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The loss of the Tampa Tribune is difficult for a former rival

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You live from headline to headline and from deadline to deadline. Those are the rules. You try to make this story sharper than yesterday’s. You try to squeeze out the money quote. You try to get one source, one more fact, one more comment. You work until the ink stains your fingers and, sometimes, your heart. You swallow the pressure. You fight writer’s block. You die a thousand tiny deaths. What was it that Red Smith once said? Writing is easy.…

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Remember Hubert Mizell and his impact

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The newspaper clippings — the fossils of a bygone era — were faded and yellow, the droppings of a more literate era. Most of them had long given way to film, and then to digital files. Only these remained. For some reason, they were in the desk I was cleaning out a couple of years ago after all of these years. Nice pieces. Average pieces. Memorable ones. Ones to get a writer through the day. I lingered on the print,…

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Reporter Sean Daly to leave Tampa Bay Times for full-time TV gig

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Tampa Bay Times pop culture reporter Sean Daly is leaving print media to return to television full time. In an announcement, Daly – who also serves as features reporter for Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-TV – would not give many details about the move to television, but he did say it would put him in “96 million homes.” Daly has been with the Times since July 2005, serving as a pop music, tourism and retail critic. Prior to coming to Florida,…

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Um, an interesting headline from today’s Times: ‘Trophy has just a hint of a taint’

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Evidently, the editors at the St. Petersburg Times did not look up the word “taint” on Urban Dictionary before writing this headline:

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Um, an interesting headline from today’s Times: ‘Trophy has just a hint of a taint’

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Evidently, the editors at the St. Petersburg Times did not look up the word “taint” on Urban Dictionary before writing this headline:

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Times: The secret severance offered to Jim Greer

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I really hate to copy an entire article, but John Frank does a masterful job laying out all of the details concerning the severance package offered to Jim Greer.  With apologies, here is his work: The state Republican Party is denying the severance agreement (download here) with Jim Greer is valid, saying the former chairman didn’t sign the documents. Greer’s attorney contends otherwise in a letter to the party written Tuesday (download). But what is lost is the fact the…

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Ethics Commission finds probable cause that Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering baseball tickets. But will the Times get the story right?

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At its December meeting, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that St. Petersburg City Councilman Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, provided by the City, for the benefit of his campaign: While ostensibly distributing the tickets in accordance with City policy by handing them out to heads of neighborhood associations, preliminary evidence indicates that Respondent’s primary purpose for distributing at least some of the tickets was for garnering political support…

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