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. St. Pete employees get reminder about city's new vision after revelations about racial tension in some city departments

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    ST. PETERSBURG | Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin issued a memo to all employees this week in the wake of stories in the Tampa Bay Times about racial tension among employees, most noticably in the Stormwater Department, where a white supervisor spray-painted the back of a black worker's back and made reference to the Klu Klux Klan.

    Tomalin began her letter, which went out Thursday, by reminding people of the city's new vision, unveiled when Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration took office this year. One of the chief values, Tomalin said, is diversity and inclusiveness....

  2. Joyner, Cruz to endorse USF prof in Senate District 22 race

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    ST. PETERSBURG | State Sen. Arthenia Joyner and state Rep. Janet Cruz are expected to endorse University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Judithanne McLauchlan for the Senate District 22 seat currently held by Republican Jeff Brandes.

    The Demoncratic lawmakers are makig it official Saturday at the "Diversi-Tea" event at the Manhattan Casino, hosted by Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. The event is aimed at celbrating the 9th Amendment....

  3. Ex-police chief Davis opposes change to St. Petersburg charter

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    Former St. Petersburg police Chief Goliath Davis III opposes a proposed change to the city charter that would protect council members from being removed from office for voicing their opinion on mayoral appointments.

    Davis, writing in the Weekly Challenger, urged residents to vote against the change on Nov. 4.

    Supporters of the charter change are unhappy with Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to select Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway as the city's new chief, Davis wrote....

    Bill Dudley oversees practice in 2006, his last year as wrestling coach at Northeast High.
  4. Quick! Read this post. It may make you money ... or just laugh

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    Let's do an experiment. Everyone, put your hand in your pockets.

    They're empty, right?

    Yea, so are ours. That's why we're happy to hear about this bit of news, passed onto us by Deal Diva friend Katherine Snow Smith, who tracks all the new businesses coming to town.

    On Sept. 4, the Tampa Bay area is getting another resale/trade shop. Think along the lines of Plato's closet, Revolve, etc. Discount used clothes with the option to bring your old ones to the counter for some cash....

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  5. City says sensitivity training coming to Stormwater Department

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    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.

    Employees will undergo sensitivity training, and the city will seek an outside group to conduct a formal climate survey, said city spokesman Ben Kirby....

    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.
  6. Tensions hover over 'KKK' painted on St. Petersburg worker's vest

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The long-sleeved shirt is orange, and stained with dirt and sweat and accusations.

    It's been wrapped in a clear plastic bag, sitting in a city storage room for months.

    Stretched across the shoulders on the back, "STORMWATER" is printed in big, black block letters.

    The white letters are sprayed over that. If you look closely, you'll see the outline of what appears to be a "K," with a vertical line next to it, and then a third white smear. Similar white splotches are more pronounced on an accompanying safety vest....

    Donald Pittman’s work vest was sprayed with white paint by John Paquette. Officials determined Paquette broke the city’s discrimination and harassment rules, which suggest termination as punishment. Instead, he was given 10 days of unpaid leave.
  7. Girl, fix your face (and other tips for emergency skin breakouts)

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    Ladies, let's talk.

    A couple weekends back, I flew away for a long weekend. It was lovely and a great escape. I got some much-needed rest, some quality hang-out time, and witnessed the nuptials of some dear friends. And while on a shopping trip with my sister, I decided to be a little adventurous.

    We ducked into a Bath & Body Works because she needed something. I didn't have plans to get anything. I'm picky about what does go on my sensitive skin, and it's been years since I actually bought something for myself from there....

    Deal Diva friend Laura said once she started using this, the breakouts disappeared.
  8. Kriseman endorses USF St. Pete professor in state senate race

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    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman made his first endorsement of this year's legislative election season, saying he supports University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Judithanne McLauchlan for the Senate District 22 seat currently held by Republican Jeff Brandes.

    The mayor and McLauchlan held a press conference Friday morning at Demens Landing park  downtown....

  9. Should top city and county officials live in the communities they serve?

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    CLEARWATER — The rule for police chiefs, county administrators and other top government leaders tends to be a firm one: If you're going to work here, you need to live here.

    But with rules come exceptions, and officials in Pinellas County are making some for what they say are the right hires.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is not making his new police chief Tony Holloway move to the city from Belleair, and Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne is not requiring Daniel Slaughter, who will be sworn in as chief of police on Thursday, to move to Clearwater from Trinity in Pasco County....

  10. My Outfit Monday: Tale of the Traveling Pants (and shirt and shoes and...)

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    Let's go ahead and get this out of the way: This is not my typical outfit post.

    You'll see no dress here, no fancy heels, no makeup. Just me, some jeans, a T-shirt. Deal with it, because this IS what I'm wearing today. I'm not on the clock today, and just got off a plane (just got back from -- wait for it -- a wedding!)

    So cut me some slack, please. It can't be that bad, right?

    Actually, the main part of my outfit -- pants and top -- are both new items to my closet. I got the grey jeans last month in San Francisco. They're those ubiquitous ones from Forever 21 -- you know the ones, They're like $5 or something. I needed them when my legs got a little chilly. They have just enough stretch to be comfy on long flights, trust me....

    Happy Monday!
  11. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman halfway through his first year, big decisions ahead

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A little more than halfway through his first year in office, Mayor Rick Kriseman packs his days with as many staff briefings, community meetings and small business tours as possible.

    He's still getting to know the pace of city bureaucracy, he said last week, but he's generally pleased with where things stand.

    "It's been a whirlwind, but it's been energizing," he said....

    Some of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman’s decisions have begun to grow some doubts.
  12. Wedding advice for the girl who has not been planning her wedding her whole life (and maybe also for the girl who has)

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    Last weekend I went to a lovely wedding of a friend. It was at the St. Petersburg Museum of History (a pretty cool venue for those out there looking), and had a great casual feel. Everything looked and felt effortless.

    So after the last toast was done, and the last song played, I snagged my friend Emily (the bride) and told her we HAD to talk. Not every girl has been dreaming of her nuptials since kindergarten. I certainly haven't, and neither has Emily. So I wanted to know: what tips could she give for the bride who doesn't have a vision board under her bed?...

    Just got engaged and don't know where to start? Let my friend Emily, who got married last week in downtown St. Pete, give you tips on planning your big day
  13. New chief Tony Holloway readies to tackle bevy of policy issues, projects at St. Petersburg Police Department

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    ST. PETERSBURG — When new chief Tony Holloway takes the reins at the Police Department next month, he won't be alone.

    Holloway, 52, announced as the city's new top cop a week ago, is putting a team together to focus on his transition to the county's second-largest law enforcement agency.

    He said he may draw from his experience at the Clearwater Police Department, where he has been chief for four years, but also plans to tap the expertise of others....

  14. Five things to know about new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's new police chief is no stranger to the Tampa Bay area.

    Tony Holloway grew up in Hillsborough County. But the 52-year-old, who has led the Clearwater Police Department for the past four years, is probably more familiar to residents in the northern half of Pinellas County.

    His challenge now will be to get to know south county. Holloway spoke to the Tampa Bay Times this week and said he plans to talk to everyone in his department to get a feel for how it works and what its problems are. But he also will get out in the community so people can get to know him....

    Police Chief Tony Holloway’s priorities: getting to know the community and the force.
  15. This sale won't cure you of your shoe obsession. Oh well.

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    This was supposed to be an intervention post.

    Inspired by this article on one of my favorite sites, I was all ready to lay down a sermon about responsibility, frugalness and how not to fall in the trap of impulse buying. (Yea, I hear you laughing.)...

    Get yourself over to Target, where there is a sale on canvas shoes RIGHT NOW. Oh, and please pick the kicks in this slideshow for me. (Hey, they're only $15) K? Great. Thanks.