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Let the MJ-Bubba debacle come to an end

Published Jan. 28, 2013

Not only am I hoping that Hillsborough Circuit Judge James Arnold declares a mistrial in the MJ-Bubba debacle (calling it a trial is too kind), I'm hoping he declares it a complete misappropriation of time, common sense, decency, civility and the court's reason for existing.

The parties involved need to sign an agreement never to invoke each other's name in vain again and be done with it. Enough truly innocent people — and I mean truly — have been wounded. Please end this now. …

When a citizen has to step in to calm the St. Petersburg City Council, instead of the other way around, it's a sad commentary. Theresa "Momma Tee" Lassiter delivered a stinging rebuke last week, but the council deserved it. How can you expect to find an alternative for the Sweetbay closing in Midtown if the discussion isn't solution-driven? …

Seen on a bumper sticker: My Horse Is More Pampered Than My Husband. …

Tampa International Airport already has one of the lowest costs in the nation for shepherding a passenger through the facility and onto a plane. But in 2012, director Joe Lopano offered pizza to the staff if it could drop the average cost below $5 per passenger. When the staff succeeded, Lopano gave nearly 500 employees an Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza gift card. …

The Second Time Arounders Marching Band will hold a Chili Cook Off on Saturday at Ferg's Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, from 1-4 p.m. Call (813) 335-5256.

It appears "Gasparilla 2013" ranked among the top trending topics in the entire Twitter universe Saturday. I guess buccaneers, beads and beer can be an effective brand for the area — at least once a year.

That's all I'm saying.


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