Good morning. It's Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Let's start with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn talking about Tampa and St. Pete: "We will succeed together or fail alone." Buckhorn, wrote the Times' Bob Trigaux, acknowledged Tampa slipped into economic mediocrity by failing to innovate soon after it adopted the wishful slogan "America's next great city" in the late 1980s.
A-list Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan called Tampa "one of the most lovely cities in the world."
Charlie Crist called Rick Scott "a disaster."
... an instrument called a waterphone, a metal sphere filled with water that sounds like the cry of a sea creature. Click.
IIFA's production will be the most complex since U2 played the stadium in 2009. Click.
Man robs CVS with paper plate note. Click.
Helping the springs! But not really.
The state of stuff, pretty much: Real estate sales are up (yay?), the job market for college grads is better than it has been but still not that great, and the middle class doesn't feel like it anymore.