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  1. Editorial: One big gator highlights Floridians' responsibility to co-exist


    Someone posted a video last week of an alligator doing what an alligator does, crossing a Polk County trail to get from one marshy side to the other, and the world beat a path to its door. It was indeed a big gator, but not 15 feet like a television reporter estimated. That would be nearly nine inches longer than the …

  2. Glenda Smith, who helped horses and people at Carrollwood farm, dead at 63


    TAMPA — Glenda Smith's love affair with horses bloomed when she was young, a tiny blonde-haired girl taking riding lessons astride large, majestic beasts at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.

    Glenda Smith, working here at her Carrollwood farm, took care of abused, abandoned and neglected horses for more than 30 years. She died Jan. 15.
  3. March column: Lee again faces decision about which office to seek


    State Sen. Tom Lee, once R-Brandon but now R-Thonotosassa, is again facing a decision about his political future and one that could create substantial local political complications — whether to run for state chief financial officer in 2018, and if not, whether to stay in the state Senate or come home and seek a …

    Depending on the office he seeks next, state Sen. Tom Lee may face Hillsborough County Commissioners Victor Crist, Tom Hagan, or whoever seeks the statewide chief financial officer post. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. Henderson: There are good people in our town — a lot of them lawyers


    Hunger never takes a day off. It doesn't go on break or vacation, and it often strikes those least prepared to fight back.

    There are great programs in Hillsborough public schools to provide free or low-cost breakfast and lunch for students who qualify. Feeding those same students and their families on non-school days is the concern of End 68 Hours of Hunger, a private program with a chapter in the Tampa area.
  5. Altman: Military museum in Largo still hoping for last-minute rescue


    On Jan. 29, unless someone comes charging to the rescue like Patton's Third Army relieving the besieged troops at Bastogne, the Armed Forces History Museumin Largo will raise the white flag and close its doors for good.

    The Armed Forces History Museum, opened in 2008, is scheduled to close for good Jan. 29 unless a last-minute rescuer emerges. The museum has been running in the red since it opened in 2008 but was financially supported by it's founder, John J. Piazza, Sr. who died recently. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  6. Artist in Cuba memorializes local Pulse shooting victim, 'Top Hat Eddie'

    Human Interest

    Visit Santiago Hermes' art studio in Cienfuegos, Cuba, flip through his guest book, and you'll find the written promise made by American visitor Edward Sotomayor after they spent a few hours together last year.

    Artists in Cienfuegos, Cuba, portray Edward Sotomayor in a street performance Dec. 23 honoring the University of South Florida graduate killed in the Pulse night club shootings. 
  7. March column: Higginbotham departure stirs pot of potential successors


    Al Higginbotham's announcement this week that he won't seek re-election to his countywide District 7 Hillsborough County Commission seat set off a flurry of chatter among local politicos about who might run for what in next year's elections.

    With his decision not to seek re-election, Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham touched off speculation about who might run for his seat. [Times file]
  8. Time capsule at Heights project holds memories of neighborhood's lifeblood

    Local Government

    TAMPA — There was a time, before the construction of the interstates, when the neighborhood surrounding Tampa's historic Armature Works building was bustling with dozens of homes and the popular Mirabella's Seafood Co.

    Eugene Jackson, center, the son of longtime Heights resident Julie Jackson, stands next to Mayor Bob Buckhorn and other local officials at the burial of a time capsule at the Pearl, an apartment complex at N Ola and W Palm avenues.
  9. Henderson: Airport's efforts connecting Tampa to more of the globe


    You always want to make a good impression when people come to call. For thousands of college football fans who visited Tampa last week for the national championship game, Tampa International Airport was the front door to what we had to offer.

    Joe Lopano, chief executive at Tampa International Airport, welcomes the German airline Luthansa during a ceremony in September 2015.
  10. USF's Osher institute extends lifelong learning to Brandon area

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — Learning, the adage says, is a lifelong process, and it's getting a boost in the coming months from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida.