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Sue Carlton - Consumer affairs reporter

Consumer affairs reporter

My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless, and a parade of political characters let's just call interesting - and been an editor, too. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, café con leche and the Deep South. Next assignment: consumer affairs — the ways we buy and consume in a world currently upside down — the scams, the trends, the way we live now.

  1. Teresa Walls, who oversees daily operations for the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Clean Team, removes graffiti from an electrical box using a potent solvent called Goof Off.
  2. Una demanda afirma que una mujer del condado de Hillsborough de 82 años fue estafada para que hiciera retiros de efectivo de su banco para pagar a un hombre que afirmaba ser un abogado que representaba a su nieta en problemas. [ELISE AMENDOLA | AP]
  3. Got an unexpected email invitation to a leadership summit? Check it out before you act.
  4. A lawsuit claims an 82-year-old Hillsborough County woman was scammed into making cash withdrawals from her bank to pay a man claiming to be a lawyer representing her granddaughter in trouble.
  5. Where have all the Uncrustables gone?
  6. Owner Loai Kader, 29, helps a costumer at Roasted!, a shop specializing in Middle Eastern nuts, spices and candy,
  7. Students relax at the eighth-story pool at the newly-opened off-campus housing high-rise called The Henry, a nod to Henry Plant, who built the historic hotel that now houses the University of Tampa.
  8. Those fun and seemingly innocuous quizzes on Facebook could be providing identity thieves with clues to steal yours.
  9. International Plaza has a new chocolatier, Läderach, in the space that once housed Godiva.
  10. What will Christmas giving look like this year? [LUIS SANTANA  | Times (2018)]
  11. McDonald's is everywhere, but to the consternation of its sweet-toothed customers, its ice cream machines aren't always working.
  12. Richard Krueger has been a longtime customer with Bank of America.
  13. Mark LoMoglio suffered two broken ankles, a broken leg and broken hand after he was hit by a car in front of his Brandon home in March. He spent 22 days at Tampa General Hospital.
  14. Paramount Hair, a wig store in downtown Tampa for more than 50 years, is no more.
  15. Did you get an email from Lina Khan, chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission, wanting to send you coronavirus relief money?
  16. Returning to the office? After the year we've had, we may be dressing more a casually. Think: elastic waists.
  17. Publix has more than 800 stores across Florida, including this one in St. Petersburg. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES
  18. Who wouldn't want to make big bucks taking care of someone's puppies? Beware of the latest scam, authorities say.
  19. E-scooters, ridden by locals, tourists and downtown workers, are part of a pilot program in Tampa.
  20. Subway says its tuna is the real deal.
  21. Not everyone loves being asked to donate at the register.
  22. Cal Henderson first won election as sheriff with the endorsement of his predecessor, Walter Heinrich.
  23. Cans of Neutrogena UltraSheer aerosol sunscreen.