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  1. Dunedin couple allowed to bring adopted son out of Congo

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — A Dunedin couple have succeeded in their fight to bring home their dying adopted son from the Democratic Republic of Congo, say advocates who have been assisting them.

    Andrea Stewart holds a recent photo of her adopted son, Cruz, who has a rare respiratory disease.
  2. Oldsmar sticks with red-light cameras

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to keep its red-light camera program despite the risk of lawsuits stemming from a recent court decision in South Florida involving American Traffic Solutions, the same vendor Oldsmar uses.

  3. CCC O-line takes size, experience into region finals

    Footballpreps

    Linemen are the heart of an offense. They are sometimes called the "big uglies" by coaches and fans. They have the thankless job of trying to create holes against other oversized defensive linemen so their running backs can gain yards and get the credit.

    Clearwater Central Catholic offensive lineman Billy Atterbury, center, talks with teammates at practice in August.
  4. Candyland is setting for this year's Festival of Trees

    Events

    CLEARWATER

    One sprite is soaking in a tub of hot cocoa, marshmallow bubbles and all, while another is diving head first into a pot of icing.

    Claridge Wilson of Palm Harbor decorates his family’s Christmas tree on Tuesday for the annual Festival of Trees at the Long Center in Clearwater.
  5. Tarpon Springs High band's trip to Macy's parade is subject of documentary

    K12

    TARPON SPRINGS — This is a band that's used to the spotlight. After all, Tarpon Springs has been to Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, among other venues.

    Journey to the Macy’s Parade features Tarpon’s band, one of 11 high school and college bands invited to last year’s event.
  6. New Fenway owners face grilling from community

    Real Estate

    DUNEDIN — The new owners of the Fenway Hotel volunteered to sit down and answer questions, and members of the Edgewater Drive Advisory Committee had plenty.

    The Taoist Tai Chi Society seeks approval for a $14 million project to renovate the Fenway Hotel, its 5.2-acre waterfront property on Edgewater Drive in Dunedin.
  7. Intersections are a source of several questions

    Roads

    Can you tell me what kind of work is going on along 49th Street and about 30th Avenue N?

    Steven Smith

  8. Q&A: Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski on her historic win, city vision

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The city made history on Election Day when voters not only cast their ballots in an unprecedented race between two female candidates but chose Dunedin's first female mayor in nearly three decades.

    Julie Ward Bujalski is the first female mayor in 
26 years.
  9. Clearwater's Calvary Christian revamping, making playoff debut

    Footballpreps

    CLEARWATER

    Calvary Christian High School is in the midst of a major renovation to build a showcase campus.

    Calvary Christian quarterback Jack Sheehan is tackled by Admiral Farragut’s Keondrae Miller during the Oct. 3 game. Calvary Christian went on to beat Admiral Farragut 17-0.
  10. Shrek the Musical comes to Largo Cultural Center

    Stage

    LARGO

    The grouchy green giant is back to burping, passing gas and falling in love as Shrek the Musical takes the stage at the Largo Cultural Center tonight through Sunday.

    Shrek, played by Ben Taylor, finds Fiona, played by Rachel Crissman, as he climbs through her tower window in the show.
  11. North Pinellas news briefs

    News

    HOLIDAY LIGHTS BACKERS: The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation is accepting volunteers and sponsors for Holiday Lights in the Gardens, a fundraising celebration nightly from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31. Volunteers greet guests and sell products from the foundation's gift cart. Work one night or many; training will be …

  12. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    Chalk it up to artistry: The Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted its Third Annual Chalk Art Festival Oct. 24-26 along Beach Walk. More than 35 chalk artists decorated the sidewalks and promenades as they competed for $3,000 in prizes. A silent auction also went on throughout the weekend to raise money for …

    Best in Show: Black Cat by Beth Shistle
  13. Bike trek by Palm Harbor man helps disabled veterans (w/video)

    Human Interest

    PALM HARBOR — Rick Watson realized he would spend many days alone, away from any help, when he decided to make the 1,700-mile trek on his bicycle from the Lincoln Memorial to Lincoln, Neb.

    Rick Watson recently completed a 1,700-mile bicycle ride from the Lincoln Memorial to Lincoln, Neb., to raise money for Homes for Our Troops, a group that builds houses for disabled veterans.
  14. Three questions with Largo receiver Dakarai Allen

    Footballpreps

    Largo High School's Dakarai Allen was a fleet and talented, yet unproven wide receiver at the start of the season. Allen, a junior, caught just two passes last season. Those numbers did not seem as if they would improve dramatically this season considering Allen was caught in a logjam with proven receivers. But Allen …

    Largo football player Dakarai Allen.
  15. Semifinalists named for top employees at Pinellas schools

    K12

    Sixteen employees from the Pinellas County School District have been named semifinalists in the 2014-15 Support Employee of the Year recognition program. They were selected from a group of 110 nominees and chosen in six categories: