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At Holocaust Museum in St. Pete, citizens gather to discuss ways to combat hate and fear of the ‘other’

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Last month, an intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque, the second such fire at a Florida mosque in the past six months. Earlier this month, Joseph Schreiber was sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce on Sept. 11. It was the same mosque that Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen attended occasionally. Mateen shot and killed 49 people last summer at the Pulse nightclub in what was the largest…

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‘Day Without A Women’ events to take place in St. Petersburg, Tampa today

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Organizers behind January’s massively successful Women’s March on Washington are calling for women everywhere (if feasible) to go on a general strike Wednesday, March 8, in “A Day Without A Women.” March 8 is International Women’s Day, and in commemoration, there will be events taking place in St. Petersburg and Tampa. If women can’t take the day off, they should wear red in solidarity, says Theresa Darlington, an organizer for the event in St. Petersburg, “and remove their pocketbook from the equation for the day.” “They…

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Rick Kriseman formally announces he’s running for re-election

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman filed for re-election Thursday. “I’m asking the citizens of St. Petersburg to continue the progress of the past three years,” the Mayor said in a statement. “Working together, we’ve taken on the serious issues and made a positive impact in all corners of our city.” The announcement comes nearly three years to the day that Kriseman was sworn into office. It had been mostly smooth sailing for the former city councilman and state representative until issues with the town’s…

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Barclay Harless announces run for St. Petersburg City Council

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Barclay Harless, a 31-year-old banker and former aide to state Sen. Darryl Rouson, will be running for District 2 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council next year. Harless announced Tuesday he will be seeking the seat currently held by Jim Kennedy, who is term-limited out of office next year. “We have a great city and we want to keep it that way and we want to improve upon everything that’s been built over the past two decades,” Harless said last week as to why…

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St. Pete City Council raises eyebrows at $14M in Pier ‘enhancements’

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St. Petersburg council members had mixed reactions Thursday to a progress report on the new Pier. They generally liked proposed “enhancements,” including family friendly recreation facilities. But the $14 million price tag for those enhancements was another issue. So far, the city has earmarked about $12.5 million for the Pier approach and about $33.6 million for the Pier itself. Pinellas County had agreed to kick in about $20 million, bringing the price tag to $66 million. If all the enhancements…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.30.16 – How many votes will Tim Ryan get today?

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In Washington today, House Democrats are expected to reaffirm Nancy Pelosi as their leader for the 115th Congress today, where she is being opposed by Ohio Representative Tim Ryan. However, because the vote will be held on a secret ballot, there is a though that the vote could be a lot closer than what is expected. Pelosi is considered to be very good at what she does, which is keep her members in line when it comes to crucial votes, as well as being…

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St. Pete City Councilmembers join Fight for 15! movement

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Three members of the St. Petersburg City Council joined activists rallying for a $15 an hour wage and a right to unionize on Tuesday, a “National Day of Disruption” led by organized labor to raise the living wage for low-income workers. “Let’s be clear. The Fight for $15, it’s a lot more than getting $15 an hour,” said Council member Darden Rice. “It’s about dignity, and it’s about respect.” The noon time rally in front of St. Pete City Hall was…

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