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  1. Costume party benefits Goodwill Industries clients

    Human Interest

    Ghoulwill Bash aids Goodwill

    Goodwill Industries-Suncoast will host "Ghoulwill Bash," a Halloween-themed party featuring food, music and a "Cloak & Swagger" runway show of costumes featuring Goodwill store finds starting at 7 p.m. today in the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. The event benefits …

  2. PARC black-tie gala honors 13 "Magnetic Men"

    Human Interest


    Patrons at PARC's 45th annual black-tie fundraiser danced to the music of Kool & the Gang and honored this year's 13 Magnetic Men at a sold-out gala in the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.

    Cheryl Sanchez and Sue Brett were co-chairwomen for the Sapphire Ball, a benefit for PARC held Oct. 11 at the Vinoy.
  3. Newcomer challenges longtime incumbent in Lealman fire race


    LEALMAN — A political newcomer wants to bring a fresh, reasoned viewpoint to the Lealman fire board.

    Jorge Mercado
  4. St. Petersburg division chief challenges Pinellas Suncoast fire incumbent


    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A St. Petersburg division chief is squaring off against an incumbent for a seat on the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue Commission.

    Joseph Bruni
  5. Yield becomes stop at north St. Petersburg intersection


    Some drivers have not noticed that after the refurbishment of Fourth Street, at the intersection of 62nd Avenue N, traffic turning to head north or south on Fourth Street N using Washington Circle now has new stop signs to heed. But when turning off Fourth Street N to go east or west, we still have yield signs. …

    Some yield signs have been replaced with stop signs at the intersection of 62nd Avenue N and Fourth Street.
  6. Gulfport, St. Petersburg team up for mayors' cleanup of 49th Street

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman are about to get dirty.

    Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson
  7. Kriseman: St. Pete city workers should get at least $12.50 an hour

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Calling it "a step in the right direction," Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour.

    LaShawna Tyson of Orlando tells a crowd gathered at St. Petersburg City Hall on Tuesday morning how difficult is was for her to find a job once she had been in jail as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, looks on. Kriseman announced  a new minimum wage of $12.50/hr and also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which excuses job candidates from having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place.
  8. St. Petersburg officials trying again on city's little-used port


    ST. PETERSBURG — Walt Miller has a vision for the tiny port he manages: Woods Hole, Florida edition.

  9. College notebook


    Immigrant law student to tell his story at Eckerd

    USF St. Petersburg is now part of PSTA’s Universal Pass program.
  10. St. Pete Beach commission rallies behind choice for manager

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — If contract negotiations are successful, the city's future will be in the hands of a new city manager who says he has dealt successfully with comprehensive plan, infrastructure and redevelopment issues.

    David Saunders was selected as city manager.
  11. Stark differences among Largo candidates in Seat 1 commission race

    Local Government

    LARGO — Voters here have a stark choice between the candidates running for Seat 1 on the City Commission.

  12. Sheriff's recovery program offers addicts another chance

    Human Interest


    Dwight Tully believes this is his last chance.

    Dwight Tully, 55, recently completed a Sheriff’s Office substance abuse program. Here, he serves dinner to his dad, Paul Tully, 85.
  13. Hometown South Pinellas


    Good news for FIRE Departments: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated the donation of equipment to Seminole Fire Rescue and the Treasure Island Fire Department. Seminole Fire Rescue received fire prevention and safety materials worth more than $20,000. The equipment will be used to educate members of …

    Chief Bill Mallory of Treasure Island Fire, and Firehouse Subs franchise owner Sarju Patel are shown with the donated Sea-Doo rescue accessories.
  14. As St. Petersburg's Beach Drive hops, valet permits stop



    Beach Drive's success has bred traffic jams, parking shortages and the demand for more valet services. • Though these aren't the worst problems to have, Mayor Rick Kriseman and other city officials are talking with business owners to figure out how to address them.

    Cassis on Beach Drive NE in St. Petersburg is one of several downtown restaurants that offers valet parking for customers. It is the only one directly on Beach. Others are on side streets.
  15. Spirited BrewHaHa gala helps children with cancer

    Human Interest

    BrewHaHa is Saturday

    BrewHaHa, a Halloween-themed extravaganza that includes food, fire cannons, psychic readers, costume contests, music and more, this year benefits the 1Voice Foundation to help children who have cancer. The party starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rutland-Farley estate, 5030 Sunrise Drive …