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| 12/7/2012

› St. Petersburg City Council members vote to continue new pier project
They came in slogan-bearing T-shirts. "Stop the Lens," the red ones blared. "Make Lens not War," those of turquoise pleaded. They shot out words like malfeasance, debacle, world class centerpiece, referendum. There was passion. A few tears. In the end, city leaders gave each side a bit of what they asked.

› Florida officials consider using genetically modified mosquitoes
Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the risk of dengue fever in the tourist town of Key West.

› Wells Fargo serves up principal reductions and popcorn
It was more like a café than a place where struggling homeowners negotiated deals to stave off foreclosure. But that’s where things are four years after the economy broke and real estate toppled: pink lemonade, popcorn and Kelly Clarkson videos.

› Neal Communities sells 56 new homes in November
Neal Communities sold 56 new homes last month, raising its 2012 total to 559 sales, or 156 more than all of last year. November sales were 21 percent ahead of 2011, which was a record year for sales before being topped in September of this year.

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