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  1. Dunedin recaptures a piece of history

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — It started over a couple of beers.

    Navy Korean War veteran Paul Hurtubise, 85, examines the landing vehicle tracked — colloquially called an alligator — outside Dunedin’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post. On May 22, about 60 people gathered in Dunedin to watch the vehicle be transported back into town. The project cost about $20,000 and an official unveiling ceremony is planned for July.
  2. Hometown North Pinellas


    ST. PAUL'S STUDENTS EXPLORE SHARKS AT AQUARIUM: On April 19, students from St. Paul's science program visited the Florida Aquarium with teacher Jaclyn Gerakios to swim in their largest exhibit with sharks. The 500,000-gallon coral reef tank is filled with more than 2,000 fish, three sand tiger sharks, two nurse …

    Countryside Little League received donations from Dimmitt Chevrolet, including batting tees, catcher’s gear and more.
  3. Clearwater parade steps up centennial celebration

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — Everybody loves a parade, but it's been a while since the city had a big one.

    Peggy Seweirt examines the butterfly mobiles on her neighborhood’s float. Parade spectators will see more than 30 floats, two high school marching bands and local pirate krewes on Saturday.
  4. Pinellas district to lease closed schools to local governments

    Human Interest

    Civic leaders and community activists from across Pinellas have often gazed longingly at the acreage occupied by the county's schools and wished there was some way they could use those lands when they weren't occupied by students.

  5. Police: Woman's exposed buttocks a breach of peace



    Yolanda Renee McNew was speaking to police officers about a call for service when, according to an arrest report, she pulled down her pants. Officers wrote that she bent over and exposed "her bare buttocks" for all to see. The incident happened about 1:29 a.m. May 19 at 7301 Third Ave. N, and …

  6. As Belleview Biltmore goes, so goes a piece of Florida history


    If you could sit shiva for a building, you would not find a more worthy decedent than the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Belleair. The end has come after a long and anguished death throe. Cause of demise: terminal neglect.

  7. Officials change timing on Park Boulevard lights


    We do most of our west to east travel on Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. For many weeks now we are seeing eastbound traffic piling up between Belcher and 66th Street, most noticeable at peak driving hours and weekends. It is not unusual to idle through three green light cycles to get east of 66th, when this happens. …

  8. Pinellas news briefs


    SWIM LESSONS: St. Petersburg public pools are offering swim lessons mornings and evenings for infants 6 months to adult. Classes include swim lessons for beginner through advanced levels and diving. Lessons are taught by certified American Red Cross water safety instructors. Each session runs Monday …

  9. Wedding will cap Swim Across America cancer fundraiser Saturday


    Swimmers of all ages and skill levels will dive into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday at 7 a.m. for a 2.4-mile open-water swim for cancer research, and this year the Swim Across America — Tampa Bay event will end with the wedding of two local participants. Shawn Jolly, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma four …

    Swimmers competing in the 1-mile swim cross the starting line for Swim Across America on Clearwater Beach in 2013. WILL VRAGOVIC | Times 

  10. 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.
  11. 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

  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

  15. 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.