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The St. Petersburg Times Web site scooped up two awards in the 14th annual Best in Business contest sponsored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. won for "overall excellence" among large Web sites, those with more than 2.5 million unique monthly visitors. The site was recognized along with Business Week and in that category.

Judges called the Web site attractive and comfortable for readers used to reading newspapers.

"This site offers a clear focus on its region and seems to know its market extremely well. Neighborhood Watch page, group content, multimedia and overall look are impressive, especially for a site that is local," judges said. also won for online excellence in the large project category. Staffers Kris Hundley, Kathleen Flynn and Kainaz Amaria earned praise for their project "Testing Grounds." They shared the winners circle with the New York Times and USA Today.

The project detailed how American pharmaceutical companies have off-shored drug trials to India, where costs are lower and patient protections more lax.

" 'Testing Grounds' broke news and used compelling graphics, photos, video and interactive maps to supplement what was fundamentally good journalism," judges said.

The Times will collect its awards, based on work from 2008, on April 27 in Denver.

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Online general excellence: | Neighborhood Watch | Paycheck to Paycheck | Florida Bank Ratings

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