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  1. Pinellas news briefs


    GIVE DAY TAMPA BAY: This communitywide, 24-hour online challenge is hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. This charitable event helps nonprofits raise money and bring awareness to the challenges facing these organizations. To donate, visit anytime on Tuesday. The minimum donation is $25. Nonprofits can also win monetary awards and additional prizes based on their day's donations. …

  2. Fire contained at Pinellas courthouse


    LARGO — Authorities responded to reports of a fire and a suspicious envelope at the Pinellas County justice center Wednesday morning. …

  3. Police investigate death of Pinellas Park nursing home resident with sunburns


    PINELLAS PARK — Detectives are investigating the death of a 65-year-old man who may have been left outside in the sun at a nursing home. …

  4. Pinellas news briefs


    TOURISM LUNCHEON: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Tourism Luncheon at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, on May 5. Guest speaker will be Kelly Frailey Covato, travel lead for Facebook and Instagram. She'll share her experience with driving destination awareness and increasing visitation. The event begins at 11 a.m., with check-in and networking, followed by the program at noon. Cost is $40 per member or $50 per non-member. For information or to register, visit or call (727) 360-6957. …

  5. Five questions heading into Pinellas spring football


    Spring football practices start Monday for high schools around the state, and the annual evaluation of talent and position battles begin as teams retake the field. Here are a few pressing questions that look ahead to what's on the gridiron. Is there a two-headed quarterback at St. Petersburg? …

    St. Petersburg High School QB Austyn Causey (8) calls a pass against the Tarpon Springs High School defense during Saturday's (5/9/15) Spring Football scrimmage at Clearwater High School.
  6. Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego moves to overhaul leadership at troubled schools


    LARGO — Principals at three of five failing elementary schools will be replaced at the end of the school year, the latest of several major steps being taken to transform the south St. Petersburg campuses, superintendent Mike Grego announced late Tuesday. …

    Kristy Moody, Jamerson Elementary principal, replaces Pollauf.
  7. Judge dismisses lawsuit against Pinellas sheriff in 5-year-old girl's death


    TAMPA — A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri filed by the family of a 5-year-old girl who died eight days after she was placed in emergency shelter care. …

  8. Activists call for independent investigation of Pinellas deputies after three teens die in pond crash


    ST. PETERSBURG — A coalition of activists called Thursday for an outside investigation of the events leading up to the deaths last month of three teenage girls who drowned while fleeing from Pinellas sheriff's deputies. …

    Three teenagers,  Laniya Miller, 15, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Dominique Battle, 16, 
drowned after the car they were in drove off the road and sank in a pond near a cemetery off Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg. [TONY MARRERO   |   Times]
  9. Latvala urges Kriseman to include the rest of Pinellas in pitch to Rays

    Bay Buzz

    State Sen. Jack Latvala helped bring the Tampa Bay Rays to St. Petersburg nearly 20 years ago. And, in a letter to St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, he wants a role, along with elected officials outside of St. Pete, in keeping the team in the county. …

    State Sen. Jack Latvala helped bring the Tampa Bay Rays to St. Petersburg nearly 20 years ago.
  10. Clearwater dreaming up uses for Penny for Pinellas IV

    Bay Buzz

    Voters won't go to the polls to decide on the fourth round of the Penny for Pinellas tax until November 2017, but Clearwater is already pitching some pet projects for the funds. …

  11. Second theater likely coming to southwest Pinellas in rebuilt Seminole mall


    SEMINOLE — Residents in southwest Pinellas County went without a movie theater for years until this month, when Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10 opened at Tyrone Square Mall. And soon, they could have two. …

    Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10 movie theater opened recently at St. Petersburg’s Tyrone Square Mall, an area that had lacked a movie theater for years. [CHERIE DIEZ | Times] 
  12. Second theater likely coming to southwest Pinellas in rebuilt Seminole mall

    Bay Buzz

    SEMINOLE — Residents in southwest Pinellas County went without a movie theater for years until this month, when Cobb Luxury 10 Theater opened at Tyrone Square Mall.  And soon, they could have two. …

  13. Pinellas, Pasco tax collectors top state in concealed gun permits

    The Buzz

    Tax collectors in Pinellas and Pasco counties outpace their colleagues across the state in processing applications and renewals for concealed weapons licenses in Florida. …

  14. Pinellas County seeks ideas for using BP settlement money


    Pinellas County is seeking public input on the use of $7.1 million in settlement funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Residents and partner agencies can provide their feedback through the close of business April 29. …

  15. Pinellas Park approves development of 41-home gated subdivision


    PINELLAS PARK — A chunk of vacant land in the heart of the city has seen a lot of developer interest, yet no movement over the past decade. …

  16. Cultural alliance hopes to catalyze the arts in north Pinellas


    CLEARWATER —The arts in North Pinellas need a shot in the arm. That was the consensus last Thursday when 100 culture aficionados gathered in the chandelier-lit Margarete Heye Great Room inside Ruth Eckerd Hall. …

     Paul Wilborn, executive director of the Palladium Theatre at St. Petersburg College and John Collins, director of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance, listen as Zev Buffman, chief executive officer of Ruth Eckerd Hall, talks about plans for an expansion at Ruth Eckerd Hall during the North Pinellas Cultural Alliance's Combining Forces Too Conference. SHARON SWALLWOOD   |   North Pinellas Cultural Alliance
  17. Pinellas charter schools productive as management company is "AWOL"

    The Gradebook

    Newpoint Education Partners, the troublesome management company that operates four charter schools in Pinellas, has disappeared ever since its president released a false press release about how it was acquired by Alliance Ed of Florida. Alliance's executives explained that there was only a "conceptual agreement" to acquire Newpoint, and unless the Pinellas school district sees documentation showing otherwise, Newpoint is still the schools' management company. …

    Windsor Preparatory Academy in St. Petersburg is one of three Pinellas County charter schools with 'deteriorating' finances, according to the Pinellas school district. The three are managed by the same company, Newpoint Education Partners.
  18. Bayside Health Clinic now open to Pinellas homeless population

    Bay Buzz

    Bayside Health Clinic opened on Monday, ready to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services to the county’s homeless population. …

    Bayside Health Clinic
  19. Pay raise proposed for Pinellas schools' deputy superintendent

    The Gradebook

    To keep up with similar pay scales around the state,  Pinellas County schools deputy superintendent Bill Corbett is up for a raise. …

  20. Missing Pinellas Park man located


    UPDATE: Dearing has been located and will return to his assisted living facility. PINELLAS PARK — Police are searching for a 59-year-old man who went missing from his assisted living facility Friday morning. …

    Carl Dearing, 59, went missing from Arlington Gardens assisted living facility in Pinellas Park Friday morning.

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