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  1. Tampa Bay law enforcement divided on the use of body cameras (w/video)

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — About six months ago, a Police Department staffer won a raffle at a law enforcement conference. The prize? A brand-new body camera.

    Tampa Officer Gary Leggett’s body camera is one of 60 in use by the department. The device is used during traffic stops, building searches and many other law enforcement activities.
  2. Family turns to crowdfunding, prayer after rare cancer diagnosis

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — In between Craigslist listings for lawn care and children's summer camp, a plea for help catches the eye.

    Demetrick Mays, Jr., 18, center, father Demetrick Sr., 40, and stepmother, Kiramata Warren, 35, surround themselves with prayers and community.
  3. DOT: No signal needed at Pinellas Bayway intersection

    Roads

    I'm a resident of Isla Del Sol. As you know, the construction of the Pinellas Bayway Bridge between Isla Del Sol and St. Pete Beach was recently completed. Since the bridge is now four lanes of 45 mph traffic, it poses a danger to those of us who must exit Sun Boulevard and Bahia Del Mar Boulevard. Turning lanes on …

  4. Markoe Gallery in St. Pete Beach to close

    Retail

    ST. PETE BEACH — A landmark in St. Pete Beach and the local art world is closing. Nancy Markoe Fine American Crafts Gallery just south of the Loews Don CeSar Hotel will soon go dark.

    Nancy Markoe opened the shop to show her pottery.
  5. Numbers complicate Largo's debate over size of Police Department

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Listen to recent commission discussions about the Largo Police Department and a couple of issues seem clear:

  6. Deputies: Receipt at crime scene leads to accused burglar

    Crime

    BELLEAIR BEACH — Deputies say they caught the man who attempted to burgle a home on Gulf Boulevard because he left a Walgreens receipt with his name on it on the back deck.

  7. Daniel Ruth: Courtney Campbell Trail a boon for those who like to sweat

    Columns

    Oh happy day. Or whatever.

    Earlier this week, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos formally unveiled the completed section of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. And thus sweat aficionados are now able to cycle, jog or skate across nearly 10 miles of pathway running parallel to the causeway across upper Tampa Bay, …

  8. Illness no barrier for glass artist

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    When he was 5, Jake Pfeifer got a grim diagnosis. He had a malignant, inoperable tumor behind his left eye.

    Glass artist Jake Pfeifer, 27, spent May as an artist in residence at the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg.
  9. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    BAY PINES VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM is hosting an open house at 10 a.m. on July 1. Scheduled activities include one-hour presentations that will provide an overview of VA health care and the Bay Pines VAHCS; an overview of VA Voluntary Service and opportunities for individuals to volunteer their time. VA outreach …

  10. Oldsmar, other Pinellas cities ranked high on family-friendly list

    Human Interest

    The website Niche ranked Oldsmar the 14th best Florida suburb in which to raise a family.

  11. Pinellas offers park passes for part-time residents

    Local Government

    Part-time residents who spend a lot of time at Fort De Soto, Sand Key or Fred Howard parks may be able to save some money come fall.

  12. St. Petersburg spiffs up South Straub Park

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Wondering what's up with all the barricades, orange tape and dirt at South Straub Park in recent days? The popular 7.3-acre waterfront park is getting a facelift in the form of approximately 88,000 square feet of sod, parks and recreation director Michael Jefferis said.

  13. Seminole to interview city manager candidates Friday

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — City Council members are scheduled to hold a special meeting today to interview five finalists for the job of city manager. The hire will replace Frank Edmunds, who is retiring in August after about 20 years on the job.

  14. Retail complex planned for Indian Rocks Beach

    Retail

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A $1.3 million retail complex is slated to be completed by the end of the year in the city's Triangle business district.

  15. Beach Drive attracts two new retailers

    Retail

    ST. PETERSBURG — Landing Company at 282 Beach Drive NE is an addition to the retail strand. It's an expansion of the Landing Company's original store at John's Pass Village in Madeira Beach.