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Patrons eat lunch and cool off inside of the Community Cafe during the St. Pete Pride Street Festival along Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times

Despite Pride success, Grand Central business owners upset over losing parade

ST. PETERSBURG — The Grand Central District was packed with people Sunday, there to enjoy the St. Pete Pride Festival. They played games at the tents lining Central Avenue, took literature being passed out by LGBT organizations, accepted free hugs being offered throughout and shopped, dined and drank at the local e …


Once 'angry' about Obamacare, Republican David Jolly came to see it as 'safety net'

Former Congressman David Jolly, who ran against Obamacare in 2013, said in an interview Monday night that he now considers it a "safety net."...


Jesse Nevel is running for mayor, but has never voted in a city election

Do you need to vote in city elections to run for mayor of St. Petersburg? Jesse Nevel says no

ST. PETERSBURG — Jesse Nevel is running for mayor. But, voting records show, he has never cast a ballot in a St. Petersburg city election....


Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott signs several education bills into Florida law

Just days before the deadline, Gov. Rick Scott signed seven education bills into Florida law on Monday. They included the Florida Education Finance Program that boosted per student funding by $100 after a contentious special session, the expansion of the state's Gardiner and tax credit scholarships that assist students attending private schools, and a revision of rules for how parents and other county residents can challenge public school instructional materials....