Hurricane Irene, redistricting smackdown and more …

Shit Happened from Wed., Aug. 24-30, 2011.

SATURDAY 27

As wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Irene dominates cable news, Republicans in Congress prepare to hold relief funds hostage for more ill-advised spending cuts. All class, those folks.

SUNDAY 28

Gaga dresses up as a guy and tries to kiss Britney Spears at the MTV Music Awards, but all anyone can talk about later is Beyonce's bun in the oven. When did pregnancy become more shocking than crossdressing?

MONDAY 29

Public meeting smackdown! At a redistricting hearing in Tampa, one citizen sympathizes with the GOP led legislature, saying the terms in Amendments 5 and 6 are ambiguous and vague. Quips another attendee: "If you don't recognize fair or contiguous, I recommend you buy a dictionary." Boom!

TUESDAY 30

In the St. Pete District 1 primary election, St. Pete lawyer Charlie Gerdes nabbed 53 percent of the vote to … zzzzzz … zzzzzzz …

WEDNESDAY 31

Hurricane Katia churns in the Atlantic, but this time it looks like the storm will stay off-shore. The Weather Channel registers a formal protest.

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