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Charter buying Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks as more TV viewers go online

NEW YORK — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion a …

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Tampa Bay WaVE startup center relocating from Rivergate to Kennedy space

After opening just over two years ago in Tampa's Rivergate Tower on N Ashley Drive— also known as the Beer Can Building — the Tampa Bay WaVE business incubator is relocating next month …

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Critics take aim at Tampa International Airport's concessions contracts

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. …

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  1. 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.

  2. Cuba sees 36 percent increase in visits by Americans since thaw

    World

    HAVANA — The thaw in relations between the U.S. 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 in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

    Tourists enjoy cigars, mojitos and live music Sunday at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar, frequented by the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway in Old Havana, Cuba. The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a dramatic 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to Cuba since January compared to the same period last year, along with a 14 percent rise in arrivals from around the world. [Associated Press]
  3. 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]
  4. Charter buying Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks as more TV viewers go online

    Corporate

    NEW YORK — As TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix, cable companies are bulking up. In the latest round, Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion and the smaller Bright House Networks — with its 700,000 subscribers in the Tampa Bay area — for …

  5. PayPal's new CEO promises new services for mobile world

    Corporate

    SAN FRANCISCO — As PayPal prepares to split from its corporate parent, its new chief executive is promising to expand the popular online payment system, adding a variety of services for consumers to use when shopping on their phones or in traditional stores.

  6. Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela

    Economic Development

    CARACAS, Venezuela — It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency.

    Shoppers line up outside a supermarket earlier this year in downtown Caracas, Venezuela. Citizens struggle to find basic goods as the bolivar continues to lose value.
  7. Will Charter grab both Time Warner and Bright House Networks?

    Business

    They ought to make a soap opera: As the Cable Deal Turns.

    Charter Communications is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, two people familiar with the negotiations said Monday. [Associated Press]
  8. Rays' attendance woes continue as Lightning captivates Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tropicana Field's dome protects the Rays from all manner of foul weather, but this year nothing can shield the local baseball club from the Lightning.

    Seats in section 144 of Tropicana Field (right field) were mostly empty as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Minnesota Twins on April 14, 2011. Baseball attendance has continued to lag, and now the Lightning's playoff run is further eating into the Rays' fan base.   [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN, Times]