Sh*t Happened 10/3/17: Pinellas rat panic, new Howard Frankland, RIP Tom Petty

Yes, for real.

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Yesterday, several news outlets, including this one, prematurely reported on the death of songwriter Tom Petty. We shouldn't have done him like that. Petty's manager did eventually confirm the Florida-bred icon's passing. He was a true original and inspiration to countless fans and musicians, and if you're not a fan of "American Girl," you might not want to turn anything on or head out to the bar until, say, Thanksgiving. Of next year.


I made a joke at a party on Sunday about the possibility of a snake infestation in the Bay area due to all the downed brush laying around post-Irma. But maybe we should hope for one — it would definitely help with that pesky new rat infestation in Pinellas due to all the downed brush laying around post-Irma. And once the snakes have taken care of the rats, hey, new locavore trend! Tree to table.

Florida's Department of Transportation announced a new plan for updating the Howard Frankland bridge that includes a bike and pedestrian trail as well as four "Lexus lanes," two of which could possibly be converted to light rail in the future. A bike and pedestrian trail across the Howard Frankland? What a very progressive and environmentally conscious way to court certain death on the regular. (Or just the once.)

Speaking of courting death, a new report once again confirms that Tampa Bay is still home to some of Florida's deadliest roads. Yeah, that one's on there. That one too. Put your phones down.

And finally, while we're on the subject of shit you already knew, another new report says that the Florida Public Service Commission, created to advocate for consumers and be a watchdog against monopolistic utilities, has in fact slipped into the pocket of said utilities, making decisions that benefit the companies more than the citizens. And still another new report found that if you press the two pieces of bread together so that the peanut butter and jelly are on the inside, it's less messy to eat that way.



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