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Today's reads: illegal immigration, 'land grabs' and Hillsborough fight

In Friday's Times, an Oldsmar City Council member says she wishes she could press rewind on illegal immigration comments that stirred the pot, just as the company involved said she's off base, according to staff writer Rodney Thrash's story.

Meanwhile, the Times editorial board weighs in on the Tierra Verde annexation and development plan by St. Petersburg, saying the city "should reconsider."

In Hernando County, GOP chairman Blaise Ingoglia is doing his "Government Gone Wild" seminars again -- this one's the tea party edition -- warning the public that the country could become "third world," writes staff writer Tony Marrero. 

Also in Hernando, a fired public works official says his departure wasn't about multiple performance problems but age discrimination.

Hillsborough County Republicans have fired the first volley in an effort to get Democrat John Dingfelder out of his County Commission race. A lawsuit seeking to boot him from the November ballot was filed Thursday in county Circuit Court by Brian Lothrop, a Republican who lives in the district Dingfelder seeks to represent.

-- David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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