Friday, July 20, 2018

Writers

Malena Carollo, Times staff writer

Malena Carollo, Times staff writer

Malena Carollo covers consumer issues, utilities and insurance topics in Tampa Bay. Before joining the Times, she covered cybersecurity for The Christian Science Monitor. She earned her M.S. degree at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she focused on investigative and data reporting. Her master's project, published by the Monitor, examined the burgeoning industry of social media monitoring companies that claim to be able to prevent school violence.



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an open inquiry into an incident involving MagneGas Corp. Pictured is Tarpon Police gathering outside the MagneGas plant in 2015. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times, 2015]

OSHA has open inspection into Clearwater company MagneGas

CLEARWATER — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has an open inspection into a safety-related incident involving Clearwater-based MagneGas Corp. A federal investigator opened the inquiry into the publicly-traded...
Updated: 11 hours ago
The Seminole Tribe-owned casino and hotel chain announced Tuesday that it will open a Hard Rock Hotel Dublin in 2020. Pictured is the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa in 2010. [PETER MASA | Times, 2010]

Hard Rock announces new hotel in Ireland in 2020

Hard Rock International is expanding across the pond. The Seminole Tribe-owned casino and hotel chain announced Tuesday that it will open a Hard Rock Hotel Dublin in 2020, its first hotel in Ireland. It will partner with Irish hotel company Tifco...
Published: 07/17/18
Tampa-based cybersecurity company A-LIGN raised a $54.5 million investment from FTV Capital. Pictured is a capture of A-LIGN's website in July. | [Courtesy of A-LIGN, 2018]

Tampa cybersecurity firm A-LIGN raises $54.4 million

TAMPA — Tampa-based cybersecurity company A-LIGN raised a $54.5 million investment from FTV Capital, the company announced Monday. A-LIGN specializes in helping businesses stay compliant with regulatory and industry standards for...
Published: 07/16/18
Tampa Electric Co. is using a helicopter to help inspect its transmission lines this week. Pictured are then-Progress Energy-owned transmission lines in 2008. [ Will Vragovic | Times, 2008]

Spot a low helicopter this week? It might be Tampa Electric

TAMPA — Tampa residents, if you notice a helicopter hovering suspiciously close to transmission lines this week, don’t be alarmed. Tampa Electric Co. is employing helicopters to help inspect the lines during the day as part of the utility’s routine...
Published: 07/16/18
Florida's economy topped $1 trillion Friday. Pictured is a job fair in 2012. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times, 2012]

Florida’s economy passes $1 trillion mark Friday

Florida may seem like another country sometimes with its wacky "Florida man" stories and uniquely-Florida crimes, but it’s like another country in a new way as of today — its economic clout. Florida’s economy topped $1 trillion Friday, meaning that if...
Published: 07/13/18
A new report by Bankrate.com said Florida is the fifth-best state to retire to. Pictured is Belleair Beach in 2018. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]

Report: Florida is (only) the fifth best retirement state

Florida’s reputation as the retirement state likely doesn’t come as a surprise to many. But what may be surprising is that a new report pegs it as only the fifth best state for retirees.According to
Published: 07/12/18
Tampa Bay has some of the fastest commute times in Florida, according to a new ranking by HomeArea.com .Pictured is traffic on I-275 in 2017. | [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times, 2017]

Tampa Bay residents have some of the shortest commute times in Florida

It may not feel like it while you’re sitting in traffic each morning, but Tampa Bay has some of the fastest commute times in Florida. According to a new ranking by HomeArea.com, Tampa commuters have the second-fastest commute time, up from No.
Published: 07/11/18
Delinquencies for installment loans and credit cards provided by banks are up. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Pictured is a holiday shopper paying with a credit card. | [Zack Wittman | Times]

Credit card and installment delinquencies are up. But don’t worry

Delinquencies on credit cards provided by banks and installment loans are up slightly in the first quarter — but that may not be a cause for concern. According to a report released Tuesday by the American Bankers Association, about 1.73 percent of all...
Published: 07/10/18
TECO Peoples Gas was named the most trusted utility in the country, according to a recent report by Market Studies International. The report ranks utilities based on votes by their customers. | [Courtesy of TECO Peoples Gas, 2018]

TECO Peoples Gas voted most trusted utility in country

TAMPA — TECO Peoples Gas was named the most trusted utility in the country, according to a recent report by Market Studies International. The report ranks utilities based on votes by their customers."Our team members work hard each and every...
Published: 07/09/18
Updated: 07/10/18
Allegiant Air's pilots announced Monday that just under 94 percent of its union members voted to approve a strike

Unhappy with scheduling, Allegiant Air pilots vote to strike if necessary

ST. PETERSBURG — Allegiant Air’s pilots are fed up with what they say is a "sham" scheduling system, and they’re prepared to strike to get it fixed. The Las Vegas airline’s pilots announced Monday that just under 94 percent of its union members voted...
Published: 07/09/18