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  1. Kean Wong impresses with bat, team ethic

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE

    If team success eventually leads to individual advancement, then Charlotte Stone Crabs second baseman Kean Wong is in a good spot.

    Kean Wong, above, is a steady hitter, like his brother Kolten, who plays for St. Louis.
  2. Clearwater faces a delay in crackdown on nuisance motels

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Painted pink and turquoise, the cheap motel sits right on the main route to the tourist mecca of Clearwater Beach.

    A review of police records from 2015 shows that officers have been to the Hilltop Motel nearly 30 times so far this year.
  3. Midnight run starts holiday events in Pinellas

    Human Interest

    While many patriotic revelers will wait until daylight tomorrow, there are some who choose an early start to their celebration. About 2,500 runners will kick off their Fourth of July by kicking up their heels at the 36th annual Kiwanis-Virginia Street Dermatology Midnight Run. The featured event is a 10K race with …

    Go ahead and “ooh” and “aah,” it’s the Fourth!
  4. Public art to be installed at Clearwater Harbor Marina

    Human Interest

    Clearwater — A new piece of public art is scheduled to be installed Wednesday at the Clearwater Harbor Marina in downtown Clearwater.

  5. Crime Stoppers looking for info on May slaying in Clearwater

    Public Safety

    Clearwater — Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of a 51-year-old man found dead May 4 at 806 N Osceola Ave.

  6. Dunedin to hold dedication ceremony for World War II landing vehicle

    Human Interest

    Dunedin — City officials will hold a dedication ceremony today for a World War II landing vehicle that was acquired last month and placed at VFW Post 2550.

  7. Hometown North Pinellas

    News

    TARPON SPRINGS NATIVE PARTICIPATES IN PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP: Fire Controlman 2nd Class Nicole Pyles, a security forces member from Tarpon Springs, assisted Fijian children running a relay race at Hilton Special School during Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral …

    Nicole Pyles of Tarpon Springs, center, plays with children during a relay event. She is serving abroad in Fiji with the Pacific Partnership.
  8. Know how to get out if hurricane comes

    News

    One element of hurricane preparation that shouldn't be left until the last minute is evacuation route planning. For those who live or work in beach communities in particular, it's important to plot a drive plan well ahead of time and share the information with family, friends and co-workers.

  9. Ruth: Jolly draws opposition from both sides of Tampa Bay

    Columns

    Perhaps former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern expected to arrive in Pinellas County with all the adoration and folderol of Elizabeth Taylor sitting upon a massive sedan chair atop the shoulders of slaves entering Rome in Cleopatra.

  10. St. Petersburg man demands officers take him to jail

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Officers were dispatched to 4510 19th Ave. S last week when Jeremie Robinson yelled he wanted to go to jail, according to arrest reports.

  11. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    The Sunshine Center Country Classics band is looking for experienced musicians. Old and some new country music will be featured in the jam session. Session are 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Audience members are welcome to sing solo or with the crowd. The Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. For …

  12. Former Tampa cop gets a top job in Pinellas County government

    Local Government

    It was one of the most memorable protest-related moments of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

    In this photo from 2012, then Assistant Chief John Bennett of the Tampa Police Dept. talks with protesters as they decide to disperce at the corner of Kennedy and Tampa Street in downtown Tampa during the March For Your Life rally.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  13. PSTA hires Washington lobbyist

    Local Government

    Pinellas County's transit agency is looking to bring in money by spending money — on a Washington lobbyist.

  14. A look at the wild animals who live on human turf in Florida's most densely populated county (w/video)

    Wildlife

    As an amateur photographer, I like taking pictures of wild animals in nature: alligators in the swamp, eagles on the treetops. But about a year ago, I decided to do the opposite. I picked up my camera and started hunting for wild animals in areas we consider human turf.

    A trash bin acts as a feeding station, attracting vultures to this East Lake shopping center.
  15. Dunedin mayor says 'major points' for prospective Jays contract are on track

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — After her recent trip to Toronto, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said she is confident all of the "major points" that would make up a prospective spring training contract with the Blue Jays could be in place by season's end. Though it's important to note, she said, nothing is official.

    Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski seeks closer ties with city of Toronto.