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  1. Council gives in to pension dispute with St. Pete firefighters

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council was forced to consider its first labor dispute in years Thursday when it gave the firefighters union most of the pension enhancements it has long asked for.

    The firefighters’ union won a pension victory at Thursday’s City Council meeting. [SCOTT KEELER    |      TIMES]
  2. Police: Man arrested in Largo had thousands of child pornography files

    Crime

    LARGO — A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after detectives found thousands of child pornography images and videos on his laptop.

    Tyrone Jeffrey Russell, 43, was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, according to Largo police. [Pinellas County Jail]
  3. A talk in St. Petersburg with artist Ruby C. Williams

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Business and Culture for the Arts will hold a special "Cultural Encounter" with folk artist Ruby C. Williams at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

    Folk artist Ruby C. Williams
  4. Pinellas County water maintenance may result in odor

    Local Government

    Pinellas County will start routine water treatment maintenance that may result in a difference in the taste and smell of water.

  5. Old Time Pottery adds store in Largo

    Business

    LARGO — A home decor and furniture store opened Thursday at 1111 Missouri Ave. N, according to a news release from the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. This is Old Time Pottery's fourth location in the Tampa Bay area, joining stores in Kenneth City, New Port Richey and Brandon. The company, which has 41 …

  6. Four candidates qualify to to run for Seminole City Council

    Elections

    SEMINOLE — Four candidates have qualified for two open seats on the City Council.

    Seminole City Council member Bob Matthews.
  7. Shore Acres residents adjusting to 40th Avenue bridge closure

    Roads

    ST. PETERSBURG — Nina Pollauf, principal of Shore Acres Elementary School, worried last Friday when she heard about the 40th Avenue bridge closing for emergency repairs.

    A group from the engineering firm Kisinger Campo & Associates assess the situation on the 40th Avenue bridge.. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  8. Pinellas school news: Making ready for the eclipse, coach Paul Hanson honored and more

    K12

    School district prepares for Monday's eclipse

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

    Accidents

    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.

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

    Environment

    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]
  11. Pinellas news briefs

    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 …

  12. 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.
  13. 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]
  14. Detectives search for teens in Seminole home invasion robbery

    Crime

    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.

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

    Roads

    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