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tanningMost of us go through life working to have the things in life we want. We all need a break from the grind of daily work so we save up to take those dreamy vacations. Everyone has a different idea of what vacation is for them, some want to travel to exotic far away places others long for the trill of pushing the envelope. full story . . .


MEMO TO BP CEO - David Eichler

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Apparently you are "resigning" huh? 

Do you still think it was a good idea to lament on camera about wanting your life back? It was terribly inconsiderate of your 11 employees to incinerate themselves in the middle of the ocean wasn't it? full story . . .


Head To Head With Lifetime - R. Duke

tanningLocal Tampa Bay Fashion Week designerKimberly Hendrix of the k.hendrix brand plans to use video blogs to go head to head with the newest season of Project Runway contestants beginning July 29th at 9pm on Lifetime. full story . . .


Your 15 Minutes Of Fame - John Granberg

tanningIf you're a photographer and you'd like to show your work, here's your chance. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) in downtown Tampa launched a monthly "open mic night" called Your 15 Minutes of Fame. full story . . .


Meet The New Boss? - Rahoul Duke

tanningGeneral James Mattis' infamy was etched into history when he (then a 3-Star General) stared directly into cameras that were broadcasting to the entire planet and smugly declared:

“It’s fun to shoot people in Afghanistan... actually, it's a lot of fun to fight... it's a hell of a hoot (sic) It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you. I like brawling." full story . . .


Finding Gems In Your Backyard! - Mr. International

tanningI have been fortunate enough to have traveled and worked around the world staying in exotic places and extremely beautiful resorts. I’ve always considered myself lucky and I‘m not bragging but more to qualify thisstory of my past experiences. Hidden right here under our nose is a fantastic treasure you must experience for yourself. full story . . .


Hooters G-String Quintet - Ozona Kidd

tanningJanet Layug, representing Lakeland, FL won the 4th place runner up in the recent Miss Hooters International during the 14th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant. 

You may remember Janet as she was recently featured in the article Hanging by a String – Backstage at Stroker’s Bikini Contest here on whatshottampabay.com (if you saw the article, she’s tough to forget). full story . . .


Howl - Allen Ginsberg

tanning"Howl", a poem written by Allen Ginsberg as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems, set the stage for the contemporary American culture we know today. The poem is considered to be one of the seminal works of the Beat Generation along with Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957), William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch (1959), and Gregory Corso's "Gasoline" "(1958). full story . . .


Radio Show To Support Troops - Marty Robinson

tanningBay area entrepreneur and socialite Billy Castro is speaking out in support of US troops returning home from battle in an interview to be broadcast this Sunday on all Clear Channel radio stations in the Tampa market.

The stations and times when you can hear the interview are listed below.  Be sure to tune in and check it out. Click on the staion of your choice at the indicated time to listen. full story . . .


The Heart Of Patriotism - Staff Article

tanning34 years ago on a late April afternoon under a clear Los Angeles sky, the Dodgers hosted the Cubs in what seemed to be just another typical Major League baseball game. 

By the end of the 4th inning the game proved to be anything but typical for Chicago Cub’s center fielder Rick Monday and the heart of American Patriotism that would be forever touched by what he did that day. full story . . .



World Cup Soccer - Tom Dolittle

tanningAfter 3 weeks of white knuckle suspense, the largest professional sporting event on the planet, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is 3 games away from determining the best Soccer team in the world. 

Heading into the semi finals, 4 teams remain: Uruguay will play the Netherlands and Germany will play Spain in the semi-finals; then the winners will meet in the championship on July 11, 2010. full story . . .


Hanging By A String - Ozona Kidd

tanningIt's not every day that you walk into a dimly lit backstage room filled with a dozen of Tampa's most beautiful, nubile young women wearing bikini's so small that all 12 of them would have fit into a single front pocket of the oversized jeans I waswearing.

As my eyes struggled to adjust to the light, my photographer, a professional for more than 20 years who has spent thousands of hours surrounded by scantily clad hard bodies while photographing them, must have noticed the slack jawed, deer-in-the headlights look on my face. full story . . .
Special Thanks to Bill Eadie for all photos.


The Responsibility Of Thinking - Richard Gozin

tanningMasturbation causes blindness, aspartame causes brain cancer, and yes (if you believe everything you read) indoor tanning increases the likelihood that you'll become a substance abuser.

Medical researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center say beware. In a study of 421 college students at the University of Albany, researchers concluded that 1 out of 5 indoor tanners showed classic signs of addiction. The study concludes that they were hooked on tanning sessions the same way others become addicted to drugs and alcohol. full story . . .


While Rome Burns - Rahoul Duke

“…and while many, crazed by the disaster, were leaping into the very flames that consumed Rome, Nero ascended to the roof of the facebookpalace, from which there was the best view of the inferno, and while playing the lyre, he sang the Capture of Troy.”
- Cassius Dio

And so it was, at Jannus Live on the evening of June 25th, Monsters of Sludge Rockfest, billed by its organizers as “a concert to benefit emergency needs caused by the Gulf oil disaster,” played to a half-full house of half-interested spectators. full story . . .


The Conch Republic - Nathan Thornburgh

facebook "I told them flat out, 'If you come down here and start doing what you've done in Louisiana, you're going to have a revolt. They'll shut down U.S. 1. You won't be able to bring any of your contractors in or out.' Patrick Rice, Dean of Marine Science and Technology, Florida Keys Community College. full story . . .

Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Charles Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Chubby Carrier, Dr. John and other voices from VOW speak on behalf of your wetlands and the need for their protection.


James and Lucky Peterson

James and Judge"Lucky" Peterson, legendary father and son Blues musicians. James and "Lucky" have traveled the world both together and as individual and performed with biggest names in Blues music.Catch James and "Lucky performing locally at Mahuffers (www.mahuffer.com) on Madiera Beach. Listen to James and "Lucky". Track 1, Track 2.

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Special Thanks to CHRIS ARNOLD, team photographer for the Tampa Bay Storm. 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2003 World Champions.