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Super Bowl ads go for the safety

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Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year’s Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday. Skittles will showcase Steven Tyler‘s high range on “Dream On,” Budweiser is enlisting Helen Mirren to chide drunk drivers, and Audi will have an astronaut drive its luxury R8 sports car to the tune of David Bowie‘s “Starman,” to note just a few of the ads that have garnered pre-game buzz.…

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Toast to the Bay and Dump into the Bay: Tampa Bay Rays and music fans

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Toast to the Bay: The Tampa Bay Rays Last week we wrote that our Toast to the Bay went to St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman in part because of the deal he struck with the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team look outside St. Pete for alternative stadium sites despite an iron-clad contract that prohibits them from doing so. This week we’re shifting our toast ever so slightly to the Major League Baseball team whose leaders are probably already…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.11.16 — R.I.P., David Bowie

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Good morning, everyone. What a weekend it’s been. On Saturday, I saw “The Revenant,” the quasi-true story of Mountain Man Hugh Glass, who was part of an expedition attacked by Indians in 1823. He was nearly torn to pieces by a bear near present-day Lemmon, S.D., and left for dead by two companions. Then there was the “The Revenant: The football game,” on Sunday, as the Seattle Seahawks battled the Minnesota Viking in subzero temperatures. We also had the release…

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David Bowie, unpredictable rock superstar, dead at 69

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David Bowie made clear, in a way that was exhilarating and sometimes frightening, what every rock star since Elvis Presley and Little Richard had been telling us all along — that anything was possible. With his unpredictable range of styles, his melding of European jadedness with American rhythms and his ever-changing personas and wardrobes, the gaunt and erudite Bowie brought an open theatricality and androgyny to popular music that changed the very meaning of being a rock star. From album…

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