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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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Twitter: @CornAndPotatoes

Blog: Deal Divas

  1. Summer marked by slowdown in bike ticketing by Tampa police

    Public Safety

    TAMPA — Tampa police dramatically decreased their bicycle ticketing after a Tampa Bay Times investigation this spring found stark racial disparities in the long-standing practice.

    Police gave out 59 bike tickets from May through July, fewer than any other summer in more than a decade, according to department records. A Times analysis found Tampa police wrote three times more tickets in the same period last year....

    Renaldo Longstreet, 34, right, and his friend Quinn Hayes pedal their bikes Tuesday on N Rome Avenue in West Tampa. “Quinn and I had our bikes flipped by Tampa police three months ago, but we were never given tickets for no lights,’’ Longstreet said. A decline in bicycle tickets comes in the wake of a Times investigation published in April that found Tampa police issued more bike citations than any other law enforcement agency in Florida.
  2. District 7 candidates move away from Wengay Newton's legacy


    ST. PETERSBURG — For the past eight years, Council Member Wengay Newton has represented the neediest district in the city.

    The issues facing the area — high poverty, high crime, few jobs and poor schools — are many, and Newton has been anything but shy about talking about them.

    His pugilistic style has earned him open scorn from fellow council members.

    "You have to advocate. Never surrender," said Newton, who regularly ends up by himself when it's time to vote. "District 7 suffers so much. You can't turn your back. "...

  3. My Farewell Friday: A diva bids adieu


    Pro-tip: When the Cool Girls in your office make a beeline for your desk, don't panic.

    They may be there to invite you to lunch. Or compliment your outfit. Or ask you to join their really cool club.

    That's what happened to me a few years ago, when I was asked to join Deal Divas. The invitation to become one of the fashion and shopping bloggers for THEE (then) St. Petersburg Times was thrilling. Plus, it came with a tiara. (I'm not kidding)....

  4. My Farewell Friday: A diva bids adieu


    Pro-tip: When the Cool Girls in your office make a beeline for your desk, don't panic.

    They may be there to invite you to lunch. Or compliment your outfit. Or ask you to join their really cool club.

    That's what happened to me a few years ago, when I was asked to join Deal Divas. The invitation to become one of the fashion and shopping bloggers for THEE (then) St. Petersburg Times was thrilling. Plus, it came with a tiara. (I'm not kidding)....

  5. St. Petersburg files lawsuit against companies involved in Mahaffey Theater renovations


    ST. PETERSBURG — The city says it was duped by those hired to make fixes to the exterior of the Mahaffey Theater, which underwent a $20 million renovation in the mid 2000s.

    St. Petersburg officials last week filed a civil lawsuit in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court against the architects, contractors and construction firms who convinced the city to install stucco panels to eliminate leaks....

  6. City: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be in early March 2016

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City officials confirmed rumors Monday that next year's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place in early March, a couple of weeks sooner than it has in past years.

    City spokesman Ben Kirby said the IndyCar race, which snakes through downtown streets and along the waterfront, will happen the weekend of March 11-13.

    Those dates were floated a couple of weeks ago by Motosports Travel, a website that books accommodations for racing events. That prompted a flurry of talk among locals and business owners. Some hotels said they actually preferred the earlier date because that means it won't bump up against Easter, which will be on March 27 in 2016....

    Next year’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will start earlier. Some hotels prefer the change so it won’t bump up against Easter.
  7. St. Petersburg police get (needed) help on crime lab, traffic

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — When crime scene technicians process evidence at the St. Petersburg Police Department, they go to in a cramped area on the ground floor of an 85-year-old building.

    Far from orderly, the room is stuffed with cardboard boxes stacked atop old metal cabinets. Instead of high-tech gadgetry, plastic gloves, bottles of chemicals and fingerprint powder clutter countertops....

    Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputy E. Prophete directs traffic before a Rays game last week. This is the first year that officers from other jurisdictions have been included in the off-duty work.
  8. Modcloth gets cooler, makes us love it even more


    ModCloth, your favorite online retailer for, well, everything, dropped us a gem this afternoon.

    They're starting their own line! In about a week or so, they'll debut the first-ever ModCloth namesake label. How cool is that?

    It says a lot about where we are as a culture that the email they sent out directed us to their Instagram feed for sneak peeks. So get over there! (and buy me this jumpsuit while you're at it.)...

    Is this my magic jumper?
  9. St. Pete council asks for Trop site study -- but will it get one?


    ST. PETERSBURG | The city council voted Thursday night to ask the administration to conduct a study of redevelopment opportunities on the Tropicana Field site.

    Whether anyone will take up the task remains to be seen.

    "We'll take it under consideration," City Administrator Gary Cornwell said minutes after the council's 4-1 vote. "I'll leave it up to the mayor."

    Council member Jim Kennedy, who voted against Mayor Rick Kriseman's deal to allow the Tampa Bay Rays to start looking outside the city for a new stadium site, said he believes that a study conducted by an outfit like the Urban Land Institute is a logical next step in the process....

  10. St. Pete ccouncil approves $663K deal to buy black history museum


    ST. PETERSBURG | The city is one step closer to buying the building that houses the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum.

    Council members, in a 6-0 vote Thursday, approved a purchase agreement that calls for the city to pay $663,000 to the St. Petersburg Housing Authority for the museum at 2240 Ninth Ave. S. (Click here to see background on how the two agreed on the price)...

  11. Kriseman pulls back on charter amendment that would affect city council elections


    ST. PETERSBURG | Mayor Rick Kriseman has pulled back on a proposed charter change that would mean future council members, in some circumstances, would be elected solely by voters from a particular district. 

    Right now, council members represent one of eight districts but are elected city-wide. If more than two people want the same district seat, they have to compete in a primary; the top two vote-getters then compete again (city-wide) in the general election....

  12. As St. Pete's Kriseman makes plans to visit Cuba, Tampa's Buckhorn looks elsewhere

    Local Government

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman didn't hide his glee earlier this week when the United States and Cuba reopened their long-closed embassies.

    "This can only mean great things for the Sunshine City and the Tampa Bay area," Kriseman said on Twitter and Facebook, where he repeated his intent to visit Cuba.

    Yet only 23 miles to the east, the same diplomatic breakthrough drew a mere shrug from another Democratic mayor, Bob Buckhorn of Tampa....

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  13. Kriseman cuts back duties for administrator who oversaw recycling

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The man behind the city's botched rollout of universal curbside recycling will no longer supervise the sanitation department that launched the program last month.

    Public Works Administrator Mike Connors also won't oversee the city's purchasing department, which bought new recycling trucks that can't fit through back alleys, a drawback that's triggered a backlash from residents who don't want bins in the streets....

    Mike Connors, Pier Selection Committee Chairman, front, said during the St. Petersburg City Council meeting in May, "I see myself going to this Pier Park time and time again." [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  14. St. Petersburg launches 'theatrical' community conversations about diversity

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Over the years, people here have talked about race relations in coffee shops and at City Hall, at public forums and with expert panels.

    Over the next couple of months, the city plans to try something new.

    Following up on a promise to have broad "community conversations" about diversity, the city administration has officially kicked off a series of meetings called This Is My City. St. Pete Stories....

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick  Kriseman talks to resident Alfred Williams during This Is My City: St. Pete Stories.
  15. St. Pete Battle of the Bands organizer withdraws request for city funding

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — One thing appears clear about the annual Battle of the Bands held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.: Next year's competition will not be funded by the city after all.

    Organizer Sevell Brown recently notified city officials he will not seek money for the Battle of the Bands hosted every year at Tropicana Field. He also acknowledged he does not qualify for the $35,000 Mayor Rick Kriseman earmarked in next year's budget....

    Organizer Sevell Brown’s email said he’ll apply again for funds in 2017.