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Ernest Hooper: Just when you thought Malfunction Junction had gone away

Please welcome back drum roll — Malfunction Junction.

True, it never really went away. But the traffic pattern changes instituted on southbound Interstate 275 in November have created daylong backups that linger on westbound Interstate 4 and remind us how the junction got its nickname.

Given that the artery won't be unclogged until 2015, take evasive action. Exit downtown and use the back roads. It might not be faster, but I bet you arrive with less stress. …

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg honored the Hough family — William and Hazel Hough, and children Robb Hough, Susan Henry and Helen Feinberg — at commencement Sunday. For an entire family to get recognized for its community contributions speaks volumes. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: 0.0. I Don't Run. …

The Yacht StarShip offers a neat way to catch Saturday's holiday boat parade around Davis Islands, Harbor Island and Garrison Channel. It also features a River of Lights holiday cruises on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Go to for details. …

Kudos to the St. Petersburg Lions Club, which recently fed more than 75 children at its holiday breakfast. Every family took home holiday photos and gift bags stuffed with games. …

I'm vying to win 100 circus tickets for Big Brothers/Big Sisters Tampa Bay in a celebrity promotion for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Jan. 2-6, Tampa Bay Times Forum), and I've involved my precocious daughter in an attempt to beat out folks like Derrick Brooks.

Yes, I have no shame. Go to and vote for Madelyn. …

That's all I'm saying.

Ernest Hooper: Just when you thought Malfunction Junction had gone away 12/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:52pm]
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