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

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Chat live with Times Editor Neil Brown today from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  More info here.

While I appreciate Sue Carlton‘s defense of my former brethren in the restaurant business, her criticism of Senate Bill 2106 , which would allow restaurants to cut servers’ hourly wage by more than half, but in some cases would require compensating them another way, is a little late.

Sen. Nancy Detert, a main backer of the bill, said last week the legislation was dead for this session, citing difficulty in getting it moving in the House and having the legislation apply fairly to all types of tipped workers.

Can someone explain what this ad, still live today on the Times‘ site is all about?

The slider includes stories headlined “Crist Announces run as Independent” and “Kathleen Ford thanks supporters.”

How current!

@Deggans: Tampa Bay Assoc of Black journalists offers free March 10 multimedia seminar in St. Pete. More info here.

I understand TBT*is not the Tampa Bay Times, but the headline the tabloid employs for a story about William Dillion is just too flippant about a very serious issue.

Dillon spent 27 years in state prison for a murder he did not commit. Wrongly imprisoned, he was tortured by fellow inmates, and his teeth rotted away as he spent more than half his life behind bars until DNA evidence proved his innocence, reports Steve Bousquet.

The way the headline in TBT* reads, “This guy’s free at last and now a millionaire, to boot” makes it sound as if “this guy” scratched-off a winning lottery ticket.

What’s worse, as Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cotterell explained to me, the headline is “also factually inaccurate. The bill passed the House and went back to the Senate for concurrence in an amendment. It’s a sure thing, probably pass today or Thursday, but he’s not a millionaire yet.”

What a great set of photos on the front page of the LOCAL section showing the implosion of the smokestacks of Progress Energy’s retired P.I. Bartow Steam Power Plant. You can see video of the implosion here.

While it’s difficult to encapsulate a 32-year career in elected office, Michael Van Sickler has a verrryyy niiiccceee profile of Senator Dennis Jones, who is retiring from the Florida Legislature due to term limits.

Jones is the longest-serving current state lawmaker but term limits are sending him home. His departure is a break from the past and means the ranks of moderate Republicans will grow smaller.

Many say Jones’ legacy will be the beaches. In a state with 880 miles of beach, Jones earned the nickname “Sandman” because of his efforts to replenish them. He helped create a fund in 1998 for their upkeep that now receives about $20 million a year from state taxes. “Any beach that has been renourished in Florida in the past few years, Dennis Jones has had a hand in it,” said Pete Dunbar, a veteran lobbyist and longtime friend.

There is increasing speculation among many of St. Petersburg’s power brokers, including several current and past elected officials, that the Times was the suggesting force behind the US Postal Service’s decision to regionalize the “Tampa – Saint Petersburg” postmark.

“On January 12, 2012, Barry McCaffrey presented a seminar to roughly 20 NBC executives and producers – including NBC News President Steve Capus – entitled “Iran, Nukes & Oil: The Gulf Confrontation.” … McCaffrey … all but predicts war with Iran within the next 90 days: one that is likely to be started by them.” Via Glenn Greenwald.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.