After a speech Thursday before several hundred fourth-and fifth-graders at Frost Elementary School in Riverview, Gov. Charlie Crist was asked his opinion on the controversy over President Obama addressing schoolchildren and how it differed from his talk. "I don't think it differs, as long as you are focused on what's good for the kids," Crist said. Obama did that, he said, and Crist said he was thankful for it.
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If Tampa wins pool, sports program wins
Tampa's efforts to win money for a local charity through the Yahoo Fantasy Football Mayoral Face-off are near the end zone. But city officials say they need more votes to defeat first-place Green Bay. The competition among mayors of NFL cities will net the winner $15,000 for a local nonprofit sports program. Another $15,000 goes to the city with the most votes from fantasy fans. Mayor Pam Iorio's chosen charity is the NFL Youth Education Town Center at Jackson Heights in East Tampa. To vote for the Tampa Con Leches, go to www.tampagov.net and click on the purple Yahoo football. The deadline for voting is 5 p.m. today.
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Harbour Island's ex-owner found dead
Finn M.W. Caspersen, the former chairman and chief executive of Beneficial Corp. and the onetime owner of Harbour Island, was found dead Monday in Rhode Island from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 67. News reports say police found Caspersen behind an office building in the Shelter Harbor community of Westerly, R.I., where he owned a home. Caspersen, who had lived part time in Tampa, also owned Tampa property now occupied by the St. Pete Times Forum, and once served as chairman of the U.S. Olympic equestrian team.