Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closings in Tampa

The following will be closed today unless otherwise noted.

Government and courts

Federal, state, county offices and courts are closed.

Buses and streetcars

HART local bus routes, HARTFlex in Northdale, and HARTPlus will operate on a Saturday schedule. The TECO Line Streetcar System will run from noon to 10 p.m. Express and Limited Express Routes; HARTFlex in Brandon, south county, South Tampa and Town 'N Country and the In-Town Trolley (Route 96) will not operate.

Malls, attractions

International Plaza, WestShore Plaza, Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Brandon and University Mall: regular hours.

Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens, Museum of Science and Industry, Lowry Park Zoo and Glazer Children's Museum: open.

Garbage collection

City of Tampa and Temple Terrace: no garbage or recycling pickup. Hillsborough County Solid Waste collection will follow a normal Monday schedule.

Post offices and mail

Post offices: closed; no mail delivery.

Schools

Hillsborough County public schools, Hillsborough Community College, University of Tampa and University of South Florida: closed.

Libraries and banks

All public libraries and most banks: closed.

Recreation

Community centers: closed.

Regional parks: open.

Comments
Hillsborough County firefighter gets the ax after investigators find ties to motorcycle gang

Hillsborough County firefighter gets the ax after investigators find ties to motorcycle gang

TAMPA — Hillsborough County officials fired a Fire Rescue medic Tuesday after an internal investigation concluded he had "unwavering loyalty" to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — the state’s dominant biker gang. Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton, is ...
Updated: 13 minutes ago
Florida raises insurance regulation grade from C to B

Florida raises insurance regulation grade from C to B

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Updated: 13 minutes ago

US travel industry launches plan to reverse tourism decline

Associated PressNEW YORK — Travel industry representatives sounded an alarm Tuesday over declines in international tourism to the U.S. and announced plans to reverse the trend. Organizers of the new Visit U.S. Coalition portrayed the decline as long-...
Updated: 15 minutes ago

Man shot, runs for help to Bahama Breeze with suspects following

TAMPA — Attackers shot a Tampa man Monday night as he sat in his car then chased him as he fled to a nearby restaurant to get help, Tampa police said.The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.The incident occurre...
Updated: 17 minutes ago
Editorial: Tighten substitute teacher rules in Hillsborough

Editorial: Tighten substitute teacher rules in Hillsborough

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Updated: 21 minutes ago
Trump administration to take DACA repeal directly to the Supreme Court

Trump administration to take DACA repeal directly to the Supreme Court

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Updated: 30 minutes ago
How to protect your Florida plants during a freeze

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With forecasts predicting freezing temperatures for much of the Tampa Bay area, you may want to protect sensitive plants.The National Weather Service says a freeze watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning for Hillsborough, P...
Updated: 1 hour ago

St. Pete officer suspended for month after pushing concert guard

ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer was suspended for a month after he pushed a security guard at a summer concert in Tampa while looking for his lost girlfriend and e-cigarette, according to St. Petersburg police.It could have been worse: Chief Tony H...
Updated: 1 hour ago
In major shift, House bill would turn three USF universities into one

In major shift, House bill would turn three USF universities into one

Graduates of those schools frame diplomas bearing the name of their own universities, which all fall under the umbrella of the Tampa-based USF System.But under proposed changes to a bill moving through the Florida House of Representatives, the USF Sy...
Updated: 1 hour ago

Man pistol-whipped resisting home invasion in Wimauma

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office is looking for three men who broke into a Wimauma mobile home Tuesday morning, beat one of the residents with a pistol, stole cash and carjacked a vehicle to make their getaway.The incident occurred around 5:4...
Updated: 1 hour ago