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HEALTH CARE HECKLER GETS A RISE FROM BLACK AUDIENCE

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst against President Barack Obama may have awoken liberal African-Americans to the health care issue.

The group has been largely silent through the debate, but after Wilson's derisive "You lie" comment, black Democrats seem to be offering a collective "Oh no, he didn't" response.

Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner noted Friday that his predominantly black audience seems more interested than ever in the health care issue. Maybe everyone is more interested. ...

It's nice to see Hillsborough County taking advantage of stimulus dollars to convert the Pierce Street courthouse to solar power. Given that we're the Sunshine State, you would think there would be more focus on clean energy and less on oil drilling. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: In Internet Years, I'm 19 and Hot. ...

The Bucs came close enough to a sellout to get the Cowboys game on television Sunday, but they may not be as lucky for the Carolina game Oct. 18.

Happy 30th to WMNF-FM88.5. And speaking of the station, I'm appearing on Arielle Stevenson's show at 1 p.m. Tuesday in an old school vs. new school music showdown. In case you're wondering, I'll be representing the old school. ...

St. Petersburg's Carter G. Woodson African-American History Museum launches the "I Can See Paris From Midtown," book club at noon Saturday. The club targets Midtown children who may be avid readers, just like Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, the 8-year-old who lost her life in a drive-by shooting earlier this year. Maybe they can read something about differences being solved through discourse instead of angry outbursts.

That's all I'm saying.

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