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  1. Clearwater Bar offers Pinellas students legal internships for summer

    Education

    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Bar Association is offering paid legal internships this summer for high school students in Pinellas County. The six-week program will let interns "learn about the inner workings of law offices, legal departments, and the judicial system," according to a press release. The deadline to …

  2. Clearwater to hold final meeting on water replenishment plant

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city on Tuesday will host the third and final public meeting before construction begins on the groundwater replenishment facility this summer. Utilities staff and the Southwest Florida Management District will be on hand to answer questions from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Clearwater East Library, 2251 …

  3. Clearwater festival celebrates culture

    Events

    CLEARWATER — The city is hosting the Festival of Arts, Food and Culture in the Downtown Gateway on Saturday. The free event will feature music, dance groups, a drum line, children's rides, food trucks and other activities. It will be held at the intersection of Cleveland Street and Hillcrest Avenue. Free parking …

  4. Clearwater offers secure disposal of documents and medicines

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — "Operation Shred and Prescription Drug Takeback" will be conducted by the Clearwater Police Department and the city's solid waste department from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, near the L.A. Fitness. Documents will be shredded on site under the supervision of …

  5. Jailhouse informants have a powerful incentive to help, or hurt, a criminal case: Freedom

    Criminal

    LARGO — Jamison Bell is a good listener.

    Jamison Bell, 43, was a jailhouse informant who testified in two Pinellas murder trials. (Florida Department of Corrections)
  6. Medical marijuana dispensaries on Largo commission's agenda

    Local Government

    LARGO — Commissioners will consider during Tuesday's commission meeting an ordinance to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

    Largo will take up restrictions on medical marijuana on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
  7. Deputies: Three Pinellas inmates overdose after sharing drug brought into jail

    Crime

    LARGO — A Pinellas County jail inmate faces charges after deputies say he brought an illicit substance into the facility and overdosed with two other inmates Thursday night.

    Gilner
  8. Lawsuit alleges PSTA gave trolley contract to lesser qualified Jolley Trolley because of lobbying, local advantage

    Transportation

    CLEARWATER — Cincinnati-based First Transit has sued the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, alleging it lost the county's trolley contract because a "who's who of Clearwater" lobbied the board to choose the less qualified Jolley Trolley.

    The Jolley Trolley has been operating in North Pinellas since 1982.  A PSTA official said board members were allowed to consider that experience in awarding a contract. 
  9. State Rep. Larry Ahern again kills controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    State Rep. Larry Ahern's legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is dead once again.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, has again pulled proposed legislation to help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  10. Pinellas construction licensing board investigator resigns after road rage allegation

    Local Government

    PALM HARBOR — An investigator with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board resigned Wednesday after being accused of threatening two people with a baseball bat during a road rage incident on Tampa Road.

    Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board Investigator Anthony DeBernardi resigned Wednesday after he was accused of thertening two motorists with a baseball bat in a road-rage incident. He was not arrested or charged with any crime. The other people declined to press charges. [MARK PUENTE   |   Tampa Bay Times}
  11. St. Petersburg's Holocaust Museum marks 25th anniversary with multiple events

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Holocaust Museum is joining with Eckerd College to release a 25th Anniversary oral history series, "25 Survivors, 25 Stories … Celebrating 25 Years."

    The Florida Holocaust Museum.
  12. Church of Scientology takes aim at Clearwater Marine Aquarium after being denied land

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology has launched a statewide campaign blasting the ethics and financial practices of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a move that follows the aquarium's recent decision not to sell the church a prized downtown property.

    The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is asking the Pinellas County Commissionfor for $26 million in tourist tax dollars, but the Church of Scientology says the facility doesn't deserve it. The church sent a complaint to local and state officials, alleging the aquarium has a number of financial problems and should be denied the money. Aquarium director David Yates says the church's allegations are unfounded. The aquarium last week sold a prime piece of downtown land to the city, against the church's wishes. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  13. Now married, the domestic violence victim and the Clearwater paramedic chart their 'next chapter'

    Human Interest

    As the sun shone through the trees and the horse-drawn carriage pulled up to where the altar was staged, Melissa Harris, an officer with the Clearwater Police Department, felt her eyes welling as she recalled the first time she met the bride. Now she was one of Melissa Dohme's best friends and bridesmaids.

    Melissa Dohme and Cameron Hill, who met in a real-life nightmare in which she was attacked with knives by an ex-boyfriend, and he was one of her rescuers, exchanged vows March 4 at the Lange Farm in Dade City.
  14. State Rep. Larry Ahern brings back controversial bill to fix Pinellas construction licensing board

    Local Government

    Legislation aimed at reforming the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board that died last month has suddenly been resurrected.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R- Seminole, brought proposed legislation back to life that would help reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. But that's news to the Pinellas County Commission and the agency's interim director. Ahern, a longtime pool contractor, had also said he would wait until the completion of a grand jury investigation before reforming the agency. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times
  15. Sheriff's Office: Deputies roll up to house party as intoxicated teen jumps off roof

    News

    Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said they were already called to the house in unincorporated Largo twice for complaints about a loud party.