NFL Kickoff, 9/11 remembered, Newt's at the zoo, and more ...

Shit Happened from Sept. 8-14, 2011

FRIDAY 9

Tampa City Councilwoman Mary Mulhern is among those to board the first legal flight from Tampa International Airport to Havana, Cuba. No word on whether she brought back cigars.

SUNDAY 11

The nation observes the 10th anniversaty of the 9/11 attacks with tastful pageantry and solemn reflection, then douses itself in Budweiser and NFL opening-day action. And yes, the Bucs lost to the Lions 27-20. (Like you had to ask.)

The Rays move to 3.5 games back in the wild card chase after beating the visiting Red Sox 9-1. It's good to see Boston getting back to their 1918-2003 form.

MONDAY 12

CNN and the Tea Party team for a Republican debate in Tampa that makes news primarily for the savage and bloodthirsty nature of the attacks. And that was just the audience.

b>TUESDAY 13

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pays a visit to Lowry Park Zoo. He's hoping to at least get the elephant vote.

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