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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. 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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  2. 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 …

  3. 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.
  4. Editorial: Iran nuclear agreement good for nation and the world


    Senate Democrats have advanced America's interests in the Middle East with their support for the landmark deal that will freeze Iran's nuclear program. The agreement, like any negotiated compromise, is not perfect. But it has broad international support, and it is the best available option to halt Iran's development of …

    Senate Democrats have advanced America’s interests in the Middle East with their support for the landmark deal that will freeze Iran’s nuclear program.
  5. Friday's letters: Park funding smoke and mirrors


    Florida's state parks

    Smoke, mirrors on parks funding

    Florida's Department of Environmental Protection now says that state parks should generate more revenue because its secretary doesn't want to have to depend on the Legislature for funding. "When you have education and health care clamoring …

    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....


    Donald Trump, certifiable Republican

    Did Reince Priebus get Trumped?

    On Wednesday, Donald Trump dug the GOP’s hole with Hispanics deeper, lashing out at Jeb Bush for using Spanish. On Thursday Trump got a personal visit from RNC chairman Reince Priebus and another huge wave of media attention....


    Lovie pumps brakes on Bell making quick return

    Bucs coach Lovie Smith is very careful about hamstring injuries, as seen by safety Chris Conte sitting out three weeks of August practices and Mike Evans being held out of the final two preseason games....