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News & notes

Briefs and news of note

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published July 21, 2006


VP will stop by for Bilirakis

Vice President Dick Cheney will be in Tampa briefly today to stump for Gus Bilirakis, the Republican state representative who is running to take over the congressional seat held by his father, Rep. Mike Bilirakis. Cheney is scheduled to arrive at Tampa International Airport just after 11 a.m. He'll go directly to a $1,000-per-ticket political roundtable and $500-plate luncheon at the Wyndham Westshore Hotel and leave town by 1:30 p.m. The vice president's quick campaign appearance promises to rouse the opposition. Phyllis Busansky, the Democratic candidate for District 9, and the Florida Consumer Action Network each said they would air grievances about the administration down the street from the Wyndham at 9 a.m.

Skaters, be a star, sort of

Grab your board for this weekend's taping of Street Dreams, a film about skateboarding starring Ryan Dyrdek, Paul Rodriguez Jr. and Terry Kennedy, at Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive. Moviemakers are looking for 700 to 800 extras from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to appear in scenes as skateboarders and spectators. Skating will be free. Call (813) 621-6793.

Strip club rezoning denied

A strip club wanted to put more clothes on its dancers and call it a restaurant, so it could serve liquor. The Tampa City Council didn't buy it Thursday. The board turned down a petition from Pink Pony on W Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard for a wet zoning, under heavy opposition from the Drew Park Advisory Committee, Hillsborough Community College officials and the Tampa police. "They are going away from the full nudity to a gentlemen's club. It's not going to be a Cracker Barrel," said Don Miller, a master patrol officer. "Is alcohol really a positive thing?"

Correction

Police originally said the suspect in the robbery of the Bank of America on Hyde Park Avenue last week was wearing a motorcycle helmet. A story in Thursday's Times referenced a different kind of helmet.

[Last modified July 21, 2006, 05:27:42]


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