Thursday, May 24, 2018


Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo primarily covers Cuban policy, Cuban culture in the Tampa Bay area and local history for the Tampa Bay Times. A native of Trenton, N.J., he's been a journalist in this area since 1999, writing for La Gaceta Newspaper and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times. Along with his brother Pete Guzzo, Paul is an award-winning independent filmmaker best known locally for his documentary on gangster Charlie Wall. At home, he is an overwhelmed father of four and husband to a wife who is way out of his league.

This historic marker was installed last Saturday outside downtown Tampa's former F.W. Woolworth building. It honors the civil rights pioneers who led sit-ins at the Woolworth in 1960 that resulted in the integation of all Tampa lunch counters.

State You’re In: Fiction can become fact, as Woolworth placard in Tampa shows

TAMPA — History can easily be distorted. If wrong assumptions are made and repeated often enough, falsehoods have a way of becoming "fact.""It happens," said Andy Huse, a librarian with the University of South Florida Special Collections...
Published: 05/22/18
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Anna Noela P. Lokolo Tokwaulu aka

Eckerd College hosts a royal celebration of its own

A day after England’s royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, St. Petersburg hosted a royal celebration of its own.
Published: 05/20/18
Updated: 05/21/18
The late mural artist Matthew Callahan, at right, with his son Logan on his shoulders and father Michael Callahan beside him. Michael Callahan has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of his son's killer. [Courtesy of Michael Callahan]

$8,000 reward offered for information on death of Tampa muralist Matt Callahan

More than a month after muralist Matt Callahan died of head injuries sustained near a Tampa bar, police are still working to determine what happened. But in a flier posted this week on Facebook, his father publicly accuses a man of killing...
Published: 05/16/18

Deputy involved in two-car crash in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK —A deputy with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was involved in an automobile accident Sunday afternoon as he was en route to an emergency call.According to the sheriff’s office’s major accident investigation team, on-duty K-9...
Published: 05/13/18
Jonathan Willman, left, and his twin brother Matthew Willman were both biomedical sciences majors and are recent graduates of the University of South Florida. Both plan to attend medical school.

Twins hope to work together to cure neurodegenerative diseases

TAMPA — It was with the flip of a coin that identical twins and recent University of South Florida graduates Jonathan and Matthew Willman found a new way to differentiate themselves.Until then, only minor details separated the...
Published: 05/11/18
Actor George Blagden (left) on the Plant City set of No Postage Necessary that will become the first movie ever distributed through the blockchain technology.
[Credit: Nicole Cohen]

A Plant City movie to make history by becoming first released on a blockchain

When making his latest feature film, director and producer Jeremy Culver went old school in this digital age, shooting No Postage Necessary on 35-millimeter.
Published: 05/11/18
Eric Newman, president of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., puffs on a Diamond Crown Julius Caesar cigar at the company's Tampa plant recently. The cigar is named in honor of Newman's grandfather, J.C., who founded the company in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1895. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]

Premium cigars have second chance to gain exemption from FDA regulation

TAMPA — A "Save This Factory" banner will be rehung next week on J.C. Newman Cigar’s Ybor City factory, and the company’s website lobbying against government oversight of premium cigars will be relaunched.Both were tactics...
Published: 05/10/18
Updated: 05/11/18
On June 28, 1926, as Charles

The State You’re In: Ninety years later, a blind killer’s guilt remains questionable

Charles "Blind Charlie" Manuel had a girlfriend with no shortage of men in her past. That detail would be worth remembering, long after 1926, the year Manuel was accused of killing her.Did he do it? It’s a mystery older than most Tampa...
Published: 05/08/18
Updated: 05/09/18
Julian Lane, Tampa Mayor from October 1959 to October 1963, helped bring a peaceful solution to Tampa's desegregation of lunch counters. 
[Times Archives]

Julian B. Lane, renovated park’s namesake, played key role in desegregating Tampa

One mile separates Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park and the site of downtown Tampa’s former F.W. Woolworth.But one year connects them.It was 1960 when African American students gathered at that Woolworth store for sit-ins to desegregate...
Updated one month ago
Jesus Navarro was killed in a hit and run accident Sunday morning.
[Photo provided by Florida Highway Patrol]

Boy, 13, was walking home from friend’s when he was killed by wrong-way, hit-and-run driver, FHP says

DOVER — Thirteen-year-old Jesus Navarro was at a friend’s house early Sunday when he decided to go home because he didn’t feel well.As he was walking around 12:33 a.m. along the shoulder of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Mott Road, a...
Updated one month ago