Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Pinellas judge gives teenage killer chance of parole
A Pinellas judge faced with conflicting legal precedents sentenced a teen convicted of first-degree murder to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.
The official lighting ceremony for St. Petersburg’s Christmas tree will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at North Straub Park and will be overseen by Mayor Rick Kriseman. The tree was erected by a team from Clark Sales Display Inc.
St. Petersburg’s Christmas tree takes its place before parade, Snowfest
Rule against driving on beach could put damper on festivals
This image provided by the Profiles in History auction house shows the cover of an auction catalog, featuring several pages of what has become known as ''The Joan Anderson Letter,'' some 16,000 Benzedrine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lost letter that inspired Kerouac, Beat genre found
Largo hospital expands into Clearwater

Largo hospital expands into Clearwater

Largo Medical Center is expanding into Clearwater with a full-service emergency care facility scheduled to open on Monday.
Published: 11/21/14
Updated: 11/22/14
Pinellas to court tourists from U.K.

Pinellas to court tourists from U.K.

CLEARWATER — No one may have booked a vacation to seek out the mythical half dolphin-half manatee creature cooked up by tourism marketers as an April Fools’ prank earlier this year, but the advertising ploy certainly brought unexpected ...
Published: 11/22/14

False alarm fines could increase

ST. PETERSBURG — City police officers have spent less time responding to false alarms from home and business security systems since the city began fining repeat offenders in 1995.
Published: 11/22/14
Pinellas sheriff’s ranks swell by more than 3 dozen

Pinellas sheriff’s ranks swell by more than 3 dozen

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri welcomed 38 new deputies to his ranks during a swearing-in ceremony Friday at the sheriff’s administration building in Largo.
Published: 11/22/14

Clearwater woman charges in shooting; two suspects sought

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an afternoon shooting today where one person has been arrested and two more people are being sought.
Published: 11/21/14

Diamond ring stolen from Clearwater mall

Clearwater Police Department is investigating a ring stolen this morning from a jewelry store at an area mall.
Published: 11/21/14

Clearwater police seek help in locating car in fatal motorcycle crash

Clearwater police are seeking the public’s help in locating a vehicle that may have been involved in a crash that killed a motorcyclist Thursday night.
Published: 11/21/14

Arson detectives investigating Lealman house fire

Arson detectives were called to investigate a house fire that took place Friday morning in Lealman, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Published: 11/21/14
Chillounge returns to St. Pete as upscale, laid-back Cirque du Chill

Chillounge returns to St. Pete as upscale, laid-back Cirque du Chill

Rainer Scheer’s next event may actually upstage his furniture.
Published: 11/20/14
Updated: 11/21/14

Poll: Sales tax sank Greenlight

ST. PETERSBURG — The crushing 24 percentage point defeat of the Greenlight Pinellas referendum was a major setback for transit advocates and local leaders who backed the plan.
Published: 11/21/14