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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

Commissioners weigh value of tourism chief search
FILE PHOTO ¬ The beach at the end of the causeway in Pinellas County's Fred Howard Park, in Tarpon Springs, is a popular spot for sun-worshippers.
After a prolonged discussion, several county commissioners questioned whether the hunt for an external candidate would be worth the time and money.
Franco Thomas sits at the defense table during the first day of his first-degree murder trial. He is charged with killing a college student when he was 14.  Two other teens pleaded guilty in the killing and will testify against him.
Last of teen trio goes on trial for murder of St. Pete college student
A St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport spokeswoman attributed the growth in passengers to more flights by its largest airline, Allegiant, which added nonstop service to Cincinnati earlier this year.
St. Pete-Clearwater sees 22% growth in air passengers
Plato Academy plans to open a new charter school in St Petersburg. This is at the Clearwater Platos Academy. Fourth graders are singing Christmas carols in Greek preparing for upcoming performances. JAY CONNER/STAFF
Pinellas charter school Plato Academy builds on success
Deputies: St. Pete man faces neglect charge after infant dies

Deputies: St. Pete man faces neglect charge after infant dies

A St. Petersburg man faces child neglect charges after Pinellas County deputies say a 5-month-old died in his care when he left the infant home alone twice for extended periods of time.
Updated: 27 mins ago

Pinellas schools add M-16 rifles to police cache

ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas County School District has purchased 22 M-16 automatic rifles for its internal police department, according to Law Enforcement Support Office documents.
Updated: 38 mins ago
Fugitive sought in fatal St. Petersburg hit-and-run

Fugitive sought in fatal St. Petersburg hit-and-run

St. Petersburg police are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run in June.
Updated: 59 mins ago
Woman rescued after floods sweep car into Clearwater ditch

Woman rescued after floods sweep car into Clearwater ditch

Clearwater firefighters safely pulled a woman from a car that had been swept away by floodwaters into an inundated drainage ditch.
Updated: 1 hour ago
Clearwater Whole Foods Market opening features gift card giveaways

Clearwater Whole Foods Market opening features gift card giveaways

Tampa Bay is welcoming a new Whole Foods Market - this time in Clearwater.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pinellas commissioners weigh value of search for tourism chief

Pinellas commissioners weigh value of search for tourism chief

CLEARWATER — After a prolonged discussion Tuesday about finding a new director of Pinellas County’s tourism agency, several county commissioners questioned whether the hunt for an external candidate would be worth the time and money....
Updated: 8 hours ago
COLUMN

Outsiders not best source of transit advice

Back in 2001, I was awarded a fellowship by the Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and attended a week-long seminar on urban issues at the University of California at Berkeley. I, along with a few other journalists, joked that it was th...
Updated: 14 hours ago
Last of teen trio goes on trial for murder of St. Pete college student

Last of teen trio goes on trial for murder of St. Pete college student

CLEARWATER — When police discovered Jeremy Mayers’ body, they thought he was a victim of the nearby car crash that brought them to the area.
Updated: 15 hours ago

Church to revive potluck for homeless after suspension

ST. PETERSBURG — Five years ago, the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg began a potluck picnic every Friday to feed needy families and homeless people.
Updated: 15 hours ago

Clearwater crossing guard hit by vehicle

A crossing guard was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle at Betty Lane and Sunset Point Road in Clearwater this afternoon, Clearwater officials said.
Updated: 22 hours ago