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  1. After half a century, World Liquors sign may finally come down

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — The demise of the distinctive sign has been rumored many times.

  2. Madeira Beach voters have clear choices as battle lines form over growth

    Elections

    By Sheila Mullane Estrada

    Times Correspondent

    MADEIRA BEACH — Voters here can either end or continue the city's divisive politics on March 13. They will also decide how the city grows.

  3. New St. Pete City Council gets to work, starting with 2018 budget

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The new City Council will get its first chance to weigh in on the 2018 budget on Thursday morning — and they're likely to bring a long list of priorities to the table.

  4. In St. Petersburg, skeptics sneer at plan to concentrate USF power in Tampa

    College

    In the state capitol on Wednesday, lawmakers breezed through the bullet points of a higher education bill. They skimmed past a hot-button proposal to consolidate the University of South Florida System into a single university without a peep of pushback.

  5. St. Pete officer suspended for month after pushing concert guard

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was suspended for a month after he pushed a security guard at a summer concert in Tampa, according to St. Petersburg police.

  6. Some fear Spa Beach billowing net sculpture could catch birds and storms

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — International artist Janet Echelman may have fulfilled her $75,000 feasibility contract with the city and previewed her billowing, parasol-inspired sculpture for Spa Beach, but for some, key questions remain unanswered about the $3 million piece.

  7. Pinellas shelters short of blankets and volunteers

    Human Interest

    The recent interval of cold weather has stretched resources at Pinellas County cold weather shelters, says Cliff Smith, manager of veterans, social and homeless services for the city of St. Petersburg. The shelters are short of blankets, volunteers and donations to buy food and supplies.

  8. Pinellas sheriff: Inmate, 59, found dead in county jail

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — A 59-year-old inmate was found dead Sunday night in the county jail, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  9. Pumping sewage underground is illegal. St. Pete wants it legal.

    Water

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city wants the state to change its environmental rules to make legal an illegal maneuver it has relied on a lot lately: flushing wastewater down into the aquifer.

  10. Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater mayors strike back at Tallahassee

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — There's a reason why it's so easy for Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos to maintain a united front these days. They face a common foe: Tallahassee.

  11. Pinellas Sheriff calls pre-arrest diversion program a success amid challenges by St. Petersburg lawyer

    Criminal

    On an April morning last year, a Toyota Camry was parked in Richard Bandelow's reserved spot outside his Redington Beach apartment.

  12. At Insane Clown Posse concert, Florida woman slips on Faygo and falls off stage -- then sues Jannus Live

    Civil

    ST. PETERSBURG — During a recent Insane Clown Posse concert at Jannus Live, the horrorcore hip-hop duo known for wearing macabre clown makeup started spraying soda at the crowd.

  13. West Bay Drive plan proposes narrower lanes, more bike and pedestrian space

    Local Government

    LARGO — The county's transportation planning agency is pitching an idea to local governments to narrow a portion of West Bay Drive to add more space for cyclists and pedestrians.

  14. FHP: Fog reduces visibility on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Highway Patrol urged drivers to use caution late Thursday as heavy fog has reduced visibility between 300 feet and 700 feet on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

  15. Unopposed incumbents keep seats in Belleair Bluffs

    Elections

    BELLEAIR BLUFFS — Since only the two incumbents are running for commission seats, the city will not have an election March 13. Commissioners Joe Barkley and Taylour Shimkus will retain their seats. The qualifying period for the two seats ended Dec. 19.

    City commissioners serve two-year terms.