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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/28)

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I’m not the only blog-reporter upset with the St. Petersburg Times and the way it interacts with the online community.  Last week, I shared a drink at St. Pete Brasserie with Elizabeth Dougherty of Eat St. Pete and Brian Bailey of I Love the ‘burg.  Both talked about something I have complained about for over a year: The Times‘ blatant thievery of scoops and stories that begin in the blogosphere. Dougherty specifically mentioned how the Times’ food writers made no…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/28)

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I’m not the only blog-reporter upset with the St. Petersburg Times and the way it interacts with the online community.  Last week, I shared a drink at St. Pete Brasserie with Elizabeth Dougherty of Eat St. Pete and Brian Bailey of I Love the ‘burg.  Both talked about something I have complained about for over a year: The Times‘ blatant thievery of scoops and stories that begin in the blogosphere. Dougherty specifically mentioned how the Times’ food writers made no…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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“Who is Sandra Gadsden?” was the invariable response I received last evening from each person I asked if they knew who Sandra Gadsden is. I was at a fundraising reception chock full of political operatives and their handsome wives.  Each of these people recognized the names of  Adam Smith or Aaron Sharockman or David DeCamp.  Some even recognized John Frank’s name.  But not one person — and this is a room full of people who make St. Petersburg move –…

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Times/Herald introduces useless new feature ‘My Lawmaker’

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Watching a newspaper attempt to integrate its output into an online delivery system is a lot like building a hospital: add a wing here, add a lab there, etc. The only problem is that the elevators never stop on the right floor. It’s that kind of logic that must have led to the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald introducing “My Lawmaker” – a harmless, albeit useless, new feature which allows readers to punch in their address to find…

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Times/Herald introduces useless new feature ‘My Lawmaker’

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Watching a newspaper attempt to integrate its output into an online delivery system is a lot like building a hospital: add a wing here, add a lab there, etc. The only problem is that the elevators never stop on the right floor. It’s that kind of logic that must have led to the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald introducing “My Lawmaker” – a harmless, albeit useless, new feature which allows readers to punch in their address to find…

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Epilogue to the St. Pete Mayoral Race: IRS filings show Deveron Gibbons’ campaign was likely behind attacks against Bill Foster

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When a direct-mail piece attacking him landed in voters’ mailboxes, Bill Foster knew which of his opponents was behind the dirty tricks…fellow Republican Deveron Gibbons: Foster said he thinks fellow candidate Deveron Gibbons is behind the mailer. As reported by Aaron Sharockman: In 2006, Bainter attacked an attorney general candidate, state Sen. Walter “Skip” Campbell, for a bill he sponsored that regulated the payday loan industry. Foster noted that Gibbons works for Amscot Financial, a company that provides payday loans.…

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