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Clearwater Gazette reporter returns after resigning over dustup with city of Largo

Leo Coughlin, a Maryland resident who writes about Largo for the Clearwater Gazette, is back working for the newspaper. He resigned in December after Largo officials threatened to sue the newspaper.

The lawsuit threat originated after Coughlin wrote an article accusing Largo officials of being corrupt, without any supporting facts.

The Gazette printed two retractions after Coughlin's resignation and Largo City Manager Mac Craig backed off, saying pursuing further legal action wasn't worth the time or effort.

Now that Coughlin has apparently returned, writing about the city in last Thursday's Gazette, Craig said he's not paying the reporter any mind — as long as he doesn't resort to his old ways.

"I don't have anything else to do with it. If they want to have a guy like him in their paper, that's their business," Craig said. "If he says something about the city that's not true, then we'll have another conversation with the editor."

Sandy Pollick, the editor of the Gazette, did not return a request for comment.

Coughlin, when reached by phone in Maryland, said he did not want to go on the record to discuss the circumstances of his return.

Clearwater Gazette reporter returns after resigning over dustup with city of Largo 02/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:02pm]
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