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  1. Local leaders request permission to use genetically modified mosquitoes in Pinellas County


    Elected leaders from the Tampa Bay area are calling on the federal government to allow them to use genetically modified mosquitoes to fight the spread of Zika in Pinellas County.

    This photo made available by Oxitec shows a genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquito in their U.K. lab. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the mosquitoes for a trial in Key West, saying it would have no significant impact on the environment. Modified male mosquitoes mate with the natural population of female mosquitoes and pass on a "death gene" that kills their offspring. Oxitec has used its technology to reduce the Aedes aegypti mosquito population by 90 to 99 percent in parts of Latin America. Key West residents, skeptical of the science, have held up the trial. Without an emergency use order, the technology cannot be used in any other city until that trial is completed. [Oxitec via AP]
  2. St. Pete Beach facing big bills for sewer repair

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Repeatedly overflowing sewers here are forcing city officials to give up pet projects in order to raise the nearly $14 million needed to fix their clogged and broken sewer pipes.

  3. Oil, vinegar and more mix at Treasure Island store


    TREASURE ISLAND — Vine and Grind isn't just an olive oil store.

  4. Kahwa adds Belleair Bluffs location


    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Kahwa Coffee recently opened a new location at 2919 West Bay Drive.

  5. Old Belleview Biltmore section to become new inn

    Real Estate

    BELLEAIR — The iconic Belleview Biltmore Hotel is no more, but part of it will live on as the new Belleview Inn. JMC Communities, which bought the property last year for a condo- and carriage-home community, is spending $13 million to move and preserve a 38,000-square-foot, three-story section of the hotel …

    A rendering of the Belleview Inn, a 38,000-square-foot section of the original Belleview Biltmore Hotel built in 1897 by railroad magnate Henry Plant
  6. Crowley's on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue remains closed amid battle over ownership


    ST. PETERSBURG — For weeks, the doors to Crowley's Pub at 269 Central have been locked tight while a legal battle between the restaurant's owner and would-be owner rages on.

    Crowley’s Pub at 269 Central  Ave. has been closed for several weeks while the owner and a buyer are engaged in a legal struggle over the restaurant’s ownership.
  7. Pinellas news briefs


    NONPROFIT WILL DISTRIBUTE FREE AMPLIFIED PHONES: Florida Telecommunications Relay is offering an innovative new amplified telephone at to Pinellas County residents with hearing loss. State law requires all Florida landline phone companies to distribute free specialized phones to residents with hearing loss.

  8. The Pinellas School Board races: Nine candidates, thousands spent, three spots to fill


    Nine candidates vying for three Pinellas County School Board seats have less than a week to buckle down for the primary election.

    Pinellas County Schools administration building at 301 Fourth St. SW in Largo. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  9. Retail Fix: Consignment furniture in the bay area has deals galore


    College students moving into their first dorm and others striking out on their own often look to Ikea for lower-cost, put-it-together-yourself furniture. As part of their initiation, they must enter a labyrinth designed by Lewis Carroll and Satan. • Consider instead a growing number of "gently used" …

    This small-apartment-friendly drop-leaf table is $100 at Colonial Furniture & Mattress.
  10. Deputy shoots at wanted man in St. Peters­burg

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A Pinellas County sheriff's detective fired his gun while apprehending a wanted man in St. Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. No one was hurt.

    A Pinellas County detective fired his gun while apprehending Xavier C. Williams, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. No one was hurt.
  11. Treasure Island targets portable storage units

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — Residents and business owners who have taken advantage of the lack of rules and regulations for placing temporary storage units on their property should beware.

  12. Madeira Beach to hold tax rate steady

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Despite spending more than $10 million on a new city hall, fire station and recreational complex in recent years and $9.7 million in new general fund spending planned for next year, the city's proposed property tax rate remains unchanged.

    City Manager Shane Crawford touts budget frugality.
  13. Epilogue: St. Petersburg police Lt. Emory Wright Jr., who kept it by the book


    ST. PETERSBURG — Emory Wright Jr. was a by-the-book kind of guy.

    Emory Wright Jr. spent 20 years on the police force and was promoted to lieutenant in 1983. He died of cancer on Aug. 15.
  14. Daniel Ruth: Fighting poverty with flowers for Democrats


    Jerry Lewis will be along to sing "You'll Never Grift Alone" in a few minutes. But in the meantime, won't you pick up the phone now and make a contribution to assist those poor, pathetic beleaguered souls who barely have two bus tokens to rub together — the Pinellas County Democratic Party?

  15. Driver who killed St. Petersburg couple gets 40 years in prison


    LARGO — Anthony Apollo Neeley, found guilty in June of driving while impaired and fatally striking a St. Petersburg couple as they headed home after Thanksgiving dinner in 2014, was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison.

    Anthony Neeley was driving over 100 mph when he hit Doug and Christina Simpson’s car.