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St. Petersburg City Council to talk budget, Pier and utility rates today

ST. PETERSBURG— City workers unhappy with negotiations on a new contract and Pier Park opponents leery of improvements to the approach are likely to make appeals to City Council members toda …


Hudson man convicted of murder, given life in prison


Obama expected to deny Scott's federal disaster declaration request


Principals claim improvements in discipline, turnover

ST. PETERSBURG — Principals of five failing elementary schools on the city's south side are pointing to a decrease in teacher turnover and a drop in student discipline referrals as evidence …


Fear, failure and hope­less­ness in Pinellas' resegregated schools

One fateful decision; years of neglect

How Pinellas County school leaders turned five once-average elementary schools into failure factories.

  1. Find a Friend: Russell the Mix


    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    While most of us enjoyed a summer getaway, dogs like Russell have been waiting in kennels for weeks. This 3-year old blonde Labrador/Shepherd/Hound mix hopes for some after-school fun. Adopt Russell (ID 2859988) fully house-trained, vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, …

    Russell, a 3-year-old blonde Labrador/Shepherd/Hound mix hopes for some after-school fun.
  2. Tell Me About It: New romance comes with reservations


    Carolyn Hax is away. In her absence, we are offering readers' favorites from her archive.

  3. Review: 'Learning to Drive' overly civilized, but Clarkson, Kingsley charm


    Learning to Drive comes from an autobiographical 2002 New Yorker article by essayist Katha Pollitt. In the magazine piece, the longtime non-driving Manhattan resident bounces back from a breakup with a womanizing jerk by grabbing the wheel of her own life, through driving lessons. At one point Pollitt …

    Learning to Drive stars Patricia Clarkson as a Manhattan book critic and Ben Kingsley as her driving teacher.
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  4. Editorial: Meltdown at Tampa City Hall


    An effort in Tampa to build trust between law enforcement and minority residents is fast becoming one of the most divisive issues in years. The City Council's discussion Thursday on creating a citizens review board that would examine complaints against police devolved into a fight of churlish, defensive, personal …

  5. Rapper Kevin Gates charged with battery after Lakeland fan-kicking incident

    Music & Concerts

    Less than a week after being caught on camera kicking a female fan at a concert in Lakeland, rapper Kevin Gates has been charged with battery and could face a year in a Polk County jail.

    Rapper Kevin Gates has been charged after kicking a fan during a show at Lakeland’s Rumors Night Club, according to police. He’s due to perform Sunday in Tampa.
    Rays rookies dressed up include, from left:  C.J. Riefenhauser, Misha Dworken (bullpen catcher), Luke Maile, Mikie Mahtook, Matt Andriese, Enny Romero, Joey Butler, Richie Shaffer.

    Rays rookie dress-up features grass skirts

    Even a crushing walkoff loss can't interfere with the baseball tradition of a rookie dress-up trip, so there were seven players, plus a bullpen catcher, in grass skirts and bikini tops for the late-night train ride to New York....


    Rubio disagrees with Puerto Rican bailout, opposing Bush

    Marco Rubio opposes a bankruptcy bailout for Puerto Rico, he says in an op/ed, establishing a difference with Jeb Bush....


    With heavy heart, Tandy finished preseason strong

    Bucs safety Keith Tandy didn't need the threat of looming roster cuts to remind him Thursday could be his last game....