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Pinellas News calls it quits, so does ‘It’s Your Times’

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It wasn’t a banner week for St. Petersburg’s journalism community.  As Becky Bowers reports, the Pinellas News is calling it quits….the Pinellas News, which (Robert) Potter bought 17 years ago, will simply cease to be. He spent Wednesday writing its obituary. The world has been changing, he notes. AOL and the modem reshaped our lives. The dwindling legal notices business reshaped his. Potter has been down this path before: the time-to-change-careers path. A week before his wedding in the 1980s, his…

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Pinellas News calls it quits, so does ‘It’s Your Times’

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It wasn’t a banner week for St. Petersburg’s journalism community.  As Becky Bowers reports, the Pinellas News is calling it quits….the Pinellas News, which (Robert) Potter bought 17 years ago, will simply cease to be. He spent Wednesday writing its obituary. The world has been changing, he notes. AOL and the modem reshaped our lives. The dwindling legal notices business reshaped his. Potter has been down this path before: the time-to-change-careers path. A week before his wedding in the 1980s, his…

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Battleground Tampa Bay

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During last year’s St. Petersburg Mayoral Campaign, when I published blog post after blog post about that election, I took note of a subtle trend in how visitors were arriving on my site. As much as I would have liked otherwise, many of my readers were not coming directly to Saint Petersblog, rather they were coming to the site after searching for a particular term in Google, Yahoo, etc. Yes, there was a base of regular readers who arrived on…

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Welcome to Tampa Bay

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From my good friend Tommy Duncan over at Sticks of Fire: Tampa welcomes several groups of folks coming to town over the next week, some you may have heard of before, and some I guarantee you that you never knew existed. From small to large, you’ll see them throughout the area enjoying the best Tampa treasures around. Here’s just a taste of some of the groups who this week will see what Tampa Bay has to offer. The Association of…

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Don’t forget this gem from soon-to-be AG candidate Holly Benson

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Holly Benson, secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, was interviewed in July on WFSU, with reporter Margie Menzel for Florida on the Line. When asked whether the economic downturn would create a downward spiral on people’s health, Benson said she disagreed. “Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy; it just means you have a lot more time to go running,” Benson said. An edited version is here. (Thanks to Sticks of Fire, which first pointed out the…

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For your consideration: Saint Petersblog 2.0 for Best of the Bay’s Best Local Blog

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VOTE HERE FOR SAINT PETERSBLOG FOR BEST LOCAL BLOG. As a candidate for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay’s Best Local Troublemaker award, I forgot to think about how Tampa-dominated these awards can be. How else can you explain Joe Redner leading in this category. Five, ten years ago, sure. But what did Redner do this year to deserve this recognition? Almost everyone else on the Readers’ Poll for Best Local Troublemaker makes their trouble in Tampa. What basically has…

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