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  1. Pinellas Park police chief turns over helm to successor




    After 40 years in policing, Dorene Thomas will hang up her badge this morning at a change of command ceremony. Thomas will officially turn over command of the Pinellas Park Police Department to Michael Haworth at the 11 a.m. ceremony.

    Chief Dorene Thomas retires with 40 years of service.
  2. St. Pete Beach moves to loosen rules on outdoor dining, drinking


    ST. PETE BEACH — Visions of residents and tourists enjoying al fresco dining and drinking at beach and downtown restaurants and bars has prompted the City Commission to consider new ordinances allowing such activities citywide.

  3. Veterans housing to open in Lealman

    Human Interest

    LEALMAN — Seven years ago, community activists celebrated the opening of a project that they hoped would herald a new day of improved housing in this largely poor unincorporated area.

  4. Painful reminder that it's time for the stingray shuffle

    Public Safety

    They're more than a foot wide, love to burrow under the sand, and quickly lash their bony, serrated tails at any threats.

    Front- Edwin Wong, and his son Christopher Wong, center, both of Barrie Ontario, Canada, fish for Florida Pompano, Sunday in the surf off of Madeira Beach, just north of John's Pass. "We visit here each April for the great weather and fishing," said Edwin Wong. "A few days ago the pompano were hitting your line almost every time you cast," he said. Pompano can be found along the beaches and near passes during the spring months. "They put up a good fight,"said Christopher Wong.
  5. Ovarian Cancer Foundation gala features entertainment from Brazil

    Human Interest


    With samba dancers and performers of capoeira, a martial arts discipline, organizers of Celma Carniva'Le, a fundraiser for the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation, paid tribute to the woman for whom it is named.

  6. At this blood-alcohol level, no wonder officers say he was stumbling



    At this blood-alcohol level, no wonder stumbling is cited

  7. Twin Brooks upgrades will impact more than golf

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Golfers will enjoy a bigger, nicer course at Twin Brooks come October. And 4,100 youths in the First Tee St. Petersburg program will reap benefits that reach beyond the greens. But until then, the course at 3800 22nd Ave. S is closing May 1 for a major makeover.

    Louis Miller practices his swing Tuesday at Twin Brooks in St. Petersburg. The course is undergoing a renovation that will begin May 1. “I’m here at least once a week unless I’m playing in a tournament, then it’s twice,” Miller said.
  8. Daniel Ruth column: Don Draper doesn't set a good example for bosses


    If I was a business consultant, the first thing I might do is assemble anyone who manages anyone and show them several episodes of Mad Men.

  9. St. Anthony's Triathlon to bring road closures


    Thousands of athletes will descend on downtown St. Petersburg this weekend for the 32nd annual St. Anthony's Triathlon, bringing numerous road closings on Sunday morning.

    Cameron Dye of Boulder, Colo., leads the bike leg as he neared the transition to running in last year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon.
  10. Among the places not to park: blocking a sidewalk


    Is it legal to park in such a way as to block a sidewalk, even if it is in your own driveway? I am a frequent walker and I encounter this all the time. There is seldom anyone in the car to complain to. I am able-bodied and can walk around (sometimes into the street is the only path around) but many folks are …

  11. PACE students star in benefit fashion show

    Human Interest

    VALUE ME LUNCHEON: The eighth annual "Value Me" luncheon, which will feature students from PACE Center for Girls modeling fashions from Beth's Closet, will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. Proceeds benefit the Beth Dillinger Foundation, Beth's …

  12. Two-hour parking tweaks on St. Petersburg City Council radar

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city is polishing its rules on two-hour parking in its downtown core with an eye toward warding off legal challenges.

  13. Another grocery store is coming to downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays may not be banking on an influx of residents and activity in the westward expansion of downtown, but a developer and grocer see it and are getting ready.

    A 50,000-square-foot retail complex with a grocery store is planned for 700 Central Ave.

source: Arc Development Group
  14. Smaller crowds against Yankees at Trop: Are fans tiring of stadium stalemate?

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Yankees are coming, the Yankees are coming!

    The Rays’ Allan Dykstra reacts to a called strike three in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday in a game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Yankees won 5-3, sweeping the three-game series over the weekend.
  15. Tierra Verde artisan turns out unique glass knobs


    TIERRA VERDE — A palace in Dubai has 100. A grand home going up in Sarasota will have 85. A ranch out West has eight, and a condo in South Pasadena has one.