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Joey Redner & Cigar City Beer

Posted in People on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Joey Redner & Cigar City Beer

Joey Redner, the founder of the popular Cigar City Brewing and the son of one of Tampa’s most infamous individuals, does not flinch when asked if he ever detested living in the shadow of the “Strip Club King.”

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Tampa Author Sings Praises of Jazz Great

Posted in Today, People on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Tampa Author Sings Praises of Jazz Great

Michael Connelly is no stranger to crime.

After all, he is the bestselling author of 27 crime fiction books that have sold 58 million copies worldwide, most featuring detective Harry Bosch or defense attorney Mickey Haller.

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Spoiled by mobsters, Meyer Lansky's daughter recalls family men, not killers

Posted in People on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Spoiled by mobsters, Meyer Lansky's daughter recalls family men, not killers

The daughter sits on the front porch of a little bungalow in Seminole Heights, her new home since her husband died a few months ago down south. She misses him, but she's making do.

At 76, she has her health, and friends. And her son, Gary. And she has the memories.

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Actor Assante energizes indie film industry in Tampa

Posted in People on Monday, July 14, 2014.

Actor Assante energizes indie film industry in Tampa

Many know Assante as the Emmy Award-winning, four-time Golden Globe-nominated actor from Hollywood hits such as “The Mambo Kings,” “American Gangster” and “1492: Conquest of Paradise.”

Assante is also much sought-after in the world of independent film.

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Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Posted in People on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Sandra Lansky was 13 when she first learned her father was notorious.

She thought he was a jukebox salesman until she stopped at a newsstand in Central Park in 1951 and saw him on a magazine cover. The story described Meyer Lansky as the accountant for the mob, a man who helped build casino empires in Las Vegas and Cuba–and ordered the murders of his enemies.

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Abispo Verdi- The Green Mosquito

Posted in People on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Written by Jack Fernandez

Abispo Verdi- The Green Mosquito

During the 1940s, Tampa roiled in political corruption. With the aid of a few close friends Albert Knapp began publishing an underground newspaper. The mimeographed paper featured open letters mysteriously signed “Abispo Verdi” in a squiggly hand. Using a green stamp pad, Knapp certified each letter as “official” with the impression of an anopheles mosquito poised to strike.

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