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  1. PSTA chairman tells CEO to quit tussling with Greenlight opponents

    Mass Transit

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's board chairman wants to be better informed and more directly involved after a few recent gaffes by agency staff, according to a recent memo sent to board members.

  2. St. Pete council member wants tourism dollars to boost arts profile


    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's arts and cultural offerings aren't marketed enough, says one City Council member, who thinks bed tax money might be the answer.

    At least one St. Petersburg City Council member wants to use bed-tax funds to promote the city's cultural attractions, such as the Dal!i Museum.
  3. Lottery officials suspect retailer of stealing tickets, acting as a broker

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chirag Parmar doesn't play the Florida Lottery anymore.

    Chirag Parmar lost his ability to sell lottery tickets after cashing in on a high number of winning scratch-off tickets like these.
  4. Housing for homeless teens given early nod by City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 55-bed dormitory and service center for homeless teens gained preliminary approval from the City Council on Thursday after a few initial bumps.

  5. St. Pete Beach seeks cut in next year's budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — Even after a proposed 19.7 percent increase in property taxes, the city's 2014-15 budget is more than a half-million dollars in the red.

  6. Transfer athletes change the look of Pinellas high school football


    In the spring of 2013, Northeast High looked to be one of the football teams to beat in Pinellas County. Then, over a few days in late July, everything fell apart.

    QB/DB Tyrell Hubbard-Smith, formerly of Lakewood, practices with his new team at Gibbs last week.
  7. Two red-tailed hawks find home at Largo's McGough Nature Park



    Penny Boehme, a licensed bird rehabber, couldn't figure out what was the matter with Gwen, a rescued red-tailed hawk in her care. Ever since a young male red-tailed hawk had left her side to go to the veterinarian, Gwen uttered motherly bird calls nearly nonstop and refused food. Gwen had acted as a …

    Gwen has acted as a surrogate mother to the young hawk that was found in Palm Harbor. McGough is holding a contest through Sept. 12 to find the bird a proper name.
  8. Hospice fundraiser features casino games

    Human Interest

    Journey to Atlantis helps Hospice affiliate

  9. Largo city manager gets praise, raise from commissioners

    Local Government

    LARGO — City Manager Mac Craig received high marks for his job performance in his most recent job evaluation.

    Largo City Manager Norton “Mac” Craig scored 4.78 of 5.0.
  10. Dr. Delay: Park Street sign designed to prevent sideswipes


    Why was a big green sign installed on the west side of southbound Park Street in St. Petersburg just before Ninth Avenue N announcing that Country Club Road is ahead? The sign is completely unnecessary and so oversized that it's an eyesore and ruins the residential aesthetic. Who added it and why?

    Signs, including this one on Park Street near Ninth Avenue N, will be placed at 33 signalized intersections to give drivers advance notice of intersections and reduce late lane changes.
  11. South Pinellas news briefs for Aug. 22


    Chamber luncheon: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its August Learn @ Lunch on Thursday at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Ave. There will be speakers from Orangetheory Fitness and Max Muscle Sports Nutrition. Check-in and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at …

  12. Hometown Pinellas: South county


    songbook celebration: Grayson Samuels, a senior at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, was honored with the Songbook Celebration Award at the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition in July. The national competition brought together 12 finalists from …

    Clothes to Kids’ Patti Hanks, center, with Chamber representatives Cricket Wagner, left, and Robin Sollie.
  13. Three questions with St. Petersburg Catholic QB Jordan Leston


    Jordan Leston has spent his high school career trying to find a home. He started at Clearwater, then East Lake for his junior season. Now he'll finish his prep career at St. Petersburg Catholic. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback played well in the spring game, throwing three touchdown passes in a 27-12 win over Avon …

    St. Petersburg Catholic quarterback Jordan Leston has a couple of things to prove this season, his first starting under center.
  14. Downtown St. Petersburg to get another condo building



    Downtown to add 34 luxury townhomes

    A slice of land on the north side of downtown, between Central Avenue and Mirror Lake, is the latest site for another hip-looking residential project.

    The Arlington St. Pete will feature rooftop balconies and 34 luxury townhomes.
  15. City says sensitivity training coming to Stormwater Department

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials say they are taking multiple steps to address issues in the Stormwater Department in the aftermath of a black city worker's claim that his white boss spray-painted "KKK" on his back, and a subsequent investigation that unearthed serious racial friction among employees.

    St. Petersburg conducted an internal investigation after an October incident where Donald Pittman accused construction foreman John Paquette of spray painting “KKK” on his back.