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  1. Pinellas school news: Making ready for the eclipse, coach Paul Hanson honored and more


    School district prepares for Monday's eclipse

  2. I-275 south closed in St. Pete heading towards Sunshine Skyway


    ST. PETERSBURG — All southbound lanes of Interstate 275 on the southern tip of Pinellas County were closed Wednesday afternoon due to a traffic crash with injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  3. When is an island not an island? When it's Caladesi


    CLEARWATER — North of Clearwater Beach, beyond the last brown beach house, where the mangroves jut nearly out to the sea, lies seclusion.

    An aerial view shows that Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island connect where Dunedin Pass used to reach the Gulf. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Pinellas news briefs


    USCG Safe Boating Program

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 78 hosts a 12-week repeating cycle of Safe Boating Program meetings every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1500 Pass-a-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach (at the Warren Webster Building, 1 mile south of the Don CeSar). September classes will be held at U.S. Coast …

  5. Pinellas Park police: Woman, 82, killed by front-end loader

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — An 82-year-old woman who wandered away from the customer area of a recycling center was killed Tuesday when a front-end loader knocked her down and ran her over, police said.

    Pinellas Park police said an 82-year-old woman was accidentally killed Tuesday when she was caught under the wheels of this front-end loader at Recycling Services of Florida.
  6. Four options for reviving St. Pete's historic Manhattan Casino

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— The future of the iconic Manhattan Casino, which has been empty for more than a year, is back on Mayor Rick Kriseman's desk.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman is considering four restaurant proposals for the historic Manhattan Casino, once the center of black life in St. Petersburg. It's been empty for more than a year since the city foreclosed on Sylvia's Queen of Soul Food restaurant last year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  7. Detectives search for teens in Seminole home invasion robbery


    SEMINOLE — Two young males broke into the home of a 66-year-old woman Sunday night and beat her with a pistol in a home invasion robbery, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  8. Dr. Delay: St. Petersburg's traffic light synchronization hinges on 34th Street


    A few times a week I drive my wife to work at the Dali Museum. Our preferred route is to take First Avenue S all the way and on most days, we can time it to get all green lights. In the past six weeks or so, the signals at 22nd Street and 20th Street have been retimed and stop us dead in our tracks. Can you explain …

    Lorrie Lykins
  9. Email shows Rep. Larry Ahern disagreed with law he drafted

    Local Government

    When state Rep. Larry Ahern was tabbed earlier this year to craft a bill to reform the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, he said publicly there was no need to disband the agency.

    Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, used private email to discuss the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board's problems while he was drafting legisation to fix the agency earlier this year.  When the Tampa Bay Times requested public and private emails Ahern had sent concerning the licensing agency, he neglected to include the private email. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Fetish Con finds acceptance in hip, trendy St. Petersburg

    Human Interest


    Murdoch Tremblay recently made the 29-hour drive from Kansas to Florida for what he calls his annual family reunion.

    Dresden, a model, tries on a handmade chain by Chained Elegance at St. Petersburg’s Fetish Con on Friday.
  11. 'Guardian angels' come to woman's rescue during robbery in Publix parking lot in Seminole


    SEMINOLE — It was a typical Publix trip, until the career criminal reached for her purse.

    Christopher McMann was cut with a knife as he pulled Watson out of the car.
  12. Police: Uber driver knocks out passenger during fight over route


    ST. PETERSBURG — An Uber driver punched his passenger during a fight, police said, leaving the man fighting for his life.

  13. St. Petersburg's 40th Avenue Bridge closed for emergency repairs


    ST. PETERSBURG — The 40th Avenue Bridge, which connects the Northeast Park neighborhood and Shore Acres, was closed Friday for emergency repairs after an inspection revealed "accelerated deterioration" of the support structure, according to the city.

    A group from the engineering firm Kisinger Campo & Associates assess the situation on the 40th Avenue Bridge at 40th Ave. N and 12th St. NE Friday. The bridge connecting the Northeast Park neighborhood and Shore Acres wll be closed for two weeks while the city makes emergency repairs. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]

  14. St. Pete police to hold active shooter training at Tyrone mall (w/video)

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — If Tyrone Square Mall looks unusually busy early Friday morning, or is filled with police officers, don't be alarmed.

    Tyrone Square Mall will be used for active shooter training on Friday morning by the St. Petersburg police. [Times file photo]
  15. St. Pete officials defend safety of waste-to-energy project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A $65 million project to turn sewage into renewable energy poses no risk to public safety, the city's public works administrator told City Council members Thursday.

    St. Petersburg will partner with TECO Peoples Gas to build a $65 million project to turn sewage into renewable energy at the Southwest sewage plant neat Eckerd College. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]