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  1. 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.
  2. 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]

  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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.

  6. 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]
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. 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]
  11. Orange Belt project gets green light for Warehouse Arts District


    ST. PETERSBURG — A project that a developer labeled "an experiment in enlightened capitalism" got the green light from the City Council on Thursday. The Orange Belt Station project promises to bring a craft distillery and, perhaps, an alternative weekly newspaper to the Warehouse Arts District.

  12. Missing boy, 5, dies after being found by dive team in St. Petersburg



    Boy, 5, dies after being found in water

  13. Pinellas beaches seem to have escaped without major erosion issues


    While an official analysis of Hurricane Irma's impact on beach erosion is not yet available, early indications show some optimism.

  14. Pinellas extends emergency status another week

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — As parts of Pinellas County continue waiting for electricity after Hurricane Irma, the County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to extend an emergency declaration until Sept. 21.

    Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri talks to the County Commission before the storm. The board was considering Thursday morning whether to extend the county's emergency order. JIM DAMASKE   }   Times

  15. St. Petersburg's bike coordinator speaks of road designs, safety and misconceptions


    ST. PETERSBURG — Drive around the city long enough and you start to notice small changes on its roads and streets: the widening of a bike lane by half a foot, reconfigured intersections, more bike racks in front of small businesses.

    Lucas Cruse jots down notes on a clipboard before leading a tour of six miles of proposed and existing bike routes in St. Petersburg. [TrungVo Photography]