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  1. Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board plays fast and loose with disciplinary process

    Local Government

    The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board doesn't report to anyone, not to the local county commission like every other similar board in the state, and not even to the Florida Legislature which created it.

    Members of a disciplinary panel at the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board hear a complaint against a contractor in September 2016. Board members (left) sit on the panel and determine whether there is reason to believe contractors committed infractions. The board's investigators and employees (right ) summarize cases for the board members. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Epilogue: Charlie Fant, longtime Treasure Island fire chief

    Obituaries

    TREASURE ISLAND — When he was a teenager, fire sirens were music to Charlie Fant's ears.

    Charlie Fant, Treasure Island's longtime fire chief, died on Sunday.
  3. Family pleads for help in fatal Gulfport hit-and-run

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Almost a month after Frankie McCray was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street, his family pleaded with the public Thursday for help in finding the driver.

  4. A look at how Pinellas County is spending BP settlement money

    Local

    Dollars have been doled out across Pinellas County following months of deliberations on how to spend the $7.1 million settlement from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. County commissioners chose to split the money among 28 projects, ranging from health causes to artistic efforts to infrastructure and more. Here's …

    The Clearwater Ferry System is getting $80,000 of the BP oil spill settlement. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  5. Motorcyclist dead after collision in Seminole

    Accidents

    SEMINOLE — A 22-year-old man died Thursday afternoon after a collision between his motorcycle and a vehicle in front of a post office, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    A vehicle crashed into a home in the 9300 block of 113th Street N. after a fatal collision with a motorcycle. [Photo courtesy of 10News WTSP]
  6. Pinellas residents can dispose of old tires for free

    Local Government

    COUNTYWIDE — Now is your chance to get rid of old tires cluttering up your yard, garage or trunk of your vehicle. To help with mosquito control, Pinellas County will host a free waste tire disposal dropoff Saturday . Residents can dispose of up to 12 tires each (under 36 inches). The event will take place from 9 …

  7. Ridgecrest neighborhood honors reading advocate Jim Dyson

    Human Interest

    LARGO — The Friends of Ridgecrest honored its annual community servant of the year Monday during a breakfast and tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  8. Seminole passes moratorium on medical marijuana

    Local Government

    SEMINOLE — Council members passed a temporary moratorium on the sale of medical marijuana in the city, following suit with several local governments anticipating the effects of a constitutional amendment that would expand use of the drug.

  9. Three-way battle for mayor in St. Pete Beach

    Elections

    ST. PETE BEACH — The March municipal election here will do little to change the balance of power on the City Commission, as two incumbents are returning unopposed to office.

    The mayoral race is a different matter.

  10. Deputies: Woman steals hundreds of dollars worth of feminine products, sex toys

    Crime

    LARGO

    Deputies: Woman steals feminine products, sex toys

  11. Pinellas Park Middle, bursting with students, to get $26 million facelift

    K12

    PINELLAS PARK — The hunt for a lunchroom seat begins at 10:50 a.m. every day at Pinellas Park Middle.

    Harvard Jolly Architects’ rendering of the renovated Pinellas Park Middle School.
  12. Intent of fatal shot is crux of Clearwater teacher's trial

    Criminal

    LARGO — John "J.J." Rush was "out of control" on the day he was shot dead.

     Cara Ryan, shown here at a previous hearing, goes on trial today in the murder of her ex-husband.
  13. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    Seminole Pow Wow Parade seeking floats

  14. Hometown Pinellas

    News

    Largo ranked among best for college grads

  15. St. Petersburg ponders options for Manhattan Casino's next chapter

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — For seven months, a fabled building in Midtown has sat empty.

    The city seized the struggling Sylvia’s restaurant in June.