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  1. Pinellas education news: A campaign for school supplies, a leg up for disabled students and more

    K12

    Campaign seeks donations of school supplies

    This year's Stuff the Bus school supplies campaign in Pinellas County ends with a final collection from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, 600 Cleveland St. [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times]
  2. Proino Breakfast Club owner charged with not paying state taxes

    Crime

    LARGO — Just before noon on a recent Sunday at Proino Breakfast Club, the dining room was bustling as owner George Soulellis chatted with a customer.

    Proino Breakfast Club at 201 West Bay Drive in Largo. The owner was arrested last month on a theft of state funds charge, according to court records. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  3. No compatibility in sight for E-ZPass and Florida toll system

    Roads

    When is the Florida DOT going to accept E-ZPass on its toll roads? Orlando's Central Expressway accepts it.

    Catherine Needham

    Lorrie Lykins
  4. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    Chi Chi Rodriguez Ladies' Golf Association seeks new members

  5. Surprise ditch in St. Petersburg park leaves neighbors outraged

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Denver Park, a popular gathering spot in Shore Acres, already features a basketball court, baseball diamond, playground, volleyball net and tennis courts.

    The city of St. Peterszburg dug a ditch in Denver Park to help with flooding issues.   Many residents in the neighborhood are not happy. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  6. Pinellas aims to close reading gap between boys and girls

    K12

    Principal Kristy Cantu pored over Sutherland Elementary's test scores last year, looking for trends.

    Pinellas County teachers are being asked this year to pay closer attention to how their lessons might better engage boys. The district has come up with a "gender equity self-reflection" rubric for teachers to follow, with the goal of improving boys' performance in English language arts. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  7. Two Boca Ciega High School students accused of bringing gun to football game

    Crime

    PINELLAS PARK — Two 17-year-old Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for bringing a semi-automatic handgun with them to a Friday night football game at Pinellas Park High School, police said.

    Two Boca Ciega High School students were arrested for bringing a weapon on school property on Friday night at a high school football game at Pinellas Park High School.
  8. Rick Kriseman picks Floribbean restaurant for Manhattan Casino

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— Mayor Rick Kriseman has chosen a controversial restaurant concept to occupy the Manhattan Casino, saying he made a decision 11 days before the mayoral primary because he didn't want politics to get in the way of progress in struggling Midtown.

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson speaks during a Friday press conference announcing that the Callaloo Group will open a Floribbean restraurant in the historic Manhattan Casino in St. Petersburg's Midtown neighborhood. Some residents were upset with Mayor Rick Kriseman's choice, saying it will speed up gentrification of the area. [EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times]
  9. Rick Baker wouldn't recuse himself from city business with his former boss

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — If Rick Baker is elected mayor, he said he will not recuse himself from any city business involving his current boss, businessman Bill Edwards.

    Rick Baker and Bill Edwards listen to NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson during a press conference at the Mahaffey Theater in 2013 announcing that Edwards was the team's new owner. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]


  10. Pinellas wants to see impact of tourism bucks spent on big events

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Pinellas County relies on more than just beaches to attract visitors. County government also spends millions to help sponsor big-name events to draw even more tourists.

    The Pinellas County Tourist Development Council awareded up to $250,000 to help sponsor the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  11. Treasure Island facing massive municipal makeover

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — The first hint of the extent and potential cost of replacing city facilities became public Tuesday.

  12. Epilogue: Former Salty Sisters captain Ernestine Mittermayr, 92

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Ernestine Mittermayr was proud to be a Salty Sister, one of a group of women sailors in the city.

    Ernestine Mittermayr loved being on the water and sailed into her 80s.
  13. 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]
  14. 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]
  15. 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