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If everyone else is doing it, is it right?

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard took a moment Monday to pick sides in the fight between St. Petersburg and Pinellas County over a proposed gasoline tax increase. The county wants to raise the tax a penny for a high-tech traffic control system, among other things, but wants Pinellas' biggest cities' support before moving ahead. St. Petersburg wants to control its traffic lights. Hibbard, who loves his city's warm relations with the county, said St. Petersburg is playing politics. Clearwater, meanwhile, is poised to move forward this week. "It's something all of us ought to be on board with," Hibbard said.

"Designing' TV host

will talk about sexes

It's a Mars and Venus world, even at home. And for seven years, Michael Payne has been resolving such differences as host of HGTV's Designing for the Sexes. Today he'll talk about his approach during a visit to the new Badcock & More in St. Petersburg, 2601 Tyrone Blvd. N, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Women, being the beautiful things that they are, love to have feminine touches around the house," Payne said. "Men like cleaner, simpler, uncluttered types of interior." The key is not earth-shattering: try compromise.