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Patton Oswalt cancels Florida shows over COVID noncompliance

Photo: Daniel Knighton/Getty Images

Who's ready to laugh? Not Florida, apparently.

What's happening: Comedian Patton Oswalt just canceled shows in Florida and Salt Lake City, Utah, on his "Who's Ready to Laugh?" tour after venues wouldn't comply with his policy requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

  • A Dec. 30 stop at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater was canceled along with three other December dates in Florida.

What he's saying: Oswalt said an Instagram video that he was planning to add more shows at compliant venues in Orlando and Clearwater.

  • "I have an ego, but my ego is not big enough to think that people should die to hear my stupid comedy. Hopefully in the future we can rebook those when sanity holds sway again."

How readers across Tampa Bay would fill Tropicana Field

A capacity crowd of 34,078 fills Tropicana Field as the Rays play against the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 4, 2013. Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

We asked for readers' ideas on Tuesday to fill the seats during the last 10 home games for the red-hot Rays. And you delivered — more than 100 emails telling us what’s what.

  • You highlighted the problems — the location, the convenience of TV, how it’s just un-American to charge $12 for a beer.

The takeaway: Many of you believe the Rays are doomed because the constant threat of leaving — real or imagined — has turned off thousands of fans and would-be fans.

DeSantis announces $5K signing bonus for new Florida cops

DeSantis speaks at the Lakeland Police Department. Photo via Facebook

In the aftermath of the Lakeland shooting, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the city police department on Tuesday to announce new programs to support law enforcement.

The programs he'll push next legislative session:

  • A $5,000 signing bonus from the state for new Florida police officers.
  • Removing roadblocks so out-of-state officers can more easily move to Florida.
  • Making the state certification exam free for relocating officers, with up to $1,000 per officer for additional training covered by the state.
  • A state-sponsored scholarship program for recruits to attend law enforcement academy.

A new Tom Brady mural in Tampa that you have to check out

A nearly hidden mural of Tom Brady on the side of a Westshore Crossing apartment unit. Photo: Ben Montgomery/Axios

The next time you’re water-skiing up the mighty Hillsborough, take a gander to your left after you zoom under the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard bridge.

  • On the south-facing side of a unit of the Westshore Crossing apartments you’ll find the oversized likeness of His Honorable Captain Tom Brady, Guardian of Hope.

Why it matters: The Tomural is the latest and possibly largest of at least six to show up on local walls since Super Bowl LV.

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