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  1. Manhattan Casino controversy resumes after taking a break for Irma

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration has once again found itself defending its controversial choice of the Callaloo Group to open a "Floribbean" restaurant in the historic but currently empty Manhattan Casino.

  2. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Raisa Collins, 9, far left, works on a craft project as Certified Nursing Assistant Shuntal Anthony holds Cassidy Merrill, 1, while pouring glue for Quanniyah Brownlee, 9, right, at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15. To help keep its patients safe during Hurricane Irma, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare through the week. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. Epilogue: Bob Vaughn, national news anchor who worked in St. Petersburg, remembered for voice


    James Robert ("Bob") Vaughn was remembered for his booming voice and gregarious personality.

    Bob Vaughn (center) with his grandson James, left, and son Rob, right, all who went into the news business. (Photo Courtesy of Rob Vaughn).
  4. After Irma, Tampa Bay synagogues get ready for Rosh Hashana


    As the holiest days of the Jewish calendar approached, so did Hurricane Irma.

    Congregants open the ark which holds several torah scrolls during Selichot services at Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Wednesday night.
  5. Police seek suspect in attack on elderly woman in St. Petersburg (w/video)


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police need the public's help finding a woman they say violently attacked a 69-year-old woman earlier this month.

    [Image capture from video]
  6. Bicyclist in critical condition after colliding with car in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A bicyclist remained in critical condition after he ran a red light and was struck by a car on Monday night, according to St. Petersburg police.

  7. Rick vs. Rick vs. Irma: How to run for mayor during a hurricane


    ST. PETERSBURG— As the city recovers after spending two weeks dealing with Hurricane Irma, the campaigns of incumbent Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker are slowly ramping back up.

    (Left) Delores Green and mayoral candidate Rick Baker smile as they look at a selfie that Green took at a food truck food giveaway while Baker helped register residents for federal assistance after Hurrican Irma [LAURA CERRI    Times] (Right) St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman discusses the state of the city after the storm passed on Sept. 12. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times] [Times photo composite]

  8. St. Petersburg man accused of abusing infant boy


    ST. PETERSBURG — A man who was caring for an infant was arrested Monday, accused of physically abusing the boy.

    Michael Hylton, 32, faces a charge of aggravated child abuse causing great bodily harm. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  9. Treasure Island home's roof collapses after attic catches fire


    TREASURE ISLAND — A fire erupted in a home on Sunday night, causing the roof to collapse and resulting in significant damage to the interior, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

    A fire on Sept. 17, 2017, caused heavy damage to a house at 7956 10th Ave. S in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  10. Motorcyclist killed after crashing into school bus in St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when he crashed into a school bus while speeding on 49th Street N, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  11. USF St. Petersburg leader abruptly ousted


    ST. PETERSBURG — The leader of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has been ousted.

    Sophia Wisniewska, the regional chancellor of University of South Florida St. Petersburg, seen in 2013. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  12. Officials will use Irma to convince voters to renew Penny for Pinellas tax

    Local Government

    LARGO — As Election Day approaches, Pinellas County's elected officials will point to Hurricane Irma as a big reason why voters should renew the next round of the Penny for Pinellas 1-cent sales tax.

    The Pinellas County Public Safety Complex opened in 2014. It is a Category 5-rated facility that houses the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the Emergency Operations Center, the 911 dispatch center and Emergency Medical Services. It also has a hardened parking garage with more than 600 spaces, can hold the sheriff's helicopters and boats and has its own power plant. It was paid for with Penny for Pinellas money, and county offiicals hope to use the complex to convince voters to renew the 1-cent sales tax for another decade this fall. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  13. St. Petersburg's Merriwether Building crumbles after Irma


    ST. PETERSBURG — The morning after Hurricane Irma brushed the city, Elihu Brayboy got a call saying that a portion of the south wall of the historic but condemned Merriwether Building he and his wife have owned since 2011 had collapsed.

    The Merriwether Building, in the 1000 block of 22nd Street S in St. Petersburg, was devastated by Hurricane Irma. The building once served as a segregation-era hotel for black baseball players and entertainers.
  14. Duke Energy tells customers to ignore high bill estimates, suspends late fees for latest billing cycle


    ST. PETERSBURG — TJ Noor felt like one of the lucky ones: His home on 22nd Avenue N didn't lose power long when Irma's winds downed trees and power lines throughout Tampa Bay.

    Linemen from Duke Energy work to restore power along 22nd Ave S and 38th Street  in St. Petersburg on Sept. 11, 2017, after the high winds of Hurricane Irma knocked out power. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  15. St. Pete man arrested after police find dead puppy, abused dog


    ST. PETERSBURG — A 33-year-old man was arrested Thursday after police said they discovered the remains of a dead puppy and found another dog injured and malnourished.

    Marcus Aren Adams, 33, was arrested by St. Petersburg police on a charge of felony animal cruelty. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]