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  1. West Tampa chamber tabs native to help boost development

    Business

    WEST TAMPA — Jeanette LaRussa Fenton retired in January after 41 years of public service with Hillsborough County and most recently, the city of Tampa.

    The West Tampa historic district with its old cigar factories can help stimulate a prosperous new era for the region, its boosters say.
  2. March column: Constitution another uphill battle for Arthenia Joyner

    Politics

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa says serving as one of the small minority of Democrats on the state's Constitutional Revision Commission will be "just a continuation of the battle I've been in since I've been here."

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa is one of three current or former Democratic legislators named to the state Constitutional Revision Commission.
  3. Developer Quintela pursuing historic renaissance of Ybor City

    Real Estate

    TAMPA

    Ariel Quintela never lived among the cobbled streets of Ybor City, but he is working to keep history alive in this one-time cigar capital with its deep ties to his native Cuba.

    Cuban-born developer Ariel Quintela tours the Don Vicente de Ybor Inn.
  4. Henderson: Chaotic classroom is often precursor for failure

    Columns

    The state of Florida uses a complex formula based on 11 categories of student achievement to grade its public schools, but perhaps the most important contributor to success can't be measured by a standardized test.

    I'm talking about parental involvement.

    You know it when you see it.

    You know it when …

    It appears there are challenges at Potter Elementary to a provision of the school district handbook: “Each school must be free from disruption that would interfere with the teachers’ right to teach and the students’ right to learn.”
  5. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more

    College

    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …

  6. Guest column: Pesticide Curfew too dangerous to use on golf courses again

    Columns

    Even among the thousands of bright green golf courses across the nation that routinely douse their fairways with pesticides and fertilizers, the nasty Dow worm-killer known as "Curfew" has had a hard time finding suitors. The highly toxic, drift-prone fumigant — used to kill the microscopic worms called nematodes …

    The Tampa Sports Authority says nematode infestation is so serious at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in north Tampa that it has no choice but to apply the dangerous pesticide Curfew.
  7. Editorial: 'Troubled Waters' a call to action for saving Florida's lifeblood

    Editorials

    In Tampa, the river turns green in celebration this time of year thanks to the Irish pride that Mayor Bob Buckhorn delights in sharing. Elsewhere in Florida, a green river means environmental disaster from fish-killing algae blooms fed by nutrient runoff. Still, the Hillsborough River and other local waterways face the …

    A giant sinkhole opened in August at a Mosaic phosphate plant in Mulberry, one of two environmental disasters featured in a new documentary about Florida's precious waters. The other is the algae blooms that polluted waterways on the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times]
  8. Editorial: Give bicycles serious thought in plans to fix Hillsborough transportation

    Editorials

    More people are bicycling to work these days — a lot more — and government at all levels should redouble its efforts to encourage a trend that serves the public good in so many ways. This is especially important in Hillsborough County as leaders try to get on track with the comprehensive transportation plan …

    A bicyclist rides the new separated bike lane on Cass Street in downtown Tampa, between North Ashley Drive and Tampa Street. The stretch is one example of how the city of Tampa is encouraging bicycle commuting as an alternative form of transportation. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  9. March column: Bob Buckhorn battles Dana Young on cell antenna bill

    Politics

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is one of several city officials across Florida who aren't happy about a bill in the Florida Legislature that would limit cities' ability to regulate cell phone antennas and the poles they're mounted on in public rights of way.

    A new cell phone antenna meets codes established by the city of Orlando to deal with a surge of new, smaller devices serving 5G customers. [Courtesy of city of Tampa]
  10. Henderson: Don't just gripe, do something about neighborhood trash

    Columns

    This all started with a phone call from a sharp-eyed, fed-up reader who lives in Seminole Heights and commutes to a job downtown. The caller said he was tired of seeing general littering and trash along Florida Avenue.

    Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda, shown here at a city council meeting, has a message for those who shake their heads when see a counch left by the side of the road: "Don't just leave it there. We need people to be our eyes and ears out there." [Times file, 2015]