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  1. Pinellas Sheriff's candidate sues agency, saying it violated public records law


    James McLynas, an Indian Shores man running for Pinellas sheriff, is suing the agency he wants to lead for failing to fulfill his public records requests over the past three years.

    James McLynas
  2. St. Petersburg through students' eyes


    ST. PETERSBURG — The opening reception for "Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond" photographic exhibition at the Studio @620 is 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. The community is invited to see 100 photos taken by students in kindergarten through 12th grade at the Centers for Journalism and Multimedia at Melrose Elementary, …

  3. Community chorus in St. Petersburg welcomes all


    ST. PETERSBURG — The bay area has a new community chorus. The underlying philosophy of the chorus is that singing in a group builds community and leads to better understanding among people. The chorus seeks singers and audience members from the widest possible range of races, cultures, creeds and communities. No …

  4. Pinellas Hope raises goal to build more units

    Human Interest

    PINELLAS PARK — Pinellas Hope is more than doubling its fundraising goal to build lodging for the county's homeless population out of shipping containers that officials say are more durable and comfortable than tents.

  5. Trump, Clinton supporters state their loyalties in cookies


    LARGO — Just west of the cannolies, Donald Trump and HiIllary Clinton can be spotted smiling, side-by-side, at least ontop of the cookies, that is. For the fourth presidential election in a row, Frida's Bakery on Ulmerton Road, is the site of an ongoing political poll. It is unofficial, of course, but tasty. The …

    Clinton and Trump cookies are neck and neck at Frida's Cafe in Largo. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  6. Bar review: Unwind at Room 901 in St. Pete's Edge District

    Bars & Spirits

    Downtown St. Petersburg has it all when it comes to drinking spots. Sports bars, speakeasies, world-class breweries, dives, wine bars and every kind of restaurant you could hope for populate the ever-expanding downtown landscape.

    Cary and Chad Lopez peruse the menu at Room 901, originally called Pinellas Cru, in the Edge District of St. Pete. Owners call it a “conversation bar.”
  7. Democratic newcomer faces off against Republican incumbent Chris Latvala in race for Florida House District 67


    Democrat David Vogel is going head-to-head with Republican incumbent Chris Latvala for the District 67 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, saying he feels a "social responsibility" to represent Pinellas County's Democratic voters.

    Democrat David Vogel’s priorities are education and health care.
  8. Darden Rice: Express bus route to beaches worth a compromise


    Everyone knows that Pinellas County is home to incredible beaches, world-class entertainment, and unmatched quality of life.

    Darden Rice
  9. Frustrated Largo homeowners settle with city months after sewage backups ravage homes

    Local Government

    LARGO — Laura and Trevor Ball felt shocked when they came home to find untreated sewage had poured into their house from toilets and shower drains.

    Laura Ball, 60, makes macaroni and cheese for her granddaughter in the gutted kitchen of her home on 139th Street in Largo.
  10. 38th Avenue N project nears end


    Regarding 38th Avenue N at 58th Street: Talk about delay, how long is this going to take? It looks like they are making the intersection smaller, besides the fact that temporary markings don't exist. Very poor barrel placing, you can't find any markings when it's dark, schoolchildren have to deal with this mess …

  11. Pinellas college notebook: Journalist Alexander Heffner comes to USFSP and SPC, and more


    Journalist Alexander Heffner coming to USFSP

  12. Pinellas news briefs


    LEGO ROBOTICS: Parents can get their kids active with an after-school program that features Lego Robotics. Open to ages 8 and older at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Students will learn how to design, program and build a competitive robot using the Lego Mindstorm Robotic kit. The team …

  13. Pinellas school news: Getting ready to apply for special programs, evaluating the superintendent, and more


    Time to study up on special programs

    With fewer than 90 days left before the deadline to apply for special programs in the Pinellas County school system, it's time for families to start preparing. The district offers more than 70 magnet, fundamental and career programs for those considering something other than …

    Students tour Clearwater High during the school’s Discovery Night in 2014. Discovery Nights and information sessions are being scheduled in advance of the January 2017 application period.
  14. Misstep by Largo staff causes ballot mixup


    LARGO — A mixup by city staff caused 252 voters in a newly annexed part of the city to be given not one, but two mail-in ballots this month.

  15. Former Pinellas sheriff Gerry Coleman dies


    CLEARWATER — Gerard "Gerry" Coleman was easy to work with and honest during his time as Pinellas County sheriff, former colleagues said. And it was a job he left at the office when he came home to be with his wife and three children, his family remembered.

    Gerry Coleman was Pinellas’ sheriff from 1980 to 1988. He died Tuesday at age 78. [Times files]