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  1. Henderson: Tribune lives on in scrapbooks, camaraderie, and now a documentary

    Columns

    Last year on May 3, Ken Koehn and I were having lunch at our usual spot inside the Tampa Tribune's snack room, which we had laughingly named Chez Trib. Ken was the managing editor and I was the metro columnist.

    The building the staff of the Tampa Tribune moved to in 1977 has been demolished. [Times files]
  2. New Hyde Park Village taking shape with a year of barricades and dust ahead

    Business

    TAMPA — It seems a long time now since the fountain plaza at Hyde Park Village beckoned people strolling by with its scenic surroundings and twinkling waters.

    Businesses and customers at Hyde Park Village in Tampa are now half-way through a two-year beautification project. In the latest phase, a lane of West Snow Avenue has been closed to tie in a water main. [HANNAH J. FARROW 
  |   Times]
  3. March column: Hillsborough commissioners switching districts to run again

    Politics

    County Commissioner Sandy Murman now says she is "probably" going to leave her district seat to run for a countywide seat in 2018, which is setting off a flurry of jockeying and maneuvering in what promises to be a wild 2018 county election season.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman said she'll probably switch districts to run for another term. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  4. Opinion: Keep an eye on Tampa's invisible infrastructure to see city grow

    Columns

    When you search online for images of a city, chances are you'll find pictures of buildings, roads, bridges and lights. It's natural to think of a city in terms of its physical infrastructure. But today, we are in the emergence of a new digital reality in which a city's invisible infrastructure is just as important as …

    Tampa has several unique areas that highlight its potential to emerge as a smart city.
  5. Hooper: Mom who lost son works to get mental health care for others

    Columns

    Aaron Keith Robinson, then 18, stood at his mother's bedroom door in 2001 proclaiming to be a soldier, a general in the Lord's army.

    He said he was prepared to die.

    It was 2 in the morning.

  6. Tampa seminar modeled on child-abuse prevention gathering 40 years ago

    News

    TAMPA — Forty years ago, a seminar convened by the Junior League of Tampa riveted the community's attention on the growing problem of child abuse and led to the creation of a nonprofit group focused on fighting it.

    Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, shown at a conference in Orlando, is a keynote speaker during a seminar set for Thursday in Tampa on helping prevent child abuse.
  7. March column: Kevin Beckner leaves politics, named Hillsborough civil service chief

    Politics

    The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former county Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new director.

    Kevin Beckner, once seen as a rising star in the local Democratic Party, has stepped away from politics after losing the circuit court clerk's race in November to take a county job that pays up to $140,000 a year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  8. Henderson: Once-thundering Vince Naimoli still speaks loudly through gifts

    Columns

    People who know Vince Naimoli only as the thundering and head-shaking owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays didn't get the whole story. There are two sides to this man, and the one who isn't talked about nearly enough is what I want to share today.

    Vince Naimoli Jr., shown being honored last week at the University of South Florida, has bestowed big gifts on the school and on the University of Tampa.
  9. Ruth: How to get trendy, besotted SoHo strip to clean up its act

    Columns

    You don't need to be a cultural anthropologist to figure out this equation — the number of bars existing in any one location will eventually lead to a direct correlation of increased numbers of drunk people getting either: A) mugged, B) shot, C) arrested, D) all of the above, E) Duh.

    Tampa police are shown here on patrol recently in South Tampa, unveiled a new crime-fighting tool on Thursday that combines police, citizens and cameras.
  10. Editorial: In midst of debates on school bus service, Hillsborough needs crossing guards

    Editorials

    Changes in where and when school buses will run in the Hillsborough school district have some parents up in arms, first over plans to end so-called "courtesy busing" for students living within two miles of their schools and now, over a proposal to stretch the bell schedules that set the beginning and the end of the …