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Tampa PD expands business watch program into downtown

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A Tampa Downtown Partnership breakfast on homelessness last October was the spark. The conversation that began there ultimately led to the creation of a program between the Tampa Police Department and the downtown business establishment announced today, designed to make the area a safer place to live, work and play. That meeting at the University Club last fall was a relatively sanguine affair until its conclusion, when a few business owners complained that there were still problems with their employees being harassed by some…

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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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How Tampa benefits from Arizona lawmakers’ passage of racist immigration law

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And just like that Tampa has emerged as the front runner to host the 2012 GOP convention. Politico’s Ben Smith writes: The new calls among immigrant advocates to boycott Arizona may not affect every convention, but it will be hard for the organizers of two politically charged events — the 2012 political conventions — to ignore them. A spokesman for the Republican National Commitee said his party has not — yet, at least — taken into account the new Arizona…

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Tampa Bay and Company asks for help with RNC visit

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In preparation for a visit from the Site Selection Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa Bay and Company is calling on community members to display signs of welcome. The Site Selection Committee is scheduled to tour the Tampa-St. Petersburg area March 28-30. The visit will be a chance for the Tampa Bay area to show it can handle an event of the size and scope of the Republican National Convention, said Paul Catoe, president and chief executive officer…

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A tale of two cities: Tampa and Salt Lake in contention for hosting ’12 GOP convention

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Tampa has made the list of final four cities being considered to host the Republican National Convention in 2012, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ political blog. No word on who the other finalists might be, but the Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that Salt Lake City also is on the list. Other cities that were believed to have put in bids include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Indianapolis. I mocked up…

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A tale of two cities: Tampa and Salt Lake in contention for hosting ’12 GOP convention

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Tampa has made the list of final four cities being considered to host the Republican National Convention in 2012, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ political blog. No word on who the other finalists might be, but the Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that Salt Lake City also is on the list. Other cities that were believed to have put in bids include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Indianapolis. I mocked up…

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