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  1. Some cities faced with all-or-nothing medical marijuana rules are playing it safe

    Local Government

    When it comes to weighing the options for regulating medical marijuana through the law passed this year, Dunedin city commissioners declared local governments face a "conundrum" and "a false dilemma."

    This photo shows marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana displayed under a light, at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. (AP Photo)
  2. Pinellas education news: District honors support employees, Discovery Nights resume, and more

    K12

    Pinellas names top support employees

    Five finalists have emerged from 120 nominees to be the 2017-18 Support Employee of the Year in the Pinellas County school system. The finalists were chosen in five categories. Debra Canning, 21st Century iClass Liaison for the district's Transformation Zone schools, led …

    Countryside High students William West, left, Jacob Siegel, Jason Davenport and Theo Jeffers won the Congressional App Challenge for developing an app that helps students stave off procrastination.
  3. Report: Pepin Academies director had alcohol in his system at time of fatal boating accident

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — The former Pepin Academies executive director who died in a watercraft and boat collision on Sept. 23 had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the level at which the state presumes someone is impaired, a toxicology report showed.

    Craig Butz, executive director of Pepin Academies and former professional hockey player, died in a crash with a boat on Sept. 23. His daughter Teagan, 4, is reportedly in stable condition.
  4. Not a shelter, not a food pantry, but a refuge for the homeless

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — As the sun rose Sunday morning, they woke up on somebody's couch, in bushes by the waterfront, on a bench in a park.

    both founders of The Refuge, sing gospel songs at the start of Sunday church service at The Refuge in Clearwater. [Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times ]

  5. Hometown North Pinellas

    Briefs

    Episcopal Church of the Ascension donates for Pack-A-Sack program

    The Episcopal Church of the Ascension donated more than $2,600 to pay for milk in the Pack-A-Sack program run by First United Methodist Clearwater.
  6. Dr. Delay: Pinellas traffic officials to tweak signals near Largo Mall

    Roads

    The Largo Mall entrance stoplight on Ulmerton Road just east of Seminole Boulevard has been causing traffic delays on eastbound Ulmerton at Seminole Boulevard. It appears that the light at the Largo Mall entrance is being triggered on-demand by folks exiting Largo Mall on the south side and the Publix/Home Depot …

    Lorrie Lykins
  7. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    2nd Stage Studio Theater Offers classes for homeschooled

  8. Largo police active shooter training 'a sign of the times' for participants

    Public Safety

    LARGO — The classroom was full, but the chatter was quiet as the students picked at doughnuts and sipped coffee from paper cups.

    Trainees throw tennis balls and other objects to Largo police Officer Matt Williams, who pretends to be an active shooter, during a training to prepare residents and business owners in the event of an armed intruder. The training, called ALICE - Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate - took place at Largo Police Department on Saturday, November 18, 2017. ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times
  9. Developer changes approach as downtown Largo project lags in financing

    Growth

    LARGO — Driving down West Bay Drive, you may notice some changes to downtown Largo.

    A rendering of the proposed West Bay Lofts project, a conglomeration of mixed commercial and residential buildings. [Courtesy of City of Largo]
  10. Clearwater police searching for two men accused of stealing money from apartment drop boxes

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Authorities are looking for two men accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from drop boxes at several apartment complexes.

    Clearwater police are looking for two men accused of stealing rent checks and money orders from drop boxes at several apartment complexes. [Clearwater Police Department]
  11. After a vitriolic trial year, Dunedin City Commission to decide fate of paid parking next month

    Growth

    DUNEDIN — It has been, without question, the most contentious issue to consume the city in decades, bringing residents out in droves to public meetings and pitting neighbor against neighbor.

    Paid parking spots are taken as businesses open on Tuesday on Main Street in downtown Dunedin. The Dunedin City Commission on Dec. 12 will decide the future of the controversial paid parking program..DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
  12. Holiday events begin, annual traffic snarls follow

    Roads

    A few favorite holiday events are gearing up and that means impact to traffic, starting with the annual Times Turkey Trot, which will temporarily close streets Thanksgiving morning in Clearwater beginning at 6 a.m. until approximately noon. The following street closures will be in effect:

    The annual Times Turkey Trot will cause multiple road closures on Thanksgiving morning. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times

  13. Attention Pinellas readers: Stay up-to-date with our new Facebook group

    Human Interest

    We at the Tampa Bay Times know how overwhelming it can be to find the news most useful to you in today's constant churn of information.

    St. Petersburg residents Bethany Hogan, and her husband, Shane Hogan, both 29, enjoy their dinner on a bench overlooking Tampa Bay from Vinoy Park as the sunset casts a pink glow in the eastern sky in this August 2017 file photo. The Tampa Bay Times has created a Facebook group for news across Pinellas County from St. Petersburg, where this photo was taken, up to Tarpon Springs. LARA CERRI   |   Times
  14. Hometown North Pinellas

    Briefs

    BayCare receives Community Benefit Achievement Award

    U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Holly A. Buckley. (Photo Courtesy of Joint Hometown News Service).
  15. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    Paradise Lutheran Church invites community for Thanksgiving