Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

Clear Channel ousts Sileo but coddles bigger offender

Clear Channel Communications terminated WDAE-AM 620 sports host Dan Sileo after he made an unfortunate reference to potential Bucs free agents as "those three monkeys," but I'm bothered Clear Channel comes across as some kind of arbiter of political correctness.

Sileo's departure probably runs deeper because of comments he made in 2009 that strained his relationship with the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs. Clear Channel broadcasts Bucs games, and needs to protect its relationship with the team. But because it offered no details about Sileo's dismissal, the timing unfairly stained his reputation and laughably makes the company that airs Rush Limbaugh come across as sensitive and caring. What a joke. Allowing a conciliatory Sileo to spend an hour or two interviewing experts about race and stereotypes in sports could have resulted in a teachable moment for all. Instead, we got a whitewashing that solved nothing. …

If Gov. Rick Scott applies the same standards he used to kill high-speed rail, he can't help but veto the $36 million the Legislature set aside for the proposed Heartland Parkway. Besides, most people in Lakeland want a faster way to get to Tampa or Orlando, not Naples. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Curiosity Killed The Cat, But For A While I Was A Suspect. …

Overall, I like the idea of Clearwater High implementing a dress code, but I have to object to the ban on concert T-shirts. When I was a teen, those T-shirts with "Sold Out" emblazoned over the dates were cool. …

For one instant, dollar signs dance in your head. Then you realize it's a scam. Sending texts that say, "You've won a $1,000 gift card" should be criminal.

That's all I'm saying.

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Updated: 12 minutes ago
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Updated: 19 minutes ago

Proposed monument near St. Pete pier would honor Tony Jannus history-making flight

ST. PETERSBURG — Tony Jannus’s history-making flight in an early seaplane — simultaneously as ungainly and graceful as a pelican on the wing — is what Mayor Rick Kriseman calls an "under-told and under-appreciated" story, but a team of local history ...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
William March: Tampa Bay Democrats line up for state legislative races

William March: Tampa Bay Democrats line up for state legislative races

A surge of Democrats seeking local legislative offices and hoping for a "blue wave" in the 2018 election continued last week, led by Bob Buesing filing to run again versus state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa.In addition:• Heather Kenyon Stahl of Tampa has...
Updated: 25 minutes ago

Lane closures at Interstate 75 and State Road 50 start Sunday

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Updated: 29 minutes ago
In tree-loving Davis Islands, residents bring new life to where a grand oak fell

In tree-loving Davis Islands, residents bring new life to where a grand oak fell

TAMPA — The people of Davis Islands lost a dear friend to Hurricane Irma in September — a grand oak tree that had resided at the Suwanee Circle median for as long as many residents could remember.To commemorate Florida’s celebration of Arbor Day on F...
Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 1 hour ago
‘Mike Hammer - Encore for Murder’ serves up hard-boiled 1950s fare with a healthy side of wit

‘Mike Hammer - Encore for Murder’ serves up hard-boiled 1950s fare with a healthy side of wit

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Updated: 1 hour ago
The Hogs are coming to MacDill

The Hogs are coming to MacDill

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Tampa Bay schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

Tampa Bay schools warn parents about flu activity, dangers

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Updated: 2 hours ago