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Ernest Hooper: Handing out kudos around Tampa Bay

You get a kudo, you get a kudo, everybody gets a kudo.

Well, not everybody.

Kudos to the Tampa City Council for delivering the right message regarding the Confederate monument at the Hillsborough County Courthouse. Hopefully, its message of inclusion and respect will negate the negative national news generated by the County Commission's failure to properly relocate the statue away from the hall of justice. . . .

Kudos to former Tampa Prep standout Carl Thomas, who is making a successful transition from professional basketball player to entrepreneur. He recently partnered with Gary Hartfield to open H&T Plaza in South Tampa. They hope to eventually open a business incubator for African-American and Hispanic business owners. . . .

Kudos to breast cancer survivor Marsha Smith-Hill, who threw out the first pitch at Saturday's Rays-Orioles game, then received a surprise greeting from brother and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Smith-Hill was Moffitt Cancer Center's Salute to Survivors honoree. . . .

Seen on a bumper sticker: Jarvis Is My Co-Pilot. . . .

Kudos to Working Women of Tampa Bay, who continue to provide informative seminars, like Tuesday's lunchtime session in St. Petersburg with Evoke Strategy co-owner Elizabeth Vocke. Vocke will deliver the goods on how small businesses and nonprofits can connect with the media. Learn more at workingwomenoftampabay.com. . . .

And finally, kudos to my newest friends: Lenny and Betsy Englander. We attended Friday's Rays game together with their nephew Alex and had a blast. It's always great to make the acquaintance of good folks.

That's all I'm saying.

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