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Tampa restaurants tussle over tagline ‘fresh, healthy, authentic’

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A prolific Tampa restaurateur is accusing a nearby rival of piggybacking off her reputation by using the same tagline of “fresh, healthy, authentic.” B.T. Nguyen, also known as Bach Tuyet Nguyen, is one of the successful restaurateurs in the Tampa Bay area. In 2015, the 53-year-old native of Vietnam, through her company BTZ LLC, opened “BT to Go,” her seventh restaurant concept. BT to Go is at 3215 S. MacDill Ave., Suite L in Tampa. According to a Tampa Bay…

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Tom Rask suing Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri over Sunshine Law violations

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Pinellas County political activist and blogger Tom Rask is once again gearing up for battle. Legality of a controversial post-evacuation re-entry permit program has led the Seminole resident and government watchdog to sue Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri for violating public records law. Rask is the 52-year-old editor of Tampa Bay Guardian, a website “founded on the premise that independent journalism is important for achieving accountability and good government.” Rask is also well-known locally as a Tea Party activist, as well as…

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Two foreclosure actions face former Nelson Poynter estate, Tampa Bay’s classiest ‘party house’

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Two friends are facing off in court over a defaulted loan secured by an old estate of the late St. Petersburg Times owner Nelson Poynter, once valued at nearly $10 million. Fazal Abbas Fazlin is a 66-year-old engineer and a native of Pakistan. In 2008, a New York Times column by Roger Cohen profiled Fazlin, a millionaire entrepreneur, Muslim, Republican and Richard Nixon fan who backed Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. In 1999, Fazlin and then-wife Christina Marie Fazlin…

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Despite a shooting and lawsuit, Tampa residents remain Facebook friends

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Apparently, it takes a lot for some people to get unfriended on Facebook. A pair of Hillsborough County residents remain friends on the social network, despite one dragging the other to court for shooting him in the stomach with a pellet gun. John Decker Cebula is a 24-year-old University of Tampa graduate who works at Ford Motor Credit Company. Randolph Urban Pattillo is a 62-year-old Tampa resident, and president and COO of Florida Marine Products. Randolph Anthony “Tony” Pattillo, 36, is the…

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Serving life for murder, Tampa man continues legal crusade to get car back

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A Hillsborough County man serving a life sentence for murder is continuing his 14-year battle with the Tampa police over the seizure of the car — 10 years old at the time — that he used in the crime. In 2003, police arrested and charged 21-year-old Michael Gerard “Mickey” Glenn Jr. with first-degree premeditated murder. Glenn was accused of killing 25-year-old Antonio Powell in a drug-related shooting. Three years later, Glenn made a minor uproar in local media by announcing he would…

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Tampa’s Thee Dollhouse sued for allowing drunk dancer drive to death

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A Tampa strip club dancer, plied with free drinks before leaving work, died last year after her car hit a tree. Now her estate is suing both the club and its valet service for letting her drive to her death. Cindy Marleny Montes was a 23-year-old dancer at Thee Dollhouse strip club at 1010 N. Westshore Blvd. In Tampa. On Jan. 16, 2016, Montes left work, taking her keys from Shamrock Valet, and drove off. Soon after, Montes — a 2011 graduate of Madera…

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Dueling lawsuits embroil Tampa power broker Don Phillips, wife in fierce divorce battle

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An epic divorce battle years in the making has embroiled Tampa Republican heavyweight Don E. Phillips. Despite claims of a “devoted family,” Phillips and his wife Erin spent the past few years firing off waves of competing lawsuits, complete with dramatic accusations of computer hacking, identity theft, domestic violence, stalking and serial infidelity among others. A North Carolina native, Phillips, 51, moved to Hillsborough County in 2003 and is the man behind Tampa-based Phillips Development & Realty (PDR), an influential…

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