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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is hoping to secure a $21.8 million federal grant to help pay for a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches. St. Petersburg City  Council approved an interlocal agreement Thursday supporting the project. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
Pinellas transit officials hope the project will get a federal grant in 2020. However, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena still oppose it.
Yesterday• Transportation
Police went looking for Mary Reeser and found a pile of ashes. The unsolved mystery baffled even the FBI.
Yesterday• Florida
A teacher, coach and principal at Northeast High, he rose to district administrator and served on the School Board. Mr. Benjamin died Wednesday at age 92.
Yesterday• Education

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  1. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is hoping to secure a $21.8 million federal grant to help pay for a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown St. Petersburg and the beaches. St. Petersburg City  Council approved an interlocal agreement Thursday supporting the project. ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times
    Pinellas transit officials hope the project will get a federal grant in 2020. However, St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena still oppose it.
  2. 580 Corporate Center in Oldsmar Jones Lang LaSalle Capital Markets
    The six-building center is 91 percent occupied.
  3. Yesterday• Business
    The Cross Bay Ferry, Provincetown III leaves the Vinoy Yacht Basin in January with passengers headed to Tampa. For departure times and fares for this season, which will go from Nov. 1 through April 30, check thecrossbayferry.com. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Now in its third year, the ferry will run Wednesdays through Sundays, with service for every Tampa Bay Lightning home game.
  4. Burgandie N. Marquez, 30, of Palm Harbor, faces a charge of first -degree murder over the death of her 5-month-old son. PINELLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    The family of 5-month old Mason Marquez was the subject of five reports to Florida’s abuse hotline, state records show.
  5. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, at 230 Grand Blvd., has reopened to the public following a six-year restoration effort that started as a sinkhole repair in 2013. Jeff  Rosenfield
    The Unitiarian Universalist Church opens to the public after a six-year restoration project.
  6. Firemen shoveled rubble at spot where disintegrated body of Mrs. Mary Reeser, left, was found in her St. Petersburg apartment. Tampa Bay Times file photos
    Police went looking for Mary Reeser and found a pile of ashes. The unsolved mystery baffled even the FBI.
  7. Treasure Island city commissioners voted to add a dog park in Rosselli Park. PHOTO BY TOM GERMOND  |
    A donation from the Capri Civic Association will establish the dog park, over some opposition.
  8. A woman surveys her home destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis  this month in Nagano, Japan. More victims and damage have been found in the typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing. JAE C. HONG  |  AP
    Typhoon Habigis caused devastation to much of Japan. Nagano got some of the worst of it.
  9. The University of South Florida revealed a new plan for the school's consolidation Thursday morning. Unlike the first plan presented in September, it promises a high level of authority to leaders on campuses in St. Petersburg, shown here, and Sarasota. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    A new proposal also aims to strengthen programs at the university’s St. Petersburg and Sarasota locations.
  10. The Doc Webb house, which became a point of contention over its historic status. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The City Council will vote on amended regulations about third-party designation meant to quell verbal and legal skirmishes over historic preservation
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