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  1. Don't fall for tech-support scams

    Consumer

    The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller's well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that's odd, since our family only uses Macs. …

  2. Computer tech who helped cover up for accused child pornographer Al Zimmerman gets probation

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Michael Hernandez admits lying to investigators and wiping out the computer files for a child pornography suspect who worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families because he considered him his "best friend." …

  3. Florida lawmakers wrestle with ways to fix STEM-degree shortage

    Working Life

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and top lawmakers want universities to find ways to produce more science and technology graduates to fill higher-paying jobs. …

  4. Pentagon warns China against using civilians for cyber attacks on U.S.

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. government for the first time is publicly warning the Chinese government about their military's use of civilian computer experts in clandestine cyber attacks aimed at American companies and government agencies. …

  5. Warnings about compromised parts in U.S. Navy subs go unheeded

    Military

    TAMPA — Robert Castro was a career Marine, a combat veteran of Vietnam and a trained intelligence officer who spent much of his life protecting secrets. So why won't anyone listen when he warns about the high- tech computer parts his Tampa company helped sell to the Navy? …

  6. Lanza home gives few clues so far

    HARTFORD, Conn. — After a week of intensive investigation following the massacre of 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary, normally promising lines of inquiry have turned up little if anything to shed light on what motivated Adam Lanza, the reclusive, 20-year-old gunman, to kill. …

  7. What's old is new at Dade City Hardware

    Human Interest

    DADE CITY John Newsome remembers making butter from the family cow's milk in Lakeland during the 1940s. These days, when he shakes a glass jar to separate cream or improvises an orange-picking pole from a bamboo fishing rod, Newsome demonstrates that "there's nothing obsolete in hardware." …

  8. Virtual education of promise

    Perspective

    For a year or two there, free online classes seemed like they just might be the future of higher education. Why, some influential computer scientists wondered, should there be thousands of colleges and universities around the country all teaching the same classes to small groups of students, when you could get one brilliant professor to teach the material to the whole world at once via the Internet? …

  9. Briefs: Ikea to break ground on Wednesday

    Business

    We're a shovel closer to our first Ikea  …

  10. Artist's colorful creations set in glass

    News

    Glass has fascinated Sherry Rice since she was a child. It didn't matter if it was fragments on the side of a road or majestic, multicolored windows in churches. …

  11. 10 awesome geek gifts for girls

    Personal Finance

    Here are some fun building, engineering and robotics gifts for girls (and boys) who want a present that they can do something with — especially if they're a little past the GoldieBlox stage.  …

  12. Column: Oh, the humanities!

    Perspective

    The release of the report "The Heart of the Matter" by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has renewed the debate about the role of the humanities and their relevance in contemporary society. Following a 2010 bipartisan request from Congress, the 41-member committee examined the crisis confronting humanities education — the academic disciplines of languages, literature, history, civics, philosophy, ethics, religion and the arts — and set out an agenda for the future. …

  13. Man accused of selling counterfeit microchips had a passion for drag racing

    Crime

    Shannon Wren has a taste for fast and fancy cars. In his youth, he and other late-night thrill seekers liked to block off the Gandy Bridge and race across the bay. Two years ago, he made drag racing history in his green Mustang by hitting 200 mph without crashing. …

  14. Labor department cracks down on back pay owed by Tampa tech firm Savtira

    Business

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday notified Savtira Corp. that it may be fined and could face legal action if the Tampa technology company does not reimburse its employees for back pay. …

  15. Brooksville looks at ways to pay to fix deteriorating roads

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville City Council members agree that after years of neglect, the buck stops with them when it comes to bringing the city's streets up to acceptable standards. …

  16. Three area companies crack Fortune 500 ranks

    Corporate

    Three Tampa Bay area companies made it to the 2008 Fortune 500 list. Leading the pack and rising four spots on the list is Clearwater-based Tech Data Corp. at No. 105. Tech Data, a computer parts distributor, generated $23.4-billion in revenues for its most recent fiscal year ended Jan. 31. Others that made the list include Lakeland-based grocer Publix Super Markets, maintaining its rank at 107, and Jabil Circuit at 219. Beyond the Fortune 500, Tampa-based TECO Energy slipped 14 spots to 596, and financial services firm Raymond James climbed to 658 from its previous rank of 712.

  17. Mother's Day, meet the kinder, gentler survivalist

    News

    This Mother's Day, I asked for a pocket knife along with my usual pedicure. …

  18. Christian film shot in Tampa Bay marketed to churches for now

    Human Interest

    Ben Rosa wouldn't seem to be the logical choice to direct a Christian film. His background is in animation, and his only film was a short about an abused child who escapes into fantasy. And even though Rosa is a Christian, his taste in films didn't lean toward the religious. …

  19. App teaches kindergartners computer skills

    Business

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. …

  20. Arts center director ready for his next act

    Human Interest

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Theater etiquette 101: Be respectful to your neighbors in the seats around you and to the theater building, too. But be sure to give special reverence to the performers coming on stage because soon the curtains will part and you won't want to miss a thing. Now on with the show. …

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