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Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016

Joe Brown Columns

Past time to make all black lives matter
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Past time to make all black lives matter

Last week in St. Petersburg, groups of concerned community members met to discuss their frustrations at the gun violence that has claimed the lives of seven young men in as many weeks. For the most part, I’ve heard a lot of familiar excuses ...
Updated one month ago
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Liquor sale wall still stands

The other day I checked out the grand opening of a remodeled Publix in Britton Plaza in South Tampa. It looked nice and new, but the only real change I noticed — as far as I could remember — was the separate liquor store was moved from ...
Updated one month ago
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Local governments, and changing attitudes on marijuana

The most controversial ballot issue of Election Day 2014 in Florida was a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. It failed — barely. It needed 60 percent approval of voters to be added to the Florida Constitution and got 58, m...
Updated one month ago
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The spirit of Christmas is what matters

While having a casual conversation with a Hillsborough County teacher the other day, I asked him when his Christmas vacation would begin.
Updated: 2 months ago
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Whatever happened to old-fashioned fistfights?

I wouldn’t call the neighborhood I grew up in on the South Side of Chicago a tough one, but sometimes you had to be tough to get by and not be bullied. My father instilled the need to stand up for myself very early when he told me, “Don...
Updated: 2 months ago
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It will take more than legislation to fight no-snitch culture

Last month, state Rep. Ed Narain, D-Tampa, filed a bill to keep secret the names of all witnesses to felonies as a means to encourage observers of such crimes to come forward in the name of justice. The lawmaker proposed the legislation out of frustr...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Bus-centric planning good for short run in Pinellas

I wonder what Randall O’Toole would say about the decision by Pinellas County transit officials to use a $500,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to build a rapid transit bus line between downtown St. Petersburg and the cou...
Updated: 2 months ago
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New stadiums age quickly

The recent announcement that the Tampa Sports Authority and the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement to upgrade Raymond James Stadium made me hark back to a game I attended 20 years ago this month in the old Tampa Stadium.
Updated: 2 months ago
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Location should be enough

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one of my many cable channels, Encore Westerns, ran a bunch of John Wayne movies, many of them directed by John Ford. Most of them were filmed at the same location: Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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Bowl eligible standards plummeting

Years ago when I worked at a small-town newspaper, I got in trouble with a lot of the locals when I wrote that a school district policy that allowed every student who tried out for middle-school teams to make the rosters was bad. I used the example o...
Updated: 2 months ago