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  1. Montanari to have heart surgery, out of St. Petersburg council mix for few months

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of the City Council's newest members will be missing from the dais for the next few months.

    “Get checked out even if you don’t have any symptoms,” said council member Ed Montanari.
  2. Deadline nears for registration to vote in primaries, local elections


    Tuesday is the last day to register to vote or change party affiliation for the March 15 presidential primary and municipal elections, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office.

  3. Bacon lovers, choose your St. Petersburg favorite

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — There are crispy people and chewy people, those who prefer turkey and those who would scoff at anything other than pork, chefs who slap it on a burger or others who stir it into mac and cheese.

    Bacon preparation is one divisive issue.

  4. Back to the drawing board for St. Petersburg's Arts in Transit project


    ST. PETERSBURG — Nearly eighteen months ago, the City Council applauded an ambitious plan to transform bus shelters and stops along Central Avenue into a unified artistic vision.

    Ex-official Jeff Danner says the project became an orphan.
  5. Eckerd men's basketball is pushover no more



    Most men's basketball seasons, Eckerd College is just another team on an opponent's schedule.

    This is not most seasons.

    Jerrick Stevenson, a senior who plays guard and forward, is helping lead a turnaround at Eckerd this season. He is averaging 11.4 points per game.  
  6. Ex-Largo cop fighting for job after being fired over sexual relationship

    Local Government

    LARGO — A former police officer is fighting for his job after he was fired in October for not pursuing an investigation on a woman who appeared to be driving under the influence, then having sex with her hours later.

    Former Largo Police officer Jeffrey Pires. [Courtesy of City of Largo]
  7. Pinellas news briefs


    STETSON UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW OPEN HOUSE: High school students or college students interested in attending law school are invited to attend an open house, "The Stetson Experience," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. Prospective students can meet with professors, and learn more about studying abroad or specializing …

  8. Pinellas social scene

    Human Interest


    They say getting there is half the fun. This certainly was the case for the Museum of Fine Arts' Great Escape party. Guests were picked up at their homes by limousines and taken to an undisclosed destination.

    Hillary Cone of St. Petersburg and Lynda Jollay, member of the Host Committee, ride in a limo to the Wine and Whiskey Wonder, A Grape Escape, a Museum of Fine Arts fundraiser.
  9. Pinellas school news: District ranks high for school choice


    Pinellas ranks No. 7 for school choice in national survey

    Samuel B. Joyce is a senior at St. Petersburg High.
  10. Work on U.S. 19's northern end a few years away


    What is the latest plan for construction on U.S. 19 in Pinellas County? I understand it will start in 2018 at State Road 580 and continue to Tampa Road.

    Kathleen Jennings

  11. Guest column: Ferry service between St. Petersburg, Tampa has been done before — in the air


    Tampa Bay is abuzz with the idea of a high speed ferry service between St. Petersburg and Tampa. The idea of a ferry has been percolating at least since the first Pier Task Force in 2010. Recently the St. Petersburg City Council approved $350,000 of BP oil spill money for the estimated $1.34 million pilot project. …

  12. St. Petersbark sells healthy treats and toys for dogs and cats


    Even as a child, Krista Schmidt dreamed of being her own boss — she just didn't know how to make it happen.

    Playing mind games. Puzzle games such as Tic Tac Twirl ($14.99) are designed to keep your dog focused as it solves a problem to get a treat. 
Photos by Natalia Lima/tbt* correspondent
  13. Alternative and cool things to do on Valentine's weekend


    Valentine's Day weekend doesn't have to be ruined by overcrowded restaurants and unmet expectations. Get your mind off the holiday's cliched rituals by venturing out to one or more of the refreshingly distinctive events happening on both sides of the bay Feb. 11-14. From a retro bike ride to a new yoga-and-beer …

    The Love Doctors do open mic Feb. 14 at New World Brewery.
  14. Conference brings international affairs to USF-St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — In 34 years as an American diplomat, Douglas L. McElhaney witnessed a revolution in Portugal, helped negotiate independence for the African nation of Namibia and served as ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Douglas L. McElhaney, 68, was an American diplomat for 34 years.
  15. Major Madeira Beach development moves forward


    MADEIRA BEACH — Despite protests from more than 50 residents Monday night, the planning commission unanimously approved an $80 million development project that could add thousands of cars to daily traffic on the Tom Stuart Causeway.

    Shane Crawford, city manager, says the hotel has pared back.