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  1. St. Petersburg's 'Courageous 12' officers see familiar struggle 50 years later

    Public Safety

    Freddie Crawford didn't always carry his gun when he patrolled the streets of St. Petersburg in the 1960s. • "I didn't need it," said Crawford, now 77. "Those people, they knew me. I knew them." • Crawford's biggest challenge as an officer wasn't the people, it was the racist and segregated system in which …

    Leon Jackson was one of the Courageous 12 black police officers, who in 1965 sued the city of St. Petersburg. Now he is one of two surviving members of the group.
  2. Another defeat for Rays at St. Pete City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It took nearly five hours of often heated debate Thursday for the City Council to end up where it had started: deadlocked on reaching a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

  3. Madeira Beach residents likely to face tax increase

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — After hinting for months that the city needs to consider raising property taxes, City Manager Shane Crawford acknowledged Tuesday that such an increase is an "extreme possibility."

  4. Pinellas district to lease closed schools to local governments

    Human Interest

    Civic leaders and community activists from across Pinellas have often gazed longingly at the acreage occupied by the county's schools and wished there was some way they could use those lands when they weren't occupied by students.

  5. Police: Woman's exposed buttocks a breach of peace



    Yolanda Renee McNew was speaking to police officers about a call for service when, according to an arrest report, she pulled down her pants. Officers wrote that she bent over and exposed "her bare buttocks" for all to see. The incident happened about 1:29 a.m. May 19 at 7301 Third Ave. N, and …

  6. As Belleview Biltmore goes, so goes a piece of Florida history


    If you could sit shiva for a building, you would not find a more worthy decedent than the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Belleair. The end has come after a long and anguished death throe. Cause of demise: terminal neglect.

  7. Officials change timing on Park Boulevard lights


    We do most of our west to east travel on Park Boulevard in Pinellas Park. For many weeks now we are seeing eastbound traffic piling up between Belcher and 66th Street, most noticeable at peak driving hours and weekends. It is not unusual to idle through three green light cycles to get east of 66th, when this happens. …

  8. Hometown South Pinellas


    m ANNIVERSARY OAKS CELEBRATE LIFE AND MARRIAGE: Dean and Shirley Bolvin of St. Petersburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 30 by planting an oak tree near the corner of 30th Avenue N and Hartford Street in St. Petersburg. Since his arrival in 1955, Bolvin has planted a number of trees, …

    Dean and Shirley Bolvin pose with the tree Dean planted for their 60th anniversary.
  9. Hope for Gulfport's historic African-American cemetery

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — The neglected Lincoln Cemetery, where African-Americans including Civil War and other military veterans are buried, may soon benefit from more than sporadic attention.

    Scott Hollman of St. Petersburg installs a new sign that he and Bill Sullivan paid for to replace one that had fallen apart.
  10. Pinellas news briefs


    SWIM LESSONS: St. Petersburg public pools are offering swim lessons mornings and evenings for infants 6 months to adult. Classes include swim lessons for beginner through advanced levels and diving. Lessons are taught by certified American Red Cross water safety instructors. Each session runs Monday …

  11. Stuart Society raises record amount for Museum of Fine Arts

    Human Interest


    The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society made history during its membership year, completed in the Marly Room of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

    Maestro Mark Sforzini bangs a gong to invite guests to dinner. “Bella Voce,” the St. Petersburg Opera gala, included performances from Mount Song Martial Arts Academy and the Turandot cast.
  12. Treasure Island hotel gets makeover; St. Petersburg waterfront discussion drags on


    Treasure Island

    Hotel renovated and renamed OCEAN CLUB

    The former Trails End Hotel has had a $1 million renovation and is now officially open as the Treasure Island Ocean Club. Treasure Island Palms paid $4.5 million for the 1950 property at 11500 Gulf Blvd. in May 2013. It has made over the 54 rooms, …

    Shorecrest eighth-grader Thomas Knipe hits the ball in a game with his teammates on Tuesday at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg. The students were part of two marine science classes that had an afternoon at the beach to celebrate winning a water bottle challenge, where all 20 students in one class had to go without using a plastic water bottle for five days straight. If a student used one, the whole class had to start over. The challenge took a month to complete. Two classes tied for the prize and got to picnic and play volleyball at the beach. Shorecrest middle school dean of curriculum Christine Scoby said the students became concerned about how many water bottles show up in the water during their weekly collections of Tampa Bay water samples, and decided to challenge themselves to create more awareness.
  13. Equality Florida presents honors at Mahaffey Theater on Friday

    Human Interest

    Equality Florida presents its Greater St. Petersburg Gala honoring Rose Walton, Larry Biddle, Sylvia Rusche and Tech Data Corp. from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday in the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S. $125.; (813) 870-3735.

  14. Rays stadium: Trop redevelopment cash to nearby neighborhoods?


    ST. PETERSBURG — After more than half a year of debate, discord and drift, the City Council will meet again today to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays stadium stalemate.

    Tropicana Field is just outside the newly created Southside Community Redevelopment Area. If it were inside, the influx of cash to the community would be considerable.
  15. Carole Crist, Florida's former first lady, opens boutique near Beach Drive in St. Petersburg

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Former Florida first lady Carole Crist has just opened a women's clothing boutique on Third Avenue NE off Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from coverups to elegant flowing gowns, priced from $29 to more than $350.

    Florida's former first lady Carole Crist has opened a women's clothing boutique in St. Petersburg, on Third Avenue NE off of Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from cover ups to elegant flowing gowns priced from $29 to more than $350.