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  1. Hooper: Let's champion Carrollwood priest's bid for solidarity



    Father Stephan Brown said he no longer can sit at home and watch violent outbreaks, young African-American men dying in the streets and police officers murdered in the line of duty.

    The Rev. Stephan Brown
 is the parochial vicar at St. Paul Catholic Church in Carrollwood. [Photo courtesy of Stephan Brown]
  2. Create a simple table to resolve family history conflicts

    Human Interest

    When genealogists think they can't go any further on an ancestral search, they use a tired old saying that they've "hit a brick wall."

    This table reflects a simple organizational step genealogists can take to organize their research.
  3. USF owes an explanation for departure of nursing school dean


    When Dianne Morrison-Beedy came on board at the University of South Florida, she was hailed in a news release as the ideal candidate to lead the College of Nursing to the next level. When she left, suddenly, after a meeting with her boss earlier this summer, USF had little to say about why. The disconnect between then …

  4. Henderson: No 'I Voted' sticker, but early voting has its pluses


    Some folks long for a simpler time in America, when Election Day meant going to the polls and standing in line. They savor entering the sanctity of the voting booth and executing their civic responsibility in seclusion and with sober thought.

    I have done it that way.

    It was okay.

    Mary Bailey, left, guides her husband Rudolph into the West Tampa Library to participate in early voting on Monday. 
  5. March column: Toledo sounding Trump-like in House race


    Republican state House candidate Jackie Toledo is stirring up her primary with a promise to repeal Republican-backed 2014 laws allowing children of illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition at public universities and to get licenses to practice law.

  6. New Tampa activist is a lifeline for artistic and other causes in her native Venezuela


    In the northeast Venezuelan city of Barcelona, in a historic, colonial-era house that once hosted liberator Simon Bolivar, children learn about the visual arts, body language, theater, music and dance.

    Raquel Aché-Leonard uses her foundation to help people in her native country, Venezuela.  
  7. Henderson: Buckhorn has a blind spot in objecting to Cuba outreach


    Bob Buckhorn will, in my opinion, be recognized as one of the great mayors in Tampa's history. He helped greatly with the diversification of the city's economy. The downtown renaissance happened on his watch and with his direct involvement.

  8. March column: Negron's proposal puts locals in touchy positions


    A few local legislators find themselves in touchy positions with a proposal by incoming state Senate President Joe Negron to spend $2.4 billion to buy land south of the Everglades for water storage and cleaning.

    Negron has called for a $2.4 billion state and federal land-buying program to buy sugar land to store water south of Lake Okeechobee and repair the fragile Everglades ecosystem.
  9. Tourism tax eyed for new Rays ballpark by most Hillsborough County Commission candidates


    TAMPA — Whoever wins the hotly contested race for Hillsborough County's open District 6 commission seat is likely to face this hot-button question early in the term:

    Raymond James Stadium, home of the Bucs, figures in the debate over whether to offer public money to help lure the Rays.
  10. Temple Terrace should reconsider latest redevelopment plan


    The city of Temple Terrace will consider a proposal this week to jump-start the redevelopment of its business district. Aside from being the sole surviving bid, the proposal is neither generous nor inspiring, and the City Council, which will vet the plan at a public meeting Monday, should tamp down any clamor to move …