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Existing medical marijuana providers would have edge in Hillsborough under proposed rules

Existing medical marijuana providers would have edge in Hillsborough under proposed rules

TAMPA — Medical marijuana businesses already approved by the state would get a significant leg up on future competition under regulations being considered in Hillsborough County.Draft language of the new rules — which could be approved as...
Updated: 10 hours ago
A guiding light for blind runners

A guiding light for blind runners

TAMPA — Thousands of souls ran from downtown Saturday morning in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K.They saw skyscrapers rise up, the river flow under bridges, mansions and palm trees over Bayshore Boulevard, and the sun shine on the fi...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Bar review: Hotel Bar in Tampa offers famous cocktails

Bar review: Hotel Bar in Tampa offers famous cocktails

Cocktail culture has seen a revival so thorough and so ubiquitous that it seems impossible to add anything to the conversation.First, it was Prohibition-era aesthetics being embraced, with drinks made popular during the times of sinister-tasting bath...
Published: 02/23/17
In Harm's Way: Alone with a gun, her innocent curiosity brought a lifetime of scars

In Harm's Way: Alone with a gun, her innocent curiosity brought a lifetime of scars

PORT RICHEY — It sounded like a picture frame hitting the floor.  "Mackenzie?" Jessica Piascik called out to her 2-year-old daughter, who moments earlier had darted into the master bedroom.  No answer.  Piascik hurried to the girl. She found...
Published: 02/24/17
NASCAR's Drive for Diversity helps dreams come true for bay area brothers

NASCAR's Drive for Diversity helps dreams come true for bay area brothers

DAYTONA BEACH — Collin Cabre's NASCAR dreams were nearing the end of their road.The son of a stay-at-home mom and attorney investigator didn't have a pile of cash to buy his next ride. And without more money, the Thonotosassa native and Armwood...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Time for Bucs to start finding playmakers

Time for Bucs to start finding playmakers

TAMPA — The Bucs feel the need for speed, especially on offense, where coach Dirk Koetter noted how their fuse kept going out on explosive plays last season."We need more speed, and when we say playmakers, playmakers and explosive plays are one...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Henderson: Reeves trial raises questions about impact of 'stand your ground'

Henderson: Reeves trial raises questions about impact of 'stand your ground'

Dade City and Tallahassee are separated by 244 miles of asphalt highway, so you might not think what happens in one place has much to do with the other. But they do. The agenda in the state capital may help explain why 74-year Curtis Reeves is in a D...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Gasparilla Distance Classic notebook: Former Olympian Joan Benoit wins age group

Gasparilla Distance Classic notebook: Former Olympian Joan Benoit wins age group

TAMPA — Among the thousands of participants on Day 1 of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic, one name on the stat sheet easily stood out from the rest Saturday: Joan Benoit.Benoit, an Olympic gold medalist in the 1984 women's marathon and tw...
Updated: 9 hours ago
That six-seat electric car you see around downtown is officially a limo

That six-seat electric car you see around downtown is officially a limo

TAMPA — A "stretch golf cart" is one of the more irreverent descriptions of the six-seat electric cars that putter around downtown Tampa.But now the Downtowner can officially claim the cachet of being a limousine, albeit a low-speed, non-luxury...
Published: 02/24/17
Flight attendant offered impassioned defense of fired Allegiant Air pilot

Flight attendant offered impassioned defense of fired Allegiant Air pilot

The wrongful termination lawsuit filed by an Allegiant Air pilot fired for making an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in 2015 has turned into a bitterly contested match as it marches toward a July 31 trial date in Nevada...
Published: 02/24/17
James Museum gives St. Petersburg a new option for downtown office space

James Museum gives St. Petersburg a new option for downtown office space

ST. PETERSBURG — Amid a hub of construction and closed sidewalks, the opening of the new Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is months away, but leasing for its prime downtown retail and office space has begun.The museum at 10...
Published: 02/20/17
Updated: 02/23/17
Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90

Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90

TAMPA — Each week for half a century, you could find Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. holding court at the Columbia Restaurant with the Ybor City Rotary Club, eventually as its president.He once went 23 years without missing a meeting.Mr. Turner threw...
Published: 02/24/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 25

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 25

Stomp!: The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments in an explosive performance. 8 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.Bertie Higgins: The Tarpon Springs native known for his...
Published: 02/24/17
In Harm's Way: What could Florida lawmakers do to keep kids from being shot?

In Harm's Way: What could Florida lawmakers do to keep kids from being shot?

TALLAHASSEE — When the annual 60-day legislative session gets under way next month, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will be looking for ways to keep Florida's kids safe from guns.Statewide, the number of children killed by guns has risen n...
Published: 02/25/17
Tampa woman sees surviving cat as gift after losing six pets to house fire

Tampa woman sees surviving cat as gift after losing six pets to house fire

TAMPA — Florence White couldn't sit anywhere in her South Tampa home without the menagerie nearby, curled up on her lap or by her feet. Even walking to the bathroom, she could count on at least some of her six cats and the dog — a pitbull...
Published: 02/23/17
Updated: 02/24/17
JCPenney to close 130-140 stores, including Lakeland distribution center

JCPenney to close 130-140 stores, including Lakeland distribution center

JCPenney announced plans Friday morning to close about 130-140 stores nationwide in the next few months, in addition to a distribution center in Lakeland.In a statement posted on the company's website, chairman and CEO Marvin R. Ellison said the deci...
Published: 02/24/17
Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

Worshippers relocate after arson fire damages Thonotosassa mosque

THONOTOSASSA — A call from a security company roused Mazen Bondogji from sleep about 2 a.m. Friday. The sprinklers at the Daarus Salaam Mosque had been activated, a company representative told Bondogji, who serves on the mosque's board.Bondogji...
Published: 02/24/17
March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore

March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore

City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter th...
Published: 02/24/17
Protesters hold mock town hall meeting in Tampa with cardboard Marco Rubio

Protesters hold mock town hall meeting in Tampa with cardboard Marco Rubio

TAMPA — His face was posted on popsicle sticks, printed on a life-sized cutout and hidden in Where's Waldo? styled puzzles. His name was printed on T-shirts and written on posters. But Sen. Marco Rubio was thousands of miles away from Wednesday...
Published: 02/23/17
Community Roundtable honors volunteer Raysick, Portamento of Hope charity

Community Roundtable honors volunteer Raysick, Portamento of Hope charity

BRANDON — Walt Raysick and Lela Lilyquist know there are rewards to be reaped by doing good deeds.But, unlike some volunteers, the only payment they seek for their selflessness is in satisfying their own souls rather than seeing their names in ...
Published: 02/24/17