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David Simmons condemns Frank Artiles comments; calls for due process, suggests PTSD might be factor

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Republican state Sen. David Simmons sharply condemned racist and vulgar comments made earlier this week by state Sen. Frank Artiles.  The behavior is nothing new, Simmons said, but he puts his faith in the Senate’s due process to determine a judgment by the body. Simmons, of Altamonte Springs, then suggested that Artiles’ behavior might be a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder — or some other circumstance — and the Senate needs to hear of any aggravating or mitigating circumstances before…

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File this post under the category of It’s About Damn Time: St. Pete Times’ website to require registration for comments

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In a move I have been pleading for months (and predicted here), The St. Petersburg Times website, tampabay.com, will introduce a new reader comment system. Here’s how it will work: To post your comments on tampabay.com stories, you will need to register. We’ll need your name, a valid e-mail address and your ZIP code. You need to do this only once. Your comments will appear immediately when you post. You will be able to report abusive comments, and we will…

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Here’s what TampaBay.com can do better…

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Alright, the editors and managers at The St. Petersburg Times‘ website www.tampabay.com are asking readers for ideas on how to improve their site. Well, ask and you shall receive, because if there is one thing I ain’t lacking, it’s opinions on how to improve the Times‘ online presence. Now, I understand there are casual readers of www.tampabay.com who are probably satisfied with the Times‘ website — and they should be. The site is accessible and full of information, the two…

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What I mean to the Bay Buzz blog

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When I wasn’t busy brokering tickets, I worked up an unofficial analysis of my impact — good and bad — on the Bay Buzz blog, which, as you all know, I no longer deign to read. Again, this is all unofficial and since I went to FSU I am not that great at math, but during the month of April, there were: 91 posts on the Bay Buzz blog with 1220 total comments, which works out to an average of…

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