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  1. Police: Man accused of carjacking says he thought he was in a video game


    LARGO — Terance Ryan Fairman, 21, told police officers he thought he was in a video game when he tried to push a man off a motorcycle on Belcher Road about 12:30 a.m. Sept. 26.

  2. St. Petersburg's Saturday Morning Market is back


    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, billed as the largest farmers' market in the Southeast, will reopen for its 15th season Saturday in the Al Lang Field parking lot.

  3. Democrats object to Chick-fil-A voter registration drive


    A controversy is clucking in Pinellas County over chicken sandwiches, sweet tea and voter registration cards.

  4. Brandes says he's not running for mayor in 2017


    ST. PETERSBURG — State Sen. Jeff Brandes wants to make one thing clear: He's not interested in Mayor Rick Kriseman's job.

     Senator Jeff Brandes, R- St. Petersburg
  5. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, survivor of 2011 shooting, set to appear at St. Petersburg rally

    State Roundup

    ST. PETERSBURG — Former U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 assassination and mass shooting that left six people dead in Arizona, is set to appear at an anti-gun violence rally on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall at 11 a.m. Thursday.

    Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, holds the hand of  Pulse nightclub shooting survivor Angel Colon during a meeting Tuesday in Orlando. Giffords and her husband, former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, kicked off a multi-city tour Tuesday to reform and prevent gun violence. Giffords survived an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 injured. Gifford and her husband are set to appear Thursday on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
  6. Rebuilt Publix highlights new retail options coming to St. Petersburg's Skyway Marina District


    ST. PETERSBURG — For shoppers missing their neighborhood Publix near the Sunshine Skyway bridge and Pinellas Bayway, the wait is almost over.

    As Publix nears completion in Bay Pointe Plaza, nearby businesses are getting makeovers and a marina is being redeveloped.
  7. Short project near Park and Park for road and utility improvements


    There are message boards on Park Street near Park Boulevard saying that Augusta Boulevard is closed until Oct. 3. Do you have any idea what the reason for this might be?

  8. Family partners restaurants with St. Petersburg College and BayCare

    Human Interest


    On a recent Friday inside the University Partnership Center at St. Petersburg College, Shadi Fackih chatted with breakfast customers while sipping coffee near the front counter of Nature's Table.

    Ashley San Antonio makes a wrap on the SPC Seminole campus. “We needed a good food choice for our students,’’ said Mark Strickland, the Seminole provost.
  9. LocalShops1 opens first brick-and-mortar site in Gulfport


    GULFPORT — The display window beckoned, but on it were a couple of quirky requests: "Do not tap the glass. Do not feed the artist."

    The site for the group of independently owned businesses and shoppers is on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport.
  10. Sale of Largo Hotel site adds to costly losses in push to improve downtown

    Local Government

    LARGO — It was a decade ago the city bought property off West Bay Drive that was home to the Largo Hotel.

    The price tag? A hefty $775,000.

    The city bought the Largo Hotel for $775,000 with the thought of marketing the site and nearby parcels to a developer. City commissioners voted in 2007 to raze the 99-year-old hotel.
  11. PSTA, St. Pete Beach at odds over bus rapid transit line to downtown St. Petersburg

    Mass Transit

    CLEARWATER — Pinellas transit officials acknowledged Wednesday that they may have a tough time talking St. Pete Beach into helping pay for a proposed bus rapid transit bus line that would connect the city to downtown St. Petersburg.

  12. Pinellas news briefs


    WHAT'S NEW AT THE MOVIES: The Safety Harbor Public Library welcomes Tampa Bay Times movie critic Steve Persall at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Persall will discuss what new movies are coming to the big screen. The library is at 101 Second St. N and the event is free. For information, call (727) 724-1525 x …

  13. Treasure Island to hold forums on referendum, charter questions

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — In hopes of educating voters, the city is hosting question-and-answer sessions on nine charter amendments and referendum questions on the Nov. 8 ballot.

  14. Florida's latest environmental headache: Red Tide hits Pinellas County


    Red Tide, the toxic algae that has plagued Florida's coasts since the days of the Spanish conquistadors, is making a big mess on Pinellas County's beaches this week.

    Thousands of dead fish and other small marine life lined the beaches of Treasure Island on Tuesday.  [Les Neuhaus]
  15. Swimming was a no-brainer for St. Petersburg's Peyton Palsha

    Swimming Preps

    You dread bringing it up. You know she must have heard it about a thousand times. But it is hard not to ask about the origin of her first name.

    Peyton Palsha, back, will face tough competition, including from defending state champion Morgan Tankersley of Plant.