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Florida lawsuit seeks lost pay for Butler & Hosch employees

TAMPA — A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status that has been filed against the law firm Butler & Hosch says hundreds of its workers laid off earlier this month, including up to 100 in …

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Tampa Bay home sales soar again in April as condo market sizzles

Tampa Bay home sales shot up in April with prices also showing strong gains even as many buyers paid in cash. In Pinellas County, year-over-year sales of single-family homes rose 21.3 percen …

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  1. Fitlife Foods takes healthy eating to new heights

    Retail

    It may be dwarfed by the truly amazonian Amazon fulfillment center across the street, but Fitlife Foods' expanded culinary center in a brand-new 100,000-square-foot facility in Plant City represents a new phase in CEO David Osterweil's plan to get Tampa Bay eating right. What is now the leading Southeastern independent …

    David Osterweil, a former Carrabba’s executive and marathon runner, is owner and founder of Fitlife Foods.
  2. For retirees, drawing down nest egg is a complex business

    Personal Finance

    More than two decades ago, Bill Bengen, then a financial planner in Southern California, said he had several anxious clients with the same question: How much can I spend in retirement without running out of money?

    Bill Bengen, right, a retired financial planner who created the 4 percent retirement rule, at his home in La Quinta, Calif., April 5, 2015. Though the concept has been celebrated and criticized, retirement rule has come under scrutiny again, particularly as people are now retiring during a period of low interest rates. (Jaime Kowal/The New York Times)
  3. Container architecture starting to have a moment in Tampa Bay

    Business

    They are always 8 feet tall and 8 feet wide and 20 or 40 feet long. Millions carry the cargo that keeps the economy going. Millions more are scattered across the globe, unused.

    Ferg’s Live across from Amalie Arena in Tampa positions shipping containers to form a courtyard. The boxes are used for a bar, bathrooms and outdoor kitchen. Above the corner is a small stage.
  4. Tampa-style ramen gets a celebrity preview in New York City

    Food & Dining

    NEW YORK — Gwyneth Paltrow likes Tampa-style ramen.

    Ichicoro, a restaurant scheduled to open in Seminole Heights at the end of June, and its spicy Tampa-style ramen got a preview at Ramen Lab, a test kitchen in New York, last week. 
  5. Fossil fuel is no short-term bubble

    Energy

    DALLAS — From gold to dot-coms, 1630s Dutch tulips to 2000s U.S. real estate, again and again the world's economies have been sucked into a period of intense enthusiasm followed by devastating financial losses.

  6. Overseas talent swaps help develop skills, careers

    Working Life

    On a recent Wednesday, Giuliano Barolo worked in Dow Chemical's business process service center in Mumbai, India, while Swati Tribedy worked at Dow's manufacturing plant in Mozzanica, Italy.

    Giuliano Barolo got the job swap idea from a colleague — “She was very enthusiastic and I was immediately drawn to it” — and left Dow’s manufacturing plant in Mozzanica, Italy, last month to work at its business process service center in Mumbai, India.
  7. Florida lawsuit seeks lost pay for Butler & Hosch employees

    Business

    TAMPA — A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status that has been filed against the law firm Butler & Hosch says hundreds of its workers laid off earlier this month, including up to 100 in Tampa, are owed three weeks' salary and were dismissed without the 60-day notice required by law.

  8. Critics take aim at Tampa International Airport's concessions contracts

    Airlines

    TAMPA — The proposals are in. The bids have been ranked. After eight months, the process of choosing what people will eat, drink and buy at Tampa International Airport is almost at an end.

    An artist's rendering of the exterior of the interior of a proposed Hard Rock Cafe in the main terminal. Tampa International Airport is revamping all of its concessions and we have a look at some of the proposed bars and restaurants that could open there in 2017. Here are 19 artist renderings submitted by the bidders for what their new concepts might look like if they win the right to open their doors at the airport.