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A Tale of Two Cities

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There is a must-read in this week’s Weekly Planet, er, Creative Loafing that compares and contrasts the downtowns of Tampa and St. Petersburg: “Think of this initial story as a collection of impressions — our attempt to take the temperature of the two downtowns on an average working day. On two recent mid-week afternoons, the entire editorial staff fanned out, first in Tampa and then in St. Pete, to experience the state of the city in such areas as condo…

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Susan Latvala draws opponent

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Outraged at the Brooker Creek plan, student Richard Skandera files to unseat County Commissioner Susan Latvala. But will he qualify by the July 21 deadline?

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Taxpayers to foot $85 million bill for Tampa’s GOP bid

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Hosting the 2008 Republican National Convention here would cost taxpayers about $85-million, event organizers said Monday. That’s roughly two-thirds of the estimated total cost of $124-million, according to the bid package a Tampa delegation presented to the Republican National Committee in May. Nearly $22-million would come straight out of local tax coffers. This is what the mayor of San Diego said about why that city is not putting forth a bid for the RNC convention: “It is a pretty significant…

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A Taste of Pinellas

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This year, A Taste of Pinellas celebrates its 20th appearance on the downtown waterfront. Vinoy Park, offers a large, picturesque venue for more than 50 participating restaurants and national entertainment. From fajitas to frappucino, there’s sure to be plenty to tempt your taste buds. All proceeds from A Taste of Pinellas benefit the All Children’s Hospital Telethon. A Taste of Pinellas is famous for great music, too (at least that’s what the website claims). For all you old folks, Cheap…

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Creative Loafing Returns

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Yes, that is a subtle jab at The Weekly Planet, which is changing its name back to Creative Loafing. Evidently, the Planet’s staffers endure too many Superman jokes and so they are returning to their original masthead. Of course, the latest title in the Superman movies is Superman Returns, hence Creative Loafing Returns. That sucked didn’t it. What doesn’t suck is the Weekly Planet/Creative Loafing. I only wish there was more content in it, especially more local content. I once…

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Bill Heller to file today or tomorrow for H-52

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For reasons beyond me, former USF dean Bill Heller intends to file today or tomorrow to run for House District 52, challenging established front-runner Liz McCallum for the Democratic nomination. Someone please tell me how a 70-year-old man is going to outwork the GOP candidate? How is Heller going to walk door-to-door in August? Why do we want someone in office who will be 78 at the end of his possible term? Of course, Heller’s candidacy is being egged on…

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What’s this? Charles Gerdes wins AFL-CIO endorsement, opts to not endorse Janet Long

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Last week I reported that Gerdes had won the AFL-CIO endorsement (The Buzz got this after I did and didn’t even give me credit. Tsk, tsk). Well, I just got off the phone with Rich Templin at the AFL-CIO and he confirms that one-time longshot, now contender Charles Gerdes, is, in fact, the favorite of both Labor and the Teachers. Have they forgotten about Rick Kriseman? What’s going on in District 53? Another interesting decision by the AFL-CIO was its non-decision…

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