SP_320926_FLYN_jobs (4/1/2010 St. Petersburg) Alex Pickett walks his grandmother’s dog Charlie for her as she is being hospitalized on April 1, 2010. He is a former writer for Creative loafing, who lost his job three months after the chain went into bankruptcy. He went without work for a year and now plunges through a job editing item descriptions for an online retailer’s web site. He feels the need to stay in the Tampa Bay area to care for his ailing grandmother, where he can’t find another journalism job. [KATHLEEN FLYNN Times]

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