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  1. FHP: Intoxicated driver, speeding behind fiery Clearwater crash

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — A drunken driver speeding down rain-slicked U.S. 19 in the Countryside area struck a vehicle which burst into flames Saturday night, shutting down a mile-and-a-half stretch of the road for several hours, authorities said.

  2. Tarpon Springs passes budget, keeps tax rate flat

    Local Government

    TARPON SPRINGS — The City Commission unanimously passed a 2015 budget Wednesday. For the fifth consecutive year, the tax rate will be $5.45 for every $1,000 of assessed, taxable value. That means the owner of a home valued at $150,000 with $50,000 in homestead exemptions would pay $545 in city taxes. The …

  3. Times Recommends: Bujalski for mayor of Dunedin

    Editorials

    A new majority of the five-member Dunedin City Commission was elected automatically in June when no one filed to run against Bruce Livingston, John Tornga and Deborah Kynes. That left one city contest for the Nov. 4 ballot: the race for mayor between sitting commissioners Julie Ward Bujalski and Julie Scales.

  4. Steinle: Local races, Greenlight fill North Pinellas ballot

    Opinion

    Voters who have requested mail ballots for the Nov. 4 election will start receiving them in their mail boxes next week. If they've prepared to vote by watching political commercials on TV, they might think this election is only about the races for governor, attorney general, a legislator or two and the medical marijuana …

  5. It's time for Spongers, Eagles gridiron clash

    Footballpreps

    After committing to the University of South Florida in June, Mitchell Wilcox was scanning through announcements on Twitter when he came across one that made what was to him an egregious error.

    East Lake fans cheer on the Eagles during last year’s game. East Lake won 49-6.
  6. Clearwater to convert all streetlights to LED

    Growth

    Clearwater will be the first city in Pinellas County to replace its streetlights with energy-saving LED bulbs come late October.

  7. Undocumented workers reporting more wage theft cases to Clearwater police

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — They are roofers, landscapers and cleaners, but all told Hispanic outreach officer Raymond Croze the same story: Their bosses owed them pay.

  8. Opinions vary on Pinellas schools' new quarter system

    K12

    The Pinellas County school system returns this year to nine-week grading periods — or quarters — for middle and high schools. The move replaces the six-week grading periods employed over the last few years. With most of the first quarter finished, we asked high school journalists to find out how students and …

    Pinellas County schools changing their grading periods to quarters (nine weeks) instead of six weeks.
  9. Halloween party may have led to Walmart caper

    Crime

    LARGO

    Holiday-appropriate inflatable skull, Fog machines cited in arrest

  10. St. Pete sculptor, painter reframes popular images of blackness

    Human Interest

    Like most little girls, Sharon Norwood played with dolls and placed them in imaginative, storybook settings.

    Sharon Norwood is shown in her studio in Dunedin. The graphic artist turned fine artist has shown works recently at two spots in Midtown St. Petersburg. Behind her is a Caribbean-influenced take on Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring.
  11. North Pinellas Hometown: St. Cecelia finishes Reading Fair

    Human Interest

    Middle school students at St. Cecelia Catholic School in Clearwater just finished the school's annual Reading Fair. Students pick a book and create a storyboard during the summer based on its story. The boards were presented to teachers and fellow students when school started, and displayed for a panel of judges to …

    Eighth-grade students, from left, Margaux Allen won first place, Nathalie Sieh second and Shea Wheeler third in St. Cecelia Catholic School’s annual Reading Fair. The boards were displayed for a panel of judges to grade based on set guidelines.
  12. Dr. Delay: Winery signs and a crosswalk review

    News

    Hi Doc Delay, do you know what the winery sign at 66th Street and Fourth Avenue N is referring to? There are other signs like this around town. I've seen them for years, but don't know what they are all about. What winery are the signs referring to? Is the winery still around? Thanks so much for any information you …

    This sign in on 66th Street refers to the Florida Orange Groves and Winery at 1500 Pasadena Ave.
  13. Super boat races feature speed and power off Clearwater Beach

    Events

    CLEARWATER

    Maybe it was watching too much Miami Vice growing up, but Marc Granet knew he wanted to go fast at the helm of a powerful boat.

    The annual race draws big crowds: an estimated 50,000 spectators, many on boats, last year.
  14. North Pinellas news briefs for Sept. 26

    News

    Free homecoming dresses: Nonprofit Belle of the Ball will provide free homecoming dresses to high school girls in need from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 4 and Oct. 18. There will be more than 2,000 dresses available. To qualify, girls must attest that they are having financial difficulties or have been referred by a …

  15. Whole Foods opens in Clearwater to an enthusiastic crowd

    Business

    CLEARWATER — Fervor over the debut of Whole Foods Market's first Pinellas County store was so intense that admirers began lining up 12 hours before Wednesday's grand opening.

    The crowd spills into the Whole Foods Market after the doors were opened on the first-ever Pinellas County location this morning at Westfield Countryside Mall. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]