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  1. Report slams Pinellas construction licensing agency and leaders

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board mismanaged its finances, lacked accountability and disregarded its own rules, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the county's inspector general.

    Rodney Fischer, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, resigned in January.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Worker fixing cable line in Feather Sound after Hurricane Irma dies after fall from ladder

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG

    A 53-year-old worker repairing a cable line in the Feather Sound area on Saturday fell from his ladder and died, the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner's Office said.

  3. Tonight: St. Petersburg's six City Council candidates face off

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — Politics took a break in Hurricane Irma, but now it's time for City Council races to get going. The Council of Neighborhood Associations is set to host a candidate forum for the six candidates vying for three council seats at stake in November.

  4. Manhattan Casino controversy resumes after taking a break for Irma

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration has once again found itself defending its controversial choice of the Callaloo Group to open a "Floribbean" restaurant in the historic but currently empty Manhattan Casino.

    The old neon sign for Sylvia's soul food resturant in 2013. The restaurant closed in 2016, leaving the historic Manhattan Casino empty. Mayor Rick Kriseman's choice of a "Floribbean" restaurant concept to fill the city-owned building is still being criticized by some Midtown leaders and has become a campaign issue in the mayoral election against former Mayor Rick Baker. [CHRIS ZUPPA   |   Times]
  5. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Raisa Collins, 9, far left, works on a craft project as Certified Nursing Assistant Shuntal Anthony holds Cassidy Merrill, 1, while pouring glue for Quanniyah Brownlee, 9, right, at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15. To help keep its patients safe during Hurricane Irma, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare through the week. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  6. Epilogue: Bob Vaughn, national news anchor who worked in St. Petersburg, remembered for voice

    Obituaries

    James Robert ("Bob") Vaughn was remembered for his booming voice and gregarious personality.

    Bob Vaughn (center) with his grandson James, left, and son Rob, right, all who went into the news business. (Photo Courtesy of Rob Vaughn).
  7. After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana

    Religion

    As the holiest days of the Jewish calendar approached, so did Hurricane Irma.

    Congregants open the ark which holds several torah scrolls during Selichot services at Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday night.
  8. Police seek suspect in attack on elderly woman in St. Petersburg (w/video)

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police need the public's help finding a woman they say violently attacked a 69-year-old woman earlier this month.

    [Image capture from video]
  9. Bicyclist in critical condition after colliding with car in St. Petersburg

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist remained in critical condition after he ran a red light and was struck by a car on Monday night, according to St. Petersburg police.

  10. Rick vs. Rick vs. Irma: How to run for mayor during a hurricane

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG— As the city recovers after spending two weeks dealing with Hurricane Irma, the campaigns of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker are slowly ramping back up.

    (Left) Delores Green and mayoral candidate Rick Baker smile as they look at a selfie that Green took at a food truck food giveaway while Baker helped register residents for federal assistance after Hurrican Irma [LAURA CERRI    Times] (Right) St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman discusses the state of the city after the storm passed on Sept. 12. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times] [Times photo composite]

  11. St. Petersburg man accused of abusing infant boy

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A man who was caring for an infant was arrested Monday, accused of physically abusing the boy.

    Michael Hylton, 32, faces a charge of aggravated child abuse causing great bodily harm. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  12. Treasure Island home's roof collapses after attic catches fire

    Fire

    TREASURE ISLAND — A fire erupted in a home on Sunday night, causing the roof to collapse and resulting in significant damage to the interior, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

    A fire on Sept. 17, 2017, caused heavy damage to a house at 7956 10th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  13. Motorcyclist killed after crashing into school bus in St. Petersburg

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when he crashed into a school bus while speeding on 49th Street N, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  14. USF St. Petersburg leader abruptly ousted

    College

    ST. PETERSBURG — The leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has been ousted.

    Sophia Wisniewska, the regional chancellor of University of South Florida St. Petersburg, seen in 2013. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  15. Officials will use Irma to convince voters to renew Penny for Pinellas tax

    Local Government

    LARGO — As Election Day approaches, Pinellas County's elected officials will point to Hurricane Irma as a big reason why voters should renew the next round of the Penny for Pinellas 1-cent sales tax.

    The Pinellas County Public Safety Complex opened in 2014. It is a Category 5-rated facility that houses the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the Emergency Operations Center, the 911 dispatch center and Emergency Medical Services. It also has a hardened parking garage with more than 600 spaces, can hold the sheriff's helicopters and boats and has its own power plant. It was paid for with Penny for Pinellas money, and county offiicals hope to use the complex to convince voters to renew the 1-cent sales tax for another decade this fall. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]