From bail bonds to beauty salon, St. Pete woman lifts up community | Living

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. β€” It’s late afternoon on a Friday, and Kenyatta Rucker is sitting on a bench on 21st Street S, talking to a man who’s calling from jail.

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