Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Hooper: Forbes ranks Tampa Bay's Hispanic, African-American prosperity

Looking at homeownership, entrepreneurship and median household income, Forbes separately ranked America's 52 largest metropolitan areas for where African-Americans and Hispanics are doing best economically.

On the Hispanic list, Tampa Bay ranked 12th, ahead of Orlando and Miami, but behind Jacksonville, which ranked No. 1. I thought Tampa Bay would have been behind Miami. On the African-American list, Tampa ranked 21st behind Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville.

The Hispanic ranking is good, but the African-American ranking should be higher. One problem may be a lack of unity within that group on how best to empower people economically.

Disparate organizations are working to help, but more collaborative efforts are needed. …

Speaking of collaboration, I hope reported discussions between Hillsborough School Board and Pinellas School Board members about hiring a new superintendent go beyond casual talks. Hillsborough can learn from the process that Pinellas went through in 2012. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Only Trust People Who Like Big Butts. They Cannot Lie. …

Hoola For Happiness brings its weekly hoop jams back to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. The nonprofit, founded by Carissa Caricato, uses its hoops to spread joy and promote God's word. Learn more at hoolaforhappiness.org. …

My friend made Tater Tot casserole for the Super Bowl. In college, he used ground beef and cream of mushroom soup. Now he's using caramelized beef, red wine and a stock from five kinds of reconstituted mushrooms.

And you thought tots were just cafeteria food.

That's all I'm saying.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

NFL Power Rankings, Week 15: Carson Wentz's injury drops Eagles out of top five

What follows below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams. To build this list, we consulted five objective measures of team strength: Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average ratings...
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Poll: Most Americans say 'Merry Christmas' and prefer Rudolph over Charlie Brown

Poll: Most Americans say 'Merry Christmas' and prefer Rudolph over Charlie Brown

The Monmouth University Polling institute released the results of their Christmas poll today.
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Social worker fired from Bay Pines calls it retaliation for complaints of harassment

Social worker fired from Bay Pines calls it retaliation for complaints of harassment

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Rick and Tom podcast: Dirk Koetter, Evan Longoria, Stanley Cup and more

Rick and Tom podcast: Dirk Koetter, Evan Longoria, Stanley Cup and more

In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones answer a lightning round of questions. Will Dirk Koetter be the Bucs’ coach next year? Where will Evan Longoria be on Opening Day? Will the Lightning win the Stanley Cup? Who will be better next year...
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Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

Florida Missing Child Alert canceled for Jacksonville boy, 2

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Be ready for busy roads and airports: 5.6 million Floridians to travel for the holidays

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A record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel during the holiday season next week, according to a AAA report released Thursday.The travel company projects 107.3 million Americans will pack their bags and leave their homes between Dec. ...
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Here’s who’ll benefit, and who might not, if net neutrality is repealed as expected

Here’s who’ll benefit, and who might not, if net neutrality is repealed as expected

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is expected to repeal net neutrality rules Thursday, a move that will likely have major implications for internet service providers, startups and consumers.The hotly contested move centers on a set o...
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Tampa chamber of commerce evolves to take on more policy challenges

Tampa chamber of commerce evolves to take on more policy challenges

TAMPA — A couple of the ways the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has changed — evolved, really — will be on view today at the organization’s 132nd annual meeting at the Tampa Convention Center.But first, recall what the chamber used to be."A coffee...
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Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4 billion deal

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Joe Henderson: Recent cold snap brings to mind the Big Chill of Christmas ‘89

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