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  1. Dancing With the Stars competition benefits charities

    Human Interest

    Dancing With the Stars benefit

    Tampa Bay's Dancing With the Stars, which benefits Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Angels Against Abuse, Housing & Education Alliance, Pepin Academies, Relay for Life, the Kind Mouse and Voices for Children, and Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay, runs from 6 to 11 …

  2. Garden party benefits Great Explorations Children's Museum

    Human Interest


    The grounds were too sodden for lawn games and the synchronized swimmers were unable to put in a full performance, but the show did go on at "Great Extravaganza: The Garden Party," the 1920s-themed bash for Great Explorations Children's Museum.

    From left: Simone, Silvia, Dan and Nico Leeper attend Great Extravaganza: The Garden Party, a fundraiser for Great Explorations Children’s Museum that Silvia and Dan co-chaired.
  3. Three questions with St. Pete High QB Austyn Causey


    With his 5-foot-10, 140-pound frame, shaggy brown hair and crooked smile, St. Petersburg High School sophomore Austyn Causey looks more like the team's starting kicker than the starting quarterback. Coach Joe Fabrizio calls him "Skinny.'' And sometimes he has to convince classmates that he actually does play on the …

    “I know everyone thinks St. Pete is a running team,” says QB Austyn Causey. He also talks of the team’s passing attack.
  4. Work at intersection of First St. and 30th Ave. N nearly done


    Hey Doc, work on the traffic circle/roundabout at First Street and 30th Avenue N in St. Petersburg seems to be done, but now I see there are sawhorse barricades on the four corners of the intersection. Last week it looked like workers were digging. What in the world is going on now?

    Joe …

    The former roundabout at First Street and 30th Avenue N is getting flashing pedestrian crosswalk signs.
  5. Neighborhood community news: Pinellas Park locks property tax rate

    Local Government


    City's Property tax rate will hold steady…

    Chef Michael Ostrander plans to offer baking classes at his newly opened St. Pete Bakery at 1961 Fourth St. N. He will teach one-session Saturday classes and six-month courses.
  6. St. Petersburg Fire Chief's hiring decision comes under scrutiny


    ST. PETERSBURG — A city internal investigative report obtained Friday by the Tampa Bay Times concluded that St. Petersburg fire Chief Jim Large made missteps when he hired a rescue chief in April.

    Jim Large changed a job’s level and hired an applicant who didn’t meet original qualifications.
  7. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says he's working on a secret plan to fund the arts

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For months, arts advocates have waited for city officials to discuss a proposal City Council member Charlie Gerdes made this spring to carve out a portion of the Weeki Wachee Fund to use as a permanent source of arts funding.

  8. St. Petersburg edges closer to universal curbside recycling

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Curbside recycling moved closer to reality Thursday as City Council members advanced a proposal to buy new trucks and containers using a $6 million loan.

  9. Editorial: Largo commissioner's downloads are embarrassment


    Following the discovery of inappropriate material on the city-owned iPad that Largo Commissioner Curtis Holmes uses, city officials are preparing a "resolution of censure" for a City Commission vote on Tuesday. Holmes has denied wrongdoing and accused the city of violating his privacy. Some of the material Holmes …

    Largo City Commissioner Curtis Holmes had offensive material on a city iPad.
  10. Kenneth City moves to break budget deadlock

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — This town still has no budget for the coming year and won't have one by Wednesday, the start of the new fiscal year.

  11. Opinions vary on Pinellas schools' new quarter system


    The Pinellas County school system returns this year to nine-week grading periods — or quarters — for middle and high schools. The move replaces the six-week grading periods employed over the last few years. With most of the first quarter finished, we asked high school journalists to find out how students and …

    Pinellas County schools changing their grading periods to quarters (nine weeks) instead of six weeks.
  12. Treasure Island police officers to get pay increase

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Police officers will soon receive a 2 percent wage increase and be eligible for up to a 2 percent merit increase as the result of a new three-year contract with the city.

  13. Halloween party may have led to Walmart caper



    Holiday-appropriate inflatable skull, Fog machines cited in arrest

  14. Hometown South Pinellas


    In step with band leadership: Cathy Kersten, executive director of the Florida Marching Band Championships, was elected to the Second Time Arounders Marching Band board of directors. She has spent years and countless hours organizing regional high school band competitions throughout Florida and instructing and …

    Jane Shankweiler Carter celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 16.
  15. Medical marijuana on Largo's radar screen

    Local Government

    LARGO — Florida voters still have a few weeks to decide whether medical marijuana should be legal, but Largo officials are planning ahead.