Duality of Black joy and Black pain collide at St. Petersburg’s Juneteenth celebration

After nearly a month of sustained worldwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, racial equity, police brutality and the question of freedom are again at the forefront of the American consciousness. A consciousness and a struggle encapsulated in one word, written on the t-shirts of Carter G. Woodson staff and attendees: “Free-ish.”

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New St. Pete Pier to debut July 6, without an ‘organized mass gathering’

The City will open the Pier Monday, July 6 – but “no organized mass gathering will coincide” with the 5 p.m. event, according to Friday’s official announcement, due to the ongoing COVID-19 threat.

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Jabil will trim workforce to save $50 million

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cost Jabil between $160 million and $170 million for the fiscal year that will end Aug. 31, the company disclosed Friday.

As a result, Jabil is taking “aggressive action” to reshape the organization and prepare for the next fiscal year, said CEO Mark Mondello.

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‘Catalyst Sessions’ recap: Lisa Unger

Novelist Lisa Unger has sold more than two million books, and her work has been translated into 26 languages. She is a multiple award-winner, a fan favorite of those who like their crime novels psychologically taut … and a resident of Tampa Bay.

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Jobsite, Stageworks join forces for Juneteenth Justice Theatre Project today

A finalist for the 2019 National New Play Network’s National Showcase of New Plays, Vincent Terrell Durham’s Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids is being streamed today, in productions by theaters all over the country, as part of the Juneteenth Justice Theatre Project.

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One of St. Pete’s biggest companies has a new CEO

United Insurance Holdings Corp. will have a new chairman and chief executive officer, effective July 1.

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Florida plans stepped-up public service campaign as COVID-19 cases climb

Pinellas County reported an increase of 266 cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

It was the second day in a row that new cases have topped 200. Over the past seven days, there’s been 173 new cases per day on average in Pinellas.

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New Seedfunders Opportunity Fund focuses on Black entrepreneurs

Seedfunders, a St. Petersburg-based early stage investment firm, has launched the Seedfunders Opportunity Fund, to make pre-seed investments in Black-owned startups throughout Florida.

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Stuck at a red light? Tampa tech company has an app for that

Tampa technology startup CēVē has developed a smartphone app that could take some of the frustration out of driving in heavy traffic while also saving fuel.

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