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  1. Recall petition targets two Madeira Beach commissioners

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — A petition to recall two commissioners who won their seats in a highly contested election in March began circulating in the city last week.

    John Douthirt
  2. Bahá'i faith celebrates 200th anniversary of birth of divine messenger Bahá'u'lláh

    Religion

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Farah Khorsandian-Sanchez was born to Iranian parents in India, in a Bahá'í home. Her husband was born in Spain, grew up in Venezuela and is Catholic.

    Patrick Norado (left), Thomas Alexander and Sepideh Eskandari talk after praying at the St. Petersburg Baha'i Center in St. Petersburg on Saturday. A group on Saturday gathered to study the teachings of the Baha'i faith.EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

  3. Treasure Island narrows city manager candidates to four

    Local Government

    TREASURE ISLAND — One of four men selected as finalists Tuesday may become the next manager of this city of almost 7,000 people.

  4. Authorities: A man named 'Cabbage' sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER

    Authorities: A man named 'Cabbage' sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective

  5. Former Jabil executive avoids death penalty for 2008 double murders

    Criminal

    A few years ago, Patrick Evans was sitting on death row for the 2008 murders of his wife and her friend.

    Patrick Evans talks with Allison Miller, one of his three public defenders, before jury selection continues in his trial Wednesday 10/11/2017. Patrick Evans, a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend almost ten years ago, was back in court for a second trial after his original death sentence conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court.
  6. Indian Rocks Beach okays medical marijuana dispensaries

    Local Government

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The city could be among the few beach communities to allow medical marijuana dispensaries after the City Commission recently voted down an ordinance that would have banned them.

    Indian Rocks Beach might be one of the few beach communities to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. [Getty Images]
  7. International array of artists chosen as finalists for pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A diverse group of six artists will compete for a chance to install their work at the city's multimillion-dollar Pier District, expected to open in early 2019.

  8. Former Jabil executive's fate in hands of murder trial jury

    Criminal

    LARGO — For a second time, Patrick Evans' future is in the hands of a jury.

    Patrick Evans talks with Allison Miller, one of his three public defenders, before jury selection this w eek. Evans, a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend almost 10 years ago, is back in court for a second trial after his original death sentence conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  9. Police: woman suffers life-threatening injuries when struck by truck

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when, police said, she was struck by a Ford truck Wednesday afternoon as she was crossing 16th Street.

  10. Pinellas education news: Science fair at USFSP, lectures at Eckerd College and more

    Education

    USFSP to host Science Festival, MarineQuest

    Elise Faith of Land O’ Lakes looks at samples of sand from different areas of the world at the Science Festival in 2014. This year’s festival is Saturday, along with MarineQuest.
  11. St. Petersburg City Council candidates share some political views, disagree on fundraising

    Local

    ST. PETERSBURG — Two first-time candidates aim to replace Jim Kennedy as the District 2 representative on the City Council.

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates Brandi Gabbard, left, and Barclay Harless are running for the District 2 seat.
  12. Pinellas deputies go door-to-door at dawn to arrest unlicensed contractors

    Crime

    For years, licensed contractors in Pinellas County have yearned for law enforcement to target unlicensed roofers, painters and others in the construction trades who perform shoddy work and swindle money from homeowners.

    Deputies fulfilled that wish on Tuesday.

    Pinellas Sheriff deputies J. Short, left, and T. Festa, right, arrest suspect Randy Ronchi, center, in Largo early Tuesday, as part of a joint roundup of unlicensed contractors. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  13. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Transportation Panel : The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Community Advocacy quarterly meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive, for a panel discussion on transportation, transit, infrastructure needs and pedestrian safety. RSVP to …

  14. Hometown Pinellas

    News

    St. Anthony's Hospital Earns National Award for Stroke Care

    From left, Tom Roman, Ele Fox, Claire Cousins, Deputy Kakalow, Tom DuLaney and Wanda Burnside. (Photo courtesy Ele Fox).
  15. Pinellas deputy fired after investigation finds he invited woman he arrested to his home

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he offered to pay an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.

    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he paid an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.
Deputy Brian Britt, 45, was terminated after 17 years with the department.