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. 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.
  2. 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? ...

  3. 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....

    Now let's get to our favorite looks! This piece, from KalaExpress, had us all literally gasping and reaching for our phones. Deal Diva Katie about swooned.
  4. 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. ...

  5. 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....

  6. "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!
  7. 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....

  8. 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.
  9. 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."...

  10. St. Petersburg City Council vets Mayor Kriseman's budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members said they are getting more comfortable with Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed 2015 budget after a meeting Thursday to hash out details.

    The council insisted on the special meeting a few weeks ago with hopes of not repeating last year's down-to-the-wire and sometimes-contentious budget hearings.

    The first public hearing on the $216 million general fund budget is Thursday. ...

  11. Consultants urge St. Petersburg to think big, embrace waterfront's local flair

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Thomas Cavallaro was looking for certain things when he decided to move south from New York.

    His new home needed to be walkable, have lots of amenities and be coastal. Downtown Tampa was a contender, but the pull of St. Petersburg's waterfront was stronger.

    "I'm an urbanite," said Cavallaro, 66, who lives in a condo across the street from the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. "I like this town a lot. I'm not embarrassed as a Manhattanite to bring my friends here."...

  12. St. Petersburg mandates for city workers to stem racial tensions

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A consultant began conducting sensitivity training classes for employees in the city's stormwater and water departments this week, following recent reports of racial tension.

    From now to October, the city plans to hold 16 such sessions to ensure all employees, from directors down, complete a four-hour course called "Unique Like You!"

    Hundreds of staffers across the two departments will get the training, which costs the city $500 per class, said Chris Guella, director of human resources....

    St. Petersburg city officials closed an investigation into allegations in which one stormwater department employee accused a colleague of spray-painting the letters "KKK" on the back of his work vest. [City of St. Petersburg]
  13. St. Pete employees get reminder about city's new vision after revelations about racial tension in some city departments

    Blog

    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....

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

    Blog

    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 Democratic lawmakers are making 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 celebrating the 9th Amendment....

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

    Local Government

    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....

    Dr. Goliath Davis, former St. Petersburg City Administrator and Chief of Police, address the media and members of the community at the Enoch Davis Community Center about being fired from his job as City Administrator on Friday, March 3, 2011.
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