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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I enjoyed a dirty martini at St. Pete Brasserie late last night and had the opportunity to speak with George Rahdert, the St. Petersburg Times lawyer on 1st Amendment issues.  Talking about the City of St. Petersburg ban on street-side solicitations, I told him, “Give ’em hell, George!” Well, reading today’s Declaration of War by Times Publishing Co. on the City of St. Petersburg, Hell may seem like a pleasant alternative to where this case will end up. As I’ve said before,…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I missed yesterday, so today is a bit of a blend of commentary on the last two day’s editions. The biggest news, although it’s not surprising, concerns the Times itself: Neil Brown being named Executive Editor.  I just love the way this story was handled by the Times, as if, ho-hum, we’re just naming another staff position, there’s nothing to see here.  In a town this size (thank you John Prine), and in a community as heavily influenced by the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I missed yesterday, so today is a bit of a blend of commentary on the last two day’s editions. The biggest news, although it’s not surprising, concerns the Times itself: Neil Brown being named Executive Editor.  I just love the way this story was handled by the Times, as if, ho-hum, we’re just naming another staff position, there’s nothing to see here.  In a town this size (thank you John Prine), and in a community as heavily influenced by the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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So a mid-level editor (with whom I am friendly) at the Times called and e-mailed me yesterday to “warn” me that my criticism of assistant metro editor Sandra Gadsden did not go unnoticed.  Add this criticism to my recent “outing” of Times food critic Laura Reiley’s decision to take a leave of absence and, he said, I may be tempting fate again.  Meaning the Times may want to write something about me just to take me down a notch.  The…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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So a mid-level editor (with whom I am friendly) at the Times called and e-mailed me yesterday to “warn” me that my criticism of assistant metro editor Sandra Gadsden did not go unnoticed.  Add this criticism to my recent “outing” of Times food critic Laura Reiley’s decision to take a leave of absence and, he said, I may be tempting fate again.  Meaning the Times may want to write something about me just to take me down a notch.  The…

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Hoa Lan, home of the heavenly $2.95 Bahn Mi sandwich, closing doors on March 31

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Hoa Lan foods, where a fresh Bahn Mi sandwich can be had for $2.95, is closing its doors on March 31. Not exactly in the best of neighborhoods, Hoa Lan is not the most approachable store in the city. But for foodies who love to like exotic Asian fare, Hoa Lan was the place to shop. I stopped by once a week for a Bahn Mi sandwich, the Vietnamese-French staple featured in this rave review from the St. Petersburg Times’…

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Wednesday’s Food and Wine reader

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But first, the bad news: the nation’s economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people — including almost one child in four — struggled last year to get enough to eat. Laura Reiley, the wonderful food critic at The St. Petersburg Times, wrote a must-read post on her blog (appropriately titled “Restaurant…

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