Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: Balanced districts need a spectrum of candidates

We need to stop making excuses for people who don't vote.

Some civil rights groups continue to favor minority-majority voting districts such as the gerrymandered 5th Congressional District at the center of an ongoing fair districts dispute. They argue blacks will feel disenfranchised and won't vote if placed in a district where they're in the minority.

Balderdash. Blacks need to become more engaged so they can get candidates, Democrat or Republican, to focus more on their needs even if they are in the minority. Balanced districts and active groups on both sides of the spectrum will yield candidates reflective of Florida's status as a purple state. …

Fired St. Petersburg police Officer Kenneth Pienik became the latest law enforcement official to have his excessive force video go viral. Such "cops-gone-bad" videos seem to be popping up everywhere, leading me to conclude the police need a PR campaign. They're not all bad. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Boss is a Singer From New Jersey. …

With a mission of uniting artists and theater lovers, Rory Lawrence prepares to launch the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Aug. 29-31 (tampabaytheatrefestival.com). Lawrence has a record of turning his visions into reality, and I'm thrilled to see this one coming to fruition. …

The Whispers and the Manhattans, old-school R&B groups that both possess a string of hits, perform Sunday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Prince Hall Shriners Imperial Convention coming to town this week.

I love it when an organization not only comes to enjoy our hospitality, but allows the locals to join in on the fun.

That's all I'm saying.

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Mazzaro’s market set to reopen Tuesday after blaze damaged one of its warehouses

Mazzaro’s market set to reopen Tuesday after blaze damaged one of its warehouses

ST. PETERSBURG — Mazzaro’s Italian Market is scheduled to reopen Tuesday after an electrical fire broke out its dry goods warehouse Friday night.Dominic Horwath, a grocery manager at Mazzaro’s on 22nd Avenue N said staff spent Monday and the weekend...
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For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

For starters: Rays at Astros, trying to stop a streaking champion

After winning Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep by the hot Yankees in New York, the Rays face arguably a tougher challenge tonight when they face a sizzling Astros team that just completed a 10-0 roadtrip and has won 11 straight overall.The Rays are ...
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Land O’ Lakes dance studio serves students and community

Land O’ Lakes dance studio serves students and community

LAND O’ LAKES — Lilly Jayska once cried and cowered at the notion of dancing on stage. Now, after four years of classes at Nicole’s Dance Center in Land O’ Lakes, the 10-year-old wants to dance solos. When asked to name her favorite type of dance, he...
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Tuesday’s letters: Keep programs that fight AIDS

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Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

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Where’s the new VA clinic going? Not in the city of New Port Richey

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NEW PORT RICHEY — The federal government’s search for a home for its new Veterans Administration community outpatient clinic is focusing on the Little Road corridor in west Pasco.Three locations in the running for the VA clinic are identified in the ...
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Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Will Gholston is painfully honest about a 2017 season that wasn't anything close to what he wanted it to be. Ask him about last year, and there are no parentheses in his world to soften what he remembers here."I just played (crappy), completely. That...
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Tampa man rescued from near drowning in waters off Whiskey Joe’s

Tampa man rescued from near drowning in waters off Whiskey Joe’s

A Tampa man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries on Sunday after he was rescued from a near drowning off the shores of Whiskey Joe’s Tampa Bar & Grill, a popular hangout on the beach of the Courtney Campbell Causeway.When police officers a...
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Developer Grady Pridgen buys St. Pete’s shuttered Edward White Hospital

Developer Grady Pridgen buys St. Pete’s shuttered Edward White Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG — Edward White Hospital, closed four years ago because of declining revenues, has been sold to developer Grady Pridgen for $2.7 million.Pridgen could not be reached Monday for comment. City officials said he has submitted plans for rem...
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