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1. "We are a perfect petri dish of America in all of its extremes," Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn told Lloyd Grove. "You're as likely to hear a Christian radio station as you are Mexican or Cuban music—which is why the I-4 corridor is so important in presidential politics."

2. The AP's Tamara Lush with Joe Redner at Mons Venus:

The blue-and-purple building sits on a busy stretch of road next to a Taco Bell and near where the NFL champion Buccaneers play home games. There's a sign outside that says "Home of the Most Beautiful Women in the World," and another: "Live NUDE Shows."

"I don't expect the RNC to be as busy as Super Bowl," Redner said, with a dismissive wave of his hand. "I don't think those people are coming to party."

3. "We're back to doing gavel-to-gavel," Marc Burstein of ABC News told the Wall Street Journal. "We're just not doing it on television."

4. Kim Wilmath in today's Tampa Bay Times:

Right now there's just one place to shower, behind a blue plastic tarp against the wall of the store. There's a makeshift kitchen against a fence, with a coffeemaker plugged into a long extension cord. The Romneyville tenants gather around it for meetings, sitting in plastic chairs wedged in the dirt and mulch.

5. Newsweek's Photo Tour of Tampa.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:32pm]


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