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  1. New 'second chance' program for youth offenders to debut in St. Pete in 2015

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Several months after embracing the idea of revamping its approach to juvenile crime, the city is now just weeks from implementing a new system designed to steer hundreds of young people away from the criminal justice system.

  2. No rubber stamp from City Council for St. Petersburg's deal with Rays

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rubber stamps appear to be scarce at City Hall.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman’s deal lets the Rays look in Hillsborough. The City Council will vote the plan tonight.
  3. Applications open for Clearwater centennial parade



    Parade applications open

    Applications are being accepted for the Clearwater Centennial Parade Celebration on May 30. The city is seeking businesses, civic associations, entertainment and performance groups, krewes, and nonprofits to join in the celebration of Clearwater's 100 years as a …

  4. St. Petersburg city employees to get paid family leave



    City employees to get six weeks of paid parental leave

    Volunteer Donna Burrows, bottom left, hands Prince the sea turtle to Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s Adrienne Cardwell, left, and Cassie Edelman so it can be released into shallow water off Honeymoon Island on Tuesday morning. Prince and another rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtle, Top Gun, were released after being treated for papilloma tumors.
  5. St. Petersburg debutantes to be presented at Coliseum

    Human Interest


    The St. Petersburg Debutante Club will recognize 18 young women and their families on Dec. 27 at its annual black-tie Presentation Ball, a tradition since the late 1930s. As a community service project, the young women have helped young children who are served by the Barth Syndrome Foundation with …

  6. New traffic lights mean a learning curve for drivers


    I have noticed new flashing left-turn signals at some intersections in north Pinellas County that don't seem to run through the usual cycle. They light up at odd times and I'm wondering what the story is with these. Can you fill us in? I'm sure I'm not the only one who is scratching his head.

    Jim …

  7. Epilogue: Patricia Bailey-Snook changed political landscape in Pinellas Park

    Local Government

    PINELLAS PARK — Saying her goal was to help people, Patricia Louise Bailey-Snook volunteered to serve on a Pinellas Park advisory board.

    Patricia Bailey-Snook was Pinellas Park’s  first woman mayor.
  8. Company aims to make a point with $1,000 tips for customer service

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's the stuff of a Hallmark Channel holiday movie. Twenty lucky St. Petersburg employees, mostly in the restaurant business, are getting $1,000 tips just in time for Christmas thanks to a publicity stunt by a local company.

    Cassis American Brasserie’s Elliot Gunther thought it was Monopoly money.
  9. Warehouse Arts District gets needed city cash for affordable studio space

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A fledgling effort to create affordable studio space for artists in a neighborhood under intense development pressure got a crucial bit of cash Thursday from the City Council.

    Warehouse District Association president Mark Aeling poses in front of the old Ace Recycling complex in St. Petersburg. The Association has a contract on the 50,000-square-foot complex to create affordable artists spaces, to be called the Warehouse Arts District Enclave.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  10. Belleair Causeway to get new $700,000 bait house


    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Just like he does whenever he goes fishing at the Belleair Beach Causeway, A.J. Marino, 63, stopped at Publix on Saturday morning and purchased $10 of frozen shrimp.

    A computer-generated image shows the 800-square-foot bait house that will be built on the northeast side of the Belleair Beach Causeway in the coming months.
  11. Largo puts Southwest pool on long-term wish list

    Local Government

    LARGO — City commissioners envision building a family aquatics center to replace the pool at the Southwest Recreation Complex.

    A synchronized swim team works out under the watchful eye of their coach at the Southwest Recreation Complex pool.
  12. Billy the barber cuts a wide swath in the community

    Human Interest

    From local CEOs and Rays executives to low-income kids and guys needing a free hair cut, St. Petersburg barber Billy Hume knows them all.

    Billy Hume, owner of Billy’s Corner Barber Shop in St. Petersburg, cuts customer Jon Walker’s hair on Tuesday.
  13. Man caught driving without a license says he had 'been doing good watching police'




  14. SPC continues its careful expansion into Midtown with plans to re-open center


    ST. PETERSBURG — The building at 1201 22nd St. S was more than a gym.

    Bill Law, center, president of St. Petersburg College, socializes before an SPC-sponsored community workshop at the Enoch Davis Recreation Center on Dec. 2. 
  15. Christmas Belles bring in visitors, toys

    Human Interest


    The Christmas Belles are a team of big ideas, marvelous culinary skills and organizational genius who meet throughout the year to plan the annual Christmas coffee to benefit the Christmas Toy Shop.

    Judy Holland at the 52nd annual Christmas Belles Coffee in St. Petersburg on Dec. 5, to benefit the Christmas Toy Shop.