Powerless Couple

  By Jim Bleyer A year ago significant others Yvonne Fry and Mark Ober sat on top of Hillsborough County’s political world.  He: a four-term state attorney heavily favored for a fifth.  She: a politically ambitious civic activist and a district favorite to win an open legislative or county commission …

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Wall Street Piles on Raymond James Fave Amid Fraud Accusations

By Jim Bleyer Accusations that Ubiquiti, a tech company heavily promoted by St. Petersburg-based Raymond James & Associates, committed fraud have gained traction with stock analysts and law firms seeking damages during the past week. Ubiquiti, a manufacturer of wireless data communication and wireless broadband products, has been relentlessly touted …

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Evaluating the Tampa Bay Times’ Liability

  By Jim Bleyer By promoting for material gain a predictable scenario involving confrontation and possible bloodshed, what responsibility does an organization have to victims and the community it allegedly serves? A consensus of attorneys interviewed by Tampa Bay Beat says responsiblity certainly exists; proving it in a civil litigation …

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Desperate Rick Baker Exploits Storm Crisis, Victims

By Jim Bleyer With his chances of becoming St. Petersburg’s next mayor dissipating as rapidly as the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma, Rick Baker exploited one of the worst natural disasters in the nation’s history to resuscitate his failing campaign. Baker, his employer Bill Edwards and others billed as his political …

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