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  1. Shopping center merge at Welch Causeway causes confusion


    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, I had a near-accident near the Publix entrance. I was traveling in the far right lane, as I have many times before, to enter the Publix parking lot. But the old entrance was paved over and the lane was running out. Just a few feet west there is a new …

    On westbound Bay Pines Boulevard approaching the Welch Causeway, three lanes become two right before the entrance to the parking lot of the new Publix, causing confusion.
  2. Pinellas news briefs


    DOLLAR SPLASH DAY: For $1 per person, kick off the fun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. This event marks the opening weekend of all St. Petersburg city pools. Pools also open Sunday with new rates charging $2/age 3-12 and $3/13 and up. For a listing of area pools visit

  3. Largo military museum has special plans for Memorial Day

    Visual Arts


    Monday's seventh annual Memorial Day Family Funfest at the Armed Forces History Museum is billed as "bigger, badder and bolder than ever."

    A half-size replica of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X1 jet is one of eight new exhibits at the Armed Forces History Museum.
  4. Clearwater targets longtime downtown eyesore

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Time may finally be running out for Clearwater's most notorious eyesore.

    A tear-down is on the table, City Manager Bill Horne said.
  5. Tarpon Springs police to share data with Pinellas Sheriff's Office

    Public Safety

    TARPON SPRINGS — The city's police department is moving forward with a plan to integrate crime information and 911 calls with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  6. Pinellas Trail spur closes; Clearwater woman a national pie champ


    Tarpon Springs

    Erosion prompts closure of PInellas Trail spur

    Clearwater Police Department school crossing guard coordinator Norman Runkles, left, and trainer John Huckno carry a memorial cross to place on the utility pole at Gulf-to-Bay and Belcher, where crossing guard Doug Carey was killed one year ago.
  7. Pinellas memorial to honor Gulf-era casualties

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — After a roadside bomb flipped his military vehicle in Afghanistan four years ago, U.S. Army Cpl. Frank Gross's family said goodbye in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

    Toni Gross, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, hugs Cheryl Sitton, whose son died there in 2012.
  8. Hometown North Pinellas


    LOCAL COURSE RECOGNIZED BY STATE: The Clearwater Country Club has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of May, which coincides with the city's 100th anniversary.

    The Sea Bunnies gathered to honor the late Betsy Hoaglin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  9. St. Pete is going to recycle — soonish


    Can we all readily stipulate that the city of St. Petersburg is not sprawling Shanghai? This is not like planning the Invasion of Normandy or managing a Third World Ebola virus contagion.

  10. Cars for crack scheme lands former employee in jail



    Arthur Landau was fired from his job at Dimmitt Chevrolet in February when he stole an Impala from the dealership, arrest reports state.

  11. Clearwater police department's focus on cold cases pays off



    Bob Tuck remembers the call. It was Nov. 7, 2013, what would have been his cousin Vincent Lee's 45th birthday.

    Justin D’Patrick Taylor
  12. Hometown North Pinellas


    GIRL SCOUT TROOP EARNs BRONZE AWARD: The eight Girl Scouts in Troop 1142 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award after fundraising and building a Little Free Library Box. This National Girl Scout award is given to troops who plan and execute a project that benefits the community.

    Girl Scout Troop 1142 earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for building a Little Free Library Box. Back row, from left: Home Depot’s Gary Chambers, Brenna Keiderling, Emma Wegener, Troop leader Andrea Weaver. Front: Alivia Jacobs, Breana Weaver, Monira Bush, Kennedy Rist, Olivia Wolcott.
  13. State okays Clearwater welcome tower on Courtney Campbell Causeway; tech company moves


    CITY's celebratory HIGHWAY SIGN IS A GO

    It took a lot of polite arguing for the city of Clearwater to get its way with the Florida Department of Transportation.

    Renderings of an entryway monument sign that the city of Clearwater plans to install at the western end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
  14. CCC's Jakob Parks makes time for football and beach volleyball


    CLEARWATER — Jakob Parks is the frontrunner to start at quarterback for Clearwater Central Catholic and lead a program that has made the state semifinals the past three seasons.

    Clearwater Central Catholic QB Jakob Parks works through a passing drill during spring practice last month.
  15. Ruth: That eye in the sky is the property appraiser


    If you are a resident of Pinellas or Hillsborough counties and you're thinking of adding on to your house an Austin Powers swinging bachelor love pad (lava lamps optional), be advised big brother may be watching.