Mitch Perry Report 3.23.12: The state begins to act in Trayvon Martin case

There were lots of developments yesterday in the Trayvon Martin case in Sanford, Florida. An estimated 8,000 people attended a rally last night featuring the Reverend Al Sharpton.

Maybe high-speed rail in Florida isn't a dead deal after all. A private company announced yesterday that it intends to construct a line from Miami to Orlando, and after spending a billion dollars on that, may extend a line to Tampa.

Lots of things happening in the Tampa Bay area this weekend: Bruce Springsteen at the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight, Anthony Bourdain speaking Sunday night with Eric Ripert, and Sunday afternoon in St. Pete, the Grand Prix Indy race takes place. And, Mad Men returns to the airwaves Sunday evening, its era is celebrated in the current Newsweek.

And as the Pope prepares to visit Cuba, CL takes a look at the hardest of the hard-liners in Tampa when it comes to the Communist government there — Tampa attorney Ralph Fernandez.