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Al Roker to sample Ybor culture

Look for Al Roker to go live from Centro Ybor on Thursday on NBC's Today show.

Roker, the affable meteorologist, will be joined by flamenco dancers from the Columbia Restaurant. He also is expected to sample some Columbia menu items and beer samples from the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. Beer before 11 a.m.? ...

If the Pier is worth saving, then someone needs to think outside of that boxy design, or call Ty Pennington and get an extreme makeover. Can't a firm hurting for business come up with a cool, inexpensive solution? ...

Seen on a bumper sticker (by a reader): D.A.D.D. — Dads Against Daughters Dating. ...

The busiest entertainment night in Tampa Bay history may be Thursday, with concerts at almost every major venue. But there's a good chance I'm going to see jazz saxophonist Eric Darius at the GrillSmith in Carrollwood. He's that good. Go to for tickets. ...

Don't know if deposed Chiefs coach Herm Edwards wants to return to being an assistant, but he would be a dose of wisdom for young Bucs coach Raheem Morris. ...

If you don't have a sweet tooth for Girl Scout cookies, here's a different way to support the organization. Cookies From Home can deliver Thin Mints and the like to soldiers overseas. Check it out at ...

Leto High graduate Michael Jenkins, an Atlanta Falcons receiver, quietly purchased shirts, shorts and football uniforms for his old school last summer. And he did it without sending out one news release or calling one TV station.

"You're always kind of fighting for your school," Jenkins said. ...

That's all I'm saying.

Al Roker to sample Ybor culture 01/25/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 11:24pm]
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