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Otto: Do you know the people in this photo?

Do you know this happy couple?

There's really no reason you should; just curious as to how this picture showed up in Alabama inside a dresser.

Lee Ann Tally was born in Tampa but left 51 years ago and now lives in Opelika, Ala.

“I was volunteering at the thrift store and saw a dresser I liked so much I brought it home. When I opened a drawer I found this picture and a tag that said Maas Brothers photo department.

“I haven't been back to Tampa in years and when I saw this picture I started thinking. I imagine Tampa has changed, hasn't it? I looked on Google and found a woman (Lisa Lichtenberg) who was in charge of the Maas Brothers reunion and sent a picture to her and she sent it to you.”

I told her Tampa has indeed changed and that Maas Bros. is sadly long gone.

So if either one of these people look familiar, drop me an email at [email protected] .com.

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Unfortunately, much of our St. Patrick's Day festivities were washed out, but somebody out there had a good time.

Looking at the city's police blotter, there was a reported vehicle break-in on North Albany. According to the report, the vehicle was unlocked. The thieves took a purse with all contents, a stun gun and a pair of green pants.

The police say there are no leads, although if you see someone wearing green pants and carrying a stun gun, you might give the police a call.

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Speaking of the Tampa police, it was sad hearing of the passing in Miami this week of former Tampa Police Chief Eddie Gonzalez. Gonzalez was one of the good guys and a hands-on chief who was in the streets more than the office.

He was eventually selected by then-President Bill Clinton to become director of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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Meanwhile, the school year is approaching those days when it's tougher than usual to focus on studies when spring has sprung outside.

At least the students are so far shielded from the dark clouds of administrators and legislators who seemed determined to screw things up.

In Tallahassee, a proposal to expand the state's private school voucher program moved through a subcommittee, though as the week wore on the prospects for the proposal's passage dimmed considerably.

It's a little complicated, but basically the legislation would expand vouchers to religious-based schools where there might not be the accountability students would get in public schools.

The legislation is HB 7099/SB 1620 if you want to talk about it with your legislators.

Elsewhere across town, you must be thrilled that the state is adopting a new test to replace the hated FCAT.

Unfortunately, the replacement test is still on the drawing boards and there is talk there was some back-room wheeling and dealing to buy this pig in a poke that may or may not be ready by next year.

Isn't that a surprise?

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