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  1. Spring training kicks off in Clearwater and Dunedin


    Baseball is a game of tradition — hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack, the crack of the bat, the seventh-inning stretch, and rooting for the home team. • Around here, there's a local baseball tradition that's about to return: an annual migration of Northerners arriving to escape the brutal winter weather in …

    Philadelphia Phillies players report on the first day of spring training at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater on Monday. The first home game is against the University of Tampa Spartans at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Bright House Field. 
  2. Celebrating Tuskegee Airman Willie Rogers, who is turning 100 (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — Days before his 100th birthday, Willie N. Rogers spoke with reverence about Eleanor Roosevelt and her sense of racial justice. He mentioned what he said was a prevailing sentiment of the time, that black people were incapable of understanding complex machines, much less fly a plane.

    Willie Rogers, a grandfather of four and great-grandfather of three, was wounded slightly during World War II.
  3. Boys and Girls Club transforms lives

    Human Interest

    Kassindjaa Montague's academic success had taken a dreadful turn.

    Kassindjaa Montague is the Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of the Year.
  4. Ruth: Stalemate on Rays stadium compromise requires new tactics


    If this well gets poisoned any further, the relationship between the Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Petersburg City Council is going to make the Ukraine dustup look like a neighborly spat over a borrowed lawn mower.

  5. Hometown South Pinellas, Feb. 27


    A SERVICE DOG FOR SAMANTHA: Samantha Singh of Treasure Island received a Diabetes Alert Dog, Kali, after a fundraising effort spread over three years. The Singh family raised $25,000 through Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers of Madison, Va., to send both a dog and trainer for Samantha. Bill Edwards of the Edwards …

    Samantha Singh and her service dog, Kali.
  6. Long road ahead as Gandy Boulevard commuters await improvement


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rev. Philip Lilly expects there will be a certain amount of disruption for his congregation as the yearslong, $83 million Gandy Boulevard project proceeds.

    Traffic backs up on Gandy Boulevard, just east of Roosevelt Boulevard. The project will cause lane closures — mainly between 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. — and detours.
  7. Former TV reporter sees other side as St. Petersburg police spokeswoman

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The young, eager German shepherd had eyes only for the man in black.

    St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway greets members of the department in July. At center is police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez.
  8. St. Petersburg firefighters sue, claiming helmets cause injuries


    ST. PETERSBURG — A group of retired and active firefighters have sued the maker and distributor of their city-issued helmets, saying design flaws have led to injury.

    Attorney Jim Magazine likened the helmets to top-heavy bobblehead toys.
  9. Four candidates seeking three seats in Belleair Beach


    BELLEAIR BEACH — Four candidates are vying for three seats on the City Council on March 10.

    Stan Sofer
  10. Pinellas commission denies Seminole assisted living facility's expansion plans

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — Heeding the requests of a procession of angry neighbors, the County Commission this week shot down the expansion plans of an assisted living facility on Park Boulevard.

  11. Kenneth City candidates: Let's all get along

    Local Government

    KENNETH CITY — Agreement is rare in this small town, but one thing most of the candidates for the Kenneth City council agree on is that the bickering must stop.

    Leonard Zemaitis is also a mayoral candidate.
  12. New signals designed to improve safety on 38th Avenue N


    What's the story with the traffic signals that are pointed skyward on First Street and 38th Avenue N where it turns into 40th Avenue N? Is there some unseen sky traffic above us in need of direction?

    Daniel Libby

  13. Two candidates vie for St. Pete Beach commission seat


    ST. PETE BEACH — Only one seat on the City Commission is up for election this year, pitting challenger Joanne Lentino against the incumbent from District 2, Rick Falkenstein, who was appointed to the board less than a year ago.

    Joanne Lentino
  14. Pei Wei, BurgerMonger coming to Fourth Street in St. Petersburg



    Pei Wei Asian Diner and BurgerMonger are coming to Fourth Street N

    Pei Wei will be part of the new construction on Fourth Street at 14th Avenue N.
  15. Pass-a-Grille home tour is Saturday

    Human Interest

    Pass-a-Grille tour

    Six residences will be showcased on Saturday in the 18th annual Pass-a-Grille Women's Club Home Tour. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., buses will shuttle patrons to and from free parking lots with stops where patrons may visit the Suntan Art Center, the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum and shop and …