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  1. Buckhorn should follow charter and require finance chief to live in Tampa

    Columns

    Whether you love him or hate him, and there are plenty of folks in each camp, Bob Buckhorn deserves a lot of the credit for Tampa's renaissance. Our city is booming and thriving, so much so that we continue to garner national attention. People are feeling good about living and working in Tampa. On top of that, he's a …

  2. USF puts TV behind it and strengthens a treasured radio resource

    Editorials

    There can be no joy in the loss of WUSF-TV, the public television station sold off by the University of South Florida for its space on the broadcast spectrum and scheduled to go off the air by the end of the year. It's a place on the dial where shows like Nova reveal the wonders of the universe, Father …

  3. Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Each week for half a century, you could find Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. holding court at the Columbia Restaurant with the Ybor City Rotary Club, eventually as its president.

    Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. 
  4. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  5. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore

    Politics

    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  6. Hooper: Bethune portrayal underscores importance of Black History Month

    Education

    She stepped up to the stage after the dynamic speaker shared her thoughts on education, on race, on creating one of Florida's most prestigious historically black colleges.

    Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of legendary educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune, poses with Ersula Odom and Ashley Robertson, curator/director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Odom portrays Mary McLeod Bethune and received an endorsement from both Bethune and Robertson after a recent performance in Daytona Beach.
  7. Henderson: Reeves trial raises questions about impact of 'stand your ground'

    Columns

    Dade City and Tallahassee are separated by 244 miles of asphalt highway, so you might not think what happens in one place has much to do with the other. But they do. The agenda in the state capital may help explain why 74-year Curtis Reeves is in a Dade City courthouse in the legal fight of his life.

    Retired Tampa police officer Curtis Reeves, at his “stand your ground” hearing in court last week, shot another man to death during a confrontation inside a Pasco County theater.
  8. Ruth: Here's more proof that Hillsborough is where transportation ideas go to die

    Columns

    I am absolutely convinced there is a vast, endless warehouse somewhere in Hillsborough County similar to the final scene in the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark that is filled to capacity with decades of blueprints, studies, reports, analyses, models, plans and proposals to deal with the region's …

    Tampa lacks access to buses and other mass transit, columnist Dan Ruth says, thanks to a decades-old chorus of nos, boos and never. Blame voters asked to fund transit efforts and countless county commissions. [Times file, 2012]
  9. March column: Rep. Harrison stuck between Tallahassee powers

    Politics

    State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is "caught between a rock and a hard place," as Mayor Bob Buckhorn put it, in the internecine GOP feud over business incentives and tourism marketing.

     opposed Gov. Rick Scott on business incentive money, so Scott came to Harrison's legislative district to make his case. [Times file]
  10. Teen gunned down at kids party had Selmon, Gonzmart as mentors

    Columns

    Nearly five years ago, I met a fatherless 12-year-old boy when I was asked by my friend Maryam Muhammad, his teacher, to speak at her fifth-grade class.

    Richard Gonzmart posted this collage of photos of him and Tee'on Milledge on his Facebook page.