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  1. VIP sports auction raises money for pediatric surgical fellowship

    Human Interest


    Several hundred supporters, many wearing attire celebrating their favorite sports teams, crowded the hallway outside the grand ballroom in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, competing for hundreds of silent-auction items donated to support an accredited pediatric surgical fellowship at All …

    Top row, from left: St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce officials Chris Steinocher, Noemy Gonzalez, Ceridian vice president Todd Simmons, Anne Drake McMullen, William Ulricht and Cory Adler. Bottom row from left: Iconic Women award winners Jacqueline Williams, Catalina Farrington, Kanika Tomalin, Karen Mertes, Erin Cece, Janet Caramello and Cheryl Sanchez.
  2. Skyway memorial dedication set for Saturday

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thirty-five years to the day since the horrific accident that sent 35 people plummeting to their deaths from the Sunshine Skyway, a monument is to be dedicated to their memory.

    Kris Dianic, 83, left, and his son, Ed Dianic, 56, look at the Skyway disaster memorial at the rest area on the north end the Sunshine Skyway on Tuesday.
  3. First nest signals start of sea turtle season in Pinellas County



    Mike Anderson is supervisor of sea turtles and aquatic biology programs for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, so you'd think finding a sea turtle nest is just another day on the job.

    Dan Larremore, an environmental specialist for the Florida Park Service, walks the north end of Honeymoon Island to checks for sea turtles and nests early Tuesday. Pinellas County’s first nest of the year was found Sunday.
  4. Recycling bins showing up at St. Petersburg homes



    recycling bins start popping up in city

    The city started delivering the big blue recycling carts this week.

  5. Pinellas County may create first CRA in Lealman

    Human Interest

    LEALMAN — About three years ago, a county study identified the five poorest areas in Pinellas.

  6. Madeira Beach searching for solutions to short-term rental problems

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Rats crawling through piles of garbage bags on the street, dozens of rowdy people crowding into a single-family home for weekend getaways, loud music, offensive language and taunting.

  7. St. Petersburg budget sessions start familiar balancing act

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's budget season in a booming city. That means politicians and city budget officials have stepped up on the fiscal balance beam.

    After a press conference at St Petersburg City Hall Wednesday in 2013,  Mayor Rick Kriseman, center, chats with two colleagues. Currently, Mayor Kriseman is working on a budget which must be submitted by July 1st.  [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  8. Ruth: In choosing Pier Park, selection committee showed leadership (w/video)


    There are many reasons to feel encouraged by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's super duper Pier Selection Committee's selection of Pier Park as its first choice to replace the inverted tin foil hat as the city's next iconic attraction.

  9. New Pinellas Park police chief leading into the future by building on the past

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — One piece of advice many career counselors offer is to never follow a star when you take a new job.

    Pinellas Park police Chief Mike Haworth hugs former Chief Dorene Thomas after she announced her retirement in January. Thomas was the first female police chief in Pinellas County.
  10. Longtime barber is cut out of St. Petersburg's One Progress Plaza



    A downtown St. Petersburg institution has been handed its walking papers — under the door.

    Clyde “Pedro” Holladay, 66, cuts the hair of Bob Dale, 82, who has been a customer for about 20 years. The owners of One Progress Plaza slipped a letter under the door of Pedro’s Tonsorial Parlor to tell Holladay he has to move out.
  11. Police: Woman intentionally defecated in cruiser after arrest



    Police: 18-year-old intentionally created 'biohazard waste' in cruiser after arrest

  12. Westminster Day School closing; Seminole chamber to get new home

    Local Government


    Struggling church shuts Westminster Day School

    ‘Secret’ is out in Gulfport Stephen Oliver’s award-winning sculpture, The Best Kept Secret, was officially dedicated in a ceremony that was attended by the artist, above, city officials and members of the Gulfport Merchants Association, the organization that commissioned the work. From its painting of “the colored people’s dance pavilion” to the rainbow of light reflected onto the sidewalk below, the design celebrates the city’s evolution from a racially intolerant community to the inclusive one it is today, according to the artist. The Best Kept Secret is in front of the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S. 
  13. Dresses for proms are available, other Pinellas news briefs


    LAST CHANCE FOR PROM DRESSES: The Gathering Of Women Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is having its annual prom dress drive for high school seniors. The last dress distribution will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at the Skyway Mall, 4301 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. For information, call (727) 433-1352 or email …

  14. American Stage's Gala Under the Stars opens 'In the Heights'

    Human Interest


    More than 500 people filled the grassy area at Demens Landing for the 24th annual Gala Under the Stars, held in conjunction with the opening night for In the Heights. The high-energy musical production marks 30 years of outdoor presentations for American Stage Theatre Co. in St. …

    Annabelle Jenkins, who raised money for American Stage’s summer program, with her dad, Drew Jenkins, and the company’s education director, Meg Heimstead, on the set of In the Heights.
  15. Pet of the Week: Sierra Mist the cat


    Sierra Mist is as sweet and beautiful as the day is long. At 2 years old, Sierra Mist has spent the majority of her life, 741 days to be precise, at Friends of Strays, but is ready for a home of her own. Meet her at Friends of Strays, 2911 47th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Learn more about our pets at (727) 522-6566 or …

    Photo Credit: Friends of Strays   Pictured: Sierra Mist