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Q&A: The history of NCAA basketball tourneys in Tampa Bay

NCAA tourneys in Tampa Bay

I was happy to see the NCAA men's basketball tournament will return to Tampa in 2011. How many times have games been played in the bay area?

On Sept. 21 the NCAA announced that first- and second-round men's games will be played May 17 and 19, 2011, at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The first time the NCAA came to the bay area was in 1983, when games were played at the Sun Dome on the University of South Florida Tampa campus.

In 2001, the Final Four was played in St. Petersburg, at Tropicana Field.

In 2003 and again in 2008, the St. Pete Times Forum was home to first- and second-round games.

The women have also played at the forum. In 2008, the Final Four was held there, and it returns in 2015.

How many airports?

How many general aviation and commercial airports are there in the United States?

The numbers vary by source, but the number seems to be about 20,000 airports of all kinds in the United States, the most of any country in the world, with about 600 of them designated as commercial airports.

Home buyer rebate program

My tax preparer indicated my $8,000 first-time home buyer rebate program was only good for this year. Can it go back and cover the two years before?

The tax credit of up to $8,000 authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is available for qualified first-time home buyers who purchase a principal residence on or after Jan. 1, 2009, and before Dec. 1, 2009. The credit does not have to be paid back unless the home stops being the taxpayer's main residence within a three-year period following the purchase, according to the IRS.

The credit is claimed on 2008 or 2009 returns, depending on when the home was purchased. Those who purchased a home between April 2008 and January 2009 were eligible for a tax credit up to $7,500 that works as a no-interest loan and is repaid in 15 annual installments beginning with the 2010 income tax year.


Several readers have written in response to the handicapped tag question and answer in this space Sept. 28. They suggest that the question seemed to imply that placing the handicapped tag on the mirror after parking is illegal or in some way suspect. In fact, the tag itself comes with a warning: "Attention: Remove before driving vehicle." The state does not want your view obstructed while driving. The tag should be hung only after parking.

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