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. Kriseman: St. Pete city workers should get at least $12.50 an hour

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Calling it "a step in the right direction," Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour.

    Flanked by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, City Council members and community organizers on the steps of City Hall, Kriseman also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which eliminates job candidates from automatically having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. (Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place, and all hires will continue to be checked for criminal convictions.) ...

    LaShawna Tyson of Orlando tells a crowd gathered at St. Petersburg City Hall on Tuesday morning how difficult is was for her to find a job once she had been in jail as St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, looks on. Kriseman announced  a new minimum wage of $12.50/hr and also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which excuses job candidates from having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place.
  2. My Outfit Monday: Buttoned up and down

    Blog

    I hope there's not some obscure fashion rule about how many buttons one is supposed to wear at once, because if there is, I'm probably breaking it.

    I don't know how this happened. Buttons on my skirt. Buttons on my shirt. This brings a whole different perspective to the "matchy-matchy" trap. It's no so bad, though, right?

    I think you guys have seen both pieces before, though maybe not together. The shirt -- covered in abstract multi-colored flowers, cause why not!-- was a find at a thrift store at least a couple years ago. The skirt, I think, came from a closeout sale at another thrift store. (It's Monday, I'm fuzzy on details, OK?)...

    Happy Monday! What's with all the buttons?
  3. State Senate: District 22

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    State Senate | District 22

    Republican incumbent Jeff Brandes is seeking a second term for this seat, which he won in 2012. He's facing challenger Judithanne McLauchlan, a political science professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Though Brandes has the advantage of a bigger fundraising chest, McLauchlan has been a scrappy opponent, saying she will work for middle class families and is the foil to her wealthy opponent. By Kameel Stanley, Times staff writer ...

    Brandes
  4. Deal Diva alert: Nubian Skin is up and running!

    Blog

    Remember a few weeks ago when you guys indulged my rant thoughts on the lack of "nude" clothing for women of color? And then I gushed about a new online retailer setting up shop across the pond (the big one). called Nubian Skin?...

    Look, they also sell tights!
  5. Old St. Petersburg parking meters collect donations to help the homeless

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Later this week, residents will start to see a new kind of meter around downtown.

    The city has taken a dozen old parking meters, painted them bright yellow, and slapped stickers that say "The Power of Change" on them. Workers will install them in places — not parking spots — where people gather, as a kind of donation station.

    The idea is for people to fill them with coins — money that will go to the city's homeless outreach team....

    The bright yellow donation stations will be in downtown 
St. Petersburg to raise money for homeless initiatives.
  6. State lawmaker says St. Petersburg should not fight lawsuit filed by teen shot, severely injured by officer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — State Rep. Darryl Rouson said he wants the city to "do the right thing" and settle a federal lawsuit filed this week by the family of a teen shot and maimed by a rookie police officer last December.

    Rouson said he called Mayor Rick Kriseman and police Chief Tony Holloway on Wednesday morning to tell them so.

    "We must urge our agencies of government to admit wrong when it is clear and do the right thing," he wrote in a letter delivered to City Hall later in the afternoon. "This is an opportunity to make a difference, send a message and right a wrong timely."...

  7. Style by sign? This Libra is a believer

    Blog

    This afternoon, the internet read me like a book. Or rather, a tweet read me like a ... oh, whatever. Just look:

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  8. Brandes, McLauchlan squaring off in Senate District 22 race

    Elections

    Voters in the competitive state Senate District 22 have been known to swing from left to right when it comes to representation.

    The behemoth district, which stretches from St. Pete Beach to South Tampa, went for President Barack Obama and Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Alex Sink in the past. But two years ago, voters sent conservative Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, to represent them in Tallahassee....

    Sen Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.  [Times]
  9. Family of teen shot, maimed by former rookie St. Petersburg cop sues city

    Civil

    TAMPA — Quade Everett was considered all but dead after a rookie police officer shot him in the head and shoulder in December in St. Petersburg.

    But the teen — struck by bullets as he was driving a truck that police said was stolen — survived, though he was severely disabled.

    Now Everett and his mother are suing Brian Fernandez and the city of St. Petersburg in federal court. A second officer, Brian Priest, also is named in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday....

    Laquanda Everett sits for a portrait in the office of lawyer James Wardell in Tampa on Monday. 

[MONICA HERNDON | Times]
  10. St. Pete council gets details on curbside recycling and arts funding

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials on Thursday presented the most comprehensive details yet about the universal curbside recycling program they hope to start next year.

    Public Works director Mike Connors presented a 16-page slide show to City Council members as they prepare to approve a $6 million loan to buy new trucks and containers.

    "I can only imagine the impatience of some council members and members of the public," Connors said of the program, which has suffered from a series of fits, starts and setbacks since Mayor Rick Kriseman first announced it in February....

  11. St. Petersburg City Council gives developer Bill Edwards control of Al Lang Stadium

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's official. Starting today, businessman Bill Edwards will take over management of Al Lang Stadium, the home turf for his soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

    Edwards has pledged to spend $1.5 million to fix up the aging downtown stadium and will control the facility for the next four years in a deal the City Council approved 7-1 on Thursday.

    "I came to the conclusion this is overwhelmingly a win-win-win," said council member Darden Rice, following remarks by some lamenting the end of baseball at the storied stadium. "I think this is a new day for the city. That death kind of happened a while ago....

    Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards’ deal with St. Petersburg ends a lawsuit he filed over stadium conditions.
  12. It's that time again - let's swoon over sweaters even though it's still to hot in Florida to wear them

    Blog

    It's officially fall. And for most of the rest of the country, that means things are cooling down. Not so much here in Florida, though I swear I did feel a breeze the other day -- right before the sweltering noontime hours and after some thunderstorms.

    No matter. Even though we may not be able to wear sweaters here yet (except maybe in the office) there's no harm in lusting after those we would buy if it was practical. Everyone likes a planner, right?...

    For your Saturday morning errand-running needs. Also $128.
  13. Bill Edwards' $1.5 million deal to manage Al Lang Stadium apparently back on

    Local Government

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

    Joe Zeoli, a city official in charge of downtown enterprise facilities, advised City Council members late Monday night that the issue would be added to Thursday's meeting agenda.

    "Both The Edwards Group (Citrus Sports) and St. Petersburg Baseball Commission requested that this item be brought forward at your October 2nd meeting because of the impact of a delay on their on-going business activities. City Administration supports this request," Zeoli wrote in an email....

    Thursday’s vote will be the latest chapter in the Al Lang Stadium saga, which has been complicated by the fact that the city doesn’t yet know what the future of the stadium will be.
  14. 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....

    From left, St. Petersburg police officers Brian Burton, Matthew Stringfellow and Cody Lance, members of the Street Crimes Unit, examine a used syringe after an arrest at a home on 34th Avenue N, where crack pipes and multiple syringes were found.
  15. 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. ...