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An anticlimactic finish to St. Petersburg’s mayoral race? Or is Rick Kriseman closing on Rick Baker?

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In one week, St. Petersburg residents will know whether Rick Baker is returning to City Hall for a third term as mayor or if incumbent Rick Kriseman lives to fight another day. Whether Baker wins the August 29 primary outright is really the only drama left to unfold in what has turned out to be, at least compared to the previous two mayoral races, an anticlimactic affair.

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St. Petersburg College names first woman, African-American president

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Dr. Tonjua Williams will become the next president of St. Petersburg College, in a unanimous vote of the school’s board of trustees. The board chose SPC’s seventh president during a special meeting Wednesday. The 53-year-old Williams, a 30-year veteran of SPC, is currently serving as Sr. Vice President of Student Services, a position she has held since 2013. She will be the college’s first woman and first African-American to serve as president. Trustee Deveron Gibbons said it was clear Williams…

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Rick Kriseman needs to respond forcefully to Rick Baker’s Trumpian ‘St. Petersburg carnage’

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It’s been seven years since Rick Baker exited City Hall as its most powerful, successful mayor. Hardly a day has gone by that someone — perhaps this site more so than anywhere else — has wondered whether he’d have to, like Cincinnatus, come in from the fields to save the city he loves. Today, St. Petersburg received Baker’s response, as he forcefully declared that he would challenge Rick Kriseman in what wrestling promoters would call a loser-leaves-town match. Before I analyze…

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St. Pete College’s Soviet-style presidential selection would make Vladimir Putin proud

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In less pretentious times, St. Petersburg Junior College hired presidents without the help of consultants who make them look ridiculous. But it’s a “state college” now, and its presidential search is an expensive and entertaining-for-all-the-wrong reasons mashup of Marcel Marceau and The Muppets. To be fair, variations on the Soviet- stylings of SPC’s presidential search are happening all over Florida. We know more about SPC’s shenanigans because it is among the few “community colleges” where a reporter is paying attention.…

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Times article online about injunction being dropped against Deveron Gibbons

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Not much news in the Times story about the restraining order being lifted against Deveron Gibbons.  I mean, nothing that I hadn’t already written about here.  Gibbons’ girlfriend, Rita Wesley, who I know to be a strong, charming woman, says: “It’s a personal, private matter,” Wesley said. “It has been resolved and I’m satisfied with the result.” Poor Rita.  Ask any domestic abuse counselor and they’ll tell you the first restraining order filed is often not the last.

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Late-night update: Injunction against Deveron Gibbons withdrawn by girlfriend

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Word coming out of the Pinellas Courthouse is that Deveron Gibbons’ girlfriend Rita Wesley has successfully petitioned to have the temporary restraining order against Gibbons withdrawn. Wesley’s actions now leave a lot of questions unanswered, such as did Deveron really try to run her over..is she still pregnant…why did she decide to have the restraining order lifted? As much as Deveron will suggest otherwise, the damage to his reputation is already done.  This incident certainly didn’t bolster his already fledgling…

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Deveron Gibbons makes appearance at Darryl Rouson campaign event, says he is running for mayor in 2013

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There is a city named St. Petersburg and in it, you and I go about our days, enjoying all that the ‘burg has to offer.  In this reality, Deveron Gibbons was just issued a restraining order to stay away from his girlfriend after allegedly trying to run her over with his car.  In this reality, the downfall of Deveron Gibbons is being discussed on the pages of the St. Petersburg Times, on this blog and in hundreds of conversations occurring all over town.…

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