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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

National Hot Dog Day marred by arrest of National Pork Producers Council president

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 3:23 PM


Hey, it's National Hot Dog Day! While you're slurping up some heavily topped and flavored lips and anuses from a capsule of bleached and processed flour, give up a little sympathy for National Pork Producers Council president Ronald William Prestage. 

Prestage, president of North Carolina's Prestage Farms and quite the bigwig in agribusiness circles, was arrested today trying to enter "a business building on Capitol grounds" in Washington, D.C. while carrying his unlicensed handgun. Prestage was heading for a meeting with South Carolina congressman Rep. Jeff Duncan when he was apprehended — Prestage is a resident of Camden, SC.

(story via Gawker)

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

UPDATE: Village Voice management responds to staff walk-out

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM


On Monday, we covered and linked to a Gawker report about a staff walk-out at venerable NYC alt-weekly the Village Voice. The staffers were/are protesting low wages, disappearing benefits and shitty coffee, among other working conditions they deemed unacceptable. 

CL just received a statement attributed to the Village Voice

“The Village Voice values our employees, and we’re confident that we’ll achieve a mutually beneficial resolution — the hardest part may be getting this many New Yorkers to agree on what qualifies as a good cup of coffee.”

So, there you go.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Village Voice employees walk out, demand better wages, benefits, non-crappy coffee

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 2:33 PM


UPDATE: Management responds.

dispatch recently posted by NYC media blog Gawker reports that employees at long-running alternative weekly newspaper the Village Voice have staged a walkout over low wages, benefit cuts and terrible coffee.

Seriously — their demands apparently include the phrase "our coffee is shit."

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Mitch Perry Report - Bill Young vulnerable in 2014? We've heard that one before

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

CL looks forward to hearing from GOP Congressman Bill Young at a Tiger Bay Club event next Friday, where he'll speak a month after he was re-elected to a 22nd term representing Pinellas County.

Politico reports that Washington Democrats have identified Young - who turns 82 next month - one of the top four most vulnerable Republicans they're targeting in the 2014 congressional elections.

To which we say - we've heard that a few times before.

It certainly makes sense for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to circle Florida's 13th Congressional District as one that they might be able to swing, considering that Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by more than 5.5 percentage points in Pinellas on November 6. But Young beat out his Democratic challenger Jessica Ehrlich by 16 percentage points, 58-42 on that same ballot. That's a shellacking anyway you look at it, though Democrats have been down so long that looks up to them, as that was the second best result anyone from their party has performed against the Indian Shores Republican since he began running in 1970, and only the second time he's been held below 60 percent of the total vote.

How long Young will want to keep serving in Congress is the question. And it's not unfair to say that when he does leave, the Democrats will have a strong chance of capturing the seat, based on the demographics of the district. But as far too many pundits have learned over the years, that time may still be a long time from now.

In other news, isn't it a bit ridiculous to be focusing on the 2014 elections right now? Not really. Hillsborough County School board member April Griffin told us earlier this week that because the perception is nobody wants to talk politics she'll refrain until talking about her next election bid - until January - when she'll officially announce she's running for county commission for the district 7 seat that will be vacated by Mark Sharpe.

Apparently Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi didn't get the memo that now that the election is over, "Obamacare" isn't going away. Though she continues to attack the law, Florida health care advocates say too much inattention to it by state leaders means we won't be ready to implement the exchanges when they become the law of the land in 2014.

And in the wake of another death this week in the Tampa Bay area due to a driver texting at the time, it's no better time to look at not only potential legislation dealing with this issue here in Florida, but how we can seriously try to address the issues of distracted driving that plague most of us. Check out our cover story on this issue in this week's CL.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Mitch Perry, Arielle Stevenson win Griot Drum awards

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Last night, during a banquet at the Nielsen headquarters in Oldsmar, the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists (TBABJ) gave out its annual Griot Drum awards in recognition of outstanding media coverage of people of color, particularly African-Americans.


Creative Loafing writers took home two awards in the under-100,000-circulation print division. Mitch Perry won 1st place in features for his April, 2011 profile of Goliath Davis, the controversial former St. Petersburg deputy mayor. Arielle Stevenson won 1st place in community/public affairs for her June, 2011 story about St. Pete's neglected African-American landmarks.

Other winners included Dalia Colon of and WUSF; Demorris Lee of the Florida Courier and the Tampa Bay Times; Elizabeth Dougherty of Food Nation Radio Network; Keisha Pickett of and Power Broker Magazine; Fred Bellet of the Tampa Tribune; and Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times.

The awards presentation, which was emceed by the Times' Ernest Hooper, followed an engrossing panel discussion led by Deggans featuring three local African-American news anchors: Channel 10's Reginald Roundtree; Bay News 9's Erica Riggins; and WFLA's Josh Thomas.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Tampa Bay Times reporter Justin George to move on to Baltimore Sun

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Justin George
  • Justin George
Over the past year there's been a serious brain drain of reporters at the Tampa Bay Times.

The latest to join that illustrious roster is Justin George. But unlike many of his former colleagues who left the paper to make more money working in public relations, George isn't leaving the world of journalism. Far from it.

In a couple of weeks, he'll be going into what he considers a prime-time beat — covering crime for the Baltimore Sun. His last day at the Times is this Friday.

For the 35-year-old Colorado native, it's always been a dream to live near Washington D.C. And he couldn't be happier about his new assignment.

"I have quite a few friends up there, but I was wary of living in Baltimore having watched every episode of the ‘Wire’ (ironically I’m taking the same beat once held by David Simon)," George emailed Cl late last week. "But friends who have passed through raved about the city, and once I interviewed at the Sun I realized just how important the position was to the paper and to the community. One of my friends joked that taking the Baltimore cops beat is like becoming the White House correspondent for the Washington Post or a Hollywood reporter for the LA Times."

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The new Myspace: Would you kiss a corpse if Justin Timberlake told you to?

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 2:52 PM



I still have a MySpace profile. (Or, oh, sorry, according to the last “redesign,” I have a My[_______] profile, or whatever.)

Officially, I sign in once every six months or so, looking for a snippet of music by some band or other that for whatever reason refuses to post its artistry somewhere more contemporary. (These acts are always either death metal bands or gospel/bluegrass/folk performers that did a featured spot at the Grand Ole Opry in, like, ’87.)

Unofficially, I still have a MySpace profile because my MySpace profile is tied to an email address that has been defunct for about six years now. And I can’t delete my MySpace profile without accessing the email address that no longer exists to open the email they can’t send there and click the nonexistent link allowing MySpace to delete my profile.

Which is exactly the sort of shortsighted mismanagement and lack of attention to detail that led to the pioneering social network’s demise. Well, that and, you know, the fickle passing of more than a couple of years, which might as well be an epoch in Internet Time.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Daniel in the lion's den: Tampa's RNC strip club conundrum

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

They may not legislate like it, but let's face it: Most Republicans dig sex as much as the next delegate. Witness the vast influx of strippers, escorts and other sex workers to Tampa for the RNC. They're not all here just to service the visiting news media.

Even the pro-GOP Christian Broadcasting Network worries about the souls of the RNC delegates in the face of the temptation of N. Dale Mabry, Adamo Drive and Drew Park and their concentrations of stip joints. A CBN broadcast last night tied in the issue of human sex trafficking to the RNC and Tampa's world-famous gentlemen's clubs, pointing out that some of the establishment even added special tented entrances so that visiting conservative patrons would not be visible to the general public, paparazzi or others surveilling them:

There's a dark side to nearly any convention, and it appears the Republican National Convention is no exception.

Here's the video:

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Interviewing the media: Five minutes with Arianna Huffington

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

The Huffington Posts Arianna Huffington and Creative Loafings Arielle Stevenson Wednesday at the Cuban Club in Tampa.
  • The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington and Creative Loafing's Arielle Stevenson Wednesday at the Cuban Club in Tampa.
The Huffington Post hosted a panel discussion and luncheon today at the Cuban Club called "Job Raising: What is Working." The panel on job creation was moderated by NBC's Tom Brokaw, and ties in with HuffPost's Oct. 1 launch of a job-raising initiative. As I've been doing with a number of journalists covering the convention, I spoke with Arianna Huffington, the president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post, to get her advice for a convention first-timer.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Florida's boom and bust gets airtime on Marketplace broadcast

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM

One of the best pieces explaining Florida, especially its boom past and bust present, was on APM's Marketplace show tonight, tied to both the show's election coverage and an ongoing series about the U.S. economy's challenges.

Reporter David Gura is doing a two-part series on the I-4 corridor and found the little-known Polk County town of Dundee, where the development boom of the '90s and early 2000s saw active orange groves sold for development that, for the most part, never was built after the housing market tanked in 2007-08.

As someone who has groused (yes, groused) for years about Florida's addiction to the cheap thrills of boom-and-bust homebuilding, I was especially bemused to hear the developer in the piece argue that he is upset that government didn't do more to help out the land speculators.

Take a listen. These are the kinds of issues that Florida Republicans should be talking about instead of chanting for a repeal of Obamacare.

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