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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

Deadline approaches for bill on expert-witness rules

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Today is the last day for Gov. Rick Scott to settle a key issue in the push to limit the impact of “junk science” in Florida courts. Scott must approve or veto a House bill to strengthen expert-witness standards in state courts, an issue which has become the latest battle in the increasingly heated “tort reform” conflict between doctors and lawyers. Currently, judges have the power to determine if an expert witness uses scientific principles, or has “general acceptance” in…

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Tampa Bay Watch becomes newest Florida LIFE location

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Tampa Bay Watch, the Pinellas County nonprofit established to protect Florida’s largest open water estuary, is now the newest learning center for the state’s environmental education program. With the addition of the Pinellas County site, there are now 22 locations participating in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Learning In Florida’s Environment (LIFE) program. In the early morning hours of May 28, a group of Pinellas County middle school students gathered at Tampa Bay Watch on Pinellas Bayway S, just…

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McKalip supporters to hold fundraiser at Bella Brava

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David McKalip is looking for a little support from his fans tomorrow night. A fundraiser for McKalip is scheduled to be held at Bella Brava June 4 at 6 p.m.. The event is to advance the neurosurgeon and Tea Party activist in his campaign for St. Petersburg City Council. Leslie Curran, who cannot run again due to term limits, currently holds the District 4 seat. The host committee for the fundraiser includes:   Bella Brava owner Mike Harting Mark Lettelleir…

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Fmr. St. Pete Councilmember Connie Kone endorses Carolyn Fries

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In an attempt to improve her chances for the District 4 seat, Carolyn Fries received the backing of a former St. Petersburg City Councilmember. Fries picked up the endorsement of Connie Kone, who served six years on the City of St. Petersburg Planning Commission, as well as two terms as Councilmember. Kone is a longtime St. Petersburg resident, and co-founder of the Friends of Weedon Island. “I have been waiting for a District 4 candidate I could support,” Kone says in…

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Pro volleyball on the menu at June 5 St. Pete Chamber event

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce is honoring the city’s selection as a stop on the Association of Volleyball (AVP) 2013 Pro Beach Tour. A VIP reception begins with meet and greets June 5 at 5:30p.m. at the Museum of History located downtown at 335 2nd Ave. N.E. Known as the most recognized brand in professional volleyball, AVP has held professional tournaments for nearly 30 years. The annual pro tour features some of the best players in the world, as…

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Rick Scott appoints three to Pinellas County Housing Authority

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With a few key appointments, Pinellas County neighborhoods now have advocates with a range of affordable housing skills. In an announcement Friday, Gov. Rick Scott appointed one and reappointed two board members to the Pinellas County Housing Authority. Angela Rouson, Alan L. Swartz and initiate Michael J. Guju began their PCHA appointment terms May 31. The Board controls agency oversight, sets policy and oversees government funding for the largest housing authority in Pinellas County. The panel consists of five volunteers,…

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Kathleen Ford calls for “other options” on eve of Pier closing

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On the last official day of the St. Petersburg Pier, Kathleen Ford is convinced the venerable landmark still has life in it. This afternoon, using the Pier as a backdrop, Ford spoke about the direction St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster is taking the city’s most recognizable building. “It is unfortunate that we are here today,” Ford said in a press conference at Demens Landing. “Since this inverted pyramid can still be open this summer.” “Over 400 jobs will be lost…

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