Sh*t happened 9/29/15: Trib swaps St. Pete Council endorsements, but water on Mars, so who cares?

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Sh*t happened 9/29/15: Trib swaps St. Pete Council endorsements, but water on Mars, so who cares?

We're not anti-Monday per se, but there are some reforms we would like to see to the inaugural work day.

Key would be the barring of precipitation on said day, as yesterday's rains were a real bummer.

In spite of the gloom, news happened, and here's some of it:

Holy crap, NASA says there might be flowing, liquid, saline water on Mars. This is a big deal, as it hints at the possibility of life on a planet that's commonly thought of as unable to sustain it. If there is life, it would likely be microscopic, but the question won't be answered for another few years, over which time David Bowie's "Life on Mars" will be stuck in our heads.

In much, much, much less significant news, the Tampa Tribune endorsed candidates in St. Pete's upcoming City Council race, notably pulling its endorsement of Lisa Wheeler-Brown in the District 7 contest over revelations of possible mismanagement of campaign funds, instead supporting her opponent, Will Newton. As we noted last week, Wheeler-Brown hasn't lost many supporters in recent weeks largely because of her position on the Tampa Bay Rays and her progressive positions, generally. Plus, they all knew the petty mudslinging was coming, because that's what campaign people do and maybe we should think about sending them all to Mars.

A group of elected officials and candidates announced they'd try to live on the state minimum wage, $8.05 an hour, for a week to show solidarity with the Fight for $15 movement. That means no artisanal anything. At all. (Shutters.)

And finally, Sen. Marco Rubio made a presidential pitch to bizarre Central Florida retire-o-plex The Villages Monday, and was well-received as an energetic and charming young man, a stark contrast to opponent Jeb Bush, whom one resident hilariously called "a marshmallow."

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