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Carlton: Leave my driver's license alone

Truth is, we Floridians have this whole getting-a-driver's license thing pretty much down pat. Unless we're renewing our licenses online, we schlep over to our local tax collector's office. …


After buying up tons of cheap bay area homes, Blackstone eyes an IPO


Jobless rate drops to seven-year low, could spur interest rate hike


  1. Correction: Duke Energy, not Duke University



    We got our Dukes confused. Duke Energy, not Duke University, is obviously the utility represented on the board of directors of Enterprise Florida. Because of an editing error, a column published Friday listed the university instead of the utility.

  2. Source of biggest food waste in America? You.

    Food & Dining


    The white Thermo King truck idles while Voltario "V" Kelley slides a finger down the day's itinerary: pickups at nine stores, delivery at one church, then back to the distribution center. Tucking the sheaf of papers into the sun visor, he eases the truck out of park and pulls away from Transport Drive at …

    Bill Moore of the Riverview United Methodist Church, left, watches volunteers, from left, Rick Lopez, Dustin Atchley and Jose Sulvaran load up his truck with boxes of food at the Feeding Tampa Bay warehouse near downtown Tampa. Photo by JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times
  3. Two empty-nesters quit their jobs, sell their house and take to the sea

    Human Interest

    The ceilings were low. The carpet, yellow shag. The windows were outdated. But the house opened out to the water, and that was all that mattered.

    The Sea Gypsy has been home for former Tampa Bay Times writer Kris Hundley and her husband since they quit their jobs and in January sold the house in which they raised their family for more than 25 years.
  4. Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz


    NEW YORK — The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.

    Star Wars fans shop at a toy store at midnight Friday in Hong Kong as part of the global event called "Force Friday" to release new Star Wars toys and other merchandise of the new movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". The massive marketing blitz spans all kinds of media and included an 18-hour global "unboxing" streamed live on YouTube. [Associated Press]
  5. A mom ponders her identity as her firstborn leaves for college

    Human Interest

    All year, I watched our son plan his escape.

    CAPTION: (Suwannee River, 07/29/2006) Ryland (cq) tells his mother, Lane DeGregory (cq) a story as they cruise in a houseboat on the Suwannee River.
SUMMARY: Travel feature
(Times photo by Lara Cerri)
    Rays rookies dressed up include, from left:  C.J. Riefenhauser, Misha Dworken (bullpen catcher), Luke Maile, Mikie Mahtook, Matt Andriese, Enny Romero, Joey Butler, Richie Shaffer.

    Rays rookie dress-up features grass skirts

    Even a crushing walkoff loss can't interfere with the baseball tradition of a rookie dress-up trip, so there were seven players, plus a bullpen catcher, in grass skirts and bikini tops for the late-night train ride to New York....


    Jeb Bush launches first TV ad of campaign

    Jeb Bush is launching his first TV a, a $500,000 effort aimed at New Hampshire and beginning next week....


    Defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers was among the Bucs' initial cuts Friday morning.

    Da'Quan Bowers among Bucs' initial cuts

    The Bucs have begun the process of trimming their roster from 75 players to a final 53, with defensive lineman Da'Quan Bowers among the initial cuts Friday morning....