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  1. West St. Petersburg spill wasn't as clean as previously claimed, Kriseman says

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — For more than a week, Mayor Rick Kriseman insisted that 58 million gallons of sewage that spilled into west St. Petersburg neighborhoods was essentially the same thing residents sprinkle on their lawns: reclaimed water.

                         St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speaks about sewage crisis as he addresses the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday.
  2. The political stink of sewage: Kriseman says probes are attacks by GOP

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — Awash in a sewage crisis, Mayor Rick Kriseman is facing a state investigation ordered by Gov. Rick Scott and a possible federal probe requested by U.S. Rep. David Jolly and Sen. Marco Rubio.

  3. Animal rescue nonprofit CEO found guilty of animal cruelty, sentenced to probation

    Criminal

    Veronica Faulseit, a 50-year-old woman charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, was found guilty Thursday evening.

    Faulseit
  4. Prosecutors decline charges in two recent Pinellas road rage confrontations

    Crime

    Prosecutors declined to pursue charges in two recent road rage confrontations, one of which ended in a fatal shooting.

    DiPina
  5. Kriseman takes criticism over sewage at City Council meeting

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With a state investigation under way and possible federal action looming, Mayor Rick Kriseman faced harsh music at City Hall on Thursday, making a rare, extended appearance at a regular City Council meeting to hear often fierce criticism from council members and the public.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman told the council Thursday he didn’t communicate well about the sewage problems and that’s “something we can improve on.”
  6. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary operating under new name, new management

    Wildlife

    INDIAN SHORES — The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a Tampa Bay institution for 45 years, no longer exists.

    The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary has reopened with a new name, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, and new management. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times] 
  7. Tradewinds hotel proposal clears first hurdle in St. Pete Beach

    Local Government

    ST. PETE BEACH — A proposed 217-room, 12-story hotel cleared its first hurdle Tuesday when the city's Planning Board approved a conditional use permit for the $55 million project.

  8. Epilogue: Bruce Watters, a jewel in downtown St. Petersburg

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — At age 85 Bruce Watters was still working part time at his family's jewelry store on Beach Drive up until about two weeks before he died this month. Like the store, Bruce Watters Jewelers, the man himself was a longtime fixture in downtown St. Petersburg.

    There was a time when going to Bruce Watters on Beach Drive was a rite of passage for engagements and weddings.
  9. Police blotter: Man accused of driving to Largo City Hall in stolen truck

    Crime

    LARGO — Arendale Cullin walked into Largo City Hall on Sept. 16 and approached the front desk. A receptionist pointed out that he couldn't park his truck near the entrance.

  10. Daniel Ruth: Don't blame former mayors for St. Pete's sewage mess

    Columns

    It is not a bright idea for a mayor to blame his predecessors for a massive sewage spill long after they have left office. To paraphrase Harry Truman: the sludge stops here — right on top of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's desk.

  11. St. Petersburg Pier could be brought to you by sponsors

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Money is tight for the planned 25-acre Pier District, even with a budget of $66 million.

    A rendering shows the core part of the new pier design. Other features have been stripped away to keep it within budget.
  12. Holocaust museum ranked no. 1 in area

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Florida Holocaust Museum officials are pleased with the museum's recent designation as the top one to visit in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area.

  13. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    LEARN HOW TO PRUNE YOUR TREES: Safety Harbor is home to a variety of trees from palms and crape myrtles to beautiful old shade trees, which all require special care to ensure they stay healthy. Join Safety Harbor arborist Art Finn as he presents tree pruning techniques at a workshop at the Safety Harbor Library, …

  14. St. Petersburg budget set for approval

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council will likely spend much of its energy on the latest twists and turns of the city's sewage crisis today at its meeting, but members are also expected to give final approval to a $511 million budget and increased utility rates to pay for sewer and stormwater fixes.

  15. Druid Road work in Clearwater should wrap up next month

    News

    Can you tell me when the project on Druid Road near Morton Plant Hospital will be complete please?

    C. Mancuso