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  • (St. Petersburg Times)

    The St. Petersburg Times announced this week plans to change its name to the Tampa Bay Times next year.

    Times CEO Paul Tash explained that the switch, which will go into effect Jan. 1, is a simple matter of geography.

    "Our name no longer fits the newspaper or the audience we serve," Tash wrote in a letter to the paper's 240,000-plus readers. "Three-fourths of St. Petersburg Times readers live outside St. Petersburg."

    The move is also a shot across the bow at St. Pete Times' rival, the Tampa Bay Tribune. It also seems not to have escaped the notice of the St. Pete Times that the Republican National Committee is holding its 2012 convention in Tampa.

    "Next summer, the Republican Party is bringing its convention to Tampa Bay," Tash wrote. "Some delegates will arrive on Southwest Airlines, which has more flights here than anybody else. It lists the destination: Tampa Bay."

    "We do not make this change lightly," he added. "The St. Petersburg Times has built a national reputation on the kind of work that has won eight Pulitzer Prizes. Nor do we intend any slight to the vibrant city where our principal offices and our production facilities remain. I met and married my wife in St. Petersburg. Our daughters were born here. My mother died here. I am proud to call St. Petersburg my home."

    Reader reactions to the announcement have been wildly mixed.

    "Tampa Bay is a body of water, it does not describe a region of people," one wrote. "This name change is a slap in the face to St. Petersburg residents."

    "As much as my inner St. Pete native hates it, I think this is a smart and forward-thinking move," wrote another. "Plus, it'll make the Trib mad, which is always fun."


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  • Assange outside of Smith's estate on Dec. 17, 2010. (AP)

    "I have seen a human side of him that hasn't been represented in the press."

    -- Vaughan Smith, libertarian founder of the Frontline Club, on his permanent houseguest, Julian Assange. Smith, who has harbored the Wikileaks founder at his family's 10-bedroom estate in the British countryside since Assange posted bail after his arrest last December, told the Daily Beast why he's welcome there:

    He is incredibly popular with my children, who see him as sort of an uncle figure. He's somebody who gives you time. He's odd, because in some regards he's a team player, and in other regards he's not a team player, insofar as you know he's always very firm about his own views and doesn't necessarily change them very often, and you can have rows with him. But he's somebody who will listen to you, and he's somebody who will give you time and give you attention and help you.


    You can't understate the importance of this, he's damn good company over a glass of wine. He's damn good company. He's one of these people who spend his whole life trying to be a walking encyclopedia, so he'll always have a view of something."

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  • If you couldn't tell by the headline blared across the cover, the New York Post has had "ENOUGH!" of the Occupy Wall Street protests.

    In a front-page editorial published on Thursday, the Post urged Mayor Michael Bloomberg to "reclaim Zuccotti Park--and New York City's dignity."

    "The Zuccotti Park vagabonds have had their say--and trashed lower Manhattan--for long enough," the editorial begins. "They need to go. Be it voluntarily--by packing their tents and heading off in an orderly fashion. Or by having the NYPD step in--and evict them."

    The Post said that what began as a "credible protest" against Wall Street banks has "been hijacked by crazies and criminals."

    More from the tabloid:

    No one should have to put up with the incessant noise, filth and downright dangerous conditions the protesters have foisted upon lower Manhattan. The drumming and tambourines. The yelling and screaming. The public urination and defecation. The drugs. The lewdness. The criminals and their crimes. It's all got to end.

    The Post, of course, is owned by News Corp., which also owns the Wall Street Journal and Fox News--two symbolic targets of the protesters' ire.

    The paper continued:

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