Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pinellas Sens. file human trafficking, civil forfeiture bills

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 PM

This is what civil forfeiture looks like. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • This is what civil forfeiture looks like.
Florida is home to people who are all kinds of skeezy. 

Two bills state lawmakers are slated to consider during the legislative session that starts next week will deal with some of the travesties of which human beings — on both sides of the law — are capable in Florida and other places, but mostly Florida.

One, which State Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican filed, deals with human trafficking.


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Water main break, structural damage shut down 600 Block

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:51 PM

If you were planning on hitting Daddy Kool Records or Star Booty today, we have some sucky news.
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Transforming Tampa Bay: A new Urban Lab at St. Pete Shuffle's Cue House

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:13 PM

The Cue House.
  • The Cue House.

For three decades, Tampa has benefited from the bright, open minds of USF School of Architecture and Community Design students who have taken the city as their challenge. From pedestrian bridges arching over the river to green walls bounding transit systems, fresh ideas from these students have stimulated thinking about local design and development.

St. Petersburg has now rolled out the red carpet for USF SACD by picking up the $100,000 tab to rehab a 1,400-square-foot building in the historic Mirror Lake Park Shuffleboard Courts. This 1930s structure, called the Cue House, will provide studio space for graduate level community design research, thesis projects and design studios.


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Drinking Issue 2015: Commune + Co.'s rolling revival

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Commune + Co.'s coffee tricycle isn't welcome in Ybor's historic district. - RAY ROA
  • Ray Roa
  • Commune + Co.'s coffee tricycle isn't welcome in Ybor's historic district.

A stroll down Ybor City’s Seventh Avenue is an exercise for the senses. Sunlight beams onto cheesy plastic beads dangling over streetlights, panhandlers tell you stories and the sweet smell of cigar rollers’ tobacco always lingers in the air. Restaurants are everywhere, and there are bars on top of bars waiting to lend you a buzz.

What you won’t experience is a mobile vending cart. City code prohibits vendors from selling their wares on wheels.

Joel Davis of Commune + Co. is trying to change that.

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Sh*t happened 2/26/15: I don't even want to joke about it

Posted By on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 at 9:01 AM

Beer fan David Bailey attended CL's Meet the Brewers, in spite of the fact that the world is falling apart. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Beer fan David Bailey attended CL's Meet the Brewers, in spite of the fact that the world is falling apart.

Ye gods, I can't even do it. Between one of the last Florida panthers being run over, firefighters suing a helmet manufacturer and the usual shit about trolls gaming online reviews, there's really just not a lot of piss to be taken with regard to today's news. So here's an enjoyable pic of a guy enjoying an enjoyable evening, and let's all just smile and hope that tomorrow offers some news that we can make fun of without feeling shitty. (SPOILER ALERT: We're all going to die horribly.)


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

USF protest highlights plight of adjunct faculty

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Cole Bellamy (center).
  • Cole Bellamy (center).

On an overcast Wednesday as the surrounding campus teemed with activity, a handful of people were gathered outside USF Marshall Center to shed light on an issue that doesn't get a whole lot of attention: the paltry pay that adjunct faculty receive.

Adjunct professors teach at colleges and universities; usually core or lower-level classes. Despite having advanced degrees and other academic achievements, they do not have tenure, nor do they have any semblance of job security. Typically they make between $1,000-$2,000 per class they teach per semester. The most they can expect to earn is $24,000 annually with that course load level. 

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Election? What election? Tuesday’s low-profile Tampa contests could have more impact than voters assume.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Seriously, go vote. - PROGRESSMICHIGAN.ORG
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  • Seriously, go vote.
If you live in Tampa and haven’t thought about Tuesday’s election, you may want to, especially if you plan on sticking around for a few decades.

Sure, local elections aren’t sexy, and they get short shrift in the media (who wants to talk about stormwater when we can scream about abortion?). Sure, there’s not much excitement without a serious challenge to incumbent mayor Bob Buckhorn, whose only opponent is a write-in who has raised $120.

But, damn it, Tuesday’s election is important.

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Group that fought the Lens urges public scrutiny of Pier designs

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Prospect Pier is one of the design concepts being proposed by the pier. - FR-EE
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  • Prospect Pier is one of the design concepts being proposed by the pier.

As you may or may not know, a non-binding poll is underway that allows St. Pete residents (registered voters anyone over 18, anyway*), to weigh in on which of the seven design proposals should be chosen to replace the St. Petersburg Pier.

Each of the designs was put together by a different collection of architectural firms, landscape designs and others and intended as an iconic monument on the downtown waterfront, sort of like the inverted pyramid was supposed to be, and Million Dollar Pier was before that.

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Fundraiser brings Tampa's Democrats together in support for Hillary Clinton campaign

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Charlie Crist addresses the crowd
  • Charlie Crist addresses the crowd
While Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential run has yet to be made official, the expected Democratic frontrunner has still been the beneficiary of the numerous political action committees that have become a staple of election season.

One of the earliest Clinton supporting PACs, the Ready For Hillary PAC, created in 2013 by former Clinton staffer Adam Parkhomenko and former George Washington University professor Allida Black, made its mark in Tampa Tuesday night with a fundraising reception at Mise En Place in downtown Tampa.

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Sh*t happened 2/25/15: Zimmerman skates, neighborhood shooters skate, Chris Brown gets border-punked

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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Tuesday blew by like a tornado of kamikaze wasps frustrating at having been blown off-course and just looking for a reason to drop ass-first into angry oblivion. No, wait — foggy. It was foggy.

The U.S. Department of Justice has completed its investigation into unarmed 18-year-old Trayvon Martin's death at the hands of frequent law-enforcement engagement subject George Zimmerman, and didn't find enough evidence to charge Zimmerman with a hate crime. As ever, the answer to the question "how many people's lives does this guy have to end/ruin/disrupt before he's held accountable?" remains "at least one more."

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