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  1. Editorial: Ready to put Irma behind? Maybe it's time to get ready, instead

    Editorials

    One can only marvel now, looking back at the radar image of Hurricane Irma whirling and jerking north between Tampa and Orlando and leaving two of Florida's major population centers with only scattered damage from its high winds.

    A hand-painted sign signals a West Tampa homeowner's resolve as Hurricane Irma approached the Tampa Bay Area on Sept. 10. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
  2. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles

    Wildlife

    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  3. William March: Frank Reddick says all-white Tampa council possible

    Elections

    A decline in the percentage of black voters in Tampa's only majority-black City Council district, District 5, has council member Frank Reddick worried.

    City Council member Frank Reddick said that if Tampa can't maintain African-American voter numbers, he could be the council's last African-American representative. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times (2016)]
  4. MacDill chuckling as UFO website reports 'flying triangles' at base: Howard Altman

    Macdill

    My Twitter feed on MacDill Air Force Base has been out of this world lately.

    Literally.

    Michael Salla, who runs an extraterrestrial research website, claims these are images taken of UFOs near MacDill Air Force Base earlier this month. [Exopolitics.org]
  5. Joe Henderson: Other good works can't balance theft from vulnerable victims

    Columns

    What price can you put on your good name?

    This renovated group home once was operated by HARC. The group's former CEO Richard Lilliston was credited with raising millions for the agency but has been sentenced to prison for stealing Social Security from clients with developmental disabilities. [Times file]
  6. Daniel Ruth: Public money built Bucs' stadium, so let public sell tickets

    Columns

    Who knew the Tampa Bay Bucs were actually the Daisies of Dale Mabry?

    Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, wants to do what it takes to ensure that those sitting in the lower bowl of Raymond James Stadium are wearing his team’s colors.
  7. Thieves strike Plant City Church three times during Irma recovery

    Hurricanes

    PLANT CITY — Authorities say a group of thieves struck First Baptist Church Midway three times and St. Clement Catholic Church at least once in the days following Hurricane Irma.

  8. Ernest Hooper: Amateur chef pitches Tampa like a pro on Gordon Ramsay show

    Columns

    Even in the final seconds of his 18-episode run on MasterChef, Jeff Philbin represented Tampa — albeit with the help of one of his fiercest competitors.

    Tampa's Jeff Philbin was eliminated from the MasterChef competition during the Sept. 13 broadcast of the Fox reality series, but not before leaving  an impression as a contestant. [Courtesy of Jeff Philbin]
  9. March column: Money pouring in for District 58 state House special election

    Local

    Lawrence McClure has reported raising a surprising $107,205 in the first month of his campaign in the special election for the District 58 state House seat, while his Republican primary opponent Yvonne Fry raised what would otherwise seem an impressive $68,765.

    Times Correspondent William March
  10. Editorial: Don't pit needs for school, transportation money against one another

    Editorials

    What's more important to you, your family, your livelihood and the region — the school system or the transportation system? That is framing up as a political choice for residents in Hillsborough County. But it's also a false choice; the region needs to invest in both schools and transit, and it is vital in the …

    With public schools like Mort Elementary that are more than 50 years old, Hillsborough voters will need to consider a sales surtax to pay for repairs.