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Uhuru-backed candidates release a pretty decent TV ad

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Two weeks before Election Day in St. Petersburg, mayoral candidate Jesse Nevel and District 6 City Council candidate Eritha “Akile” Cainion are on the air with their first television ad.

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Robert Blackmon, Gina Driscoll close fundraising gap with Justin Bean

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For a few months now, St. Petersburg businessman Justin Bean has led the eight person field in fundraising in the District 6 City Council race, but a relatively lean recent fundraising report has Robert Blackmon and Gina Driscoll nipping at his heels. Bean raised a relative modest $685 for the period of July 8-21, which still allows him to continue to lead in fundraising with $21,418. However, Blackmon is just $77 shy of that figure after raising $3,177 in that…

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Mayoral candidates engage in a kinder, gentler debate

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Three nights after their latest debate ended in chaos, the candidates running for mayor of St. Petersburg engaged in a restrained affair Thursday night. The most dynamic performer on the stage was Jesse Nevel, the 27-year-old Uhuru firebrand who blasted Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker throughout the 83-minute affair, while varying his message beyond a call for reparations for the black community.

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Pinellas Sheriff should step down, says black activist coalition

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Accusing Pinellas County deputies of “murdering” three teenage girls who drowned in a stolen car last month, a coalition of black activists have called for Sheriff Bob Gualtieri’s resignation and an investigation into the incident. “They killed those girls. … They murdered them,” Omali Yeshitela told a roomful of reporters and community supporters. “Bob Gualtieri has to go. He has got to go.” Yeshitela also called for criminal charges to be brought against the deputies who were involved. He is…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Gulfport incumbents and Uhuru

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Toast to the Bay: Gulfport incumbents  Candidates for the Gulfport municipal election March 15 got one chance to debate in front of voters ahead of the election next month. As such, performance was key. Two incumbents are facing challengers, Mayor Sam Henderson and Council member Dan Liedtke. Barbara Banno and April Thanos are running to unseat them. As challengers, the two have a heavier burden in wooing voters. Both failed to do that last night. As we wrote following the…

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St. Petersburg City Hall evacuated when suspicious package spotted after Uhuru demonstration

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St. Petersburg City Hall was evacuated Thursday morning after a group of activists from the local Uhuru movement stormed a meeting of the St. Pete City Council. The group were said to have left behind a suspicious package. The Uhuru Solidarity Movement is a group with long-standing demands of reparations for Africans. The Council was in the middle of an unrelated item. City Hall was evacuated for about 15 minutes as the package was investigated. According to the St. Petersburg…

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St. Pete looks to replace racist mural 50-years gone with culturally significant art

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The city of St. Pete is budgeting $10,000 for a mural that would cover the long blank wall on the left landing of the main stairs in City Hall. The wall was once shrouded in a racist mural created in the 1940’s after City Hall was erected in 1939 using New Deal funds. In an act of civil disobedience, a young African-American activist named Joe Waller tore the mural down in 1966 after the city refused multiple attempts to remove…

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