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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.

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  1. Housing authority board nominees get no resistence from St. Pete council committee


    ST. PETERSBURG | Three people got the nod from a City Council committee charged with confirming the mayor's appointments to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority.

    Members of the city's housing committee had nothing but praise for Jamie Bennett, Stewart O. Olson and Jacqueline Williams Hubbard. The full council will vote on the nominations at a later meeting.

    Bennett, a former council member, was first appointed by the administration a year ago. Olson and Hubbard, both attorneys, will be new to the board, which recently became embroiled in controversy after it voted to sell the building that houses the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum in Midtown....

  2. St. Petersburg alcohol zone idea opposed; council commits to environmental effort

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A City Council member's idea to create special "sip-and-stroll" districts around town appears to be dead — for now.

    Council member Jim Kennedy proposed late last year the creation of special "wet zones" in popular neighborhoods where drinkers could buy an artist-designed cup and take it from establishment to establishment.

    Kennedy envisioned money from the program being used to fund the arts. But at a council committee hearing Thursday, a city attorney warned that some envisioned locations, such as downtown or near Grand Central, likely wouldn't be allowed under state law because special entertainment districts like these must be directly adjacent to a body of water. And council colleagues said they worried taking such action would mess with the city's already vibrant vibe. ...

  3. Kriseman withdraws nomination for board member who voted for museum sale


    ST. PETERSBURG | A St. Petersburg Housing Authority commissioner has lost her chance to serve once again on the board following a controversial vote last week.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman has officially rescinded his nomination to reappoint Ann Taylor to the board. A city council committee was supposed to take up her confirmation Thursday.

    "I spoke with her (Monday), but ultimately it was my decision," Kriseman told the Tampa Bay Times on Tuesday night....

    Supporters of the Dr. Carter G Woodson African American Museum have invited people to an event Saturday for an update on the situation
  4. Police Chief Tony Holloway seeks 'partnership' with St. Petersburg community

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Jason Mells says he thinks two things when he sees a car with tinted windows following him.

    1. It could be robbers up to no good. 2. It could be police.

    More often than not, Mells said, it's the latter. The 29-year-old said he's been pulled over by police 22 times in the past year in St. Petersburg — yet only issued traffic citations twice.

    Encounters like these, Mells said, are one of the reasons young black males like him and many others in the community have such a fractured relationship with law enforcement. ...

    St Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway speaks to Chimurenga Waller of the St. Petersburg International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement at Holloway's first community forum in the Gibbs HS cafeteria Monday, 1/27/15.
  5. Epilogue: Former St. Pete Council member Earnest Williams lived for service


    ST. PETERSBURG — Friends and family of Earnest Williams all knew this to be true: If you got him talking, you might have a hard time getting him to stop.

    The longtime businessman and former City Council member was passionate about a few things: family, education and youth issues.

    "Don't even get him into politics," said Pinellas County Urban League president Watson Haynes. "You knew if you were going to visit Earnest, you had to plan to spend the time."...

    CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times (2001)
Earnest Williams poses in his office at the State Farm Insurance Agency with a model of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top, the same car and color that his father bought as a family car, then gave to Williams to take to Florida State University, where he graduated in 1969. Williams' wife, Armetha, whom he dated in college, bought him the model.
  6. My Outfit Monday: A cheap way to tie everything together


    I knew when I put this outfit together, it had a lot of potential. Potential to be good. Potential to look ridiculous.

    Carrying on my tradition of "Wearing slacks to the office that are neither brown nor black or gray or navy." I woke up this morning and decided what my Monday needed was PURPLE.

    Of course, I just happened to have a pair of plum-colored pants in my closet. What to put on top though? Well, black sweater works well enough....

    A few minutes later I ditched the heels for flats, cause I'm getting old.
  7. Reappointment of housing authority board member could be blocked after controversial museum vote


    ST. PETERSBURG | Will there be any political fallout from the St. Petersburg Housing Authority's decision this week to sell the building that houses the city's only African American museum?

    At least one board member may find out next week.

    Ann Taylor has served on the housing board since 2011 and was one of four members who voted on Thursday to sell the property at 2240 Ninth Ave, S, which has housed the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum for the past several years....

  8. Wife of St. Pete mayor opposes guns on campus

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman's views on gun control are well known.

    But it's his wife who has taken the unusual action to try to drum up awareness about a proposal to allow guns on college campuses in the Sunshine State.

    Kerry Kriseman is circulating a petition against the measure, approved this week by a state subcommittee.

    "You know that I don't often send e-mails requesting recipients to sign, forward, register for anything. I also don't get involved in politics and prefer to keep my views private," she wrote in an email. "However, this is an issue that I would be extremely uncomfortable with should this bill to allow guns on college campuses pass both the House and the Senate. It already passed a House subcommittee today. This is not about what I think or believe about guns or rights of gun owners. This is about safety, first and foremost, especially considering I have a daughter headed to college next year. Please educate yourself and consider signing the petition."...

  9. St. Pete mayor's wife circulates petition against proposal to allow guns on college campuses


    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman's views on gun control are well known.

    But it's his wife who has taken the unusual action to try to drum up awareness about a proposal to allow guns on college campuses in the Sunshine State.

    Kerry Kriseman is circulating a petition against the measure, approved this week by a state subcommittee....

  10. St. Petersburg's Woodson museum to be sold in six months

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Despite overwhelming opposition from a room full of citizens and strong objections by two of its members, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority board voted 4-3 Thursday to eventually sell the building that houses the city's only African-American history museum.

    Just after the vote, the board agreed to a six-month delay in listing the building housing the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum after audience members raised questions about the legal ramifications of selling the building and a disputed use agreement with the city of St. Petersburg....

  11. Housing authority seeks sale of Woodson museum building ahead of Thursday meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The monthslong tension between the city's only African-American museum and its landlord is expected to be aired today as the landlord, the St. Petersburg Housing Authority, considers selling the museum facility and a nearby commercial property that is home to community organizations.

    Darrell Irions, the housing authority's executive director, said the agency is "just trying to divest ourselves from properties that really don't serve our purpose."...

  12. Questions surround MLK parade finances

    Local Government


    Whispers about the city's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade and accompanying Battle of the Bands competition have circulated for years:

    Why isn't there a detailed public accounting of the events' finances? Exactly how has Sevell Brown, the main organizer, used the more than $500,000 in city funds and services over the past decade?

    The questions grew louder recently when Brown prepared to ask the city for more money for this year's events, which begin this weekend....

    Black St. Petersburg, take part in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's "Drum Major for Justice Parade," held Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.   Martin Luther King Jr., Day thru, 01/20/1987
  13. Get your fashion show fix with these local events


    The annual fall Fashion Week is still many months away, but a handful of events over the next few weeks will help get you in the mood. There's opportunities on both sides of the bay. 

    On Saturday, you have your pick.

    In St. Petersburg, the annual I ♥ St. Pete event hosted by ARTpool gallery promises a runway show at 10 p.m. (Tickets are $10 and $15). In Tampa, the Cocktails X Couture show is kicking off at the RITZ Ybor at 7 p.m. (Tickets are $15 and 20)....

  14. New committee assignments irk St. Pete city council member


    ST. PETERSBURG | Council member Wengay Newton has dropped his duties on several committees following a spat over his new assignments.

    At Thursday's council meeting, new chairman Charlie Gerdes doled out committee assignments to each member.

    Newton challenged Gerdes when he realized he would no longer serve on the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, board he's been on for the past few years. Newton, who is in his last year on the council because of term limits, said he wanted to stay on the MPO board....

  15. Two advocates quit St. Petersburg arts panel in rift with Kriseman

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Two members of the city's arts advisory committee have abruptly resigned their posts, citing a rift with Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration.

    Deborah Kelley, the immediate past chairwoman of the committee, and Angela Bond, another longtime board member, gave a scathing assessment of Kriseman's efforts thus far when it comes to the arts and said he has been a roadblock....