Military equipment wrong response, says ex-chief who handled St. Pete disturbances

When Darrel Stephens got word that one of his officers had shot dead an unarmed black teenager, he knew he'd better hit the streets. He'd been police chief just three years, but he had quickly lea …

0

Quick repairs after pipe breaks mean Ashley and Dale Mabry get back to normal

TAMPA — Here's some welcome news for Tampa drivers: The lanes on two busy streets blocked after water main breaks this week are being repaired earlier than expected. City officia …

0

    Legislative lawyers ask court to consider role of Democratic operatives in redistricting case

    Democratic operatives working for two national groups played a significant role in helping one set of plaintiffs in Florida's redistricting trial draw alternative maps that are now being offered as an alternative for the court to consider, according to depositions made public Wednesday in the trial....

    0

    Artist of the day: The Pals

    The Pals are Clearwater quartet of mid 20-somethings who deliver catchy, sing-along, stick-in-your-head melodies. Their music teeters on the edges of traditionalism and modernism, taking listeners to a place that sounds simultaneously familiar and foreign — think the sonic foundations of Copeland and Death Cab For Cutie coupled with the intimacy of an acoustic guitar passed between friends on a front porch on a weekend evening....

    0

    The Sunshine City 18 years ago.

    See how the cops in the riots in St. Pete back in '96 weren't dressed like soldiers?

    Some say Ferguson has reminded them of St. Pete, back in '96, when nearly 200 city blocks erupted in outrage over the shooting death of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer, Katie Mettler wrote in today's paper. Protests. Fires. Tear gas. The National Guard. A statement from the White House. The nation watching. Just like Ferguson....

    0