Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Tim Fanning

Tim Fanning is a 2018 summer intern for the Tampa Bay Times.



With its Falcon Wing doors, front trunk or

Serious upgrade, from golf carts to Teslas, for riders of free downtown shuttle

TAMPA — Many people who ride the free, app-based shuttle known as the Downtowner are getting a shock this month when their driver pulls up.Since it launched two years ago, the service has relied on a fleet of GEM electric vehicles that look...
Updated one month ago
State Rep. Jamie Grant is running for re-election in Florida House District 64. [Courtesy of Grant campaign]

Florida House: Incumbent James Grant wins big

TAMPA —Incumbent state Rep. James Grant easily clinched the Republican nomination for Florida House District 64 against first-time candidate Terry Power.Grant will now face Democratic candidate and Hillsborough middle school...
Updated one month ago
Florida House: Primary win puts Valdes in Tallahassee

Florida House: Primary win puts Valdes in Tallahassee

TAMPA — Democratic candidate Susan Valdes won the House District 62 seat on Tuesday and will replace term-limited state Rep. Janet Cruz, who has served since 2010.Valdes beat Michael Alvarez, 34, a Marine veteran. Union organizer...
Updated one month ago
Donna Christian planted some leafy green scarlet milkweed in the backyard of her Davis Islands home last month to attract a few butterflies. Now, colorful monarchs, a species in decline, are flocking to her place. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]

Davis Islands woman, surprised by 100 cocoons, now working to save the monarchs

TAMPA — It was all by accident.Donna Christian planted some scarlet milkweed in the backyard of her Davis Islands home last month to attract a few butterflies. Gardening was a hobby she had just taken up, something for the stay-at-home mother...
Updated one month ago
Colonel, center, who to many was a local celebrity, was found dead last week. Dylan Breese, founder of the Ybor Chicken Society, said he was

Latest theory as Ybor chickens vanish: killing and kidnapping at hands of humans

TAMPA — In the past few months, as dozens of Ybor City’s iconic roaming chickens have vanished, the population has plunged from an estimated 89 to just 29 today. Hawks are the likely culprit, the Tampa City Council heard during a meeting where...
Updated: 2 months ago
Girl, 4, dies after mom tosses her into Hillsborough River

Girl, 4, dies after mom tosses her into Hillsborough River

TAMPA — A 4-year-old girl died Thursday after her mother threw her into the Hillsborough River, according to Tampa police.
Updated: 2 months ago
Tampa City Hall, historic and modern

Tampa voters could get say in proposed changes to discrimination law

TAMPA — Tampa voters may face a series of questions on the city’s March election ballot that could fundamentally change how Tampa treats discrimination issues. By unanimous vote, City Council members gave initial approval Thursday to proposed...
Updated: 2 months ago
Birds of prey, like this red-tailed hawk at the Boyd Hill Nature Center in St. Petersburg, got the blame during a recent City Council meeting for the disappearance of chickens in Ybor City. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times (2016)]

Hawk advocates doubt the raptors killed Ybor’s vanishing chickens. Maybe they wandered off?

TAMPA — In the past few months, as dozens of Ybor City’s iconic roaming chickens have vanished, the population has plunged from an estimated 89 to just 29 today. Hawks are the likely culprit, the Tampa City Council heard
Updated: 2 months ago
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for two men who loaded an estimated $1,200 worth of wood in an axle trailer attached to a 
large white SUV, believed to be a 1992 to 1999 Chevrolet or GMC Suburban. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

A search is on for two men who made off with $1,200 in lumber

RIVERVIEW — The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who broke into a construction site in Riverview and made off with $1,200 in lumber. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, two men were seen loading the wood in an open axle trailer...
Updated: 2 months ago
City of Tampa water customers may notice a slight difference in taste and odor to their drinking water this month. The Tampa Water Department is temporarily converting its water disinfection from chloramine to chlorine disinfection.  [National Resources Defense Council]

Temporary switch to chlorine may change taste of Tampa water

TAMPA — City of Tampa water customers may notice a slight difference in the taste and odor of their drinking water this month, as the Tampa Water Department temporarily converts its water disinfection from chloramine to chlorine disinfection.
Updated: 2 months ago