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  1. Winning high school essays urge balance in U.S. foreign, domestic spending


    Three winners were selected by a panel of judges from among 250 entrants to receive a $1,200 scholarship in the R.F. "Red" Pittman Tampa Tribune Scholars essay contest.

  2. William March: Sheriff Gee denies his resignation was timed to help GOP


    Sheriff David Gee is denying through spokesmen that he planned his 2016 re-election and subsequent resignation to help Republicans hold the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But Democrats say it seems obvious he did.

  3. Bob Buckhorn: Expanding homestead exemption will endanger Tampa's progress


    In the years leading up to my taking office, Tampa families experienced some of the hardest times in recent history. Homes were lost, jobs were cut, and optimism for the future waned.

    Critics say expanding the homestead exemption for Florida property owners will strain the resources of local governments as they recover from the Great Recession.
  4. Joe Henderson: Only unanimous jury vote justifies extreme act of execution


    A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court on Florida's death penalty law didn't generate a lot of chatter, but don't let that fool you.

    A jury recommended execution for Dontae Morris of Tampa by a 10-2 vote in one of his murder trials. The recommendation was unanimous when he was tried in the shooting deaths of two Tampa police officers.
  5. Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn acting 8 with his machine-gun joke aimed at journalists


    It can be argued that much like in performing stand-up comedy, so too, in a political life it is important to know your audience.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn mans a .50-caliber machine gun during a special operations forces demonstration on the Hillsborough River downtown in 2014.
  6. March column: Pam Iorio, who isn't running, clear favorite in Tampa mayor's poll


    Tampa political insiders have been buzzing for a week or so about a robopoll on the 2019 mayor's race.

    Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio celebrates a Riverwalk milestone in 2013 with others who have held the seat, from left, Bob Buckhorn, Dick Greco, Sandy Freedman, Bob Martinez and Bill Poe. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
  7. Guest column: Son faces down genetic disorder with strength, determination


    Brain surgeries, pain, encephalitis, tumors and severe physical side effects all mark my son Steven's ongoing battle with a cancerous genetic disorder called Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, also known as VHL.

  8. Henderson: Even small steps cost big money with South Tampa's flood woes


    We may be in an extended drought, but history tells us downpours will increase the closer we get to summer. It also tells us all that water will bring flooding, particularly in South Tampa.

    Motorists pass through standing water from Tropical Storm Hermine on Wednesday afternoon, August 31, 2016 along Bayshore Blvd in Tampa.
 [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  9. Altman: MacDill refueling squadron named tops in Air Force


    The Air Force recently recognized the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, part of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at Mac-Dill Air Force Base, as the most outstanding air refueling squadron in the service.

    Flying KC-135 Stratotankers like this, a refueling squadron at MacDill Air Force based earned top honors from the Air Force for a busy, efficient year.  [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  10. March column: Tom Lee mulls term limit drive


    State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, has more than $1.7 million in his PAC, The Conservative. What's he going to do with it?