Sh*t Happened 10/18/17: Kids, johns choose poorly

Just take a minute and think, people.

Good morning! You're halfway to halfway to being halfway to the weekend. 

Two underage kids from two different Pasco County schools were arrested on weapons and threats charges yesterday, a middle school student for bringing a BB gun onto campus and a high school student for threatening to shoot up his homecoming dance. The middle school kid said he wanted a friend to teach him to shoot the gun because he's being bullied; sadly, we'll probably never know where an American 12-year-old got the idea that arming oneself is a perfectly reasonable response to intrinsic social stressors often alleviated through nonviolent means. 

A weeklong Polk County prostitution sting led to nearly 300 arrests — including doctors, teachers, members of the armed forces and even a Polk County deputy — and once again proved unequivocally that lots of people, even people with smart-people jobs, are still dumb enough in 2017 to reach out to an anonymous contact and conspire to engage in an illegal activity that others are caught doing every day without wondering what could possibly go wrong.

Have you read about the guy who's a longtime member of Tampa's Public Nuisance Abatement Board, yet also owns property cops say is creating a public nuisance by housing a "spa" where prostitution occurs? Apparently he's missed the board's last three sessions. Sir, this is not one of those things that's going to go away if you leave it alone. You might be thinking of a zit.

And finally, a prominent African-American businessman who's been instrumental in reinvigorating the area of south St. Pete known as The Deuces accused the Kriseman administration of retaliating against his endorsement of Rick Baker for mayor by dragging its feet with regard to his new development project in the area. For their part, the current mayor's people say the timeline is in order for an ambitious project that was impacted by a hurricane just a month ago, and that the ball is currently in the developer's court. Politics: complicating civilization since, well, ever, really.

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