Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

A good deal? Other teams have paid more than Rays to break lease
Even with the Rays playing in Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg loses $1.4 million a year on the ballpark.

— When a professional sports franchise ups and moves away, things tend to get ugly.

St. Pete council vote on Rays stadium proposal today

St. Pete council vote on Rays stadium proposal today

St. Petersburg’s city council is scheduled to vote today on a proposal to let the Tampa Bay Rays look for a new stadium location in Pinellas or Hillsborough counties.
Updated: 10 mins ago

St. Pete to offer paid leave for new parents

ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman, already proposing to boost minimum wage for city workers, is instituting a six-week parental leave program for full-time employees.
Updated: 6 hours ago
Creativity welcome as ‘Makers’ movement hits St. Pete

Creativity welcome as ‘Makers’ movement hits St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG — Makers are the sort of people who would rather transform their old PC webcam into an underwater video recorder to explore the bottom of the neighborhood pond rather than sit at home watching an undersea documentary on Netflix....
Updated: 6 hours ago

In St. Pete, plainclothes officers on shoplift duty in stores

ST. PETERSBURG — Police are cracking down on theft this holiday season, deploying plainclothes officers to stores in the bustling shopping days leading up to the holidays.
Updated: 8 hours ago
Driver dies after car goes into water on Clearwater Beach

Driver dies after car goes into water on Clearwater Beach

An 86-year-old man who drove into the water off Clearwater Beach this afternoon has died, the Clearwater Police Department said.
Updated: 9 hours ago

Pinellas man gets life sentence for 2 murders

LARGO – A Pinellas County man who fled to Louisiana after killing his former girlfriend and a man she had been dating has been sentenced to life in prison.
Updated: 9 hours ago
Tribune’s Pinellas Prep Athletes of the Week: Dec. 8-13

Tribune’s Pinellas Prep Athletes of the Week: Dec. 8-13

PINELLAS COUNTY
Updated: 11 hours ago

St. Pete man gets 51 months in Middle East gun smuggling case

TAMPA — A 20-year-old St. Petersburg man is “the tip of the iceberg” of an international arms smuggling ring that hid guns in cars to ship them to the Middle East, a defense lawyer said Wednesday.
Updated: 11 hours ago

DUI Wolf Pack planned for Pinellas Friday, Saturday

Pinellas County authorities will join forces to hunt for impaired drivers on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Updated: 14 hours ago

Fire overnight at St. Pete’s Lakewood Elementary School

Emergency crews responded overnight to a fire at Lakewood Elementary School in St. Petersburg.
Updated: 18 hours ago