. [Associated Press]
  12. Carter G. Woodson museum could lose funding under city council proposal

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — In another attempt to thwart the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, City Council member Wengay Newton has proposed cutting the organization's funding and funneling it elsewhere.

    St. Petersburg City Council member Wengay Newton believes the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum’s funding could be better used elsewhere.
  13. Giants blank Pirates in NL wild-card game

    Ml

    PITTSBURGH — The Giants know what it takes to win this time of year. The Pirates are still learning.

    Brandon Crawford, right, high-fives Travis Ishikawa after hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning that puts the Giants ahead 4-0.
  14. State clears St. Petersburg magnet school of FCAT cheating

    Testing

    ST. PETERSBURG — So many children at Bay Point Elementary gave the same wrong answers to the same Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test questions last school year that the results were flagged as statistically improbable.

  15. Roofing company stole insurance money from homeowners, officials said

    Crime

    TAMPA — Employees at a roofing company that officials say stole insurance money from nearly 100 homeowners have been arrested, the Florida Department of Financial Services said Wednesday.