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  1. City officials keep funding for MLK events in place, despite unanswered questions

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Event organizer Sevell Brown dropped off a city sponsorship application earlier this year knowing it was missing a few details — namely, specifics on how to spend money for his Battle of the Bands event held annually in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Bands play at Tropicana Field in January 2014 during the annual Battle of the Bands that is part of the city’s MLK festivities.
  2. Midnight run starts holiday events in Pinellas

    Human Interest

    While many patriotic revelers will wait until daylight tomorrow, there are some who choose an early start to their celebration. About 2,500 runners will kick off their Fourth of July by kicking up their heels at the 36th annual Kiwanis-Virginia Street Dermatology Midnight Run. The featured event is a 10K race with …

    Go ahead and “ooh” and “aah,” it’s the Fourth!
  3. Seminole mayor: New city manager will be start of new era

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — In replacing their longtime city manager, council members here settled on a woman with extensive experience in municipal government.

    Ann Toney-Deal, 54, cites the city’s “strong, positive financial history” as the reason she applied for the job.
  4. Know how to get out if hurricane comes


    One element of hurricane preparation that shouldn't be left until the last minute is evacuation route planning. For those who live or work in beach communities in particular, it's important to plot a drive plan well ahead of time and share the information with family, friends and co-workers.

  5. Ruth: Jolly draws opposition from both sides of Tampa Bay


    Perhaps former Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern expected to arrive in Pinellas County with all the adoration and folderol of Elizabeth Taylor sitting upon a massive sedan chair atop the shoulders of slaves entering Rome in Cleopatra.

  6. St. Petersburg man demands officers take him to jail


    ST. PETERSBURG — Officers were dispatched to 4510 19th Ave. S last week when Jeremie Robinson yelled he wanted to go to jail, according to arrest reports.

  7. Pinellas news briefs


    The Sunshine Center Country Classics band is looking for experienced musicians. Old and some new country music will be featured in the jam session. Session are 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Audience members are welcome to sing solo or with the crowd. The Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. For …

  8. Former Tampa cop gets a top job in Pinellas County government

    Local Government

    It was one of the most memorable protest-related moments of the 2012 Republican National Convention.

    In this photo from 2012, then Assistant Chief John Bennett of the Tampa Police Dept. talks with protesters as they decide to disperce at the corner of Kennedy and Tampa Street in downtown Tampa during the March For Your Life rally.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. PSTA hires Washington lobbyist

    Local Government

    Pinellas County's transit agency is looking to bring in money by spending money — on a Washington lobbyist.

  10. St. Petersburg doctor's founders' monuments now mobile after land sale

    Human Interest

    If you've missed David McKalip's Founders Corner monuments with their display of the Ten Commandments and other sayings that stood at Fourth Street and 62nd Avenue N, never fear.

    In this photo from 2011, Todd King, an installer with Oakhurst Signs, levels one the slabs before the concrete is poured. Neurosurgeon David McKalip is responsible for the patriotic monument, which is located on a vacant lot he owns next to McKalip's office and includes passages from the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Emancipation Proclamation. [CHRIS ZUPPA  |  Times]
  11. St. Petersburg College provost says school hopes to partner with Midtown residents


    ST. PETERSBURG — When St. Petersburg College's sparkling new Midtown Center opens in August, the three-story, $15 million building will have six regular classrooms, three computer labs, two science labs, a career center and a bookstore.

  12. A look at the wild animals who live on human turf in Florida's most densely populated county (w/video)


    As an amateur photographer, I like taking pictures of wild animals in nature: alligators in the swamp, eagles on the treetops. But about a year ago, I decided to do the opposite. I picked up my camera and started hunting for wild animals in areas we consider human turf.

    A trash bin acts as a feeding station, attracting vultures to this East Lake shopping center.
  13. Allendale residents oppose potential development


    ST. PETERSBURG — In the stately Allendale neighborhood known for grand stone houses and spacious lawns, residents are concerned about the potential development of up to eight homes on a site where one house now stands.

  14. Tampa Bay law enforcement divided on the use of body cameras (w/video)

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — About six months ago, a Police Department staffer won a raffle at a law enforcement conference. The prize? A brand-new body camera.

    Tampa Officer Gary Leggett’s body camera is one of 60 in use by the department. The device is used during traffic stops, building searches and many other law enforcement activities.
  15. Family turns to crowdfunding, prayer after rare cancer diagnosis


    ST. PETERSBURG — In between Craigslist listings for lawn care and children's summer camp, a plea for help catches the eye.

    Demetrick Mays, Jr., 18, center, father Demetrick Sr., 40, and stepmother, Kiramata Warren, 35, surround themselves with prayers and community.