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MLK breakfast in Tampa features the Rev. Calvin Butts

The Tampa Organization of Black Affairs' annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast always spurs discussion because it begins at the crack of dawn, 6:45 a.m.

However, the Jan. 20 breakfast will create a buzz because of keynote speaker Calvin Butts, pastor of New York's Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. Butts, who has been mentioned as a possible congressional candidate, left such a positive impression when he last spoke in Tampa I mentioned him in two columns.

For ticket information, go to tobanetwork.org. …

Despite public outreach, misinformation about the renovation has created ire.

No, it's not the Pier, it's the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. City officials have endorsed a $1.3 million renovation, but critics linger. It's not my town, but I like the new designs. When it comes to such ambitious projects, maybe resistance always will accompany change. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Zombie Family Ate Your Stick Family. …

You can argue either side when it comes to retaining Bucs coach Greg Schiano, but what's the sales pitch if he returns? …

Did you know that country great Ray Price, who died last week, got the inspiration to record his first No. 1 hit, Crazy Arms, from a 1956 Tampa disc jockey named Bob Martin? You would if you listened to National Public Radio's Fresh Air.

A murder was committed before the eyes of the world and the perpetrator, who performed at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last week, got away with it. Miley Cyrus killed Hannah Montana. Hit her with a wrecking ball.

That's all I'm saying.

MLK breakfast in Tampa features the Rev. Calvin Butts 12/22/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 22, 2013 6:52pm]
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