News at noon: Port Tampa Bay welcomes its biggest container ship ever; U.S. News & World Report ranks Tampa Bay's public high schools; and more

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Published June 12

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Port Tampa Bay welcomes its biggest container ship ever

The CMA CGM Dalila, the largest container ship ever to call at Port Tampa Bay, passed under the Sunshine Skyway bridge Wednesday morning en route to a berth at Port Tampa Bay. The 1,096-foot-long vessel is the first container ship to arrive from the CMA CMG Group, a global shipping company based in Marseilles, France. The shipper’s Pacific Express 3 added Tampa as a weekly stop on a route that includes calls in China, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea, then, after passing through the Panama Canal, Houston, Mobile, Ala., New Orleans and Miami.

For the first time, U.S. News ranked all public high schools in Tampa Bay

The annual Best High Schools Rankings by U.S. News & World Report have a new wrinkle this year. The digital news and information company now ranks public high schools within each metropolitan area. The organization measured schools using six factors, including college readiness as measured by 12th-graders who took and passed AP and IB exams, math and reading proficiency, graduation rates, and the performance of black, Hispanic and low-income students. Here's how it turned out.

In Tampa Bay, penthouses aren't just for those at the top anymore

Back in the days when people dressed up to take a plane trip or dine in a fine restaurant, "penthouse'' meant something unique and special. It was the luxurious, one-of-a-kind abode on the very top floor of a building, a private aerie whose occupants were literally above it all. No more. As a growing number of buyers choose condo living in Tampa Bay and other major metro areas, there's been a proliferation of places marketed as "penthouses.''

9 things you didn’t know about Tampa strip clubs

Twenty years ago, the city of Tampa went to war against strip clubs. The fight is often remembered by a 13-hour city council meeting that was followed by hundreds of stripper arrests in the months that came after. While researching this bizarre chapter of Tampa’s history, we came across all sorts of interesting facts. They didn’t quite fit into our story, but were too intriguing not to share. Here’s what we learned.

USF students seeking new answers to historic questions about Safety Harbor park

Odet Philippe has been credited with introducing citrus farming and cigar rolling to Tampa Bay, serving as chief surgeon of Napoleon's army, and receiving a treasure chest from a pirate whose illness he cured. Now, an anthropology professor and his students at USF hope to get to the bottom of at least one of the questions Philippe left behind: What was the layout of the sprawling waterfront plantation he established in what is today the community of Safety Harbor?

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