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  1. Howard Altman: Kathy Castor plans Tampa ceremony honoring Vietnam-era veterans


    James Butler was a Marine captain who piloted helicopters in Vietnam and flew 988 missions there.

    James Butler, 74, of Carrollwood Village, was a Marine captain during the Vietnam War and flew nearly 1,000 missions as a helicopter pilot. [Courtesy of James Butler]
  2. Daniel Ruth: Advice for sniping school board members — Grow up or go away


    There are certain jobs in elective office that carry with them a slightly higher expectation when it comes to how one behaves in public.

    Hillsborough School Board members Tamara Shamburger, above, and April Griffin started off the brouhaha at a recent training session but it didn't end there. [Courtesy of Tamara Shamburger]
  3. Money dries up, bringing questions and new leadership to Tampa nonprofit


    TAMPA — A new leader has been installed at one of East Tampa's leading nonprofit agencies following reports that money is going out faster than it's coming in.

    Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan founder James Hammond, left, attended an awards ceremony in February with Jeanette Bradley, right, who recently was removed as chief executive of the charity. 
  4. Joe Henderson: Fanciful ideas merit consideration when they're from Tom Hall


    Tom Hall has traveled the world and developed a sense of what works, what doesn't, and what is to come.

    Public relations guru Tom Hall has a lot of ideas for Tampa's future, including extensive use of LED lights to create an illuminated artists palate. Some lighting already is in place along Hillsborough River bridges,. [CHERI DIEZ   |   Times (2012)]
  5. Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season

    Human Interest

    Those piles of branches snapped off by the hurricane finally are disappearing from the front of homes in the Tampa Bay area, one last reminder of the bullet many dodged by not preparing properly for the day when a storm may hit the region head on.

    Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on their  lanai south of Miami while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  6. Editorial: Special election shows again that attack ads stain public service


    "The end justifies the means" is a slogan you won't see used by a single candidate seeking public office.

    Attack mailers filled mailboxes toward the end of the campaign for the special GOP primary election Tuesday to fill the seat representing District 58 in the Florida House of Representatives. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  7. Friday the 13th: Fun facts about the unluckiest day of the year (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    It's the month of October, and it's also Friday the 13th.

    English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 - so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. [Times files]
  8. Joe Henderson: Peeved at school bus schedules? Be an example to your kids


    If you are the parent of a public-school student in Hillsborough County, your life might become more complicated.

    Self-interest guides many parents’ views of the right bell schedule for Hillsborough County schools. The new schedule, designed to save money, looks as good as any.
  9. William March: Attack mailers sent in House race but reports fail to note them


    The most active mud-slinging committee in the Republican primary for East Hillsborough's vacant state House District 58 seat has reported to state officials that it didn't raise or spend any money before Sept. 30 — even though it sent out at least four mailers attacking Yvonne Fry before that date, according to …

    Lawrence McClure
  10. Top priority for Mayor Mel Jurado: Sell city's redevelopment property

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — As Mel Jurado takes up the gavel as mayor, she joins a City Council determined to get construction started on city-owned downtown redevelopment property even if it isn't the Downtown Temple Terrace people once envisioned.

    Mel Jurado received double the votes of her opponents.