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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

►Circuit Judge Wesley Tibbals will hold his campaign kick-off on Thursday, June 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cuban Club, 2010 N. Avenida Republica de Cuba in Ybor City. The host committee is in formation…(to read more, buy a paper)

►In Wednesday’s Tampa Bay Times, there were three stories above the front page fold. One was a story about the team of reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for their story “Poisoned” about a lead factory that was a health hazard for its workers and the community. The story next to it, which had more prominence because it was given greater space and more columns, was titled “The scoop on putting dog doo in a neighbor’s trash.” The story on dog doodie juxtaposed to the one on a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalistic effort shows the sad state of journalism…(to read more, buy a paper)

►Mayor Jane Castor gave her State of the City this week and said, “I can say unequivocally that the state of the City of Tampa is extraordinarily strong…” Well, if you live on Bayshore, work in a shiny tower, frequent the newest and trendiest restaurant and shop at Trader Joe’s, it’s all peachy. But in Tampa’s working-class neighborhoods, it’s not quite as nice. In the last few weeks, in the historic City of Gary, where La Gaceta is headquartered, it’s a little more dicey…(to read more, buy a paper)

►Copeland More and family, owners at La Segunda Bakery, have purchased the Faedo Family Bakery at 5105 N. Florida Ave. in Seminole Heights. La Segunda, founded in 1915, has been expanding from its Ybor City base — first to South Tampa, most recently to St. Petersburg, and now with the purchase of Faedo. The location will be used for Cuban bread baking only.(to read more, buy a paper)

►Tampa City Council Chairman Joseph Citro has appointed himself to the Tampa Sports Authority. He will replace City Councilman Orlando Gudes in that role.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

►I had a nice conversation with my parents over the weekend during my Mother’s Day call. We hadn’t spoken in a bit, so there was some catching up. I told my parents about my wife and me contracting COVID, but thankfully, due to our vaccinations, the symptoms were mild.
Well, for me they were mild. My wife had it a bit worse, but not so much that some rest didn’t cure.
I told them about our trip to Cuba and how things are at the paper. Nothing earthshattering. What I found fascinating, however, was our conversation about their new phones…(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

►In the biggest leak since Deep Throated Watergate and the Pentagon Papers publication, the SCOTUS draft opinion of Justice Samuel Alito is now part of the polarizing public record–and a precursor of the Court likely striking down Roe v. Wade.
It’s a sobering, Machiavellian reminder that even on an issue such as a woman’s bodily autonomy–one that polls show most Americans agree with–presidents have a workaround with Supreme Court nominations. As a result of Donald Trump’s right-wing-appointments legacy, the Court is now perversely politicized. John Roberts is no longer even a swing vote. It’s likely we’ll have more red states, with Florida obviously no exception, that will push the anti-abortion agenda even further legislatively.
Call it a democratic inflection point for the ultimate in women’s rights. One that comes at a time when the Democratic Party faces fraught mid-terms behind a scuffling, incumbent president… (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

►After a half-century of doing so, I am very tired of thinking and writing about abortion. Yet I expect that some of my readers will expect me to address the topic ala every other pundit, so a few words, please. First and foremost, let me reiterate what has been my major thesis for a long time: the history of American women has been a long conflict between individual rights and so-called “states’ rights.” In some states, a woman could inherit property and own a business, but in many, she could not; in some states, she could enroll at tax-supported colleges, but in many, she could not; in a few states, she could vote, but in most, she could not — and on and on and on. Where a woman lived made all the difference, something that never applied to men…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Judi Whitson, by Tiffany Razzano

►After three decades with the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau, its executive director, Judi Whitson, will retire at the end of April.
The agency has grown and evolved since she came on board in 1991, as she’s enjoyed a lengthy, successful career that she never set out to embark on.
Born into a military family in Brooksville, she moved around quite a bit as a child because of her father’s role with the U.S. Navy. Then, as an adult, her husband worked for a trucking business for a while, which meant a lot of travel.
“I’ve lived in a lot of the great Southern cities and seen a lot of them,” said Whitson…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

►El Dr. Max Peña, junto a su esposa Carolina Samper, recientemente fallecida, ha servido como médico en la ciudad de Tampa durante varias décadas. Durante este tiempo, ambos alcanzaron un gran prestigio en la ciudad, no sólo por la calidad de la atención profesional y generosa que siempre dispensaron a sus pacientes, sino también por el vínculo permanente que han sostenido con la comunidad. Max y su cónyuge nacieron y se formaron como médicos en Cartagena, Colombia, pero la mayor parte de su vida laboral la desarrollaron en la bahía de Tampa, donde se insertaron en múltiples organizaciones y proyectos de apoyo a colombianos e hispanos en general. Conversar con el Dr. Peña es asistir a la vida de un profesional de la salud, de gran sensibilidad hacia el arte y el palpitar de la comunidad, como puede distinguirse en el diálogo que ahora publicamos:
El centro médico Peña-Samper fue fundado por usted y su esposa a fines de la década de 1980, acabados de llegar ustedes a la ciudad de Tampa. ¿Qué metas se propusieron entonces?
Primero, tengo que mencionar que mi familia, mi esposa, mis dos hijos en edad de escuela primaria y yo llegamos a Tampa un 28 de enero de 1988, contratados para trabajar como médicos en el Centro Médico Trelles, tal vez uno de los primeros HMOs o Mutual, creado por unos médicos de origen cubano y español. La razón para nuestra contratación se debió a que el Centro Médico tenía una gran clientela de habla española y necesitaban médicos que pudiesen comunicarse sin traductores… (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

►Bajo la dirección artística de Philip Neal y el montaje de la maître de ballet Ivonne Lemus, Next Generation Ballet (NGB), una compañía integrada por un nutrido y talentoso grupo de bailarines del Conservatorio Patel de Tampa, repondrá La bella durmiente, los próximos 14 y 15 de mayo en la sala Ferguson del Straz Center, con tres funciones que prometen proseguir reafirmando el prestigio en ascenso de esta agrupación de danza clásica.
El rol de de la princesa Aurora será asumido por Veronica Jaspers (el sábado, a las 2 p.m., junto a Gaven Stevens en el rol del príncipe Florimundo) y Katherine Patterson (el mismo día, a las 7 p.m., con Maikel Salgado). En tanto, Brianna Binzark y Christopher Mcgowan transmitirán la magia de los roles protagónicos el domingo, a las 2 de la tarde.
Este cuento de hadas sobre puntas se estrenó en el Teatro Mariinski de San Petersburgo, el 3 de enero de 1890, con coreografía de Marius Petipa, una de las figuras más influyentes del ballet clásico; libreto de Iván A. Vsévolozhsky, director de los Teatros Imperiales, y del propio Petipa. Piotr Ilich Chaikovski fue el responsable de componer una espléndida melodía y orquestación que compaginara a la perfección con la narrativa de este ballet. La coreografía, a su vez, se basa en la adaptación de los hermanos Grimm del clásico relato fantástico del célebre autor francés Charles Perrault La Belle au bois dormant (1697)…(to read more, buy a paper)

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