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Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

Another patient death blamed on infamous St. Pete weight-loss surgeon

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Longtime St. Petersburg weight-loss surgeon, Ernest C. Rehnke, is being accused of another patient’s death. In January of 2014, Rehnke performed gastric stapling weight-loss surgery on Pamela Jane Quiles, a 39-year-old medical assistant and mother of three living in New Port Richey. Six months later Quiles died. Now, in a lawsuit, Quiles’ daughter, Kayla Jane Pellrine, says Rehnke should never have performed the surgery in the first place. Pellrine argues that Quiles was a high-risk patient, as her previous surgeries — which include…

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Patrick Brett Foundation offering ‘Fresh Start’ scholarships to those in need

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St. Petersburg scholarship donor, the Patrick Brett Foundation, is taking its next big step. The upstart non-profit whose scholarship criteria focuses on an applicant’s character and financial need, announced plans for its 2017 “Fresh Start” scholarships.  “There are thousands of great scholarships out there for young people who get great grades, have tons of extra curricular activities on their resume, and are excelling in their journey,” reads the scholarships page at PatrickBrettFoundation.org. “They probably don’t need a fresh start. Unfortunately, there…

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Venture House aims to rebuild community through affordable housing for artists and entrepenuers

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St. Petersburg’s community redevelopment non-profit, Venture House, held its ceremonial “sledgehammer swing” May 18 to mark the beginning of its affordable housing city improvement efforts. “A little over two years ago, Venture House was a 90 second pitch at a social enterprise contest,” said President and CEO of Venture House Frank Wells, as he stood in the living room of a large, boarded-up two-story house in South St. Pete. “It went something like this,” said Wells: ‘The City of St. Pete needs…

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Rick Scott touts big Q1 tourist numbers during Clearwater stop; talks Donald Trump, Lake O

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Governor Rick Scott stopped by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium this Monday to tout Florida’s big first quarter of tourism. “Today’s an exciting day,” said the 63-year-old Republican governor to a crowd of journalists and spectators, “30 million tourists in one-quarter. It’s a record quarter again.” According to Scott, the state has seen a rise in tourism over each of the past five years. “When you talk about tourism, it’s jobs,” continued Scott, Florida’s self-proclaimed jobs governor. “[Roughly] 1.2 million people…

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Lack of competition hasn’t slowed down fundraising for some Pinellas County candidates

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There aren’t too many candidates running for each of the Pinellas County constitutional officer posts up for election in 2016, but that doesn’t mean the donation money isn’t flowing. According to the Supervisor of Elections’ most recent finance reports, in the Pinellas Property Appraiser race, Mike Twitty, a political newcomer and 25-year professional real estate appraiser, is handily out-fundraising his lone opponent, fellow Republican and former state Rep. Jim Frishe, $120,820 to $44,065. Current Pinellas Property Appraiser Pam Dubov is stepping down at the…

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Mike Twitty adds to fundraising lead over Jim Frishe in Pinellas Property Appraiser race

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In the race for Pinellas County’s Property Appraiser post, Mike Twitty is continuing to out-fundraise his lone opponent, fellow Republican Jim Frishe. According to the latest campaign finance reports from the Supervisor of Elections, Frishe hauled in $3,750 on six donations in April. Not a bad showing, considering that until now he hasn’t raised over $650 in any monthly reporting period since the start of 2016. Twitty, however, had a stronger showing, coming close to doubling Frishe’s April fundraising total, reeling…

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Wife and mother who lost husband, daughter speaks at Johns Hopkins in support of organ donation

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When Rebecca Irizarry lost her husband and daughter almost two years ago, she was admittedly in a very tough place. “The days after the accident […] were such a blur. There were many questions that I immediately had to answer. And everything was so difficult,” said Irizarry during a May 6 press-conference at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, in St. Petersburg. “But, I tell everyone, the easiest decision involved was donating their organs and tissues. There wasn’t a doubt in…

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