A new study ranking the "hardest working cities in America" has Tampa and St. Petersburg pretty far down the list.
The study by WalletHub ranks 116 of the nation's most populated cities. Tampa tied with Miami for 66th and St. Petersburg came in tied with Minneapolis for 78th.
Orlando was the highest-ranking Florida city at No. 28.
Anchorage, Alaska, topped the list. Burlington, Vt., came in last....
Sex toilets aside, Episode 5 of Better Call Saul went to a very dark place at the end of its hour on Monday -- and that place is called Mike's House. Ooooh, Breaking Bad chills! Herewith, our resident weekly Saulers (Sean Daly, Michelle Stark, Chris Tisch) gush, debate and predict how the AMC hit show will unfurl as it creeps into the (hopefully twisted) second-half of its debut season...
SEAN: You guys are gonna eye-roll at me again (or maybe you never stopped), but I realized my affections for Better Call Saul were approaching Breaking Bad-ish intensity last night when I kept peeking at my clock to see how much time was left. I wanted more, to cram two hours into one. But I also felt that giddy-nervous stir when it blinked to 10:50 p.m. That's Vince Gilligan's magic window, always has been. All inventive, never-saw-it-coming hell would break loose on BB in the closing ticks; it does with Saul & Co. too. And Ep 5 finally, thankfully took us into a dark storm cloud, with fixer Mike (who loves his granddaughter -- and considers killing everyone else) finally seeing his story arc creak open. We might be happy about it -- but he sure isn't. Actor Jonathan Banks is the master of the deadpan deathstare; so much going on in that smooth-pated terrifying dome. The ex-cop is casing someone (hey Michelle, is that his daughter?) and the cops don't like it. Presumably, Mike is gonna call on Saul, and that's how America's Bittersweethearts will start doing business together....
Chris: So I've been more down on Better Call Saul than most for the first three episodes, but I feel like the show hit a bit of a stride with its fourth installment - "Hero." What's grabbing me the most is the relationship - both present and past - between Jimmy and his lawyer friend Kim, played by Rhea Seehorn. I loved how she smirked at Saul's efforts to undermine Hamlin; she is the most compelling supporting player in the show so far.
Oh, and what about her invitation to go see - of all things - John Carpenter's 1982 remake The Thing? Some "Kurt Russell action," she said. How about some Wilford Brimley as a bad guy action? What's next week's feature, The Firm? (Really, Tisch? Michelle and Sean invite you to join them on this and you give them Wilford Brimley jokes?)...
02/20/15 Personal Finance
Call it the places-a-lot-of-rich-people-die list.
Financial technology company SmartAsset compiled a list of U.S. counties with the most annual inheritance and ranked them.
Tops in the country? Los Angeles County with more than $9 billion handed down from dearly departed mom and pops to spoiled rotten kids.
LA's top ranking isn't even close. Cook County Illinois — home to Chicago — was second with nearly $6.8 billion. Hartford, Conn. was third with a paltry $4 billion....
In another sign that we're gaining confidence in the economy and our ability to pay the bills, a new report shows we whipped out our credit cards more during last year's holiday season compared to the year before.
Tampa Bay shoppers' credit card debt increased 7.5 percent in December compared to the year before, to $6.4 billion. Nationwide, credit card debt increased nearly 6 percent, to $642 billion....
The Feed vets Michelle Stark (new Food Editor) and Sean Daly (biz whiz) couldn't stay away from TV forever. For the former Mad Men debaters, the allure of another AMC show proved too strong. And this time, they're bringing Business Editor Chris Tisch, a Breaking Bad fanboy who once paid homage to Walter White's love of tighty-whities at a Halloween party, along for the ride. After drooling over the first two episodes of could-have-been-terrible Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, the trio take it to the Feed to discuss this week's third installment, "Nacho."...
The magazine that caused a slight stir in October by naming Tampa one of America's snobbiest cities is now saying Tampa's residents are some of the nation's most attractive.
Travel + Leisure magazine readers ranked Tampa No. 10 in the country for attractive people. Miami took first prize followed by San Diego....
If Black Friday isn't for you but buying local is, a ranking released by Yelp today could help you gear up for Small Business Saturday.
Yelp has ranked St. Petersburg No. 3 in a list of best cities to buy local. And off that list, they have ranked the top 10 businesses in or near St. Petersburg to shop local based on customer ratings.
Small Business Saturday is a big deal locally, so if you're not crazy about fattening the wallets of CEOs in New York and Chicago by buying from national chains, head to some local stores....
APOLLO BEACH — At the height of the housing boom, the drywall industry was producing 38 billion square feet of product a year.
National Gypsum, the second-leading producer of drywall in the United States, had 23 manufacturing plants, including two in Hillsborough County.
When the housing market tanked and demand for drywall shrank, National Gypsum mothballed four of its plants, including one here. The remaining plant on U.S. 41 in Apollo Beach went down to two shifts. The number of employees in Hillsborough fell from more than 200 to about 70....
11/17/14 Real Estate
Stung by a median income that ranks dead last among the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas, middle-class families in Tampa Bay are unable to afford median-priced homes, according to a new study by financial adviser website interest.com.
Tampa Bay's median income this year is $45,880 — a full $4,000 less than the second-worst city, Miami, and nearly half as much as the highest-income city, Washington, D.C....
Scatterbrained millennials rejoice!
A study from bankrate.com reports that 59 percent of gift cards are now available electronically, up 18 percent from 2010.
This is good news for millennials because they are "more than twice as likely to lose traditional plastic gift cards than older adults," bankrate.com says in a news release.
The release says that 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds admit to losing a gift card and that mobile gift card usage among millennials is double that of older adults....
11/04/14 Real Estate
The Weather Channel compiled a list of the worst counties in the United States to own a home when it comes to climate and weather-related disasters.
Perhaps surprisingly, not one Florida county is on the list.
Fellow southeastern states Louisiana and Mississippi are well represented — in fact, all of the top 5 and 11 of the top 20 are in those two states....
So someone posted a photo on Twitter Sunday of a young man who works at Target putting items into a white plastic shopping bag, eloquently captioned thus:
YOOOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/eknsxBlx38— rims (@auscalum) November 2, 2014
Love your job? If so, there's still time to nominate your company for the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces 2015 edition — our sixth annual survey of the best places to work.
We've extended the deadline for nominations to Nov. 21.
Here's how it works:
Any employee can nominate an organization. The Times' research partner, Workplace Dynamics, will contact nominated organizations and ask them to participate in a survey....
Readers of Travel + Leisure apparently think so, ranking Tampa sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America.
New York was first, Miami second and Los Angeles third.
Orlando also made the list at No. 20 — because nothing says snobby like Goofy, right?
Travel + Leisure said Tampa was a newcomer to the list this year. Their article almost reads like something from the character Stefon from Saturday Night Live....