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Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

Denis Phillips, hurricane season guru, talks his signature beer, suspenders and Rule #7

SAFETY HARBOR — Denis Phillips cracks a pop-top and pulls a can that looks a lot like him to his lips."It’s got that citrusy feel to it," he says. "Which is a Florida thing. That’s not bad." Indeed, there’s a grapefruit finish to Rule #7 Hurricane Sa...
Published: 05/25/18
Editorial: Filling Rocky Point lagoon to build townhomes is an empty-headed idea

Editorial: Filling Rocky Point lagoon to build townhomes is an empty-headed idea

One of the worst ideas in a long time in the field of urban planning received a blessing this month when the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission approved a land-use change for a project that calls for filling three acres of water insi...
Published: 05/25/18
A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

A white supremacist killed her twin. Why did she forgive him?

As a fifth-grader, Aleesha Mance wrote an essay about her sister’s killer, explaining how peer pressure and drugs led the 17-year-old to make a deadly choice.In high school, she searched for his name online. She read news articles about a teen with N...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/26/18

Monday’s letters: NFL finally listens to its fans

NFL moves to endanthem protests | May 24NFL’s action comes too lateThe NFL owners are, after two years, finally growing some courage.Before these kneel-downs became the elephant in the room, team owners could have taken action to minimize the imp...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Customers: we were left in lurch by Tampa HVAC company that filed bankruptcy

A Tampa-based air conditioning and heating services company which recently filed for bankruptcy appears to have left several customers in the lurch for services.CM HVAC Holdings, parent company of CGM Services, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorgan...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18
Column: Going viral: The good, the bad, and the food for thought

Column: Going viral: The good, the bad, and the food for thought

More than 25 million. That’s how many people saw my joke on Twitter."I once taught an 8 a.m. college class. So many grandparents died that semester. I then moved my class to 3 p.m. No more deaths. And that, my friends, is how I save lives."I expected...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18
Editorial: Searching for the real Adam Putnam

Editorial: Searching for the real Adam Putnam

Send out an Amber Alert for Adam Putnam. The red-haired, affable fellow who has served capably as a state legislator, member of Congress and agriculture commissioner is missing. In his place is a far-right caricature who has branded himself as a prou...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18

Sunday’s letters: As Jews, we should not be afraid to criticize Israel

Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18
Editorial: A strong economic case for restoring voting rights for felons

Editorial: A strong economic case for restoring voting rights for felons

Floridians are paying a steep price for a system that makes it as difficult as possible for people who leave prison to reintegrate into civic life. Gov. Rick Scott’s clemency process isn’t just archaic and cruel — it also wastes enormous public resou...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18
Epilogue: St. Petersburg officer Donald Sigley did ‘community policing’ before it had a name

Epilogue: St. Petersburg officer Donald Sigley did ‘community policing’ before it had a name

ST. PETERSBURG –– While most of the city slept, St. Petersburg police officer Donald Sigley kept the streets safe and taught new officers how to gain respect from residents, whether they needed help or handcuffs.During slow periods, Sigley often summ...
Published: 05/24/18
Updated: 05/25/18