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Key to the city is Mayor’s discretion

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Baltimore Reverend Jamal Bryant’s name has been making headlines in St. Pete. The controversial African-American religious leader is slated to be the keynote speaker at the 30th annual MLK Leadership Awards Breakfast. What makes his attendance controversial are his incendiary remarks toward the LGBT community in which he has compared being gay to having a gambling or drug addiction. St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman declined to award Bryant a symbolic key to the city. At an appearance at Suncoast Tiger…

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Toast of the Bay/Dump in the Bay: Rick Kriseman and Jamal Bryant

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As a growing center of arts and culture, a booming mecca of craft beer and gastropubs and an emerging epicenter of millennial life, St. Pete is churning out headlines quicker than it ever has before. The city find itself a growing part of regional and even national conversations with a progressive mayor on the forefront of new policy ideas aimed at lifting people in poverty, promoting diversity and increasing sustainability. Because of the city’s emergence as a regional powerhouse, it…

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St. Pete City Council’s invocation highlights commitment to diversity

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St. Pete is a city of diversity. At a time when anti-Muslim sentiment is reaching a peak, St. Pete invited a Muslim Imam to deliver it’s invocation and no one seemed to think twice. Meanwhile, people in the Muslim community are subjected daily to hateful rhetoric coming from mostly the Christian Conservative right. They’re compared to terrorists. They’re assumed to be either ISIS or ISIS sympathizers. For years, they’ve felt singled out in airport security lines or had to listen…

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