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  1. William March: Sharp divide on health care's next step for Kathy Castor and Dennis Ross


    Divisions are sharp among Hillsborough County's U.S. House members on the next step on health care, ranging from Tampa Democrat Kathy Castor's delight at the failure of Senate ACA repeal legislation to Lakeland Republican Dennis Ross's outrage.

    U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa
  2. Henderson: An ear's guide to life, unplugged


    I'm not sure when headphones became almost a mandatory part of everyday life.

    People love their earbuds, but the world has its own interesting soundtrack. []
  3. William March: Ken Hagan raises unprecedented six-figures for three months running


    Summer fundraising lull? What summer fundraising lull?

    County Commissioner Ken Hagan
  4. Editorial: Hillsborough leaders need to get on same page in chasing affordable housing projects


    The need is too great and the stakes are too high for those involved with affordable housing in Hillsborough County to be fighting over the limited federal support that helps make it possible.

    A developer backed by Hillsborough County has asked a judge to disqualify the Tampa Housing Authority, pictured here, from receiving an award it won to help build an apartment complex that would create 200 affordable housing units in Tampa. [Tampa Housing Authority photo]
  5. Joe Henderson: Clarify expectations to stop the revolving door of school communication chiefs


    Something isn't adding up.

    The Hillsborough County School District can't seem to hold on to a communications chief. It's not like the job doesn't pay well. Teresa Lantigua Peterson, who was hired in April but has already quit, was pulling down $107,000 a year.

    Hillsborough schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins can't seem to hang onto a communications chief. Maybe the next one, former TV newsman Grayson Kamm, will last. [MONICA HERNDON | Times, 2015]
  6. Editorial: Rubio isolates Tampa area by foot-dragging on opening new office


    The failure of Marco Rubio to find a permanent place to do business in Tampa points up an increasing isolation of Florida's junior senator from the people he is meant to serve. Rubio has been without a Tampa office for four months now, sending his two-member local staff to libraries, coffee shops and a rotation of other …

    Protesters gather Thursday near a building in Doral where Sen. Marco Rubio has an office, showing their opposition to the proposed Senate health care bill. Protests were mounted at the offices of Republican senators in 21 states.
  7. Pro-pot forces calm waters as USS Maryjane sails through Temple Terrace parade

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Dropping a giant joint in favor of the "USS Maryjane" seemed to smooth the waters for a pro-marijuana entry in this year's Temple Terrace Fourth of July Parade.

    This year’s pro-marijuana entry in the Temple Terrace Fourth of July Parade was the “USS Maryjane,” playing off a nickname for the drug.
  8. Joe Henderson: Traffic jams may darken bright future for Tampa's downtown


    If the past truly is prologue, it might be worth a backward glance to the Tampa of the 1970s. What happened then might serve as a cautionary tale for where we're headed now.

    A Tampa downtown renaissance now under way brings to mind the 1970s, when the future looked bright, too, but when local leaders failed to plan for the infrastructure all the growth would require.
  9. At 60, father trains in Tampa as pro wrestler to help son cope with mother's death

    Human Interest


    On a blue wrestling ring squeezed inside a north Tampa industrial warehouse Joseph Sarracino crashes into the canvas, bounces off the ropes and delivers chops to opponents' chests.

    Joe Sarracino, 60, trains at the Legendary Professional Wrestling Academy in Tampa for a shot at the ring. Wrestling has helped Sarracino draw closer to his 12-year-old son Joey.
  10. Joe Henderson: USF program targets STEM teacher shortage


    Allan Feldman is a professor of science education at the University of South Florida. As you may have heard, Florida public schools are emphasizing math and science to prepare young minds for the challenges they'll face after graduation.

    The University of South Florida College of Education. USF runs a program providing scholarships of up to $30,000 a year in accelerated masters programs for STEM majors. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]