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  1. Joe Henderson: Let's ask Speaker Richard Corcoran to spend some time in a sweltering classroom


    You've seen and heard the stories about how air-conditioning breakdowns created sweltering conditions in many Hillsborough County public schools. It is a sweaty, stinking, ongoing mess, and there is no quick fix.

    Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, has been shifting money from public schools to charter schools. It could go to help cool sweltering classrooms, instead.
  2. Guest column: Julian Craft worked a lifetime to help those down and out in Brandon


    Julian Craft died June 28. He was 84. In this memoriam, Brandon attorney B. Lee Elam, a friend and colleague, recalls Craft as a man with humble beginnings who spent much of his life offering a hand-up to individuals and groups across Brandon who desperately needed it. Craft's family asked that donations in his honor …

    JulianCraft knew how circumstances could put a family in dire straits so he  worked to help address the immediate needs of Brandonites before other aid kicked in. [ERNEST HOOPER   |   Times, 2005]
  3. Tampa is training ground for Team USA inline skating

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The United States once dominated the sport known as international outdoor inline speed skating.

    Cotton Yarborough is one of five people from the Tampa Bay area on the national inline speed skating team. The team is competing in the world championships Aug. 27 in China. [Courtesy of Frank Holland]
  4. Republicans face primary in whirlwind special election for Plant City-area House seat


    PLANT CITY — With qualifying completed this week, the field is set in a whirlwind special election to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City — and the race could come down to two candidates in a Republican primary, Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure.

    Yvonne Fry is one of two Republican candidates with strong Plant City ties to quality for a special election in state House District 58.
  5. Howard Altman: Former South Korean commando leader liked Trump's 'fire and fury'


    President Donald Trump kicked off a firestorm over his statement that a missile attack from North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

    Former South Korean commando leader In-Bum Chun, shown here during a ceremony at  Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, said President Trump used the right tone when he threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with "fire and fury." [ JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times, 2015]

  6. Daniel Ruth: Duck & Cover? Fix a drink, instead, if a nuclear bomb ever threatens


    I am a child of the "Duck & Cover" generation.

    Threats of thermonuclear attack bring to mind the safety advice that school children received during the Cold War, driven in part by an arms race that included the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "Ivy Mike," pictured here, was  set off in 1952 on the Enewetak atoll in the Pacific Ocean. [Los Alamos National Laboratory via The New York Times]
  7. Editorial: Get help, don't do something stupid if your pet proves too much for you


    It's important to realize when you're getting in over your head with a pet. It's just as important, at that point, to do the right thing. Not everyone does, as we saw in the headlines last week. Authorities were trying to find the cowardly motorist who was caught on video as he abandoned a dog near the busy intersection …

  8. School honors a beloved chaplain for his 70 years as a Jesuit


    TAMPA — Father Francis Brou, a favorite of generations of Jesuit High School students, is gearing up for another year as chaplain of the Catholic school on Himes Avenue.

    Father Francis Brou poses for a portrait at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  Father Francis Brou is celebrating the 70th anniversary of his entrance into the Society of Jesus. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1961 and started teaching at Jesuit in 1964. He is 88 years old.??
  9. Joe Henderson: As he exits, Dan Raulerson says Legislature needs major overhaul


    Republican Dan Raulerson of Plant City has served five years as the state representative for District 58, but he will be voluntarily leaving on Aug. 15. He said issues related to recent back surgery convinced him this is the right move.

    Back problems are forcing state Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, to step down, but he’s been in office long enough to see how the state Legislature could work bett\er. Do away with term limits, for one, he said, then spread out the concentration of power.
  10. Daniel Ruth: Temple Terrace golf club needs prayers and more to survive


    There's an oft-told story about the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club.

    Oak trees line the fairway at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club, an operation worth preserving for its scenic and historical value. The clubhouse has a perfectly lovely bar and other amenities, too.