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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. Halloween party may have led to Walmart caper



    Holiday-appropriate inflatable skull, Fog machines cited in arrest

  9. 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.
  10. 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.

  11. St. Pete sculptor, painter reframes popular images of blackness

    Human Interest

    Like most little girls, Sharon Norwood played with dolls and placed them in imaginative, storybook settings.

    Sharon Norwood is shown in her studio in Dunedin. The graphic artist turned fine artist has shown works recently at two spots in Midtown St. Petersburg. Behind her is a Caribbean-influenced take on Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring.
  12. Four questions with minor-leaguer Brett Phillips


    Former Seminole High School outfielder Brett Phillips recently completed his first full season in the Houston Astros' minor-league system. Phillips played 103 games for Class A Quad Cities and 27 games with Class A advanced Lancaster. He hit .310 with 29 doubles, 14 triples, 17 home runs, 69 RBIs and 23 stolen bases and …

    SP_354585_BORC_baseball (05/31/12) (St. Petersburg, FL) All county players of the year Brett Phillips, left, an outfielder with Seminole High and Michael Dunnigan, right, a pitcher at Tarpon Springs High.
  13. Dr. Delay: Winery signs and a crosswalk review


    Hi Doc Delay, do you know what the winery sign at 66th Street and Fourth Avenue N is referring to? There are other signs like this around town. I've seen them for years, but don't know what they are all about. What winery are the signs referring to? Is the winery still around? Thanks so much for any information you …

    This sign in on 66th Street refers to the Florida Orange Groves and Winery at 1500 Pasadena Ave.
  14. Hall of Famer Brooks urges community involvement

    Human Interest

    Sept. 6, 2014

    Freshly inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, onetime Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks was the keynote speaker at the Pinellas County Urban League's annual Equal Opportunity Day gala.

    Model Nga Tran and event chairman John William Barger III auction a print at Swanky Soiree V on Sept. 18.
  15. St. Petersburg council committee wants to tackle early childhood, high school education needs

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Council members on the city's youth services committee had a singular goal earlier this year: Strengthening a diversion program for kids caught up in the criminal justice system.