Friday, July 31, 2015

Trib building sells, newsroom relocating

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 5:59 PM

The headquarters for the Tampa Tribune/ (of which this reporter is a former employee) have officially been sold, the paper is reporting.

While the sale price hasn't been disclosed yet, Miami-based developer Related Group is slated to build a 400-unit condo building with a restaurant on the property, so a decent amount of money probably changed hands. The revenue from the sale will be dedicated to expanding the paper's marketing operations and circulation and to paying down debt, publisher Brian Burns said.

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Castor, others react to Planned Parenthood "outrage"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 3:15 PM

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As the old saying goes, if you can't beat 'em, take video of 'em, doctor the video to make 'em look like monstrous criminals, deceive the public to whip up outcry against 'em and sick your political allies on 'em.

Apparently, the formula is working, at least for the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, which has been releasing doctored videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the "sale" (donation, really) of aborted fetus tissue to research facilities.

But pro-choice advocates at every level are starting to fight back.

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Sh*t happened 7/31/15: Tampa cops need oversight, Gulf waters don't need drilling, The Rock

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 12:03 PM


Let's just get this over with and go have some hair of the dog, shall we?

Tampa City Council Chairman Frank Reddick is pushing for the creation of a citizens' review board to add a little oversight to the activities of the Tampa Police Department. Tampa City Council Chairman Frank Reddick is also a name that now appears at the top of the list of people I need to buy a drink.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hey, cool, Jeb! says climate change is real, caused by humans

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 5:40 PM

You don't have to be a scientist to understand what's (presumably) taught in remedial science.

That's why the "I'm not a scientist" refrain, popular among GOP presidential contenders, can be so migraine-inducing.

Scientists and non-scientists who like science got a bit of relief from that today — though the emphasis should be on "a bit."

One of the top non-scientists running for the Republican nomination for the presidency, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, has broken away from his party's tendency to avoid comment on whether they think empirical science proves that climate change exists, and that humans are at least partially at fault for a massive excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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Big cat advocates weigh in on lion death, how to stop trophy hunts

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM

The last few days have left many grappling with the question of what has to be so fundamentally wrong with some people that they feel the need to dispose of part of their ample income by killing majestic, exotic animals.

"I think it's clear from the public outrage that there is no justification for taking the life of a beautiful animal without cause," Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa told ABC Action News.

That's why Baskin and her colleagues are hoping for some policy changes.

If you haven't been to Big Cat Rescue, it's a wide swath of green amid the concrete in the suburban Citrus Park area. It houses all of the lions, tigers, bobcats, servals and ocelots (and any other big cats) that can live comfortably on its grounds, animals that were once chained up in basements or made to serve as guard animals for drug dealers. The public is allowed to tour a part of the facility, where some of the cats occupy large enclosures.

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Sh*t happened 7/30/15: Bernie streams, beaches disease-y, PC overkill

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 10:29 AM


"Nothing is infinite, Thomas," said Burroughs. "Resources are limited, actions have consequences. Omelets, eggs, and so forth. For you to get rich, somebody else has gotta get poor."

Thomas stood at the railing, watching the waves swirl and foam against the yacht's hull. Finally, he said, "So, how many people do I have to hurt?"

"That depends," replied Burroughs, handing Thomas a drink. "How rich to you want to be?"

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders whipped his progressive fanbase into a frenzy last night via watch parties for his nationwide livestream. Maybe they'll all tucker themselves out and be napping when it becomes apparent that Bernie Sanders will never, ever be allowed to become president.

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Sandstorm: The unintended consequences of an ongoing fight on Treasure Island

Posted By on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

LIFE'S A BEACH: Greg Taylor must currently haul his beach gear out to customers by hand.
  • LIFE'S A BEACH: Greg Taylor must currently haul his beach gear out to customers by hand.
As far as lots in life go, Greg Taylor has a pretty damned good one.
His job is to hit the beach all day, every day. (Disclosure: Taylor is a former neighbor of this reporter, but that is not how we stumbled on this story.)

The 300 blue-and-yellow beach cabanas that line much of the northern half of Treasure Island are his, as are a number of standup paddle boards and umbrellas. He and a few employees — two of them his kids — rent these out to beachgoers along the shoreline stretching from the wide beachfront mid-island up to Sunshine Beach. Since chatting with tourists is part of the gig, it’s a job that suits his friendly nature.

His business, which he inherited from his father, turns 60 this year; Taylor has run it for 33 of those years.

He’s seen a lot in that time, and has become something of a surrogate lifeguard and maintenance man, picking up after untidy beachgoers and even saving lives of endangered swimmers.

“Over my years out here I’ve had five rescues,” he said. “My dad had nine and [so did] some of our operators and people who have worked for us in the past, we have a total of 24, now, rescues. So, lives saved.”

But fallout from a local contretemps that had nothing to do with Taylor is making life quite difficult for him at the moment.

Taylor’s ability to run his business efficiently has hinged on the large white pickup truck he has driven up and down the beachfront, hauling equipment and storing litter for later disposal.

But now, an ongoing legal battle between the city and three hoteliers has affected all motor vehicles on the beach, including Taylor’s.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Streaming Sanders speech ignites grassroots at St. Pete's Venture Compound

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 10:55 PM

There were roughly 60 people packed into the Venture Compound, an experimental music venue in St. Pete's Warehouse Arts District. 

This time around, the music wasn't the main event. It was a streaming speech of a U.S. Senator hailing from about a thousand miles away, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president as a Democrat in 2016.

The venue was one of thousands to host events showing Sanders' speech. There were dozens in the Tampa Bay area, some just minutes away from Venture Compound, where a diverse crowd began to gather an hour ahead of Sanders' 7:30 speech. They sat in rows of chairs, all filled, facing a large canvass on which Sanders' short speech was projected.

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Shut up, Marco Rubio.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:24 PM

The Trumpification of the GOP primary has entered new territory. Specifically, Zimbabwe, where popular, protected lion Cecil was shot with an arrow and later killed by Minnesota dentist and Romney campaign donor Walter James Palmer.

Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator from Florida vying for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, tweeted a jawdroppingly idiotic thought he might shoulda kept inside his lil' noggin.

We were considering blogging about how he made it into The Hill's 50 most beautiful Washington DC denizens (j/k, gross) when we came across something else on the site:

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Sh*t happened 7/29/15: Bucs slogan, Lexus lanes opposition, annual skeeter panic

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM


He gazed balefully at the computer screen, then dutifully typed out the biased stories he selected based solely on his religious affiliation. You'd think he didn't like it. Actually, he thought the whole thing was kind of funny.

This isn't really sports news, it's marketing news, so I can pretend for a moment to know/care about it: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unveiled their new "Siege The Day" slogan, which replaces their old "It's a Bucs Life" campaign, and tries gamely to tie a simple pitch-session pun to the various recent changes that have taken place within the team's organization. It's really weird how sports and advertising are so similar — billions of dollars being spent on shit people should probably take about one-hundredth as seriously as they do...

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