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  1. Phosphate plant sinkhole raises larger questions about water supply

    Editorials

    The ground collapse last month at a phosphate plant near the Hillsborough-Polk county line serves as a reminder of the care we must take, with so much at stake, to understand and protect the underground aquifer that provides most of the water we use in Florida. There are reasons for concern. An estimated quarter-billion …

  2. Tea party would like to move Merrill out as Hillsborough county manager

    Elections

    Depending on the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, some tea party-style Republicans are hoping for a move by the county commissioners to replace Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill.

    Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill, right, speaking here in 2009 with former Commissioner Mark Sharpe, is a target of tea party interests.
  3. New resource center shows Hillsborough's commitment to its many veterans

    Editorials

    More veterans call Hillsborough home than any county in Florida except Duval County, both hosts to major military installations. With 95,667 veterans, according to the latest numbers from the Veterans Administration, Hillsborough is No. 18 among all U.S. counties — just below the territory of Puerto Rico and just …

  4. Cooling classrooms should be a priority in Hillsborough district

    Opinion

    Air conditioning in Florida is not a luxury. Can we agree on that?

  5. Harrison backs Harrison in District 7 Tampa City Council race

    Local Government

    S tate Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is getting involved in a Tampa City Council race even while he's fighting his own re-election battle.

  6. Make Van Buren a K-8 school? It's an option, Hillsborough district says

    K12

    TAMPA — It's all very hypothetical at this point.

    Language arts teacher Megan Lipinczyk, center, helps fourth-grade students at Turner/Bartels in New Tampa, one of four public schools in the Hillsborough district featuring successful kindergarten-through-eighth grade instruction. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times (2015)]

  7. Fore! MacDill is dis­mantling its iconic 'Golf Ball' satellite antenna

    Macdill

    TAMPA — Technically, it was called the AN/GSC-39C satellite antenna at Building 1750 on MacDill Air Force Base. But to those who live and work at MacDill, the structure was known as the Golf Ball.

    The AN/GSC-39C satellite antenna at MacDill Air Force Base, affectionately known as the Golf Ball,  is being dismantled.
  8. Editorial: Tampa Yacht Club request deserves City Council approval

    Editorials

    In the midst of a wedding reception at one of Tampa's most exclusive venues, with the band playing and dancers in full swing, someone on staff stands to the side with a portable sound meter and marks the decibels. It's an accommodation for surrounding households that weren't here when the Tampa Yacht & Country Club was …

    Ballast Point was countryside when the Tampa Yacht & Country Club was founded in 1904.
  9. March column: Race grows close so party may help Democrat Singer

    Elections

    The Florida Democratic Party has been giving "in-kind" donations — payments covering staff salaries and other campaign costs — to state House candidates Rena Frazier and Lisa Montelione, but not David Singer, who faces Republican Jackie Toledo in the District 60 race.

     David Singer, Democratic candidate for state House District 60, was ready to fund his own campaign but welcomes any money from the party.
  10. Henderson: Reading rules shows Hillsborough stifles taxis' competition

    Columns

    We have departments for just about everything in Hillsborough County. Don't believe me? Look it up yourself on the county's website. There are so many departments, they had to be bunched into three different long lists.

    PTC board members voted this past week to move ahead with new regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.