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34-story condo tower planned for the heart of downtown Tampa

The developers of the new Virage condo tower on Bayshore Boulevard are planning an even bigger project in the heart of downtown Tampa. The 80-unit Arris is expected to rise at the corner of Ashley Drive and Twiggs Street on what is now a surface parking lot. At 34 stories, it would be among the tallest condo towers in the Tampa Bay area.

Meet Florida's 50 highest-paid CEOs

They earn millions of dollars and fly on corporate jets. These chief executive officers are some of the richest people in the state, and the Tampa Bay Times ranked the top 50.

At 15, David Welch did something awful. Is society ready to forgive him?

David Welch was 15 when he was arrested and charged with murdering his father, Oscar Welch. Now 42, he remains in prison with a life sentence, and Dan Sullivan tells the story of why Florida has so far rejected his pleas for clemency, resentencing or parole.

'Poorly-discarded smoking materials' suspected in Tampa fire that killed mother and children

Poorly discarded smoking materials are suspected in the massive apartment fire that killed a mother and her two young children, according to a newly released investigation report. The official cause of the May 15 blaze at the Captiva Club Apartments in Town 'N Country will remain undetermined because a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue investigator could not isolate the source of the fire.

Bucs not counting on Jason Pierre-Paul until October at earliest

Even if Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't require surgery for a cervical fracture he suffered in a one-car accident May 2, the Bucs don't expect him to be ready to play until sometime in October, coach Bruce Arians said.

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  1. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks to board his plane at London's Heathrow Airport as he heads off for the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sunday Sept. 22, 2019. STEFAN ROUSSEAU                       |  AP
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  2. President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Pratt Industries, Sunday, Sept 22, 2019, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. EVAN VUCCI  |  AP
    Trump will try to convince skeptical global capitals to help build a coalition to confront Tehran after the United States blamed it for last week’s strike at an oil field in Saudi Arabia.
  3. Florida's VAM formula confuses many teachers, who call it an unfair and invalid measure of their performance. Florida Department of Education
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  4. The Spooky Train returns to the Concourse on Alric Pottberg Road in Shady Hills, as part of the Spook-A-Thon event offered Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, plus Oct. 27. MONICA MILLS  |  Monica Mills
  5. Traffic improvements near the Walmart store in Hudson include replacing this one-lane exit on the store's south side with a roundabout so motorists can travel in either direction on Beacon Woods Drive. JOSH SOLOMON  |  Tampa Bay Times
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  6. Brooksville City Hall
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  7. The exterior of the new Nova Southeast University Tampa Bay Regional Campus, Clearwater can be seen on Friday. September 20, 2019.  SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
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  9. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.
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