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Rays stadium aspirations could enter Tampa mayoral debate

The initial reaction to talk of a Tampa Bay Rays stadium in downtown Tampa: blah, blah, blah.

That's because there's no political will — not to mention tax dollars — for such a project. I'm convinced if the Rays ever leave Pinellas, it'll be for an out-of-state destination.

But then I paused and thought: While Mayor Pam Iorio wants the team to stay in Pinellas, maybe a new mayor will have a different perspective and a different plan. Remember this when the mayoral race kicks into high gear. …

It's called a lip dub, and on Wednesday it had Bloomingdale High on national television. CBS' Early Show interviewed administrators, teachers and students at the Valrico school who produced a series of one-shot music videos that have caught fire on YouTube.

Bloomingdale students moved and groved while lip-synching several songs. Teachers took their turn with a spoof of student behavior set to Twisted Sister's We're Not Gonna Take It.

If you ask me, we should have a bay area lip-dub competition. The videos foster school spirit and they look like a lot of fun. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Everyone Says I'm In Denial, But, Really, I'm Not. …

Kudos to Joe Urso and the University of Tampa baseball team for returning to its comfort zone: next week's Division II World Series. …

Brandi Kamenar holds a launch party tonight at the Kennedy from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for her latest venture, an Internet show that promises to deliver the latest on lifestyle and entertainment trends.

Icon Savvy TV will appear Fridays at www.iconsavvytv.com. Maybe my stylish fashion choices will earn me a spot on the show someday.

Then again, maybe not.

That's all I'm saying.

By Shelley Rossetter

Times Staff Writer

TAMPA – An off-duty FBI agent shot and killed a motorcyclist Wednesday evening after a confrontation and chase at MacDill Air Force base, officials said.

Rescue workers were summoned to help a shooting victim just outside the MacDill gate on S Dale Mabry Highway at 6:47 p.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Tampa Fire-Rescue.

A MacDill spokesperson gave this account of the incident: An altercation broke out at a family camping area on base. Security was called to the scene and one of the people involved sped away on a motorcycle, prompting a high-speed chase. There was another confrontation at the exit gate involving an off-duty FBI agent. The agent, who was at the base on unrelated business, opened fire after the motorcyclist confronted him with a knife, officials said.

No one else was injured and the dead man's name was not immediately disclosed.

"Our security forces personnel acted promptly to safeguard the base and its personnel," Col. Larry Martin, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, said in a statement.

U.S. Air Force Spokesman Major Richard Johnson said the incident remains under investigation but doesn't appear to be an act of terrorism.

Tampa police and base security personnel are investigating. However, Air Force officials will be responsible for releasing all information about the shooting, Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at (813) 226-3374 or srossetter@sptimes.com

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