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Spotted at the Governors Club: The last troubadour of Real Florida

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Jeff Klinkenberg is not the kind of guy who does “luncheons,” but there he was at the Governors Club Tuesday, entertaining Friends of the First Amendment — some real, some fake — at the First Amendment Foundation’s annual fundraiser. He looked a lot more comfortable later that day at Sally Bradshaw’s bookstore, telling true tales about things that “make Florida unique” to an appreciative audience of people who like to choose their reading material in a venue that does not…

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Jeff Greene’s lawyer calls out Tampa Bay Times

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Jeff Greene‘s lawyer is berating the Tampa Bay Times over a story on its settlement of Greene’s libel suit against it. Greene, a Palm Beach billionaire, also is “demand(ing) that the Tampa Bay Times now disclose the amount publicly.” He sued the Times and the Miami Herald in 2010 but settled confidentially with both papers in recent weeks. Times attorney Alison Steele, who negotiated the settlement, could not be immediately reached by phone Tuesday afternoon. The real estate developer, who ran as a…

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Tampa Bay Times settles suit with Jeff Greene

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The Tampa Bay Times settled a libel suit filed against it by Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, the newspaper reported Thursday. The terms of that settlement were not released. “We have been in this legal standoff for nearly six years,” Times Editor Neil Brown said in a statement. “The settlement represents our insurance company’s calculation of acceptable legal expenses. “On the central dispute, the Times does not retract or correct our coverage, nor will we limit any future reporting,” he added.…

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Whither Jeff Greene’s lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Times?

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The last week of April has come and gone without a trial on billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times. “We have a trial date set for the end of April,” Times attorney Alison Steele told FloridaPolitics.com last month. With no trial, is a settlement in the offing? Greene already settled last month with The Miami Herald, the Times’ co-defendant in the case. The terms of that arrangement weren’t disclosed. On Friday, Steele was mum and didn’t return calls. Greene’s attorney, Lin Wood…

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Former St. Pete Times sports columnist Hubert Mizell dies at 76

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Maybe sports were bigger then. It’s certain that sports columnists were. For 27 years, Hubert Mizell was the most recognizable face in the employ of the St. Petersburg Times. In a time before the Internet or cable TV channels, his was the voice that guided Tampa Bay through the arrival of hockey and baseball, through the days when the Bucs became presentable, through the great seasons of Florida and FSU. Few others cast a shadow as large as his in…

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Jeff Greene is continuing libel suit against Times, Herald

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Billionaire Jeff Greene‘s libel suit against the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald newspapers is still on after a court-ordered mediation in the case didn’t result in a settlement. Times attorney Alison Steele, a partner in the St. Petersburg law firm of Rahdert, Steele, Reynolds & Driscoll, told Florida Politics on Tuesday that Steele also has filed an amended complaint in his lawsuit. The new filing “amplified his allegations of a joint venture by the Times and Herald to derail Greene’s Senate candidacy,” she said…

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Submit your questions for Pinellas School Board candidates

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Got a question you’re dying to ask the Pinellas school board candidates? Well then, fire away. Right here. The Gradebook is rounding up questions for an Aug. 3 candidates forum that is being co-sponsored by the Pinellas Education Foundation, the Pinellas County Council of PTAs, WPDS-Channel 14 and the St. Petersburg Times. All the questions posed to candidates that night will be taken from this Gradebook post. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 16. If you want to remain…

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