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Tampa Bay Times’ Alexandra Zayas to work for ProPublica

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Tampa Bay Times award-winning investigative reporter Alexandra Zayas is departing the newspaper to work for ProPublica, the investigative non-profit organization based in New York City. The 34-year-old Miami native has been with the Times since 2005, coming to work for the paper after graduating from the University of Miami. “It’s a really exciting time to join ProPublica,” she said Monday morning, a few hours after the news of her hiring went live. “Investigative journalism is having a very important moment right now,…

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Justice Dept. says Tampa Police Dept.’s citation of black cyclists wasn’t discriminatory, but also wasn’t effective in stopping crime

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(Updated) The Tampa Police Department’s policy of stopping and citing black bicyclists was not discriminatory, concluded a report issued Tuesday by the Justice Department. “The bottom-line appears to be that the TPD ‘burdened’ Black bicyclists by disproportionately stopping them in the name of ‘benefiting’ Black communities by increasing their public safety,” the report says. “Yet, our analyses indicate that the TPD’s bicycle enforcement did not produce a community benefit in terms of bicycle safety, bicycle theft, or crime generally but did burden individual bicyclists, particularly Black bicyclists in high…

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City Hall reporter Kameel Stanley leaving Tampa Bay Times for NPR station in St. Louis

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Tampa Bay Times reporter Kameel Stanley, who co-wrote and reported on the paper’s investigative story revealing that the Tampa Police Department has cited black bicyclists for 79 percent of the total bike infractions in the past three years, is leaving the paper to report for St. Louis Public Radio next month. She related that news by re-tweeting a tweet that congratulated her for getting the gig in St. Louis. “I’m very happy,” Stanley told SPB this afternoon when asked to confirm…

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Could the Times be celebrating Mike Connors’ slash in responsibility?

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The Tampa Bay Times posted a scathing story about St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman’s scaling back of a key staffer’s role. Public Works Administrator Mike Connors will oversee 200 fewer employees as a result of a staffing change that removes him from power over the city’s sanitation department, which includes its newly rolled out recycling program. He also is being removed as the head of the city’s purchasing department, which oversaw the purchase of seven recycling pickup trucks. Despite the…

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More than 900 pack Palladium in St. Pete for oil spill forum

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From Kameel Stanley: They came by the hundreds, packing the Palladium Theater until it was at capacity. Outside, dozens more waited, trying to get a seat. The gathering felt like a college lecture or academic conference, but the audience Tuesday at the downtown facility wasn’t made up of students or industry insiders. Instead, about 950 people from all over the Tampa Bay area came together for a community forum on one thing: the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.…

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