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Rick Baker recognizes previous stances on LGBT community will be campaign issue; Will it make a difference?

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Near the end of Rick Baker‘s 36-minute speech announcing a re-election challenge to Mayor Rick Kriseman, the former two-term mayor invoked his mantra of St. Petersburg being a “seamless city” — and that includes the LGBT community. “A lot has been said about me and the LGBT community by my opponent and by others,” he said on the steps of City Hall last week, without acknowledging why that was an issue when he was mayor and continues now as a candidate. “I want you to know…

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New St. Pete Public Works Administrator officially welcomed to the Sunshine City

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Claude Tankersley began his post as St. Pete’s public works administrator this month. During an unrelated workshop Thursday, City Council members officially welcomed him to the city. “My motto is that it’s very important to keep the public in public works,” Tankersley said. “I like to make sure that I know our constituents as well as I can. When we have unfortunate crises, they’re more willing to help us find solutions.” Tankersley’s statement is fitting considering the terms by which…

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Melanie Bevan serves final day at St. Pete PD; heading to Bradenton to serve as top cop

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Friday was Assistant Chief Melanie Bevan’s final day with the St. Pete Police Department. Bevan announced last month she accepted the top spot with Bradenton Police as their chief. “Today will be my last Facebook post with St. Petersburg Police Department as I was recently named Chief of Police for the City of Bradenton,” Bevan wrote on her Facebook page. “I’d like to thank all who supported me throughout the years with SPPD.” Bevan had been considered for St. Pete…

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City Council approves $235,000 for new St. Pete Police toys

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St. Pete City Council approved $235,000 for new equipment, technology and training and recruitment during a meeting Thursday. The bulk of the money will pay for dash cams in police cars. The St. Petersburg Police Department will purchase 15 in-vehicle camera systems for use in its Street Crimes Unit. Those vehicles are not currently equipped for video. The cameras will turn on automatically when the vehicle’s lights are activated. Officers can also turn the cameras on manually from the vehicle…

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