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  1. Buckhorn should follow charter and require finance chief to live in Tampa


    Whether you love him or hate him, and there are plenty of folks in each camp, Bob Buckhorn deserves a lot of the credit for Tampa's renaissance. Our city is booming and thriving, so much so that we continue to garner national attention. People are feeling good about living and working in Tampa. On top of that, he's a …

  2. USF puts TV behind it and strengthens a treasured radio resource


    There can be no joy in the loss of WUSF-TV, the public television station sold off by the University of South Florida for its space on the broadcast spectrum and scheduled to go off the air by the end of the year. It's a place on the dial where shows like Nova reveal the wonders of the universe, Father …

  3. Community Roundtable honors volunteer Raysick, Portamento of Hope charity

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Walt Raysick and Lela Lilyquist know there are rewards to be reaped by doing good deeds.

    Walt Raysick shows off the plaque naming him the 2017 recipient of the Alice B. Tompkins Award, while Kavita Marballi, last year’s award winner 
looks on.
  4. Shred Fest features all kinds of 'shredding'


    Like a definition from the dictionary, Hillsborough County will provide multiple meanings of the word "shred" at Shred Fest 2017 on Saturday (March 4) at the Apollo Beach Park and Recreation Center, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd.

    The county will open an 11,000-square foot skate park in Apollo Beach Saturday. It features an area shaped like a three-pointed star with the center part elevated to allow for some skate elements.
  5. Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90


    TAMPA — Each week for half a century, you could find Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. holding court at the Columbia Restaurant with the Ybor City Rotary Club, eventually as its president.

    Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. 
  6. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  7. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore


    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  8. Brandon Regional unveils expanded emergency department


    BRANDON — For the past 10 months, J.E. Dunn Construction has worked to complete an expansion and revamping of the Brandon Regional Hospital emergency department.

    A new rooftop helipad represents one of the improvement to the Emergency Department at Brandon Regional Hospital.
  9. Hooper: Bethune portrayal underscores importance of Black History Month


    She stepped up to the stage after the dynamic speaker shared her thoughts on education, on race, on creating one of Florida's most prestigious historically black colleges.

    Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of legendary educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune, poses with Ersula Odom and Ashley Robertson, curator/director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Odom portrays Mary McLeod Bethune and received an endorsement from both Bethune and Robertson after a recent performance in Daytona Beach.
  10. Henderson: Reeves trial raises questions about impact of 'stand your ground'


    Dade City and Tallahassee are separated by 244 miles of asphalt highway, so you might not think what happens in one place has much to do with the other. But they do. The agenda in the state capital may help explain why 74-year Curtis Reeves is in a Dade City courthouse in the legal fight of his life.

    Retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, at his “stand your ground” hearing in court last week, shot another man to death during a confrontation inside a Pasco County theater.