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  1. Bill Young's widow struggles to find peace and meaning in life without congressman

    Politics

    The congressman's widow couldn't stop crying.

    Beverly Young, widow of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, wraps her husband’s bathrobe around a pillow so she can still smell him when she sleeps. Below, the Youngs are pictured in 2009 while in Venice, Italy.
  2. VA stats on consultation delays don't reach as far back as implied

    Veterans

    A Department of Veterans Affairs "fact sheet" told Congress and the public in April that the agency reviewed 250 million medical consultations going back to 1999 and found 76 veterans seriously harmed by treatment delays for gastrointestinal cancers. Of those, 23 died.

  3. Hillsborough negotiating with Lyft, but Uber not talking

    Business

    TAMPA — The agency that regulates Hillsborough County's cabs and limos is playing good cop, bad cop with ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber.

  4. Detectives looking for man who robbed two Riverview restaurants

    Crime

    RIVERVIEW — Detectives were looking for a suspect who robbed two restaurants early Friday, shattering the glass door at one, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

  5. Sheldon residency issue sparks disagreement among Democrats

    Elections

    TALLAHASSEE — Questions about whether George Sheldon's residency status should disqualify him from the attorney general race have exposed a rift in the Florida Democratic Party.

  6. Letters reveal nasty turn in Hillsborough, Charter Schools USA fight

    K12

    TAMPA — It's safe to say the Hillsborough County School District and Charter Schools USA are not getting along.

    Superintendent MaryEllen Elia addresses the Hillsborough County School Board.
STORY SUMMARY - Parents and concerned citizens packed a meeting of the Hillsborough County School Board to protest new boundary lines that would affect 20 elementary schools, including the restructuring of Dickinson Elementary into an alternative school. [Times]
  7. Tampa streetcar will have live, rolling concert Saturday night

    Events

    The clang of the trolley will meet the twang of the alt-country favorite Have Gun Will Travel when the band kicks off the Streetcar Live Concert Series today, playing a rolling concert aboard the TECO Line Streetcar in Tampa from 7 to 9 p.m. The streetcar partnered with the Gasparilla Music Festival to bring some of the …

    Times files (2002)
  8. PSTA repays $354,000 in federal grant money over questions about transit safety ads

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority repaid $354,000 to the federal government this week after facing questions over how it used grant money on an ad campaign.

  9. Safety net hospitals get break in Medicaid repayment penalty

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE

    Medicaid payment charges lessened

    It was an issue that threatened the bottom lines of Florida's safety net hospitals, which are now breathing a collective sigh of relief.

  10. Charlie Crist's stance on candidate debates is "grand hypocrisy'

    Gubernatorial

    Charlie Crist's coronation as the top Democrat in the state is fast approaching.

  11. Derrick Brooks: Great player, great human being

    Bucs

    CANTON, Ohio

    Saturday, he will be recognized as one of the finest football players in the history of the planet. With Derrick Brooks, that is just the start of it.

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame?' How about voting Derrick Brooks into life's Hall of Fame? Gary Shelton writes. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  12. Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to merge in $8.5B deal

    Retail

    At Family Dollar, not everything costs a buck.

  13. Bishop asks local Catholics to house migrant children

    Religion

    ST. PETERSBURG — Catholic Bishop Robert Lynch appealed to his flock to help shelter the child migrants pouring across the Mexican border from Central America on his blog Wednesday.

    Bishop Robert Lynch: “My goal would be to keep them only as long as is necessary.”
  14. Top consumer complaints: Amid familiar scams, new and higher-tech fraud gets more aggressive

    Business

    Consumer protection advocates this past week described not just the rising tide of old scams, but newer and more aggressive frauds hurting more people across the country and in the Tampa Bay area.