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  1. Seminole church mission goes beyond donations

    Religion

    SEMINOLE — Micah Thompson, 35, said that while growing up as a pastor's son, he often went on mission trips and thought he was pretty familiar with them.

    Micah Thompson (third from left), Jaclyn Mela (center, second row), Terry Jamieson (second from right, back) and Matt Obie (second from right, bottom row) from Adoration Church visited Kiu, Kenya, last year.
  2. St. Petersburg collector gets all wound up over vintage toys

    Human Interest

    Wade Hamby doesn't have a favorite. Each one of the 50-plus windup toys he sets up around his St. Petersburg home every holiday season makes him smile.

    Wade Hamby says of his vintage toys “I enjoy every one because each one is different.” They were made in the United States and around the world.
  3. Pinellas construction licensing board rebukes its own director for vulgar tirade

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County board that oversees construction contractors voted Thursday to issue a letter of warning to its own executive director for his profanity-laced tirade directed at a Tampa Bay Times reporter who inquired about nominations to that board.

    Rodney Fischer is executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, which oversees contractors.
  4. Bar review: A beer flight board with 25 brews? Get sipping at TiKanis in St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    I love a hidden gem. A place that has hundreds of five-star reviews across several online review and social media sites doesn't seem like it would qualify, but I can't think of a better way to describe TiKanis, an unassuming pizza joint on Bay Pines Boulevard in St. Petersburg that I never would have come across had a …

    A perfect combo: pizza and beer. The menu includes a small selection of Greek fare alongside a family bar-food menu of pizza and wings. 
Traditional beer flights are available for $10, or you can up the ante by trying the $45 flight board, which includes 25 samples. Yes, that’s right.
  5. Developer in prison, but Clearwater condo owners still paying the price

    Growth

    CLEARWATER —When Wayne Chase retired from his nuclear plant job in 2012 and bought a waterfront condo overlooking Tampa Bay, he knew he'd pay the typical fees that come with gated community living.

  6. Armed Forces History Museum in Largo to close in January

    Business

    LARGO — John Piazza Sr. first became interested in collecting military artifacts when he received a gift, a World War I German mortar from a friend's father.

    The 8-year-old Armed Forces History Museum will close its doors at the end of January, officials announced Wednesday morning. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  7. Environmental groups threaten lawsuits over sewage dumps

    Local Government

    Three environmental groups are threatening to sue the cities of St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Treasure Island for discharging raw and partially treated sewage in local water, violating the federal Clean Water Act.

  8. Pinellas Sheriff's sergeant, lieutenant suspended for roles in high-speed chase

    Public Safety

    A sergeant and lieutenant were suspended from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office after one of them chased a car going up to 100 mph and the other failed to stop it, according to an internal investigation.

  9. Pinellas Park man gets life in prison for killing 3-month-old daughter

    Courts

    LARGO — Linda Schroll remembers the way baby Olivia cooed when she had her bottle, how her dark hair, in those last few days, looked like it was fading to auburn. She weighed 8 pounds, a bit more than a bag of sugar.

    Three-month-old Olivia Dykes was beaten to death in 2015 by her father, Steven Dykes, who pleaded guilty and received a life sentence on Tuesday.
  10. Treasure Island adds humor to info

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — It's a call from City Hall about trash pickup changes, but it leaves people chuckling.

    Jeff Jensen, public information officer for Treasure Island, is the author of the oftentimes humorous calls about everything from sewer maintenance to drainage issues.
  11. Gregory Parkes, new bishop of Diocese of St. Petersburg, heard call to priesthood at Tampa's Christ the King

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Tampa Bay's almost half-million Roman Catholics have a new leader.

    The Most Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, left, speaks at a news conference Monday with Bishop Robert Lynch. Parkes will be the new bishop for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  12. War of words continues over Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    Days after being blamed for submitting questionable nominations to a Pinellas County board, the Tampa Bay Builders Association says the construction board's executive director provided the names to select.

    Doerfel
  13. Bayfront CEO raises concerns about free food for paramedics

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Most Pinellas County hospitals offer paramedics free drinks. Some provide snacks. At least one gives the first responders free meal vouchers worth $8.

  14. Proino Breakfast Club, named 'Best of Largo,' has trail of money problems, records show

    Retail

    LARGO — A restaurant once voted "Best of Largo" and a magnet to the city's aspiring downtown is facing several lawsuits claiming the owner has missed rent payments and left thousands of dollars in debts unpaid.

    Proino Breakfast Club, in the center of the downtown redevelopment area, was voted “Best of Largo’’ in 2015.
  15. Suspect arrested after man shot in St. Petersburg

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man was killed Wednesday after his friend shot him during an argument, police said.