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Brian Ries elevated to editor of Creative Loafing Sarasota; will keep food critic role

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It looks Creative Loafing opened up its books and made Brian Ries: I wrote my first column for Creative Loafing a little over six years ago. I had asked a CL advertising rep if they needed a new restaurant critic and, fortuitously enough, they did. The paper was edited by the CL Tampa staff then and there was a sort of laissez-faire attitude about the baby brother down south. With no serious writing samples in hand, I went out to a restaurant and wrote…

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The Florida Independent launches

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The Florida Independent launched this morning at floridaindependent.com with a featured story about a recent pipe-bomb attack on a Jacksonville mosque highlighting tensions over the appointment of a Muslim to the local Human Rights Commission.  This afternoon will bring a piece describing how Gov. Charlie Crist’s environmental record led to his departure from the Republican Party, followed by another about Miami students lobbying Florida lawmakers to support the DREAM Act, each present on the home page of The Florida Independent.…

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Editor hired for Florida Independent

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After an extensive statewide search, The American Independent News Network (AINN) is pleased to announce that it has appointed Cooper Levey-Baker to be the first editor of The Florida Independent. “Cooper comes to The Florida Independent with a political news sensibility combined with a great understanding of Florida’s diverse landscape that will lend well to editing the newest site in The American Independent News Network,” said AINN President and CEO David Bennahum, “I am confident that Cooper will lead his team…

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