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Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speak at an event Tuesday at the Tampa Bay WaVE business incubator in downtown Tampa to sing the praises of cooperation to help build the region’s technology and innovation economy. EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Trigaux: Tampa Bay area mayors pitch region's tech, startup economies with one voice

The mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg walk into a business incubator … That could be the start of a good joke, given the lack of cooperative history between past mayors of these two fair cities. But on Tuesday, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman sat side by side at the Tampa Bay WaVE busines …

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  1. Bloomingdale Cherry's moves to FishHawk

    Business

    LITHIA — Gone are the images of Marilyn Monroe and the retro theme that made Cherry's one of the fastest-growing locally owned burger chains in Florida in the past 20 years.

    Servers from the newly opened Cherry’s Bar and Grill in FishHawk’s Park Square are from left, Chloe Marun, Sonya Shawhan and Heather Huggins. Regulars may recognize Shawhan from the Brandon Cherry’s and Huggins from the former location in Bloomingdale.
  2. GM says bankruptcy should shield it from deadly switch legal claims

    Autos

    DETROIT — General Motors and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past.

    GM CEO Mary Barra, shown with the Chevrolet Trax at the New York International Auto Show last week, is overseeing a strategy against legal claims by saying the problems that led to the recall of 2.6 million vehicles was under the “Old GM.”
  3. Urban Juice to open; tot-to-teen salon; boxing club begins presales

    Retail

    TAMPA — A fresh-pressed juice bar with a tech lounge on the first floor, a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa on the second floor and a video conference center on the third floor — that's the vision for the Urban Juice Co., opening in mid May in "the Franklin," a historic building on Franklin Street.

  4. Trigaux: Tampa Bay area mayors pitch region's tech, startup economies with one voice

    Business

    The mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg walk into a business incubator …

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman speak at an event Tuesday at the Tampa Bay WaVE business incubator in downtown Tampa to sing the praises of cooperation to help build the region’s technology and innovation economy.
  5. Government leaders urge Duke to invest in solar, energy efficiency

    Energy

    More than two dozen local, state and federal officials called on Duke Energy to make solar and energy efficiency bigger priorities in the delivery of electricity.

  6. Dade City-based Florida Traditions Bank to be sold

    Banking

    A Dade City-based bank that opened because investors said they were tired of having to deal with out-of-state bankers over the phone is being sold to an out-of-state bank in a $43 million deal.

  7. Dick's Sporting Goods to open April 25 at WestShore Plaza

    Retail

    TAMPA — Dick's Sporting Goods is opening Friday at WestShore Plaza.

  8. Would-be buyer of former St. Petersburg YMCA sues owner

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — The saga of the historic YMCA at 116 Fifth St. S continues. Tom Nestor, who has a purchase agreement to buy the 88-year-old building for $1.4 million, is suing the owner, V P C 3 II.

  9. Stephen Buckley, dean of faculty at Poynter Institute, to lead youth initiative in Africa

    Corporate

    ST. PETERSBURG — Stephen Buckley, an award-winning reporter who has served as dean of the faculty at the Poynter Institute for four years, is leaving to run a youth leadership initiative for orphans in Zambia, Poynter president Tim Franklin announced Tuesday.

  10. Corn waste biofuel higher in greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline, study finds

    Energy

    WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

    DuPont says a cellulosic biofuel made from stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs of corn plants — is 100 percent better than gasoline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. But a study released Sunday disputes that claim.