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Bahá’i faith celebrates 200th anniversary of birth of divine messenger Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’i faith celebrates 200th anniversary of birth of divine messenger Bahá’u’lláh

By WAVENEY ANN MOORETimes Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — Farah Khorsandian-Sanchez was born to Iranian parents in India, in a Bahá’í home. Her husband was born in Spain, grew up in Venezuela and is Catholic.As a Bahá’í, Khorsandian-Sanchez doesn’t foc...
Published: 10/20/17
Recall petition targets two Madeira Beach commissioners

Recall petition targets two Madeira Beach commissioners

MADEIRA BEACH — A petition to recall two commissioners who won their seats in a highly contested election in March began circulating in the city last week.If enough registered voters sign by Nov. 11, it will trigger a process under state law that cou...
Published: 10/20/17
Former Jabil executive avoids death penalty for 2008 double murders

Former Jabil executive avoids death penalty for 2008 double murders

A few years ago, Patrick Evans was sitting on death row for the 2008 murders of his wife and her friend.Then, in 2015, the Florida Supreme Court overturned his conviction. On Wednesday after deliberating for four hours, a new jury convicted him a sec...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Indian Rocks Beach okays medical marijuana dispensaries

Indian Rocks Beach okays medical marijuana dispensaries

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — The city could be among the few beach communities to allow medical marijuana dispensaries after the City Commission recently voted down an ordinance that would have banned them.The vote came after extensive discussion among the c...
Published: 10/19/17

Authorities: A man named ‘Cabbage’ sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective

CLEARWATERMan sold soap, not cocaine, to undercover detective, authorities sayA Clearwater man who goes by "Cabbage" was arrested months after selling a soap-like substance, not cocaine, to an undercover detective.In July, Clarence Williams, 39, agre...
Published: 10/19/17

Treasure Island narrows city manager candidates to four

TREASURE ISLAND — One of four men selected as finalists Tuesday may become the next manager of this city of almost 7,000 people.The City Commission reviewed eight candidates offered by the Colin Baenziger & Associates consulting firm and picked the f...
Published: 10/19/17

International array of artists chosen as finalists for pier project

ST. PETERSBURG — A diverse group of six artists will compete for a chance to install their work at the city’s multimillion-dollar Pier District, expected to open in early 2019.Wednesday a committee appointed by the city’s Public Arts Commission pared...
Published: 10/18/17
Former Jabil executive’s fate in hands of murder trial jury

Former Jabil executive’s fate in hands of murder trial jury

LARGO — For a second time, Patrick Evans’ future is in the hands of a jury.Six years ago, he was found guilty of fatally shooting his wife, Elizabeth Evans, and her friend, Gerald Taylor, inside her Gulfport condo on Dec. 20, 2008.But Evans, a former...
Published: 10/18/17
St. Petersburg City Council candidates share some political views, disagree on fundraising

St. Petersburg City Council candidates share some political views, disagree on fundraising

ST. PETERSBURG — Two first-time candidates aim to replace Jim Kennedy as the District 2 representative on the City Council.Both are Democrats. Both are young — relatively. Both are navigating life as a political candidate for the first time.But there...
Published: 10/18/17

Police: woman suffers life-threatening injuries when struck by truck

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when, police said, she was struck by a Ford truck Wednesday afternoon as she was crossing 16th Street. The woman, who has not been identified, was crossing near 14th Avenue S just after noon...
Published: 10/18/17