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A NICE BIG BOX OF ART FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA?

On Wednesday, the Tampa Museum of Art holds a public forum presenting four proposed designs for a new museum building, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Maestro's at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Star architect Rafael Vinoly, whose bold design was rejected as too costly a while back, declined to participate. The review committee gives its recommendation to the board Friday. The way this project has been going, Tampa could end up with a leftover plan from the guys who design Best Buys.

No Greek alphabet for us this year

We're a little afraid to say this out loud, for fear of waking something vast and unpleasant, but Thursday is the end of the 2006 hurricane season.

Supremes could put the 'P' in EPA

Speaking of the weather, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case brought by 12 states and several environmental groups to try to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Court watchers say the decision, expected by July, may not line up along the usual right-left lines.

Looking for ghosts in the machines

Officials of the state Division of Elections will be in Sarasota County to begin their inspection of touch-screen voting machines on Tuesday, closely monitored by experts hired by both Vern Buchanan (declared the winner of the District 13 congressional seat by 369 votes, despite an undervote of 18,000) and Christine Jennings (who has not yet heard any fat ladies sing).

Something to laugh about

Three men with distinctive styles of humor blow out the candles this week. Tuesday, The Daily Show genius Jon Stewart turns 44. On Wednesday, Joel Coen, who with his brother Ethan has made such slyly funny movies as Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, will be 52. And on Friday, masterful comic filmmaker Woody Allen is 71.

By Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer, (727) 893-8435 or bancroft@sptimes.com.

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