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  1. William March: Lee says lieutenant governor should work for a living and get a vote


    It's an old joke that Florida's lieutenant governor, with no duties specified in the state Constitution except to fill in if the governor is disabled or dies, has little to do except monitor the governor's health.

    State Sen. Tom Lee, a member of the state Constitution Revision Commission, has proposed combining the jobs of lieutenant governor and secretary of state to help save a six-figure salary. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Joe Henderson: Low-attendance Athletics fund own stadium, how about Rays?


    I would like to believe what Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg talks with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the start of a game at  Tropicana Field, a venue both men want out of. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times (2016)]

  3. Making it in America, Ybor(w/video)

    Human Interest

    The first cigar rolled in Tampa's Ybor city in 1885 marked the beginning of one of Florida's

    most famed immigrant enclaves.

  4. William March: Why Jose Vazquez had to campaign from a prison cell


    Jose Vazquez, Democratic nominee in the Dec. 19 state House District 58 special election, doesn't seem like a criminal.

    Jose Vazquez, who worked in politics in Puerto Rico, blames his legal problems on factors including his unfamiliarity with Florida driving laws. [Times file]
  5. Editorial: It's time to renew community's commitment to Tampa Theatre


    New attention to downtown Tampa as a place to live, work and play is transforming the area at a dizzying pace. Credit goes to recent projects, both public and private, such as the Tampa River Walk, new residential towers, a University of South Florida health center, Water Works Park, and the new community crossroads of …

    A freshly painted griffin adorns the upper lobby of the Tampa Theatre, now underghoing a $6 million renovation that includes replacing all 1,41o seats. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  6. Joe Henderson: Require coding in schools? How about pushing technical skills


    As if public schools don't have enough headaches, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently interjected himself into the debate about how best to train young minds.

    Students work on book cover designs using Mac desktop computers in the Commercial Academy at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  7. Howard Altman: Missing records confound veterans on base exchange website


    In the more than three decades that I have been toiling at various paragraph factories, few stories have elicited as much response as the one I wrote about the new program to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at military base exchanges like the one at MacDill Air Force Base.

    Anyone honorably discharged from the military can now shop online through the militarty base excchange, which fills some of its orders from the exchange building at MacDill Air Force Base. But some veterans finding it hard to sign up. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]
  8. Daniel Ruth: If you're the transit boss, fleeing Tampa for Pittsburgh is a no-brainer


    Hillsborough County, Florida and Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, have almost identical populations of about 1.3 million people. But when it comes to issues such as public transportation the two communities couldn't be more diametrically opposite from one another.

    Pittsburgh gets idyllic treatment in this photo of its skyline at night. Users and advocates of public transit would find the city idyllic, too, at least compared to Tampa. [Associated Press, 2012]
  9. Planting Seeds to Grow Future Technology Leaders

    Human Interest

    The American Heart Association's STEM Goes Red, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Girls Inc., engaged 140 middl-school girls during a day-long event full of memorable interactions. Tampa Bay is the first area in the southeastern US to host STEM Goes Red.

    Left to Right: Adriana Alvarado, 13, Jennifer Pino, 11, Caliana Rivera, 12, and Daijiona Smith, 11, all 6th graders at Webb Middle School, Tampa, listen to speakers during the kickoff of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay's STEM Goes Red event at Tech Data Corporation, Clearwater, 11/14/17.  The all-day event introduced 140 middle school girls to the STEM industries which include: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The students also heard from industry leaders like Wendy Bahr, Senior Vice President of Cisco's Global Partner Organization.
  10. Restoration work to start on historic Centro Español cemetery near Ybor City

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The story of Spanish immigration and settlement in Ybor City can be found within the quiet walls of The Old Cemetery.

    Restoration work is scheduled to begin as early as January at The Old Cemetery, operated by Centro Espa?ol. The organization and the Hillsborough County Economic Development department are splitting the $170,000 cost.