Sunday, December 17, 2017

Writers

Thomas C. Tobin

Thomas C. Tobin

Tom Tobin is Assistant Metro Editor / Education, Health & Medicine at the Tampa Bay Times. He has worked at the Times since 1988, serving much of that time as a government reporter. He also has reported on the Church of Scientology periodically since 1996. As the Times' state reporter, he covered the 2000 presidential recount in Florida and wrote about subsequent efforts to retool the state's election machinery. From 2003 to 2009, he covered education, focusing on school board issues, school finance, the achievement gap and desegregation. Born in St. Louis, Mo., he lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children.



Overall, Florida moved up four spots in the annual America's Health Rankings report. But it still ranks near the bottom on many health measures. [iStockphoto.com]

How is Florida’s health? Not so great, report says

Florida slightly improved its national standing this year, rising from 36th to 32nd overall in the annual America’s Health Rankings report. But the takeaway for the nation’s third-largest state is that it has a long way to go in many important health...
Published: 12/12/17
Hailey Ritchey buried herself in a book while her mom spoke with educators from James B. Sanderlin IB World School during a 2012 parent information night in Pinells County. Sanderlin is one of almost 70 special programs offered by Pinellas. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

School Search: expanding as Florida’s choices grow

Twenty-four years ago, with a new special section called School Search, the Times set out to help families stay better informed about their educational options.Today, School Search enters new territory, expanding for the first time outside...
Updated: 2 months ago
Principal Michael Cloyd greets Carmen Silva at the Sunlake High shelter on Sept. 8, two days before Hurricane Irma hit Florida. Silva was the first evacuee to show, and she planned to have eight family members join her.

Dispatch from a hurricane shelter: 'I only saw the best'

Conditions varied from shelter to shelter during Hurricane Irma. Here at the Gradebook, we've heard the good and
Updated: 3 months ago
Hurricane Irma lashes palm trees lae Sunday at the Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times.]

10 things that happened while you were laser-focused on Irma

You've been busy, Florida. Awfully busy.Hanging plywood, stocking up on stuff to eat, texting worried relatives, posting fears on Facebook, following every twist of Hurricane Irma's eyewall, trying to get your power and cable working...
Updated: 3 months ago
Pinellas County school district headquarters

Pinellas becomes the latest school district to delay reopening to Monday

The Pinellas County school system has announced it will reopen for classes on Monday, Sept. 18. With the move, Pinellas joins the Hernando and Pasco school systems, which earlier announced plans to reopen Monday. Hillsborough school officials...
Updated: 3 months ago
Students walk near the reflecting pool at University of South Florida in Tampa. Officials announced Wednesday that the USF System would close for the rest of the week because of Hurricane Irma.

USF System announces closings

The University of South Florida System has announced it will close its campuses over the next few days due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. USF in Tampa will be closed Thursday through Sunday, while USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee...
Updated: 3 months ago
Schoolchildren in London watch a solar eclipse on March 20, 2015. Tampa Bay area school districts are starting to prepare for Monday's solar eclipse with guidance to families and schools.

Taking a solar eclipse day? School districts say students can stay home

Students in the Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco school systems can get an excused absence to watch Monday's solar eclipse. A notice on Hillsborough district website says parents can keep...
Updated: 4 months ago
Thrasher

FSU's John Thrasher speaks out on Charlottesville

John Thrasher, the president of Florida State University, weighed in today on last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va. "Florida State University recognizes freedom of expression as a constitutional right, and we are dedicated to...
Updated: 4 months ago
Florida Sen. Chris Smith, D- Ft. Lauderdale, hugs then-Sen. John Thrasher, R- St. Augustine, at the conclusion of the 2014 Florida Legislative session in May 2104, just sx months before Thrasher became the 15th president of Florida State University.

FSU president John Thrasher on Charlottesville

John Thrasher, the president of Florida State University, weighed in today on last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va. "Florida State University recognizes freedom of expression as a constitutional right, and we are dedicated to...
Updated: 4 months ago
Alt-right leader and white supremacist Richard Spencer.

White supremacist leader at center of Charlottesville events may come to UF

University of Florida president Kent Fuchs today sent out an email notifying students, faculty, parents and employees that white supremacist activist Richard Spencer, who sparked
Updated: 4 months ago