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Donald Trump steps up effort to dispute and distract on Russia

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After weeks on the defensive, President Donald Trump has stepped up his efforts to dispute, downplay and distract from revelations stemming from the investigations into the Kremlin’s interference in last year’s election and possible Russian ties to his campaign associates. The White House says the real story is not about Russia — it’s about how Obama administration officials allegedly leaked and mishandled classified material about Americans. Trump and his aides have accused former officials of inappropriately disclosing — or “unmasking”…

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Rick Kriseman says state of St. Pete “strong and sunny”

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman didn’t have any major announcements at Saturday’s State of the City address. Instead, his focus was on improving conditions in South St. Pete. For the first half of his half-hour speech, Kriseman spoke about how to improve education, lower crime, and increase opportunity in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. After a requisite thanks to City Council, city staff, and other key city leaders, Kriseman shifted focus to the seven young black men killed by…

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If you live on an alley and want to recycle, read this

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After a long and hard-fought battle, residents in traditional St. Pete neighborhoods will finally have their recycling picked up from the alley, not the curb. Beginning Monday residents whose trash is collected in an alley will have their blue recycling containers collected from that same location. To get ready, the city mailed out information packets to residents with specific instructions on where to place the blue bins on pickup day. Residents with alley pickup should place the rolling recycling bins…

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Charlie Gerdes wants to turn dead leaves into teen jobs

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St. Pete City Council will hear a staff report pertaining to the city’s estimated 40,000 tons of yard waste dumped at the city’s brush sites each year. A sole bidder, Consolidated Resource Recovery, is asking for more than $427,000 each year to grind that waste into mulch. That works out to $329 per hour for the service. It’s one of those items that typically flies under the radar and is approved in a blanket motion to approve items on the…

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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 5 – Curbside recycling

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Petersburg and came up with a list of the top 10 most newsworthy happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 5: Curbside recycling When word first got out that universal curbside recycling was coming to St. Peteresburg, many residents were pleased. After all, St. Pete was the last major Florida city…

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Alley recycling one step closer in St. Pete

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Alley recycling is one step closer to becoming a thing. Just one day after Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted that the expanded service would begin January 25th, City Council unanimously approved a public hearing finalizing the deal December 17th. Universal Curbside Recycling launched this summer, but many residents in homes where solid waste is collected in alley ways were angry their recycling would have to be collected from the curb. Some 40 percent of neighborhoods fall under that category. Many of…

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Alley recycling pickup to start in St. Pete January 25

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St. Pete residents with alley access have known since September they would be able to start taking recycling bins to the alley where trash is collected instead of to the curb sometime in January. But now there’s a more specific date. In a tweet Tuesday, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman announced that alley recycling pickup would begin January 25 and that more details would follow. City Council is set to hear a staff report on alley recycling at its meeting…

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