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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Clerk complaint raises questions about Pinellas judicial candidate's demeanor in court

    Courts

    For 11 years, Pinellas County judge candidate Curtis Korsko had an unblemished track record as a traffic hearing officer — until last year in May, when a clerk sent a scathing email to court officials.

    Curtis Korsko is a Tampa civil litigation lawyer and a judicial candidate.
  2. Clearwater Police honor good Samaritans who helped lightning strike victims

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — Police honored three quick-thinking vacationers Friday for their efforts that helped save the lives of two lightning strike victims earlier this week.

  3. Clearwater proposes same tax rate for eighth straight year

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater City Council on Thursday gave initial approval to next year's budget, which would keep the city's property tax rate the same for the eighth consecutive year.

  4. Tarpon Springs offers inside look at city operations

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — Interested in learning more about the city's day-to-day operations? If so, you can apply to be a part of the second annual Citizen's Academy, a program designed to educate residents about the city they live in. The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Aug. 10 to Oct. 5. …

  5. Rays announcer to sign his new book at Dunedin library

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — Tampa Bay Rays announcer Dewayne Staats will visit the Dunedin Public Library on July 30 for a book signing of his newly released Position to Win: A Look at Baseball and Life From the Best Seat in the House.

  6. Dunedin looking for school supplies for kids

    Education

    DUNEDIN — The city is collecting school supplies for the Dunedin Elementary Back to School Bash, an event where students come to receive a backpack full of the items they need to start the school year.

  7. Crime rate drops in Safety Harbor

    Public Safety

    SAFETY HARBOR — The city's overall crime rate has dropped about 30 percent in the last year, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  8. Jimmy Johns opens in Palm Harbor

    Business

    PALM HARBOR — Freaky fast subs made their way to Palm Harbor this week as a new Jimmy Johns restaurant opened. The sub shop, known for its speedy sandwich-making, is at 34190 U.S. 19 N. Call (727) 216-6335 for information.

  9. Discussion may lead to horse trails in Oldsmar

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — Equestrians turned out in force on Tuesday to persuade the City Council to reverse a 15-year-old ordinance disallowing trail riding in Oldsmar. By the end of a 90-minute discussion, it appeared riders received a leg up when the council agreed to ask city staff to develop "requirement documents for …

  10. Gamers call Safety Harbor a Pokémon paradise

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR

    Pokémon GO has fully descended on Tampa Bay, and local trainers say the digital creatures have shown up in some rather unexpected places.

    Fans of Nintendo’s Pok?mon GO flock to the pier at Veterans Memorial Plaza and Marina Park in Safety Harbor on Monday.
  11. Clearwater planning applicant won't take no for an answer

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Twelve years of rejections, and Hilanius Phillips isn't giving up yet.

    Hilanius Phillips, 68, has applied for more than two dozen city jobs with Clearwater since 2004.
  12. Largo's proposed budget shows steady property tax rate, new positions

    Local Government

    LARGO — City property values are projected to rise for the fourth year in a row, allowing officials to maintain this year's property tax rate, add new positions and put away money in the city savings account, according to the proposed budget.

    City Manager Henry Schubert  is planning new positions.
  13. Daniel Ruth: A senate race filled with, well, politicians

    Columns

    Judging from all the in-fighting, snubbed egos and all-purpose conniving, you would be forgiven if you mistook the Florida Senate District 19 Democratic primary race as a sort of Borgias on Tampa Bay moment.

  14. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL PHOTO HISTORY EXHIBIT: As part of the hospital's 100th Anniversary Celebration, Morton Plant Hospital has opened a photo history exhibit, "100 Years of Morton Plant Hospital," at the main branch of the Clearwater Public Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Clearwater.

  15. Clearwater man charged with brutally beating elderly mother

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Police arrested a man on an attempted murder charge after they say he beat his 83-year-old mother, officials said Wednesday.

    Daniel Edward Richards, 60, is accused of throwing his mother, Catherine, to the floor and kicking and stomping her after a verbal argument Monday, police said. Richards told detectives several different stories of how his mother was injured, police said. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]