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Manuel Sykes’ ongoing divorce saga; eviction, alimony, death plots

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Nearly a year after filing, renowned St. Petersburg pastor Manuel Sykes is still fighting a bitter divorce battle with his wife of 10 years, complete with accusations of eviction and plots to “take a hit out on him” for insurance money, among other things.

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David Jolly calls on Pinellas elections office to ensure ‘all communities’ have early voting access

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Charlie Crist, Rick Kriseman and Pinellas Democrats gained a new ally on Wednesday in their request for an additional early voting station in the southern part of the county — Republican Congressman David Jolly. In a letter penned to Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark, the GOP incumbent in Congressional District 13 says he is writing to ask that “your office ensure that all communities throughout Pinellas County have equal access to early voting locations.” Clark had steadfastly denied requests in recent weeks by Pinellas…

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Charlie Crist calls for Deborah Clark to open an early voting polling station in South St. Pete

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A day after St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman called on Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark to open a polling place for early voting in south St. Petersburg, Charlie Crist echoed that call on Saturday. “As Florida’s Governor, I signed an executive order to expand early voting hours, to ensure as many people can participate in the electoral process as possible,” Crist wrote Clark on Saturday. “It was the right thing to do. I encourage you to do the right thing for the people of Pinellas,…

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Civic leaders seek polling place for early voting in south St. Pete

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman joined community activists Friday in urging Pinellas County elections supervisor Deborah Clark to open a polling place for early voting in south St. Petersburg. Kriseman and the others, the Revs. Manuel Sykes of Bethel Community Baptist Church and Louis Murphy of Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, said access to early voting is crucial to giving people a voice in choosing the elected officials who represent them. With many people working jobs and taking care…

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Manuel Sykes questions will of city officials to support minority-owned businesses in Midtown

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Suntrust Bank. Sweetbay Supermarket. Sylvia’s Queen of Soul Food restaurant. Walgreens. Those are all businesses that have closed, or are about to close, in south St. Petersburg, the Rev. Dr. Manuel Sykes said Wednesday. Yet, the city seems to have done nothing to help them stay open or to replace the ones that have closed. City officials could have stepped in with grants or loans or even delayed some actions, Sykes said. But instead of using the city’s power to…

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HD 70 candidate Manuel Sykes fails to sign disclosure form — doesn’t make it on the ballot

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Pastor Manuel Sykes announced recently that he was a candidate in the House District 70 race that covers parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties, with the vast majority of the district’s voters living in Pinellas. It leans strongly Democratic in its makeup. However, Sykes did not qualify for the ballot at the end of the day on Friday, the deadline for all candidates to be eligible for the November ballot. Although a call to the state’s Division of Elections website did not get an…

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Rev. Manuel Sykes sues elderly widow over traffic accident

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Rev. Manuel Sykes, former president of the St. Petersburg NAACP, filed a lawsuit against an 86-year old widow based on a traffic accident that occurred on November 10, 2015. Sykes sites “serious bodily injury and resulting pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, expenses of hospitalization, of medical and nursing care and treatment, loss of earnings and ability to earn a living.” The accident occurred on 54th Avenue South. Sykes was driving…

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