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Numbers say roads need to be made safer

With a fatality rate of 14.97 per 100,000 people, St. Petersburg ranks as one of the nation's 15 most dangerous cities for driving, and Florida cities comprise one-third of the list.

Fort Lauderdale (22.39 per 100,000) topped the list, and Orlando (19.95) was second. The statistics don't surprise, other than the fact Tampa didn't rank among the 15.

Promoters of National Stop On Red Week (Aug. 7-13) say the numbers reflect a need for red-light cameras as a safety tool. Opponents continue to cry foul about the cameras, but the safety issue needs to be addressed. …

The longtime dream of Stageworks founder Anna Brennan and all of Stageworks' supporters culminates with the grand opening of its new Channel District theater (1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa). To no surprise, the grand opening gala is sold out, but I'm already eyeing some upcoming productions, especially To Kill A Mockingbird in March 2012. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Actually, I'm Quite Humble (Which Is Rare In Persons Of My Genius, Wit And Charisma). …

Got a tour of the renovations at the St. Pete Times Forum Tuesday and let me just say a great sports arena is about to get a lot better. Kudos to Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. …

I'm absolutely loving the light-hearted theme of Gulfport's annual Gecko Ball. Any party dubbed "the Lizard of Oz" stirs the imagination. Check it out Aug. 27 at the Peninsula Inn & Spa. …

Granted, living without gas is not a challenge I'm ready to tackle yet — but if you ask me, Apple adds far more value to my life than Exxon. I need my iTunes.

That's all I'm saying.

Numbers say roads need to be made safer 08/10/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 11:29pm]
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