Sunday, October 21, 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.

Problems in accounting contributed to ouster of Glazer Children’s Museum leader

TAMPA — Failure to properly document the use of a $211,000 grant is one example of job failures that led to the firing last month of Jennifer Stancil, chief executive since 2015 of the Glazer Children’s Museum, the museum’s board chairman...
Published: 10/19/18
Scientists from Tampa's Florida Aquarium and Havana's National Aquarium work together in an underwater coral nursery off Cuba's westernmost point, the coast of the Guanahacabibes Peninsula.
 [Courtesy of the Florida Aquarium]

Despite political winds, Florida Aquarium will keep working with Cuba to save reefs

As human contributions to climate change and U.S. relations with Cuba continue to divide the country, the Florida Aquarium is pushing ahead with a project that cuts across both issues.President and chief executive Roger Germann visited in...
Published: 10/17/18
Jennifer Stancil, president and chief executive officer of the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa, was forced out of the job under circumstances the museum's board will not reveal. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times (2016)]

Mum’s the word but Murman’s a player in departure of Glazer Children’s Museum leader

TAMPA — Jennifer Stancil was looking forward to Halloween and the role she would play in a new downtown event celebrating the spooky holiday."WE ARE SO EXCITED to be a partner with the Riverwalk for Halloween," Stancil, president and chief...
Published: 10/17/18
Over the past year and a half, Renato Rampolla has been photographing homeless people across the country for a new book he has published. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]

To understand homeless people, Tampa photographer spent 18 months meeting with them

TAMPA — On Jim’s arm was a tattoo of a hinge with screw holes indicating where the recovering addict used to inject heroin.Fernando liked to belt out songs he wrote about a love he lost when he fled from Cuba.Timothy had a...
Published: 10/16/18
Cheryl Rodriguez, who is of Afro-Cuban descent, talks about her father, Francisco Rodriguez, who was a prominent civil rights attorney in Tampa. The Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and the George Edgecomb Bar Association honored the legacy of Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo located in  Ybor City.

It overcame racism, but how much longer can the Marti-Maceo club survive?

These are uncertain times for Sociedad La Union Martí-Maceo, the Afro-Cuban social club that has been an Ybor City staple since 1900.Its dues-paying ranks have dwindled to less than 50 members, many of whom are elderly.And since the club...
Published: 10/12/18
Updated: 10/16/18
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times 
David Beard was the unofficial cabbie at The Hub for over 30 years. \u201CHe was a staple here,\u201D said Hub owner Charles Fox.

‘Cabbie Dave,’ who found happiness in and out of The Hub tavern, dies at 65

TAMPA — The Hub is known for stiff drinks, PBR by the can, a haze of cigarette smoke and an eclectic cast of regulars wearing collars both blue and white.But the corner watering hole in the shadow of the Tampa Theatre downtown has lost one of...
Published: 10/10/18
After 38 years providing props to local theater, television and movie productions, Tandova Ecenia is selling off and shutting down her Tampa prop company. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Need a giant glacier? An Eiffel Tower? Tampa prop master Tandova Ecenia is selling them off after 38 years

TAMPA — Tandova Ecenia has her choice of how to ride off into the sunset — dozens of pony-on-a-stick toys, a covered wagon, a 65-foot pirate ship replica.“I have a little of everything,” Ecenia said with a...
Published: 10/08/18
David Mendelson-Curry, second from left, is living with the transplanted heart of the late Matt Callahan. He got together Monday at the Baum Ave Market in St. Petersburg with his husband, Ty Mendelson-Curry, left; Callahan's widow Erika and her son Logan Callahan, center; and Callahan's father and stepmother Michael Callahan and Inguna Callahan. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE   |   Times]

How one artist’s heart, stilled by a fatal blow, saved another one’s life

TAMPA — The sound was faint at first, but adjusting the stethoscope helped Erika Callahan detect the thumping of a familiar heart.Closing her eyes, Callahan pretended that the sound also was coming from the same chest where she had laid her...
Published: 10/07/18
Updated: 10/09/18
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Two children ejected, 10-month-old dies in crash on I-75 in Hillsborough County

TAMPA — A 10-month-old died in a car crash in Hillsborough County on Sunday afternoon.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 50-year-old Lorraine Sailor of Brandon was driving her three grandchildren in a Hyundai Elantra northbound on...
Published: 10/07/18
Updated: 10/08/18
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, left, flanked by statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox, right, speaks during a news conference in Tampa about clergy sex-abuse in Florida. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]

Bondi investigating complaints of church coverup in wake of Pennsylvania abuse indictments

TAMPA — In the weeks since a grand jury in Pennsylvania indicted more than 300 Catholic priests, at least 15 people have filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office alleging a church coverup of child sexual abuse in Florida.Attorney...
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