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Must-read story: Judge Thomas Freeman, Double-Dipper

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10 Connects Mike Deeson exposes Judge Thomas Freeman’s re-election payment D.R.O.P.  plan Meet Pinellas County Judge Thomas B. Freeman, who has been sitting on the bench for 29 years. In 2006 he signed the Florida Deferred Options Retirement Plan called D.R.O.P.  saying his resignation date would be September 20, 2011. Freeman says at the time it was the best thing for his family. But a loophole in the law allows elected officials to keep on working. That means if Freeman is…

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10 Connects: St. Petersburg Times faces backlash over solicitation lawsuit

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10 Connects’s Noah Pransky has uncovered a series of emails from angry residents to city leaders and newspaper managers, threatening a boycott of both subscriptions and advertising. “I am canceling my subscription and will not resubscribe until you withdraw your lawsuit challenging the will of the people,” wrote one resident who also threatened a boycott of advertisers. “Ethically,” wrote another resident who owns a local business, “we find that we cannot support a business that…is costing us all additional money in our City taxes because…

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Bob Buckhorn announces run for Mayor of Tampa

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From 10 Connects: Former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn says he will run in the 2011 race for Tampa mayor. He is expected to make an official annoucement on Monday morning. Buckhorn says his priorities will be job creation, expediting permitting, lessening of government red tape and development of business. “I firmly believe that creating jobs and moving this economy forward requires more than just vision – it requires a depth of knowledge and a passion for the job,” said…

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10 Connects report: Last call for alcohol in St. Pete – 2 a.m. or 3 a.m.?

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City Council members are preparing to once again take up a proposed ordinance that would extend the mandatory closing time for bars and restaurants to 3 a.m. 10 Connects’ Noah Pransky reports:

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