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  1. Largo Public Library plans bookmobile as outreach to underserved neighborhoods

    Local Government

    LARGO — Volunteers at the Greater Largo Library Foundation are planning on purchasing a mobile library to reach underserved communities.

  2. Nothing is off the table at Dunedin Fine Art Center's wearable art show

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN

    If you think this August has been a hot one, wait until the Dunedin Fine Art Center's Wearable Art 11 arrives.

    Designer Lina Teixeira fits her Mexico-themed wearable art dress on model Jaeda Baldizzi at her Studio 617 for the upcoming Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Wearable Art 11 event.
  3. One Ulmerton Road widening project ends by Thanksgiving, another drags on to 2017

    Roads

    What's happening with Ulmerton Road? Judging by the number of requests for updates we've received from construction-fatigued motorists, lots of folks want to know. After all, about 250,000 vehicles traverse that major thoroughfare at its peak on weekdays.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has three projects totaling $64.1 million under way along the Ulmerton Road corridor. This is Ulmerton just west of Belcher Road earlier this week.
  4. Fire overtime in Largo exceeds budget for sixth year

    Local Government

    LARGO — Overtime for firefighters is expected to cost Largo taxpayers more than a million dollars this year — about 90 percent more than the fire department's overtime budget.

    Fire Chief Shelby Willis says hires should reduce the problem.
  5. Ospreys under fire in St. Petersburg's Shore Acres neighborhood

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — She thought the osprey would never fly again.

    Taylor Bass, 23, holds the most recent of four ospreys that have been found shot in the Shore Acres neighborhood. This one, found June 26, is the only one to survive.
  6. Few passengers climbing aboard water taxi to the beach

    Business

    In theory, the idea of a water taxi shuttling people from downtown Clearwater to the beach to help them avoid an inevitable battle for parking seemed like a foolproof business.

    Passenger Matthew Draude, 30, front right, waits for a ride to his beach job on the Clearwater Ferry, which he has used since it started in March. The ferry’s owner says a partnership with Clearwater may be necessary to keep it afloat.
  7. Ten reasons to love high school football in Pinellas County

    Footballpreps

    Today marks the official start to the 2015 football season — one that promises up to 16 weeks of competition. But outside of the X's and O's, playoff favorites and highly touted recruits, there are a lot of fun things that Pinellas County high school football has to offer. Here are some of our favorites:

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    Former Admiral Farragut coach Chris Miller talks to the team before the Class 2A state championship in 2011.
  8. Under new administrator, St Petersburg's recycling program considers alley pickups

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Since taking over the city's fledgling recycling program three weeks ago, Mike Dove has spent at least three hours a day in the hundreds of miles of alleys that crisscross the city.

    St. Petersburg’s recycling trucks feature side arms to pick up the 95-gallon bins, making the trucks too wide for some alleys.
  9. Treasure Island police chief announces retirement; city attorney resigns

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Treasure Island is losing two of its key employees — police Chief Tim Casey is retiring after 19 years on the force and city attorney Maura Kiefer has abruptly resigned following months of citizen complaints.

  10. Neighbors: Close Bayhead skate park in Largo

    Local Government

    LARGO — Crime and other problems at Bayhead Action Park have become so bad that some neighbors are calling for more police and that the skate park be closed.

    Nate Fabbro, 7, left, gets a skateboarding lesson from his father, Dante Fabbro of Clearwater while visiting Bayhead Action Park in Largo. Neighbors have complained about crime in the park that opened in 2013.
  11. Developers look to old apartments for new homes

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Developers are looking beyond the residential tear-down or rare vacant lot near aging apartment buildings for the latest wave of condos and luxury homes near downtown. And it's the proximity to the Old Northeast neighborhood and downtown, not a water view, that are their main draws.

    Quattro on Beach Drive will include four luxury homes with courtyards where apartments used to stand.
  12. Civil rights leader Julian Bond touched local lives

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Julian Bond was a historic figure in the civil rights movement, but for some local residents, he was more than a distant hero.

    Julian Bond
  13. Praises for Catholic deacon's pioneering work in African-American community

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Lionel Roberts moved to St. Petersburg more than 30 years ago bringing the life experience of a northern transplant and a Caribbean immigrant.

    Merlene Roberts, 77, helps her husband, Deacon Lionel Roberts, 89, with his vestments in the sacristy before a recent Mass at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in St. Petersburg.
  14. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    BOX CAR RALLY TO BENEFIT LOCAL SCHOOLS: There will be a Box Car Rally in downtown Clearwater's Cleveland Street District that will benefit local schools through the Achieva Foundation.

  15. Deputies: Argument over Jerry Springer Show leads to assault charges for one inmate

    Crime

    LARGO

    A man already incarcerated and accused of forcing minors into prostitution picked up an additional battery charge when he fought with another inmate about watching The Jerry Springer Show, according to an arrest report.