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  1. St. Petersburg grants for homeless could also go to youth, elderly groups


    ST. PETERSBURG — As the city prepares to dole out $446,000 in grants to combat homelessness, one City Council member wants to widen the focus to allow groups aiding the elderly or youth to compete for money.

  2. Black workers take concerns, complaints to St. Pete City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A string of city workers, union officials and community members went before the City Council on Thursday to demand that the city do something about racial tension within its workforce.

  3. St. Petersburg City Council vets Mayor Kriseman's budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members said they are getting more comfortable with Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed 2015 budget after a meeting Thursday to hash out details.

  4. Gulfport to vote on resolution to support same-sex marriage

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — This city will join a growing number of Florida communities when the City Council takes up the issue of marriage equality at Tuesday's meeting. In a resolution proposed by council member Yolanda Roman, Gulfport could express support for changing the state laws banning same-sex marriage.

    Yolanda Roman feels a resolution will send a message.
  5. Is Walmart's exit behind subdued mood at Lighthouse Crossings?


    ST. PETERSBURG — Now that the shiny new Walmart has opened on Bay Pines Boulevard across from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, things are pretty quiet down the road at Lighthouse Crossings.

    “Summer is a slow time for us so we will just have to wait and see what the winter brings for business., said Nicole Bosc, owner of Cafe Croissant in Lighthouse Crossings.
  6. Treasure Island seeks cost-effective way of assessing future

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City leaders are wondering what residents think about the future of their city — what are their visions for Treasure Island?

  7. HCA opens first local 'seniors ER' at St. Petersburg General


    ST. PETERSBURG — Emergency room patients come in all ages, but St. Petersburg General Hospital decided to focus a makeover on one group: seniors.

  8. South Pinellas news briefs


    Become a Daystar volunteer: Daystar Life Center, 226 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg, needs volunteers to help in a variety of areas including the food pantry, clothes closet and transportation. Help is also needed to assist with utilities, rent/mortgage, online benefits and income taxes. Daystar also provides …

  9. Hometown Pinellas: South county edition


    Northeast grad retires from air force: Former St. Petersburg resident Col. Sean Gallagher retired from the Air Force recently after more than 23 years of service. During his career he served in nine countries and in 14 locations. He worked at Headquarters Air Force where he was present during the attack on the …

    Skylor Wieland and Justin Kindred earned the Eagle Scout rank Aug. 11 at First Methodist Church of Pinellas Park.
  10. Developers want Pinellas taxpayers to pitch in millions for Seminole Mall makeover


    SEMINOLE — Mall developers say they want taxpayers to foot the bill for about $7.6 million in "public benefit enhancements" that would be part of a revamped Seminole Mall.

  11. Most seem pleased with policing shift in St. Pete Beach



    At City Hall, the community policing deputy arranges his bike and cooler in the back of his white Chevy Tahoe.

    Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy David Mancusi cruises St. Pete Beach in April. One year ago the Sheriff’s Office took over policing at St. Pete Beach. Mancusi says, “It’s a fairly quiet, very nice, peaceful city.”
  12. St. Petersburg again looking to raise utility rates

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— A City Council committee will take a first look today at a proposal to tack on $2.56 to the average resident's utility bill, or a 4.75 percent hike. Much of the proposed increase would cover spending on big-ticket projects, which city officials say would save ratepayers in the long run.

  13. YWCA honors St. Petersburg deputy mayor

    Human Interest


    The silent-auction tables held enough handbags to accessorize quite a few guests at "Purses & Passion," the annual fundraiser for the YWCA of Tampa Bay, held in the ballroom at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

    YWCA chief executive Lenice Emanuel, left, with board members Maria Rawls, Roslyn Graham and Shameka Jones.
  14. Another road project on tap in Belleair Bluffs


    We've heard about some big road project coming up in Belleair Bluffs. It seems like we just got through the interminable Belleair Beach Causeway replacement project. What's happening now and how long will it last?

  15. Pulitzer-winning play is a departure for Eight O'Clock Theatre



    Audiences have come to know and love Largo's Eight O'Clock Theatre for its splashy Broadway musicals, but change looms this time of year.

    Beverly Weston (Michael Mahoney) reaches for his wife Violet (Donna Donnelly) as she collapses in front of new housekeeper Johnna Monevata (Ana Benot-Reilly), right, in August: Osage County. The play focuses on the highly dysfunctional Weston family.