Kameel Stanley, Times Staff Writer

Kameel Stanley

Kameel Stanley covers the St. Petersburg Police Department and public safety issues in southern Pinellas County for the Tampa Bay Times. She grew up in Michigan and started with the Times in January 2009 after graduating from Central Michigan University. Before coming to the Florida, she racked up bylines during summer internships at several newspapers, including the Grand Rapids Press and the Washington Post. She lives in St. Petersburg in a charming 1920s bungalow she swears she will repaint someday. A crazy Boston terrier keeps her company. When she's not working, she's usually shopping. Find her thoughts about style and fashion at the Deal Divas blog. Drop her a line if you want to talk crime patterns, police tactics or the advantages of a platform pump.

Phone: (727) 893-8643

Email: kstanley@tampabay.com

Twitter: @CornAndPotatoes

Blog: Deal Divas

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  1. Bill Edwards' million-dollar deal to manage Al Lang Stadium apparently back on

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A deal to allow businessman Bill Edwards to take over control of operations at Al Lang Stadium appears to be back on, barely two weeks after it dramatically fell apart.

    Joe Zeoli, a city official in charge of downtown enterprise facilities, emailed City Council members late Monday night, saying that the issue would be added to Thursday's meeting agenda. More details will be delivered to council members today, Zeoli said....

  2. Blacks disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession in Pinellas, Hillsborough counties

    Local Government

    Black people in Pinellas and Hillsborough are at least six times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as white people.

    It's not because of who smokes pot and who doesn't.

    Federal surveys show that 10 to 12 percent of both races use marijuana at least once a month.

    What does differ is how pot marketplaces unfold in various neighborhoods and how police agencies respond....

    St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway
  3. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman says he's working on a secret plan to fund the arts

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — For months, arts advocates have waited for city officials to discuss a proposal City Council member Charlie Gerdes made this spring to carve out a portion of the Weeki Wachee Fund to use as a permanent source of arts funding.

    That was supposed to happen during a special committee meeting Thursday.

    The issue was abruptly tabled, however, when Mayor Rick Kriseman urged the council not to split the fund and instead said he's working on his own alternative plan for arts funding. ...

  4. Mayor mugs with Cheech and Chong

    Local Government

    Smoking is not allowed in airports anymore but selfies still are and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman took full advantage last Saturday in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

    Kriseman tweeted out a pic taken with a sunglass-wearing Richard "Cheech" Marin and sleepy-eyed Tommy Chong, the veritable stoner comedy duo.

    A subtle smoke signal on the upcoming statewide medical marijuana referendum, perhaps? ...

    The mayor’s selfie with Cheech and Chong.
  5. St. Petersburg council committee wants to tackle early childhood, high school education needs

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Council members on the city's youth services committee had a singular goal earlier this year: Strengthening a diversion program for kids caught up in the criminal justice system.

    Just weeks ago, the council approved recommendations to plug administrative gaps in the program, which allows some first-time juvenile offenders to get a civil citation instead of a criminal record. ...

  6. Five things to know about the end of St. Pete's red-light camera program

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — This spring, the city voted to scrap its red-light cameras, becoming the first large city in the Tampa Bay area to do so. The cameras will officially go dark no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, which is the end of the city's fiscal year.

    In the meantime, the city has entered into a four-month, $25,000 agreement with camera vendor American Traffic Solutions to provide access to information the city will need to process any tickets between now and then. ...

    St. Petersburg voted this spring to scrap its red-light cameras, becoming the first large city in the Tampa Bay area to do so.
  7. Questions continue over suspension of St. Petersburg NAACP branch

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The future of the local branch of the NAACP remains unclear a week after state officials ordered board members to suspend all activities and relinquish all assets.

    A padlock prevents anyone from getting into the parking lot at the branch's headquarters at 16th Street and 15th Avenue S. Students who attended GED classes there have been told to meet at the nearby Campbell Park Recreation Center. ...

    The Rev. Manuel Sykes says the state NAACP has yet to pick up records.
  8. Kriseman mugs with Cheech and Chong

    Blog

    Smoking is not allowed in airports anymore but selfies still are and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman took full advantage Saturday in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

    Kriseman tweeted out a pic taken with a sunglass-wearing Richard "Cheech" Marin and sleepy-eyed Tommy Chong, the veritable stoner comedy duo.

    A subtle smoke signal on the upcoming statewide medical marijuana referendum, perhaps? ...

  9. Tampa Bay Fashion Week runway show wrap-up

    Blog

    First, our apologies. We've been having a blast popping into Tampa Bay Fashion Week events (another reason September is a favorite month). But with this week's main runway show being in the middle of the week, our schedules were thrown off, and we just got a chance to pulling this together.

    Can anyone say "fashionably late"? (Too cheesy? It's Friday; cut us some slack.)

    This year's show was at the Hilton in downtown Tampa. Someone told us the president was also there around the same time, but you can probably read about that on another blog ;) Our focus was on the fashion....

    Cuteness all around from Lolodaisy by Lorena. (And great pops of color too)
  10. St. Petersburg adopts $483 million city budget after quick hearing

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG -- The City Council adopted a $483.35 million operating budget for 2015, after just about an hour of discussion and public comment on Thursday.

    With subsequent unanimous votes, the council also approved a 6.77 millage rate — the same as last year — and a five-year capital improvement plan. Council member Jim Kennedy was absent.

    It was a striking change from last year's budget negotiations and process, which grew contentious and lasted until late at night as the council and administration wrestled over how to spend money. ...

  11. NAACP orders its St. Petersburg branch to cease operations

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP has been ordered to cease operations as state officials of the civil rights organization work to reorganize the unit, according to a letter sent to local board members Friday.

    A letter signed by Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, listed irregularities in the branch's fiscal practices and programming, and said it is not in "good standing" with the organization's bylaws....

  12. "Nude" news we can be happy about

    Blog

    Check my shoes today. Cute, right? When I got them, the girl at the counter remarked how she, too, had been on the hunt for a good pair of nude pumps. I smiled. 

    But. 

    Look at the picture again. These shoes, while I adore them probably even more than most of the others in my current collection, are not "nude" -- at least not on me.

    This is not new to me or any other woman of color who has -- pretty much forever -- known that when the latest "nude" or "neutral" trend comes along, it's never 100 percent for us. What most of my friends call nude, whether it's shoes or clothes or underthings, my sistas (yes, THAT "sistas") and I call "peach." Or "light pink." Or "beige."...

    We can't wait!
  13. My Outfit Monday: The hair wants what the hair wants

    Blog

    We've finally reached September. (Or as I like to think of it, "birthday month."

    The heat and the summertime showers haven't let up, but I have a pretty active day of appointments today, so I opted for pants. To liven things up, I grabbed these teal trousers I got quite a while ago from Forever 21. I love them because they have a navy and white detail around the waist that essentially looks like a belt....

  14. Former mayoral candidate planning gas station and retail complex for Midtown

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG — A new development featuring a gas station, a retail store and a fast-food restaurant is being planned for the remaining parcel of land in the Tangerine redevelopment area of Midtown.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman has started negotiating with Amscot executive and former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, who submitted a proposal earlier this year to transform a little more than 2 acres on the southeast corner of 18th Avenue S and 22nd Street....

    Deveron Gibbons’ plan calls for a fast-food restaurant, a gas station and retail shops.
  15. Black workers take concerns, complaints to St. Pete City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A string of city workers, union officials and community members went before the City Council on Thursday to demand that the city do something about racial tension within its workforce.

    "We have real issues here," said Robin Wynn, a stormwater worker who recently filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the city for what she calls discriminatory treatment. "This city promotes institutional racism."...