Thursday, February 19, 2015

USF med school in Vinik-land gets state panel's blessing

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

  • USF Health

Local officials are cautiously optimistic after the Florida Board of Governors "unanimously and enthusiastically" endorsed a proposal to build a USF medical school and heart institute in what is now Tampa's Channelside district.

Many local leaders see the med school and heart institute as integral to the success of Vinik's $1.1 billion development proposal in the area, and for Tampa's downtown as a whole.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pinellas congressman's bill would ease legal immigrants' woes

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 8:15 PM

The debate over how to treat millions of undocumented immigrants is as headline-grabbing as it is polarizing.

Standing in its shadow is U.S. policy on the people who came here legally, who followed a meticulous bureaucratic process and have spent tens of thousands of dollars to be here only to routinely face getting kicked out of the country. On Wednesday morning at a crowded Italian restaurant on 66th Street in Pinellas Park, U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Indian Shores) announced he is filing a bill that would allow certain immigrants who are here legally to stay after a certain amount of time.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Huzzah! Tourism smashes records in 2014 with 4-percent boost

Posted By on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 2:19 PM

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Numbers released early Monday by Visit Florida show the number of visitors to the state shot up to 97.3 million in 2014, a 3.9 percent increase over 2013.

Governor Rick Scott touted the good news at Tampa International Airport earlier.

"In 2010, the year before I got elected, there were 82 million tourists in our state," Scott said. "So we've gone up 15 million tourists."

So, Rick Scott becomes governor and, boom, mobs of tourists from Toledo to Tokyo flock to Florida at staggering rates.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Activists in Clearwater critical of U.S. Rep. Jolly's immigration stance

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Ed Quionones
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  • Ed Quionones
As the national debate on immigration reform has become a political game of chicken, organizers gathered outside of Julie's Mexican Restaurant in Clearwater Wednesday morning to state their displeasure with U.S. Rep. David Jolly (R-Indian Shores).

Their big criticism? Jolly's January vote to defund President Barack Obama's December executive order extending the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to an extra four million undocumented immigrants. The order gives many who were brought to the U.S. as children a better chance of not getting deported.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Use of N-Word causes Gulfport man to lose volunteer CERT gig with city

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Worthington and his wife, Gulfport Vice Mayor Christine Brown. - CATHY SALUSTRI
  • Cathy Salustri
  • Worthington and his wife, Gulfport Vice Mayor Christine Brown.
In the wake of a story that ran last month in Creative Loafing about Gulfport's evolving attitudes on race, Gulfport Fire Chief Jim Marenkovic — under orders from city manager Jim O'Reilly — has called for Louis Worthington's resignation from the city's volunteer community emergency response team (CERT). 

CERT members have training that allow them to assist emergency personnel during hurricanes and other disasters. Worthington, as well as his wife, brother, children and friends, all serve on CERT. Worthington and his wife are also trained firefighters.

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Jolly to VA: Stop declaring people dead when they're not

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 10:43 AM


The US Department of Veterans Affairs has earned its share of notoriety, what with the huge backlog and the not letting patients seek new treatment that actually works. 

Of late, their goofs have taken a rather dark turn.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

St. Pete council approves new police station funding, mulls arts funding proposal

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 3:38 PM

As they discussed possible details of a new St. Pete Police headquarters, city council members repeatedly cautioned that their decision wasn't to approve a plan for a new police station — it was only to agree on allowing a portion of the funding to come from Penny for Pinellas dollars.

Currently, the St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters at 1300 First Ave. N. looks like one you would see in a 1970s TV cop series. It's not up to code, it's falling apart in places, and the department's auxiliary buildings are similarly in disrepair, city officials say.

Book 'em, Danno! - STPETE.ORG/POLICE
  • Book 'em, Danno!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sh*t happened 2/4/15: Rick Scott's rosy glow, gator bites, pole (dancing) taxes

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Hello and welcome to Wednesday.

You've made it this far, which we commend you for. But you must never look back. NEVER.

Oh, except for right now at these little bits of news we made for you.

We lead with something shitty, regretfully.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Florida sheriffs, Pinellas's Gualtieri included, formally oppose medical marijuana bill of course

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 10:34 PM

The Florida Sheriff's Association said on Tuesday it opposes a medical marijuana bill filed last week in the state legislature, but does so a tad less heavy handedly than you might expect.

They came out full bore against Amendment 2, which would have legalized medical marijuana, and which voters nearly passed last November, of course. But this time around their opposition actually has slightly more nuance than the Reefer Madness-y tone they took a few months ago. 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pinellas to tally homeless Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:01 PM

  • Ybor City Stogie

Although some pretend they don't exist, there are scores of people sleeping in cars and, worse, on concrete in Pinellas County. Many are young children expected to go to school and do just as well on standardized tests as everyone else.

Every other year, a collection of nonprofits and volunteers hits the street before dawn in an effort to get a handle on the county's homeless population; it plans on doing so this Thursday, when teams will comb local parks, bus stops and shelters in order to get a good feel for how many people lack shelter.

And they don't just count, either. 

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