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  1. Motorcyclist, 25, critically injured after crashing into car in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 25-year-old motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries when he crashed into a car Thursday afternoon, according to St. Petersburg Police.

  2. Lawsuit: Florida contractor fakes death to dodge angry homeowners

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE — For weeks, Glenn Holland, 67, crawled out of bed before the sun rose to look for a dead man.

    Last year Glenn and Judith Holland said they paid a contractor thousands of dollars to renovate their future retirement home in Seminole. But when they tried to move in on Dec. 14, they said the home was in shambles and uninhabitable. They sent a text message to contractor Marc Anthony Perez at 12:36 p.m. looking for answers. Fourteen minutes later, they got back this text: "This is Marc's daughter, dad passed away on the 7th of December in a car accident. Sorry." Turns out Perez was still alive. Now the Hollands are suing him in Pinellas-Pasco circuit court. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. Investigation Discovery TV show profiles 2011 Landy Martinez murder case


    The murder of a St. Petersburg man will be featured this week on a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery.

    Jose Adame sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during his 2016 trial and conviction for first-degree murder. Adame was convicted of first-degree murder last year for torturing and then executing his boyfriend as he pleaded for his life in 2011. Now it will be featured in a new true crime series Murder Calls on Investigation Discovery. The episode will air on June 26 at 9 p.m. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  4. Gay, black leaders speak about finding their place


    When Lillian Dunlap moved to Florida at age 52 in 1999 she could finally breathe. The journalism professor from the University of Missouri and the University of Indiana hadn't been able live openly as a gay woman until then. She had considered coming out before but never did.

    Terri Lipsey Scott (standing) welcomed panelists Bob Devin Jones, Desmond Clark, Lillian Dunlap, Trevor Pettiford and Sheree Greer. Moderator Nadine Smith not pictured.
  5. Work to start soon on new Morningside Recreation Center

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city awarded a $5.7 million contract last week to Largo-based Caladesi Construction Co. to build the Morningside Recreation Center, replacing the former facility that was demolished in 2009.

  6. Clearwater wins contract for major softball tournaments

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city secured a contract last week to host the 2017 USA Softball Gold 18- under and 16-under Fast-Pitch tournaments July 16 to 22, boosting the city's name as softball destination.

    A softball player takes a position on home plate during a break in practice at Clearwater's Eddie C. Moore Complex, where 64 teams will gather July 16-22 for the USA Softball Gold 18- under and 16-under Fast-Pitch tournaments. Officials say the event will boost the city's reputation as a softball destination. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes]

  7. Largo fire station gets another rescue truck

    Local Government

    LARGO — Largo Fire Rescue is adding a rescue truck to help alleviate the call load at the fire station that responds to Pinellas Safe Harbor and the Pinellas County Jail.

  8. Looking Back: St. Petersburg does the Calypso with Jacques Cousteau (July 15, 1975)


    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on July 15, 1975. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer Weaver Tripp.

    Jacques Cousteau (center), Sen. John T. Ware, R-St. Petersburg (left) and an unidentified man (right) speak to the media about potentially moving the Cousteau Society to the city of St. Petersburg.

TIMES | Weaver Tripp
  9. Treasure Island city manager search to start from scratch

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — City commissioners, disappointed with the number and quality of applicants for city manager, decided Tuesday to start over and hire an executive search firm.

    Treasure Island Commissioner Ken Keys thought adding former Madeira Beach city manager Shane Crawford to the pool would "bring a little too much drama.''
  10. Only one Rick will march in St. Pete Pride


    ST. PETERSBURG — As the city prepares for the largest LGBT celebration in Florida this weekend, this year's St. Pete Pride parade will march right into the midst of the heated election battle between incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker.

    Thousands lined the streets of Central Avenue during the St. Pete Pride Parade in St. Petersburg in June 2016. The Pride parade had become an issue in St. Petersburg's mayoral election: incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman will march again in the parade for a fourth time on Saturday, but former mayor Rick Baker will not. Baker did not march when he served as mayor from 2001-10, but said this year he will visit the parade and Sunday's festival. [LUIS SANTANA  |   Times]
  11. Vinoy resort will ask St. Petersburg voters to approve new parking garage (with tennis courts on top)

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is undergoing a $50 million redevelopment and part of that plan calls for building a new one-story parking garage over eight existing tennis courts.

    The Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club is undergoing a $50 million redevelopment. The Vinoy wants to build a one-story parking garage as part of that project, in place of eight existing tennis courts. The tennis courts would be moved on top of the garage, which would hold 270 parking spots. But the Vinoy needs St. Petersburg voters to approve the project in a November referendum. This is an artists' rendering of the new garage from the street. [Courtesy of Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club]
  12. St. Petersburg preschool worker, 58, accused of using 'excessive force' on two toddlers


    ST. PETERSBURG — A preschool worker was arrested this week after police said she used "excessive force" on two toddlers.

    Linda Faye Williams
  13. Epilogue: James 'Jimmy' Kelley remembered as local tarpon fishing legend

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Anyone who knew anything about fishing in the area knew James "Jimmy" Kelley, 81, who died on June 9, his friends said.

    James “Jimmy” Kelley grew up working at his dad’s bait shop at the Million Dollar Pier.
  14. Madeira Beach comes to terms with former city manager and clerk

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Embattled City Manager Shane Crawford and former City Clerk Cheryl Crawford formally walked away Monday as both he and the new City Commission tried to put an end to the city's contentious politics.

    Shane Crawford
  15. Florida's toll system can be confusing to navigate


    After a recent road trip to Apopka, during which I travelled on State Road 429 from Interstate 4, I received a bill from the Florida Department of Transportation's toll enforcement for $5 and a bill from the Central Florida Expressway Authority for $6.80. After phone conversations with both organizations, I was told …

    Times files Florida's toll system involves a confusing array of agencies and methods of collection.