Happy Friday! We at CL are eternally grateful to you for making this rambling round-up of Thursday news one of the things you do in the morning instead of work.
At around 6 p.m. yesterday, the state of Florida, for the first time in its history, executed a white man for murdering a black man. Sometimes the quantifiably arguable data of society's march toward equality takes the form of millions of people directly or indirectly deciding to kill a guy for killing a guy, I guess.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers previewed some shiny, expensive new upgrades to Raymond James Stadium, including a new locker room, merch store and, of course, the luxurious West Stadium Club. In solidarity with these improvements to the game-viewing experience, Bucs fans across the Bay area who will never actually see them flipped and Febreze'ed their sofa cushions.
Did you see the Bro Bowl on the news yesterday? Apparently a vehicle chase between the cops and some suspects in a home invasion and subsequent car theft ended when the suspects' Kia Soul got stuck on the hump in the middle of the reconstructed iconic skatepark. Talk about an epic grind...
And finally, that controversial Confederate memorial statue in Bradenton cracked in half while being removed from its base in front of the county courthouse in preparation for transportation to a new location for safekeeping. I dunno — this sounds a lot like when your significant other makes sure the movers know that garish 8'x8' nude painting on velvet you love so much is to be "irreparably damaged in transit."