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RNC Notebook: Police tweet, protesters chant and choirs sing

NOTEBOOK

POLICE among those tweeting during THE RNC

Protesters and the press haven't been the only ones tweeting from the streets of Tampa during the Republican National Convention.

"Demonstrators headed back to camp, police officers monitor to make sure streets are clear, pedestrian traffic is safe."

"Lg grp @ Tampa & Tyler"

"It's currently 81 degrees. An additional hydration station has been added at North Blvd & Cypress."

Those tweets, often directing media or demonstrators right to the action, came from the Tampa Police Department — an example of the force's strategy for dealing with the potentially tense week: Just be nice.

They're not the only ones.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and city of Tampa have been using Twitter too, posting photos, traffic and weather reports.

"You know, once you get that 140-character frame of mind going, you can just rock and roll," said J.D. Callaway, Sheriff's Office spokesman and official department tweeter.

Follow @TampaPD, @HC_Sheriff and @CityofTampa

Kim Wilmath

Pilot enters restricted airspace

A student pilot landed at Plant City Airport Wednesday after entering restricted airspace surrounding the Republican National Convention, the Federal Aviation Administration said. A single-engine Piper PA-28 flying from the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport entered the zone late in the afternoon and was intercepted by the North American Aerospace Defense Command — NORAD — and told to land. The FAA is investigating. Pilots were restricted from flying within 35 miles of downtown Tampa during the week of the RNC.

Elizabeth Behrman

Protesters chant for time travel

For soldiers in the Army or even musicians in a marching band, the chant of "left, right, left, right, left" is a charge to move in unison. But marching in lockstep certainly has not been a trait of the protesters meandering through the streets of Tampa this week to decry the GOP, or Bain Capital, or a police state. Many marches have been impromptu — and so have the chants. Among them:

• "They say cut back, we say fight back."

• "You're sexy, you're cute, take off the riot suit."

• "Human needs, not corporate greed."

• "Dance for that anarchy! D-d-d-dance for that anarchy!"

• (Call:) "Show me what democracy looks like!" (Response:) "This is what democracy looks like!"

• "Hey hey, ho ho. The GOP has got to go."

• "Hey hey, ho ho. Dirty coal has got to go."

• "The banks got bailed out. We got sold out."

And for the existentialists:

• "What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant!"

Times staff

Church choirs join for patriotic song

A choir assembled from two Tampa churches, Without Walls International and City Life Church, rehearsed America the Beautiful Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to perform with Gospel singer BeBe Winans on the final night.

RNC Notebook: Police tweet, protesters chant and choirs sing 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:15pm]
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