The quotes from yesterday's Bollywood Oscars hubbub Tampa pols and boosters had to be giddy about
Both appeared in one of the two stories about the event that ran on 1B of my paper this morning.
2. Star Priyanka Chopra: "Tampa is competing with the world right now -- and won."
April's Bollywood Oscars in Tampa, as I've said here before, are a big deal not so much because of any "estimated economic impact" -- a phrase that should automatically trigger a fact-check alarm -- but because they will contribute to the slow but important work of recasting the context in which the city and the state sit, a shift from a reputation as the bottom of the country, geographically and otherwise, the persistent image of the "drip pan" Sunshine State, to that of a transnational hub of the Americas and beyond.