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SPECIAL TOPICS

Take our urban mural tour

Eye-catching murals that have been brightening scruffy walls for the past few years have made Tampa Bay a very colorful place. Scroll through our collection.

 

Tampa Bay's oddest attractions

Have you seen all the dinosaurs around here? How about our own Airstream version of Stonehenge? We've found 25 (and counting) oddities that are worth at least an Instagram snap.


America's Worst Charities

Across the nation, hundreds of charities take your donations in the name of cancer patients, dying children and homeless veterans. But the real beneficiaries are the charity founders themselves and the for-profit companies they pay to run boiler rooms that dial for dollars.

Homeless Recovery investigation

This series of stories about a Hillsborough County program that was supposed to help the homeless but instead wound up putting them in deplorable conditions won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

Stand Your Ground Law

Drug dealers, spurned lovers, a self-described vampire. They've all claimed self-defense under Florida's controversial law. Read our investigative stories and explore our database "stand your ground" cases.

Inside Scientology

Since 2009, the Times has been investigating allegations from church defectors and others who contend the leaders of Scientology are abusing followers.

Last Voyage of the Bounty

When a beloved captain made a risky decision to sail into a storm, the consequences were deadly and devastating. Micahel Kruse and Maurice Rivenbark spent a year reporting and offer this compelling narrative of that final sail.

Atomic Sailors: The story of the USS Calhoun County

It was the Navy's dirtiest job. The crew of the USS Calhoun County dumped thousands of radioactive barrels into the Atlantic Ocean from 1946 to 1960. The Navy says the work was safe. But 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the ship's sinking. The Calhoun County's own Navy ordered it scuttled because it was a radioactive hazard.


 

Obamacare and You

Our special topic page keeps you up to date on news about the Affordable Care Act, plus offers resources to help you decide what's best for you or your family.