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PROJECT PROMOTES DIALOGUE WITHIN ST. PETERSBURG

The genesis of what could be a community-altering project begins today in St. Petersburg.

Residents can attend "St. Petersburg Together" at 6:30 p.m. in the downtown St. Petersburg College center.

The gathering, facilitated by Community Tampa Bay, will be the first in a series of discussions aimed at improving trust, networking and communication.

In the wake of the three shooting deaths of police officers and the firing of Deputy Mayor Goliath Davis, a lot of questions arose about how residents interact.

However, organizers say the effort isn't the result of any single event, and the goal is to go beyond race and deal with a range of issues.

It may sound like just talk, but the power of dialogue should never be underestimated. ...

Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said the board will discuss replicating a county program that offers partial wage reimbursement to businesses that employ 10 or fewer employees and hire up to three additional workers for at least three months. The idea is on the agenda for the council's economic development workshop Thursday. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker (by my new friend Florence in Dunedin): Politicians Are Like Diapers - Both Should Be Changed, And For The Same Reason. ...

I'm giddy about the Lightning's playoff run, but since Games 3 and 4 disrupted the "Toy Story 3/Disney On Ice" tour, I think the team should compensate by letting Buzz Lightyear play against the Bruins. ...

As the Casey Anthony trial plods into another week, I hope Clearwater made a few bucks out of the circus being in town. But I really hope justice emerges.

That's all I'm saying.

-ehooper@sptimes.com

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