Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Chevy sweep: Corvette, Silverado take show awards

DETROIT — General Motors' Chevrolet brand swept the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards on Monday, giving the resurgent Detroit automaker another boost at the start of the Motor City's annual auto show. The Corvette Stingray received the car award, and the Silverado was judged tops among trucks. The Chevy sweep came after GM made the most appearances on this year's list of finalists, which also included the Cadillac CTS and the Mazda3 on the car side, and the Acura MDX and the Jeep Cherokee on the truck/utility side. The Cadillac ATS took top car honors last year. — Associated Press

All-new 2015 F-150 to be made largely of aluminum

Ford announced Monday that the all-new 2015 F-150 full-size pickup will be made mostly of aluminum. The frame will be largely high-strength steel, but the cab and the truck bed will be heavy-gauge aluminum. The switch helps the F-150 shed up to 700 pounds and makes it possible to introduce a smaller engine: the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6.

Beetle Dune can handle off-road sand and slopes

Volkswagen's Beetle Dune, unveiled Monday, is made to appeal to skiers in Aspen, Colo., or sandboarders in Florence, Ore. The company bills it as a 21st century version of the Baja Bug, which is a modified Beetle that can handle off-road conditions such as the deserts of Baja, Calif. Two inches of extra ground clearance help the off-road performance.

Gamers will get to try out virtual Toyota sports car

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car, the FT-1, which was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future. The vehicle's development started two years ago, and Toyota says the FT-1 will be available as a downloadable vehicle for PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 starting today.

   
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Career Q&A: Nut allergy is a serious workplace concern

Career Q&A: Nut allergy is a serious workplace concern

Q: My manager has recently started eating nuts at her desk, which is located right next to mine. Unfortunately, I have a serious nut allergy, so any contact with them could produce a life-threatening reaction. Even foods which contain tiny pieces of ...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Yes, we have some bananas: Port Tampa Bay welcomes first shipment in 21 years

Yes, we have some bananas: Port Tampa Bay welcomes first shipment in 21 years

TAMPA — More than two decades after the last bunch arrived on shore, bananas are back at Tampa’s port. More than 3,900 pallets of Chiquita bananas from Ecuador arrived last week at the new Port Logistics Refrigerated Services warehouse.It was the fir...
Published: 02/20/18
Guess co-founder steps aside after allegations from Kate Upton

Guess co-founder steps aside after allegations from Kate Upton

Associated PressNEW YORK — Guess Inc. says that co-founder Paul Marciano will give up his day-to-day responsibilities at the clothing company until a sexual misconduct investigation is completed. Model and actress Kate Upton told Time magazine earlie...
Published: 02/20/18
Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid

Grocery retailer Albertsons to buy drugstore chain Rite Aid

Associated PressThe privately held owner of Safeway, Vons and other grocery brands is plunging deeper into the pharmacy business with a deal to buy Rite Aid, the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain. Albertsons Companies is offering either a share ...
Published: 02/20/18
Following deaths from Irma, Florida looks to new rules for keeping nursing homes cool after outages

Following deaths from Irma, Florida looks to new rules for keeping nursing homes cool after outages

After national headlines and a public outcry over the deaths of 14 people at a Broward County nursing home after Hurricane Irma, nursing homes across the state are working to comply with new rules requiring them to have back-up power.But the process ...
Published: 02/20/18
Yoshi — car maintenance that comes to you — launches in Tampa Bay

Yoshi — car maintenance that comes to you — launches in Tampa Bay

A California-based company that promises to bring limited on-site car maintenance directly to you — from an oil change to a fill-up — has picked Tampa Bay as its next pit stop."Anything that your car needs, we’re going to bring to you," said Nick Ale...
Published: 02/20/18

Hernando Business Digest for Feb. 23

Business digestEventsCHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings in the coming week:• Access Health Care Physicians/Dr. Janice Rodriguez, 5290 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill, 10 a.m. Feb. 23. C...
Published: 02/20/18

Pasco Business Digest for Feb. 23

Business digestBrieflyLOCAL COMMUNITY RECOGNIZED: CHUY’S RESTAURANT TO OPEN: Chuy’s, the Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant, will open its first Tampa Bay area location this spring near Cypress Creek Town Center in Wesley Chapel. The restaurant at 25750...
Published: 02/20/18
Steve Wozniak charms USF crowd: ‘The human or the technology — what’s more important?’

Steve Wozniak charms USF crowd: ‘The human or the technology — what’s more important?’

TAMPA — Steve Wozniak, the inventor of the Apple personal computer, is the tech genius who sounds less like an engineer, more like a philosopher.Startups? They can be a lot of fun — if started up for the right reason."The purpose should never be, thi...
Published: 02/19/18
Updated: 02/20/18
Epilogue: Tourism community remembers Paradise founder Cedar Hames

Epilogue: Tourism community remembers Paradise founder Cedar Hames

When Cedar Hames spoke, you listened.He was a natural storyteller, always dressed sharp to match his wit and natural elegance. He grew a two-person business in St. Petersburg into a leading tourism, advertising and marketing agency over an esteemed 3...
Published: 02/19/18
Updated: 02/20/18