Sh*t happened 12/4/15: McLaughlin retires, ferry inches toward reality

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Sh*t happened 12/4/15: McLaughlin retires, ferry inches toward reality

Remember when you thought Friday would never come? Yeah, get ready to feel that way all over again in a couple of days.

Veteran Bay area TV news anchor Brendan McLaughlin announced that he's "taking a sabbatical" from WFTS-Channel 28 after more than two decades at ABC Action News to pursue other projects. Rumors that he's planning on forming a doo-wop supergroup with former peers John Wilson, Gayle Sierens and Denise White are something I just made up. McLaughlin has been a friend of CL and clever, entertaining presence in our offices and at our events for a very long while, and we wish him nothing but the best.

St. Pete's city council OK'ed a $350K "pilot program" for testing out the feasibility of a bay-crossing ferry, contingent on the involvement of other Bay area governments. The program will be canceled and the money reallocated if it turns out Tampa, Hillsborough and Pinellas aren't interested, but they'll, uh, cross that ... well, you know.

And finally, animal advocacy group Florida Voices for Animals offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shitbag or shitbags that shot a dog twice and then hit and dragged it with a car in Hernando County. They're probably pretty sure they can recoup the reward by charging tickets to watch the perpetrators eaten alive by coyotes, and they're probably pretty right.

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