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Who's thriving? Try 5 Tampa Bay companies that stand out from pack in growth, stock price

Part 1 of 2 columns looking at which publicly traded companies in the Tampa Bay market are performing especially well right now. Part 2, which looks at a handful of area firms losing money or s …

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Want to get to Europe on the cheap? Try Norwegian Air's LowFare

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How the Strawberry Festival used shrewd Southern charm to become one of Florida's largest events

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  1. Hillsborough Commissioners vote 6-1 to approve road-centric $812 million, 10-year transportation plan

    Blogs

    TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a road-centric $812 million, 10-year transportation plan Wednesday despite calls from residents and one of their own for more transit options.

    Hillsborough County commissioners approved a 10-year, $812 million transportation project focused on improving county roads and bridges.
  2. Poor Hatcher. The Smithsonian's iconic triceratops is about to be fed to a T. rex

    Science

    WASHINGTON — When a dinosaur nicknamed "Hatcher" was cobbled together a century ago, he was the first triceratops the world had seen in 66 million years. And he looked the worse for it.

    The updated Hatcher triceratops mount on display at the museum in 2001. [Photo by D.E. Hurlbert courtesy of Smithsonian Institution]
  3. 'Beauty and the Beast's 'exclusively gay moment' will be a Disney first, director tells magazine

    Blogs

    Will the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie feature Disney's first openly gay character? Director Bill Condon's description of an "exclusively gay moment" near the end of the upcoming film is being taken that way by some.

    Josh Gad plays Lefou in "Beauty and the Beast."
  4. Review: 'Table 19' is a cliche wedding comedy made fun by Anna Kendrick

    Movies

    Table 19 is a wobbly comedy of awkwardness, in which everyone spills their romantic guts while everyone else listens, often in earshot for no reason. Nobody knows how to ask for a private moment in Jeffrey Blitz's amiable misfire about wedding misfits, RSVPs gone TMI.

    Anna Kendrick as Eloise McGarry in Table 19.
Twentieth Century Fox
  5. Rick Scott hits road again to defend Enterprise Florida

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott is showing no signs of letting up on Florida House Republicans who continue to vote in committees for a bill that would destroy two of his most cherished agencies.

    Gov. Rick Scott
  6. In Trump's speech, notes of Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - President Trump’s speech last night can be viewed through three of Florida’s top political figures: Rick Scott, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

    President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives Tuesday for his address to a joint session of Congress.
  7. Plant City, which bills itself as the winter strawberry capital of the world, has been holding the Florida Strawberry Festival since 1930. [
JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times (2012)]
  8. Dirk Koetter said Jameis Winston 'made a mistake,' and apologized for his poor choice of words during a presentation to students at Melrose Elementary School last week.
  9. Student pilot escapes injury as small plane crashes while practicing landings at Albert Whitted Airport

    Accidents

    ST. PETERSBURG — A student pilot escaped injury Wednesday morning when his small plane crashed while attempting a landing at Albert Whitted Airport.

    A small Cessna airplane crashed at Albert Whitted Airport  near the course of the upcoming Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The student pilot was not injured in the crash. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  10. Reeves had no cuts or blood on face, investigator testifies

    Criminal

    DADE CITY — The forensic investigator who photographed Curtis Reeves after a 2014 shooting in a movie theater said Wednesday that his face was free of cuts, despite reports that he was hit with a cellphone.

    Defense attorney Dino Michaels presents a photograph of Curtis Reeves to display during State of Florida vs. Curtis Reeves "stand your ground" hearing at the Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center in Dade City, Florida, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Reeves, a retired Tampa Police Department captain, shot and killed Chad Oulson, 43, over the use of his cellphone during a confrontation inside the Cobb Grove 16 theaters in Wesley Chapel, Florida in 2014. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry

Social conservatives oppose Lenny Curry for CFO job over LGBT support

One of Florida's loudest social conservative groups is entering the fight over the state's next chief financial officer....

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Rich Hollenberg is back with Fox Sports Sun.

Hollenberg back as pre-and postgame TV host for Rays games

Rich Hollenberg has been brought back after all - and in an expanded role - as the pre- and postgame host for Rays TV broadcasts on Fox Sports Sun, the Times has learned.

An announcement from Fox is expected this week....

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Josh Gad plays Lefou in "Beauty and the Beast."

'Beauty and the Beast's 'exclusively gay moment' will be a Disney first, director tells magazine

Will the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie feature Disney's first openly gay character? Director Bill Condon's description of an "exclusively gay moment" near the end of the upcoming film is being taken that way by some....

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