The Pier; and Tampa Bay Times controversial story of a woman who ended up killing herself

12/06/12 Mitch Perry
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The current inverted pyramid structure of ThePier in St. Petersburg.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (June 2008)

Shortly after the St. Pete City Council voted to support funding to continue the design and pre-construction work on the new design for the Pier called the Lens, Council Chair Leslie Curran spoke to us about the recent design changes made by L.A. based architect Michael Maltzan's firm.

Later in the show local political blogger Peter Schorsch (stpetersblog 2.0) came on the program to defend himself from the recent criticism he received after he criticized the "Tampa Bay Times" and their story about 39-year-old Gretchen Molannen, who was featured in a piece that initially went online last Friday about her “persistent genital arousal disorder.” A day later, Molannen committed suicide. According to the sheriff’s office, she was found dead on Saturday night.

Schorsch wrote that "While none of us will likely ever really know why Molannen committed suicide, we can all do the math. Woman tells story to the newspaper. Newspaper publishes sensational story. Woman commits suicide the day the story is published online. One plus one equals blood on the Times‘ hands."

He came on the show and stood by the comments. The callers then gave their opinions.

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