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SPC begins search for new president with forum

St. Petersburg College will start its search to replace retiring President Carl Kuttler Jr. with a public forum attended by its board Sept. 21.

The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in the first floor conference room at the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., Largo.

About 20 invited guests will give their thoughts, followed by comments from the audience.

Posted by Times Editor at 05:35:56 PM on September 11, 2009

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Kornell gets second police union endorsement

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Pinellas Fraternal Order of Police, which includes many ranking officers, has endorsed Steve Kornell in St. Petersburg's District 5 council race, Kornell's campaign announced Friday. Kornell previously was endorsed by the St. Petersburg Police Benevolent Association, which is more of a rank-and-file union.

"I am grateful for this endorsement from our local Fraternal Order of Police chapter,'' Kornell said in a release. "I look forward to working with them to make St. Petersburg a better, safer city.''

Kornell's opponent, Angela Rouson, has been endorsed by the St. Petersburg fire fighters' union. Besides the publicity value of such endorsements, police and fire fighters are known for actively campaigning on behalf of their chosen candidates.

Stephen Nohlgren, Times staff writer

Posted by Times Editor at 02:52:20 PM on September 11, 2009

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