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Who says summer is dull around here? This week, we found our- selves with two big scoops. By now, you may have read about one of them elsewhere, but I strongly assert that our version is far more comprehensive. And it has a companion piece that makes for interesting reading, if I do say so myself. City Editor Stan Zimmerman already was holding tightly, in a manner of speaking, to information about a highly unfavorable audit of the city's Information Technology Department when we learned that Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) Director Glama Carter had been fired. County Editor Roger Drouin spent quite a bit of time on the latter story, waiting to see if it would become common knowledge before our issue appeared. At the same time, I was working on a story about why SCAT has been unable to accept debit and credit card payments for the purchase of passes — a very hot topic at the last Siesta Key Village Association meeting, because SCAT was on the verge of launching its new Siesta trolley service. As it turns out, a more favorable take on Carter in my story took on opposite polarity in Rog- er's story. Along with those topics, we have quite a bit of diversity in our coverage — from Roger's first look at the revival of the Palmer Place project in Sarasota to Stan's preview of the City Commission's "mega-agenda" for Monday. This week, we also are most fortunate to have another of contributor Barbara Don- dero's wonderfully entertaining articles. This time, her focus is The Ringling Mu- seum's current exhibit on the art world's "con artists." Editor and Publisher

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