Links from the Times for March 13: Dog friendly bars in Tampa
These bars have gone to the dogs: Spring is around the corner, a perfect time of year for an outing with your pooch pal. If you're looking for a spot where your four-legged friends will be welcome, check out this list of Tampa Bay-area restaurants and watering holes.
Florida's public employee pension fund plummets
Florida's giant public employee pension fund needs a bailout. Hit by the stock market crash and losses in risky investments, the pension plan faces a big funding gap, according to a study presented Thursday. | Backstory: Who's to blame for state's bad investments
Buddy Johnson's legacy: Chief aide's deal was done in secret
No one is aware that there is an original, signed copy of Kathy C. Harris's contract in any Hillsborough office. Meanwhile, county taxpayers continue to pay the aide of former elections supervisor Buddy Johnson. | Backstory: Buddy Johnson's troubles
'Lost Boy' is home at last'
Almost 10 years ago, Mogtaba Maki fled Sudan in terror with three T-shirts and a pair of shoes. Since then, he studied, worked — and waited for the day he would be sworn in as a United States citizen. | Backstory: Hell to pay | The teenager who escaped from Sudan