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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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As many African-Americans see it, there are 2 Ben Carsons

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Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson‘s “Gifted Hands” memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it. So when Carson showed up in town to sign copies of his new book, King-Baker dragged the giggly 13-year-old along to the bookstore so they could both meet him. To King-Baker, Carson’s “up-by-your bootstraps” life story makes him a genuine celebrity worth emulating in the African-American community. But she’s also a Pompano Beach Democrat watching Carson rise in the Republican presidential polls.…

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Despite community outcry, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper defends Bob Buckhorn

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Following the May 31 shooting death of 14-year-old Edward Harris, I wrote about Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s statement following the tragedy. “These young people, if they want to end up a statistic, either incarcerated or dead, the choice is theirs,” Buckhorn told the Times.  “Either get out of the life and find good role models, or you end up in the street in a pool of blood at age 14. That’s the reality.” The statement came across as cold and out…

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St. Pete may be diverse, but data show its neighborhoods are still segregated

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St. Pete is a diverse city. City leaders love to tout that. But a new data analysis shows that St. Pete is also still highly segregated. FiveThirtyEight.com founder and statistician Nate Silver looked at U.S. Census data to determine which of the nation’s most populous cities had segregated neighborhoods. A look at those cities in Southern states showed St. Pete topping the list in terms of segregation. While the Sunshine City has a diversity rating of 54 percent, it’s neighborhood…

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Rudy Giuliani trails Andrew Cuomo but destroys David Paterson in latest polls re New York gov race

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Siena College 2010 New York Gubernatorial Survey: Rudy Giuliani 57% (59%) David Paterson 27% (31%) Andrew Cuomo 49% (53%) Rudy Giuliani 40% (41%) Among Independents Rudy Giuliani 52% (41%) Andrew Cuomo 38% (51%) Among Men Rudy Giuliani 47% (43%) Andrew Cuomo 42% (52%) Among Women Andrew Cuomo 54% (53%) Rudy Giuliani 35% (40%) Among Whites Rudy Giuliani 47% (46%) Andrew Cuomo 43% (49%) Favorable / Unfavorable [Net] Andrew Cuomo 71% (66%) / 17% (20%) [+54%] Rudy Giuliani 62% (61%) /…

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