Sh*t Happened 1/19/17: Kriseman threatens to pull financial support if Pride moves, Pinky's killer mounts insanity defense


Not long after St. Pete Pride made its move to downtown for 2017 official, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced that the city will withhold its now-traditional financial support of $45K if the event isn't kept in the Grand Central District. Link goes to a surprisingly reactionary article in the Tampa Bay Times, which says the announcement "has angered some gay activists," but only quotes one angry gay activist — St. Pete Pride executive director Eric Skains, who, it might be argued, is in this context less a "gay activist" and more a "guy whose organization just lost $45K in financial support."

The public defenders representing the man with the long, long list of arrests that includes multiple violent and animal-cruelty charges who killed Pinky the Flamingo at Busch Gardens last August have filed a motion for a mental competency hearing. That's crazy.

The Florida State Fair announced its 2017 entertainment lineup. It is... it is completely in keeping with state fair entertainment lineups. You may do with that what you will.

And finally, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART, yo) and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful have brought produce stands to two of the bus line's transit centers in an effort to combat food deserts — the phenomenon in which certain communities, particularly low-income areas, are hampered by a lack of convenient access to grocery stores and other sources of healthy, affordable food options. This is fucking awesome, and will hopefully inspire even more creative solutions. Thank you, HART and KTBB.

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