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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Environmentalists tout new study highlighting the influence of "corporate polluters"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 5:56 PM

Hmmmmm....Not sludgy enough. - US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
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  • Hmmmmm....Not sludgy enough.
As a congressional block to an executive order to restore federal protection of smaller waterways looms, environmental groups in Florida are trying to draw attention to the potential harm of not having those protections in place. 

Standing on the steps of St. Pete City Hall Tuesday, Environment Florida and other groups held a press conference highlighting findings tying corporate contributions and lobbying to bad laws for the environment. 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rays "news": St. Pete to study stadium's economic impact or something

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Over the course of a two-hour workshop, members of the St. Pete City Council talked about the ins and outs of wooing the Tampa Bay Rays, who are poised to prematurely leave Tropicana Field because they can.

Ultimately the council resolved that, yes, the Rays should stay in St. Pete and unanimously voted to ask the Mayor Rick Kriseman's office to study the team's real economic impact on the city, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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Lifetime pursuit: Interview with a modern day Nazi hunter

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:42 AM

VIGILANT: Rosenbaum has tracked down, deported and convicted more Nazis than anyone else in the country. - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
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  • VIGILANT: Rosenbaum has tracked down, deported and convicted more Nazis than anyone else in the country.
As far as job descriptions go, few include tasks stranger or more dramatic than confronting a former guard at Auschwitz on a windy day in Chicago.

That’s the kind of thing Eli Rosenbaum has done as the U.S. Justice Department’s longest-running special investigator of human rights violators living in the United States. A prosecutor at the highest level, Eli Rosenbaum has tracked down, deported and convicted more Nazis than anyone else in the country.

Most of them were old men by the time they were found, long settled into life in America.

“We were late in the game,” he told CL.

Investigations into WWII war crimes did not begin until three decades after the war, when Rosenbaum was an intern at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations.

“I was that intern that never left,” he joked.

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International intrigue: A preview of next week's world affairs conference at USF St. Pete

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Whether it’s gun control, transit or the minutiae of presidential politics, so much news courses through our social media feeds and across our TV screens that it’s hard to catch it all. And that’s before you get to what’s happening overseas, where multiple conflicts are raging on multiple continents.

Next week, the third annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs, which is free and open to the public, takes place at USF St. Pete. Tackling everything from international criminal tribunals to sea-level rise, the three-day conference, chaired by retired Ambassador Douglas McElhaney, a St. Pete resident, aims to take a deeper look at issues that often get short shrift in the 140-character media landscape.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Piper Kerman, of Orange is the New Black fame, to speak in St. Pete

Posted By on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 1:26 PM

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Fans of the Netflix show will probably be stoked to hear that Piper Kerman, who wrote the book Orange is the New Black, which inspired the popular series, is coming to St. Pete March 5th to give a talk at Eckerd College.

Kerman, who went to prison on drug trafficking charges related to events from a decade prior, wrote the book in large part to expose prison conditions for women, and a call for reform.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

How does Florida love guns? Let us count the ways.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Maybe because it’s sort of shaped like a gun, Florida loves to loosen its firearms restrictions. You can carry one in many public places as long as you’re not waving it around, and come this time next year, those places could include college campuses and junior highs. Here’s a look at how gun laws have evolved in the Sunshine State in recent years, listed by year of passage, along with those pending in 2015.

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  • Seriously, this was on Pinterest.

1987: Concealed carry. Floridians can carry a concealed handgun (as long as it's licensed), an electronic weapon or device, tear gas gun, knife, or billie, in most public spaces.

1987: Backyard shooting ranges. Makes it legal to fire a weapon on private residential property as long as shooter is not “reckless” or “negligent” and would not cross a public right-of-way. While this bill passed 27 years ago, local governments kept a lid on ranges in many places. But a 2011 law strengthening the state’s hold on gun laws — see “Preemption law,” below — has led to a crop of home gun ranges.

2005: “Stand your ground.” Use of deadly force is justified in the presence of a perceived threat.

2008: “Take your guns to work” law. Prohibits employers from banning guns on their premises as long as they’re legally owned and locked inside the employee’s car.

2011: “Preemption” law. Adds teeth to an existing 1987 law placing all gun regulations in state’s hands. Prohibits any local restrictions on guns. Any local official who tries to restrict gun use is subject to a $5,000 fine and removal from office.

2011: “Medical privacy” law. Bars doctors from asking their patients if they keep guns at home.

Okay, Sheriff Rick is obviously a licensed gun owner, but Carl is definitely not. - MAXLEVELGEEK.COM
  • Okay, Sheriff Rick is obviously a licensed gun owner, but Carl is definitely not.
H.B. 19. “School safety” bill. Gives school district officials the right to allow K-12 school employees to carry guns on campus.

S.B. 176. Guns on college campuses. Allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry on college and university campuses. It failed in 2014, but was reintroduced late last year.

S.B. 290 Emergency unlicensed carry. Makes it legal to carry unlicensed concealed weapons during mandatory evacuations. This also did not pass in 2014 but is being reintroduced. It was nicknamed the “Zombie Apocalypse” bill because of an amendment added by a Democratic Senator to highlight just how bonkers it is.

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Gun lust: Florida lawmakers refuse to examine their generous gun laws despite the consequences

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 8:58 AM

It was a headline that could have been plucked from a Carl Hiaasen novel: Florida man irks neighbors with backyard gun range.

But for residents of St. Petersburg’s Lakewood Estates neighborhood, where 21-year-old Joey Carannante planned to shoot at a makeshift target he’d installed in his father’s yard, the threat of guns blasting in the lot next to where their children played was all too real. The “range” had no backstop or anything else to prevent a stray bullet from endangering the lives of those nearby.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pier presentations begin; public asked politely to weigh in, pretty please

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Man scopes out rePier design concept.
  • Man scopes out rePier design concept.

Wednesday morning marked the start of a two-day series of presentations in which the groups behind seven Pier design proposals will present to a panel of judges on how neat-o their concepts are.

The first two up were Alfonso Architects' concept, Alma, and FR-EE's Prospect Pier. The first would demolish the inverted pyramid while the second would significantly renovate it (as would all the others).

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