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St. Pete officials serving supper to tout Southside improvements

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St. Petersburg city officials are inviting residents to enjoy a “Sunday Best Supper” at the Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum where the administration will share its progress in improving conditions in the Southside. Neighborhoods south of Central Avenue are among some of the poorest in the city. Midtown and Childs Park are particularly plagued by poverty and crime. While the struggles facing many Southside residents are nothing new, the ongoing problems in many of those neighborhoods have been particularly…

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60 St. Pete teens to get “intensive” job training

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A group of St. Pete teens will get a crash course in finding jobs this weekend during the 200 in 2015 Youth Employment Summit. Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 60 kids will undergo intensive training on how to land a job and be connected with job opportunities. Kids will participate in micro interviews with any of six participating employers who will be collecting job applications for holiday season jobs and beyond. The 200 in 2015 campaign is aimed…

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Clearing the air on this season’s contentious St. Pete City Council coverage

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It’s not every day I decide to swap my pronouns from the likes of “they” and “its” to the first person “I,” “Me,” and “My.” But today seems like a good day. I’ve been catching a lot of flak from people who support Lisa Wheeler-Brown for St. Pete City Council District 7. For those of you who may not have been following along, I started what has turned out to be a pretty nasty series of allegations. See, Wheeler-Brown spent…

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Final City Council candidate forum gets heated

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Three City Council races will be decided next week when voters hit the polls November 3. Candidates in two of those races squared off in the final debate leading up to the election in what turned out to be a boisterous forum hosted by the St. Pete NAACP. Lisa Wheeler-Brown came out of the gate strong with an impassioned plea to voters to reject the negative attention her opponent, Will Newton, has stirred in the race for the District 7…

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Charlie Crist spends post-announcement afternoon chatting with veterans

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After officially announcing his bid for Congress, former Gov. Charlie Crist made two more stops to meet with veterans. In what was a throwback to the C.W. Bill Young 42-year reign, Crist promised to serve with a commitment to providing vets with more than what Washington gives them now. “People like Jay who have served in the armed forces literally are willing to risk their lives for our freedom,” Crist said from a new memorial at the War Veterans Memorial…

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Will Newton’s back taxes were not from a personal business

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St. Pete City Council candidate Will Newton is answering questions about more than $32,000 in back taxes he owed several years ago. Newton was assessed two liens stemming from 2004-2006 and 2007-2009. Both liens were paid off in 2012. In a Tampa Bay Times article highlighting the issue, Newton wouldn’t answer where the back taxes came from. According to the Internal Revenue Service, the back taxes resulted from “small business/self-employed.” The Times reported that neither Newton’s work as a firefighter…

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Amid campaign finance controversy, Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s lead shrinks to within the margin of error

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St. Pete City Council candidate Lisa Wheeler-Brown’s lead in the polls has shrunk to just two points over opponent Will Newton, within the margin of error. She had a seven-point lead following the primary. The change is likely the result of a series of controversies showing Wheeler-Brown had used campaign funds to undergo dental work, a possible misuse of funds. Following that, SaintPetersblog uncovered the expense had gone misreported for more than six months as office space. That information led to…

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