Mitch Perry Report 3.15.12 - The NCAA Tourney officially begins

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Congrats to the USF Bulls for advancing in the NCAA Basketball tournament. The Bulls shellacked the University of Calfornia-Berkeley last night in Dayton in a game that wasn't as close as its final 65-54 score indicates.

Let's be honest- although the Bulls were already in the tournament, neither they or the three other teams who played on Tuesday and Wednesday got much respect when the brackets were announced Sunday night. For years the tourney has been stable at 64 teams. Recently, a 65th team was added, which would have a "play-in" game on Tuesday night that has generally proven meaningless. This year, three more teams were added, and the ratings on TruTV probably weren't much to look at over the past two nights (If you could find the channel thru your local cable provider). But now the Bulls are really in it, playing the last game of the first-round tomorrow night around 10 p.m.

Okay, back to the news. A lot of folks are unhappy with the man who runs the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Ed DeMarco. They say that he could be doing a lot more to help out homeowners who are underwater with their mortgages. Today in Ybor City and throughout the nation, activists will call on President Obama to get rid of DeMarco.

The Tampa Bay Times is suffering a serious brain drain. The latest reporter to announce his departure, David DeCamp, heads off to become the press secretary for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

Guantanamo Bay doesn't have the greatest reputation world-wide. But a Bay area based solar power company has just built a system to provide energy for a training facility for U.S. troops there.

And we don't usually run any stories from our Sex & Love Editor - but this entry about what's going on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa is certainly worth reading about.

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