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Another day, another key reporter leaving Tampa Bay Times: Editor Tom Scherberger parting ways with newspaper

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Tom Scherberger, once the breaking news editor of TampaBay.com before he became a business reporter, is parting ways with the Tampa Bay Times to become communications director of USF St. Petersburg. He takes over for Melanie Marquez, who left USF St. Pete for a media job with Pinellas County Schools. Scherberger will handle media relations and develop internal and external communication strategies for the campus. “We are excited to welcome someone with Tom’s breadth of experience to our growing campus,’’ Chancellor Margaret Sullivan…

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5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times and other media

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On Dec. 28, I reported: “After taking a hard look at the proposed district lines for the State Senate seat to be drawn for south Pinellas, Representative Darryl Rouson has reconsidered his bid for State Senate, will drop out of the race and run for re-election to the Florida House.” On Jan. 9, the Bay Buzz reported: State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, won’t be running for state senate after all. That’s twelve days difference between the two reports.  Remember that…

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Another former St. Pete Time staffer heads to work as a gov’t spokesperson

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Rebuilding continues in the Pinellas school district communications office with two new hires – including another with St. Petersburg Times ties – and two more on the way. Pending school board approval, Debbie Wolfe is the new assistant director of  strategic communications and Melanie Marquez is the new public information officer. Wolfe, 56, was the technology training editor at the St. Petersburg Times when she was laid off in 2008. She began work for the district Dec. 16. More here.

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USA Today: Bill Young’s addition to war spending bill raises questions

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The House Appropriations Committee has added $20 million to the supplemental war spending bill to bail out a privately built brain injury treatment center for U.S. troops after the facility’s supporters gave almost $100,000 in campaign contributions to the panel’s senior Republican, according to federal records and interviews. Backers of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence said they would use only private donations to build a $60 million facility to treat and rehabilitate troops at the National Naval Medical Center…

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