Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

Veterans Day closings

Veterans Day closings

The following will be closed today, unless otherwise noted.

Government and courts

Federal, state, county offices and courts are closed.

Buses and streetcars

There will be no changes to the HART, HARTplus and the TECO Line Streetcar System schedules.

Malls, attractions, museums

International Plaza, WestShore Plaza, Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Brandon and University Mall will be open normal hours. (Department store and restaurant hours may vary.)

The Tampa Museum of Art will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Florida Aquarium will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Busch Gardens will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lowry Park Zoo will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Garbage collection

The cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City will not have pickup. The Hillsborough County Solid Waste Management Department will have garbage collection and recycling pickup.

Utilities

Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas offices will be open.

Post offices, mail

All post offices closed; no mail delivery.

Schools

Hillsborough County public schools are closed.

Hillsborough Community College and the University of South Florida are closed. The University of Tampa is open.

Libraries and banks

All public libraries and most banks closed.

Recreation

All city and county recreation centers will be closed, but parks will remain open.

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Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

Plan to entice developers to help pay for Rays ballpark hits speed bump

TAMPA — Private developers would bear much of the cost of a new Rays stadium in Ybor City under a plan Hillsborough County officials are putting together.Developers would benefit by cashing in on commercial, retail and other construction around a ne...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

Lightning feels Ryan McDonagh’s impact

BRANDON — Ryan McDonagh blocks shots. He competes for pucks in the corners and wins those battles. He moves the puck up ice well. He can join the rush. He can shoot from the blueline. He kills penalties."It was a great pickup by Steve (Yze...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Hillsborough State Attorney vows to create conviction integrity unit this year

Hillsborough State Attorney vows to create conviction integrity unit this year

TAMPA — Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said Friday he wants his office to have a conviction integrity unit in place before the end of the year.The unit would examine select prosecutions to determine whether innocent people might have been ...
Updated: 16 minutes ago
Why Game 5 is crucial to the Lightning

Why Game 5 is crucial to the Lightning

BRANDON — Three things that popped into my head as the Lightning and Devils get ready to play Game 5 Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.1. I'm going to do something that a hockey team in the playoffs would never do, not in a million years....
Updated: 28 minutes ago
Corps of Engineers not in a hurry to hand over wetlands permitting to Florida

Corps of Engineers not in a hurry to hand over wetlands permitting to Florida

Despite the dire warnings of environmental advocates, the Legislature last month passed a bill to allow the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to take over issue federal wetlands destruction permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

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NFL draft confessions: The Bucs set the trap, and I took the cheese on Johnny Manziel

NFL draft confessions: The Bucs set the trap, and I took the cheese on Johnny Manziel

TAMPA — The NFL draft is one big game of Liar's Poker. Deal me out.Even the guys with a seat at the table don't know when someone is bluffing.Bucs general manager Jason Licht knows that the team's No. 7 overall pick will be affected by how many...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Goodman: In America, truth is missing in action

Goodman: In America, truth is missing in action

It’s "Mueller Time," as the nation grows ever closer to a confrontation with the truth.Was collusion with the Russians an illusion? If not, who was involved, what was done, and when? Did it impact the 2016 campaign, the fate of Hillary Clinton and no...
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Owners say new house is a disaster; developer accuses them of ‘online terrorism’

Owners say new house is a disaster; developer accuses them of ‘online terrorism’

ST. PETERSBURG --- Stretched across the front of Tim and Hyun Kims’ two-year-old house is a big banner with the name of a developer and the words: "I have to fix my new house."Some of what needs fixing is instantly apparent. The front steps are too ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Editorial: New Cuba president is chance for new start

Editorial: New Cuba president is chance for new start

For all the symbolism, Raul Castro’s handoff of the Cuban presidency this week amounts to less than meets the eye even if his handpicked successor, the Communist Party functionary Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, is the first person not named Castro to le...
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