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  1. Try century plants as soaring landscape alternative

    Home and Garden

    Karen Schmidt from the Wellswood neighborhood in Tampa was excited about her century plants when all four of them bloomed at once.

    Torenias, or wishbone flowers, named for the wishbone shape visible in each bloom’s center, enjoy a bit of shade, and the upright ones will bloom until cold weather comes.
  2. Special election for Tampa City Council heating up

    Politics

    Two new candidates and placement on the Nov. 8 general election ballot are further complicating the special election for a Tampa City Council seat to replace Lisa Montelione in District 7.

  3. Editorial: Flying the flag serves as reminder of unity in divided times

    Editorials

    From a tall metal pole in the grassy yard of a big spread along rural Dover Boulevard, an American flag flew at half-staff last week.

    A flag is a symbol, no more than that, but in these oft-divisive times, perhaps the sight of the red, white and blue can be put to a curative use.
  4. Investigation of principal reveals strife among staff, PTA at Hillsborough's Bailey Elementary

    K12

    DOVER — It began in April, when the Hills-borough County School District froze end-of-the-year spending earlier than usual.

    Larry Sykes, in one of his last acts as chief of schools, reassigned Bailey Elementary principal Russell Wallace to assistant principal at Bryan Elementary at his same pay: $77,000 a year. 
  5. Separate fires at Hillsborough County shia mosques both deemed accidental

    Religion

    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — The smell of charred wood still hangs on the musty air inside the little mosque off George Road. On Thursday morning, leaders of the Muslim worship space strolled over soggy carpets, past scorched walls and under caved ceilings, surveying what remained after a Monday afternoon fire.

    Victor Perez, the Islamic Education Center caretaker, enters the fire-ravaged building Monday. Perez said he was returning from grocery shopping when he saw the fire coming from a wall.
  6. One year later, Bass Pro has become center of burgeoning development in Brandon

    Business

    BRANDON

    Last July, the parking lot to Bass Pro Shops was flooded with hundreds of people welcoming the outdoors retailer to Tampa Bay.

    Bass Pro paid about $52,219 in property taxes in 2015, according to Hillsborough County records. The amount figured to increase in 2016, an official says.
  7. War of 1812 files a rich cache for ancestry hunters

    Human Interest

    Did your ancestor serve in the war where the United States invaded Canada? Seriously, that really happened — several times in 1813.

    This is a 19th century military pension document filed by Elizabeth Hiatt, the widow of Caleb Hiatt.
  8. Civilian airliner carries new generals on national tour of commands

    Military

    No, Delta Flight 8965 wasn't at the wrong airport when it took off from MacDill Air Force Base on Tuesday evening.

    A Boeing 757 flown by Delta Air Lines, like this one pictured in the skies over Seattle, took off last week from MacDill Air Force Base. A civilian jet is a rare site at the military installation.
  9. Editorial: With big money at stake, housing authority needs to be more forthcoming

    Editorials

    Staggering sums of money are pouring into government projects in and around downtown Tampa that are designed, in part, to provide poor people with a place to live. The Tampa Housing Authority deserves praise for a bold, aggressive approach in helping land federal support and private partnerships to make possible efforts …

  10. Henderson: Police confront bias that's poisoning nation's soul

    Columns

    It takes only four letters to spell "bias."

    Simple.

    As a kid growing up on the city’s east side, Police Chief Eric Ward witnessed Tampa’s 1970s race riots firsthand.