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Cable company Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.3B

The telecommunications industry's merger fever reached into thousands of Tampa Bay homes Tuesday as Charter Communications announced a merger with Bright House Networks that would transform the lo …

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Proposed Hillsborough transportation plan expected June 11

TAMPA — Three months of public meetings aimed at developing a plan to fix jam-packed roads and improve limited transit offerings have come to an end, and now consultants have to reconcile tr …

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St. Pete-Clearwater airport gets FAA grant

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport landed a $5.7 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to demolish and repave an area reserved for parking commercial aircraft. The Pinellas Co …

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  1. Shriners Hospitals joins Mayo Clinic network to enhance physician collaboration

    Medicine

    TAMPA — Mayo Clinic expertise will now be available to patients and providers at Shriners Hospitals for Children as part of a new network relationship between the health care systems.

  2. Pinellas property values increase as new construction doubles

    Local Government

    The official estimates of Pinellas County's overall property values have increased, as expected, by about 6.4 percent this year, a further sign of economic recovery.

  3. Enterprise Florida CEO Bill Johnson seeks new state business brand

    Business

    Three months into his role as Florida secretary of commerce and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Bill Johnson comes across as a veritable pit bull of salesmanship — a state official on a job-recruiting mission with jaws firmly clamped on the prize.

    Bill Johnson praised the Tampa Bay area’s jobs deals.
  4. Carole Crist, Florida's former first lady, opens boutique near Beach Drive in St. Petersburg

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Former Florida first lady Carole Crist has just opened a women's clothing boutique on Third Avenue NE off Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from coverups to elegant flowing gowns, priced from $29 to more than $350.

    Florida's former first lady Carole Crist has opened a women's clothing boutique in St. Petersburg, on Third Avenue NE off of Beach Drive. Goddessey Boutique carries brightly colored resort wear, from cover ups to elegant flowing gowns priced from $29 to more than $350.
  5. St. Pete-Clearwater airport gets FAA grant

    Tourism

    St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport landed a $5.7 million Federal Aviation Administration grant to demolish and repave an area reserved for parking commercial aircraft.

  6. Proposed Hillsborough transportation plan expected June 11

    Mass Transit

    TAMPA — Three months of public meetings aimed at developing a plan to fix jam-packed roads and improve limited transit offerings have come to an end, and now consultants have to reconcile transportation priorities that often vary with where commuters live.

    Community members attended a Go Hillsborough meeting on Monday in Town ’N County, where they were asked what the ideal transportation plan should be. There was disagreement.
  7. Cuba sees 36 percent increase in visits by Americans since thaw

    Tourism

    HAVANA

    The thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

    Tourists enjoy cigars, mojitos and live music at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba has seen an increase in tourism from Americans and Europeans this year. See an interactive on Americans in Cuba online at tbtim.es/it2.
  8. One man's millions turn around a community in Florida

    Human Interest

    ORLANDO — Two decades ago, Harris Rosen, who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and became wealthy in the Florida hotel business, decided to shepherd part of his fortune into a troubled community with the melodious sounding name of Tangelo Park.

    Harris Rosen visits a day care center for 3- and 4-year-olds, part of the education initiative he has spent the last two decades financing, in Tangelo Park. Rosen, who became wealthy in the Florida hotel business, decided to shepherd part of his fortune into the troubled community of Tangelo Park, and with an infusion of $11 million so far, it is a striking success story. [Melissa Lyttle | New York Times]