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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. Driving Test Examiner Ed Prebel, 58, poses at the test track in Brandon after training for the new remote driving tests that start Monday. Instead of climbing into cars with people who must pass a driving test to get a license, examiners will stand outside and communicate with drivers via hands-free cell phones. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  2. The John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa. [Times]
  3. Jack Espinosa Sr. [Courtesy of Jack Espinosa Sr.]
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  5. Tampa attorney Ed Turanchik [Times]
  6. The Citrus County commissioners who railed against a request by the local libraries to fund digital subscriptions to the New York Times. From left to right, their names are Jeff Kinnard, Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan, Ronald Kitchen and Jimmie Smith. [Citrus County Board of Commissioners]
  7. Nov. 5, 2019• Transportation
    Tampa traffic backs up at a familiar spot: near the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts before a show. Where's that transportation tax we voted in to soothe our traffic woes? [URSO, CHRIS  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  8. A Bird electric scooter is seen along the Tampa Riverwalk. Riders are forbidden from riding along the path through downtown. [CHRIS URSO  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. Amendment 4 aimed to expand voting rights to felons who had done their time. [JAVIER FERGO  |  AP]
  10. Police have found that it's not unusual for one gun owner to have dozens of weapons. This cache of guns, owned by one man, is stored in the evidence room at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times]
  11. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister [CHRIS URSO | Times]
  12. Pat Frank, at a 2016 candidate debate with then-challenger Kevin Beckner. She won. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  13. These fancy digs with room for 4,000 awaits Tampa's Riiverwalk bats at Julian B. Lane Park. [Photo courtesy of City of Tampa]
  14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis would like the Florida Supreme Court to opine on the Amendment 4 mess, please. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]
  15. During Tampa's pilot program to see if this city is ready for e-scooters, citizens have lodged complaints like this double violation: 1. Not parked properly in a corral, and 2. on the Riverwalk, one of the pedestrian-busy areas on which e-scooters are not allowed. [CHRIS URSO  |   Times]
  16. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody answers reporters questions during the 2019 legislative session. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  17. The new and still under construction St. Pete Pier as seen from the Spa Beach area. (SCOTT KEELER | Times)
  18. The midway at the Florida State Fair in Tampa last year. [Photo courtesy of Florida State Fair]
  19. A Tallahassee judge recently ruled that local officials can't be fined and fired for enacting gun rules that are more restrictive than those already in state law. But this is Florida and the subject is guns. The fight isn't over. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  20. Tampa lawyer Susan Wilson (right) read about Erica Racz (left) after she couldn't afford to get her voting rights restored. She wanted to help. (Photos courtesy of Racz and Wilson)
  21. In the summer swelter, two city pools in neighborhoods that need them remain filled in and covered in grass. In a town where "public pools" have been fighting words past, what happens when the new mayor brings her budget to city council? [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
  22. Tampa is already abuzz with those trendy electric scooters. St. Petersburg could have them by fall.  [CHRIS URSO | Times]
  23. Fiberglass planters remain in place at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, months after city workers removed all of its benches for refurbishing, there is still no sign of them returning. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times ]
  24. Will Seventh Avenue through Ybor City get repaved with historic bricks like these? [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]