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  1. Inspiring and supporting art in St. Petersburg

    News

    The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recognized five local "muses" who contribute to the St. Petersburg arts community at its fourth annual Muse Arts Awards.

    MUSE Visual Arts Award recipient Kyu Yamamoto had some of his artwork on display during the MUSE Awards reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
  2. Renovation of small St. Petersburg building gets big attention

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the past few years, downtown St. Petersburg has gained more than 2,000 new rental units. But it was a 12-unit apartment building dating to Harry Truman's presidency that recently drew kudos from Mayor Rick Kriseman and other civic leaders.

  3. 17-year-old stages robbery, slashes pregnant stepmother, Largo police say

    Crime

    LARGO — A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he stabbed his pregnant stepmother while in disguise and staged a burglary to make it look like someone else committed the crime, police say.

  4. Pinellas man shares connection through drums

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Steve Turner stood with his drum strapped across his shoulders at the center of a circle of chairs assembled in at the multipurpose room at PARC.

    Steve Turner, founder of Giving Tree Music, leads a monthly drum circle with developmentally disabled adults at PARC in St. Petersburg. Students from left, are Mark, Bruce and Jono, far right.
  5. 'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse

    Crime

    DUNEDIN

    'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse

  6. Retrial of former Jabil executive facing death penalty can move forward, Florida Supreme Court rules

    Criminal

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that the retrial of a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend can move forward.

    The murder conviction of Patrick Evans, a former Jabil executive, was overturned in 2015.
  7. Pinellas news briefs

    News

    SHINE seeks volunteers

    SHINE, a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers, is seeking volunteers. Volunteers assist …

  8. Pinellas detention corporal fired after DUI arrest

    Crime

    REDINGTON SHORES — A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office corporal was fired after deputies arrested her early Monday on a driving under the influence charge.

    Jo Anna Barker, 35, was fired from her position as a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detention corporal after she was arrested on a driving under the influence charge. Barker had worked for the Sheriff's Office since October 2011. [Pinellas County Jail]
  9. James Museum gives St. Petersburg a new option for downtown office space

    Real Estate

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Amid a hub of construction and closed sidewalks, the opening of the new Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is months away, but leasing for its prime downtown retail and office space has begun.

    Mary and Tom James arrive at the Tampa Museum of Art in November. Their new downtown St. Petersburg project, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, is months away from opening with 400 to 500 pieces of the couple's extensive art collection. But it will also offer 35,000 square feet of commercial office space that is now being leased. [AMY SCHERZER   |   Times]
  10. Black history honors look backward and forward

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Legacy Week celebrated Black History Month with a look back and a look forward. Events from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10 included a discussion with Freedom Rider Bernard Lafayette, an awards banquet, a golf tournament and a celebration party.

    Freedom Rider Bernard LaFayette  took part in the week’s events.
  11. Pinellas licensing board will negotiate settlement with ex-leader Rodney Fischer

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The governing board of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire an interim executive director and to negotiate the exit of its old executive director.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, asked the governing board to give him a $100,000 payout at Thursday's meeting. The board voted to negotiate a settlement with its former leader. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  12. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Public Safety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor.

  13. Meeting scheduled on Lincoln Cemetery effort

    Local Government

    GULFPORT — A community meeting to discuss plans for the historic African-American Lincoln Cemetery, 600 58th St. S, is set for 6 p.m., Feb. 27, at Greater Mount Zion AME Church, 1045 16th St S, St. Petersburg.

  14. Roller Derby opportunities in Largo

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Revolution Roller Derby, a coed flat-track roller derby league established about five years ago in Pasco County, has expanded to Largo. Practices are starting on Sundays at Northeast Park and Paw Place, 4630 E Bay Drive. Enthusiasts are invited to come check out both playing and volunteering opportunities …

  15. Pinellas County Urban League expands help

    Human Interest

    The Pinellas County Urban League has expanded into Hernando, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Seminole and Sumter counties.