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  1. Pinellas' new program for suspended students is off to a slow start, but the school district looks for ways to improve


    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-time thing. Kola Daodu Jr. and Adrian Floyd prefer not to talk about it.

    David White, a paraprofessional with Pinellas County Schools, talks with Gibbs High students Adrain Floyd, 16, and Kola Daodu Jr., 17, both of St. Petersburg. The boys were taking part in the school district's new Alternative Placement Program, which offers students a chance to serve their out-of-school suspensions in a school-like setting at one of three centers in the county. "Hopefully this program can serve as a life preserver," White said. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

  2. St. Petersburg boy, 10, hospitalized with gunshot wounds after children find gun


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 10-year-old boy was injured Monday morning in what police are calling an accidental shooting involving a group of children being supervised by a teenager.

    A juvenile was injured in a shooting Monday morning in the 2300 block of 17th Ave S in St. Petersburg. (Zachary Sampson, Tampa Bay Times)
  3. Rick vs. Rick: Closing Albert Whitted sewage plant could impact St. Petersburg mayor's race


    ST. PETERSBURG — Of all the political stink that has wafted over city politics since the first drop of 200 million gallons of sewage started gushing out nearly two years ago, one question lingers:

    The Albert Whitted Water Reclamation Facility closed in 2015, as per the City Council’s 2011 vote.
  4. Sheriff's Office: Drug dispute preceded fatal Largo motel shooting


    LARGO — A fight over drugs preceded the shooting death of a 47-year-old man Thursday night at a Largo motel, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

    Angel E. Martinez, 24, is accused in the shooting death of Ricky Garland, 47, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. [Pinellas County Jail]
  5. St. Petersburg's ballooning sewage debt could threaten credit rating (but there's a Hail Mary plan to avoid that)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city needs a lot of money — $435 million over the next five years — most of it to fix its leaky sewer pipes and aging sewer plants.

    In September 2016, signs at St. Petersburg’s North Shore Park warned people to stay out of the water due to contamination from sewage released by the city’s overwhelmed sewer system. The City Council on Thursday learned that the very expensive fix for its sewage woes could hamper the city’s credit rating. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  6. Pinellas County receives $30 million for beach renourishment

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — While Pinellas beaches continually rank among the best in America, they need help to stay that way.

    The Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $30 million to help with beach renourishment at several Pinellas locations, including including Sand Key, Treasure Island and Upham Beach. This photo from 2014 shows how waves from high tides caused beach erosion at Sunset Beach near Mansions by the Sea condominium complex SCOTT KEELER   |   Times

  7. St. Petersburg man pleads guilty to Deepwater Horizon fraud scheme


    TAMPA — A St. Petersburg man charged federally with filing fraudulent claims in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has pleaded guilty, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.

  8. See inside this Snell Isle home with an amazing chandelier and infinity pool

    Home and Garden

    When Elizabeth and David Samuelson started planning the house they built six years ago on Snell Isle, the couple envisioned a West Indies look with masonry stucco walls and a metal hip roof. As they moved forward, it evolved into something they describe as coastal contemporary.

    Elizabeth Samuelson and David Samuelson's Snell Isle house reflects in it's infinity pool. The house has numerous luxurious features yet is a comfortable home for a family of four. An infinity pool blends seamlessly from the terrace right into Tampa Bay. Doors surrounding the family room open and are then out of sight enabling the interior to seem more outside than inside. David designed and made a chandelier with hundreds of dangling, clear fish that hangs over the foyer.
  9. Pinellas news briefs


    Volunteer fair at Palm Harbor Library

  10. Fashions change but friendship always in style

    Human Interest


    Fifty-eight years ago Katrina Kaufhold wore short, white gloves to the spring coffee honoring the new crowd of debutantes. Thirty-two years ago her daughter, Kristin Georgevich, wore hose to the same affair when she was a debutante. Fashions have changed.

    St. Petersburg debutantes gathered at the annual coffee that brings the young women together for the first time.
  11. St. Petersburg City Council approves mayor's social media strategy

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The social media marketing strategy that was met with a chilly City Council reception earlier this year won approval May 18 as council members signed off on Mayor Rick Kriseman's "Influencer" strategy.

  12. Bar review: The Landing at Jannus in St. Petersburg

    Bars & Spirits

    I've spent many evenings in St. Pete's Jannus Live courtyard, enjoying one of the best open-air venues in the Tampa Bay area. It's where I saw my first concert in Florida: Toadies, on the Rubberneck tour sometime in the mid '90s.

    The drinks at the Landing at Jannus in St. Petersburg are about as cheap as you’ll find at any other regular downtown bar, a nice surprise.
  13. Pinellas education news: new principals, National Merit winners, summer writing camp and more


    Top administrators named at schools

    The Pinellas County School Board approved a number of administrative changes at a special meeting this week, part of the turnover process that routinely occurs at the end of the school year. The board followed the recommendations of superintendent Mike Grego on the following …

  14. Death threats take Madeira Beach strife to new level

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Politics here took a nasty turn last week when someone called City Manager Shane Crawford nine times, threatening to kill him, his wife and her children.

    Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford
  15. Hailed as 'pioneers,' students from St. Petersburg High's first IB class return 30 years later


    ST. PETERSBURG — The students came from all over Pinellas County, some enduring hot bus rides to a school far from home. At first, they barely knew what to call themselves. All they knew was that they were in for a challenge.

    The International Baccalaureate Class of 1987 at St. Petersburg High School poses together near a school entrance back in the day. It's been 30 years since St. Petersburg High became Florida's first IB school. To mark the occasion, the school on Monday hosted an anniversary event in conjunction with the annual IB Senior Celebration at The Coliseum. Students and a few teachers from the Class of 1987 were there to rub shoulders with the newly graduated IB seniors from the Class of 2017.