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Monday, May 02, 2016

Steve Otto

Tribune staff
Otto, Steve

Mr. Steve and his big flying coffin

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It takes a lot to grab the attention of the 15 or so seniors — mostly Plant High grads from the ’50s — who get together once a month at the Village Inn to swap stories over eggs and pancakes.

Tampa has a history of big dreams

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Gesturing and floating around the room, Ron Weaver was sort of a cross between Perry Mason and Peter Pan as he worked the crowd.

Confusing bathroom signs leave a lasting impression

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It was never so much a fear of public restrooms as it was my nervousness about going into the right one.

The Rockers get a taste of Cuba

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“I tried to imagine what it would be like; read up on everything that was happening,” Dennis Pupello said. “But nothing really prepared me or the rest of us for what we found.”

Salute to the Colonnade, with an olive

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Rumors that this time it was real, that this time the Colonnade was going to be sold to developers, had been rampant for a few weeks.

Scott’s idea takes us from the halls of kudzu to the bay of Lady Liberty

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Gov. Rick Scott has been called many things. So far, “Education Governor” is not one of them.

Iron Grannies reach halfway mark in trek across America

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Earlier this week in a field of Texas bluebonnets and on their 54th day on the road, the Iron Grannies hit the halfway mark in their walk across America You might have thought the five seniors would have headed back to t...

Thanks, Sherri, for making our world better with your work

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Sherri Lynn Newborn, 52, passed away Friday, leaving a husband and two children.

Attacks shatter promise of peace once held in Brussels

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The year was 1958. Stationed in Germany, our Air Force dependents youth group was off to Belgium for the new World’s Fair in Brussels. Despite the Cold War, more than 50 nations including Vatican City were schedul...

From dread to delight, things go right

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I knew going in this was going to be a stressful week.

Beware the Ides of Election Day in Florida

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It was on this day, March 15, in 44 B.C. that a soothsayer allegedly sidled up to Julius Caesar and gave him a warning. “Beware the ides of March” is the way he put it in Shakespeare’s “Julius...

Rev. Jim Holmes: An unsung hero’s legacy noteworthy

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A few years ago, Tampa began honoring people who have been influential in the city’s history. Their busts appear on the new downtown Riverwalk, along with plaques telling their stories.

The elephant’s graveyard

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It has to be Florida. It has to be down here among the towering palms and the sprawling suburbs that the Grand Old Party has come to pachyderm it in.

TBX supporters try to distract opponents with charades

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“You want better street lighting? Write it down.”