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  1. St. Petersburg council okays restaurant deal for Manhattan Casino

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council on Monday approved a lease for the Manhattan Casino, a landmark building in the city's historic African-American business and entertainment community.

    St. Petersburg has reached an agreement on a new restaurant at the Manhattan Casino.  [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  2. Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

    Roads

    The Largo Mall entrance stoplight on Ulmerton Road just east of Seminole Boulevard has been causing traffic delays on eastbound Ulmerton at Seminole Boulevard. It appears that the light at the Largo Mall entrance is being triggered on-demand by folks exiting Largo Mall on the south side and the Publix/Home Depot …

    Lorrie Lykins
  3. Charity supporting 9/11 victims' families is model for many

    News

    Edie Lutnick initially was relieved to receive a call from her brother Gary who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald finance firm in One World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.

  4. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    2nd Stage Studio Theater Offers classes for homeschooled

  5. Hometown South Pinellas

    Briefs

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital receives $2.5 million NIH grant to study childhood obesity

    Shorecrest High School junior Walker Willis earned the Boy Scouts of America William T. Hornaday Silver Medal for his environmental restoration and conservation project ?€œThe Native Classroom.?€ (Photo courtesy of Rachel Barrett).
  6. Largo police active shooter training 'a sign of the times' for participants

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The classroom was full, but the chatter was quiet as the students picked at doughnuts and sipped coffee from paper cups.

    Trainees throw tennis balls and other objects to Largo police Officer Matt Williams, who pretends to be an active shooter, during a training to prepare residents and business owners in the event of an armed intruder. The training, called ALICE - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate - took place at Largo Police Department on Saturday, November 18, 2017. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
  7. Deputies: No injuries after reported gunshot near Seminole schools

    Public Safety

    SEMINOLE — Deputies are investigating a report of a gunshot that resulted in two schools being put on lockdown Friday morning.

  8. Developer changes approach as downtown Largo project lags in financing

    Growth

    LARGO — Driving down West Bay Drive, you may notice some changes to downtown Largo.

    A rendering of the proposed West Bay Lofts project, a conglomeration of mixed commercial and residential buildings. [Courtesy of City of Largo]
  9. Rogers Harris, first Episcopal bishop to allow female priests in Southwest Florida, dies

    Religion

    Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Wednesday in South Carolina. He was 87.

    Bishop Rogers Sanders Harris, the first Episcopal bishop to allow female Episcopal priests in Southwest Florida, died Thursday) in South Carolina. He was 87.
  10. St. Petersburg officials recoil at offer of help from Weinstein attorney David Boies

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — What does disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein have to do with the city's fight against the influence of money in politics?

    David Boies, the high-profile lawyer under fire in the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment case, in Washington D.C. in 2014. Boies had offered to represent St. Petersburg if it has to defend its Super PAC ordinance. But after Boies' role in the Weinstein scandal was revealed, now St. Petersburg City Council is recoiling at his offer. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)
  11. St. Petersburg property owners seek historic status to protect traditional neighborhoods

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A pocket of the Old Northeast and another in Kenwood are seeking to become local historic districts.

    Homes along 10th Avenue NE, between Bay Street and Oak Street, are included in the proposed historic district in the Old Northeast neighborhood.
  12. Holiday events begin, annual traffic snarls follow

    Roads

    A few favorite holiday events are gearing up and that means impact to traffic, starting with the annual Times Turkey Trot, which will temporarily close streets Thanksgiving morning in Clearwater beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately noon. The following street closures will be in effect:

    The annual Times Turkey Trot will cause multiple road closures on Thanksgiving morning. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

  13. Attention Pinellas readers: Stay up-to-date with our new Facebook group

    Human Interest

    We at the Tampa Bay Times know how overwhelming it can be to find the news most useful to you in today's constant churn of information.

    St. Petersburg residents Bethany Hogan, and her husband, Shane Hogan, both 29, enjoy their dinner on a bench overlooking Tampa Bay from Vinoy Park as the sunset casts a pink glow in the eastern sky in this August 2017 file photo. The Tampa Bay Times has created a Facebook group for news across Pinellas County from St. Petersburg, where this photo was taken, up to Tarpon Springs. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  14. Motorcyclist, 50, dies in Treasure Island crash

    Accidents

    TREASURE ISLAND — A 50-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a Monday morning crash, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

  15. St. Pete police employee fired after personal rifle 'accidentally' fired inside HQ

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Scott Hughes, a St. Petersburg police forensic technician, wasn't allowed to bring his personal Colt AR-15 semiautomatic rifle into headquarters. Nevertheless, the civilian employee did so for years, according to the department.

    The St. Petersburg Police Department's current building at 1300 First Ave. N. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times ]