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  1. State grant helps county get 8 miles closer to finishing Pinellas Trail


    Bicyclists and joggers know the disappointment well.

    Looking south at the entrance to John Chesnut Sr. Park where the Pinellas Trail currently ends shows how users have to negotiate a narrow sidewalk. Riding on nearby East Lake Road is “very dangerous,” says one cyclist.
  2. Preservation plan for downtown St. Petersburg block defeated

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council defeated a city-initiated plan to designate the city's first commercial block downtown as a historic area.

  3. Couple accused of passing out after smoking 'spice,' leaving 6-month-old baby unattended


    ST. PETERSBURG — Deputies said Thomas Edward Machuta and Mary Lynn Flack were having a "picnic" with a 6-month-old baby Oct. 21 when they smoked synthetic marijuana, also known as "spice," and passed out in the grass.

  4. Pieces of a Dream moves to arts district


    ST. PETERSBURG — For the past year, Patti Bradfield has sold gifts, jewelry, cards apparel and home accents, handcrafted by artists from the area as well as from Africa, Thailand and Indonesia at her store at 7126 Central Ave. On Nov. 1, Pieces of a Dream will open at its new location, 2430 Central Ave. in the …

  5. St. Pete Beach refuses to join rapid transit bus effort

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — The fate of the proposed bus rapid transit system, or BRT, connecting St. Petersburg and the beaches moved no closer to resolution this week.

  6. House 69 candidates differ on mental health needs, fracking and other issues


    ST. PETERSBURG — In some ways, the candidates running for Florida House District 69 are a study in contrasts.

    Jennifer Webb says she hears concerns for environment.
  7. Daniel Ruth: Rays stadium in Oldsmar is not so off-the-wall


    Might itty-bitty Oldsmar be the little town that could?

  8. Race for Pinellas sheriff draws incumbent and vocal critic of agency

    Public Safety

    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has drawn a vocal opponent in his re-election bid who has made it his mission to unearth and change what he believes are corrupt practices by a poorly run agency.

    Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
  9. Crawl shines light on Gulfport Boulevard

    Human Interest

    GULFPORT — Patricia Williams Preaster may be running a one-woman campaign to increase the visibility of businesses on Gulfport Boulevard, but she's starting with a crawl.

    “We hope people will appreciate that there’s more to our community than the Waterfront District,” said Patricia Williams Preaster.
  10. Worst of Red Tide seems over in Pinellas


    It has been a busy time for Treasure Island city workers, who in the past few weeks have cleaned up 40,000 pounds of dead fish on the city's beachfront.

  11. St. Petersburg woman decorates with year-round holiday light displays

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Donna Brown stepped back to look at the "Peace" wreath draped in black "creepy cloth" and the orange icicle lights she'd spent the day installing.

    "That's good," she said softly.

    Every weekend in the month leading up to a major holiday, Donna Brown spends up to 10 hours a day on her creation. She sometimes spends hundreds of dollars a season on new items.
  12. Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District property tax referendum explained

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — Beyond the presidential race, legislative candidates and state constitution amendments, voters within the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District will have one more choice to make.

  13. Pinellas judge rules death penalty case of ex-Jabil executive can move forward


    LARGO — Patrick Evans, the former Jabil executive accused of killing his wife and her friend in 2008, finally learned Tuesday how his fate will be decided when his retrial starts next week.

  14. Pinellas Sheriff's candidate sues agency, saying it violated public records law


    James McLynas, an Indian Shores man running for Pinellas sheriff, is suing the agency he wants to lead for failing to fulfill his public records requests over the past three years.

    James McLynas
  15. St. Petersburg through students' eyes


    ST. PETERSBURG — The opening reception for "Through Our Eyes: Midtown and Beyond" photographic exhibition at the Studio @620 is 5 to 8 p.m. tonight. The community is invited to see 100 photos taken by students in kindergarten through 12th grade at the Centers for Journalism and Multimedia at Melrose Elementary, …