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This wounded Parkland student marches on Washington even though she has to use a cane

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 16:03:00 -0400

ARLINGTON, VA - In the weeks leading up to the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., Marjory Stoneman Douglas High sophomore Ashley Baez wasn’t sure whether she wanted to go.It wasn’t that the 15-year-old didn’t believe in fighting for stricter gun control laws.Read More: Tampa march for student(image)

New law gives permanent state funding to private ‘pregnancy centers’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:15:00 -0400

Florida’s controversial "pregnancy support centers" will receive permanent state funding under a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Rick Scott.The new law provides funding for the often faith-based organizations that offer emotional support and limited medical services for unplanned pregnancies(image)

Florida adds 26,700 jobs in February, unemployment stays at 3.9 percent

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:53:00 -0400

Another year, another surge in Florida jobs — at least so far. The state added a strong 26,700 jobs in February — double the pace of a month ago — and its unemployment rate stayed steady at a more than 10-year low of 3.9 percent for the sixth straight month. "(The added jobs are) a pretty sizeable(image)

Tariffs on paper will hurt us, and our readers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:31:00 -0400

You have read about the new tariffs on imported aluminum and steel, and on products from China. Now it seems our own business — newspaper printing and publishing — will take some casualties in a trade war over paper. This month, the U.S. government piled huge tariffs onto the imports of newsprint(image)

Wall Street closes down sharply again as U.S.-China trade war looms

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:49:00 -0400

Stocks on Wall Street closed lower Friday, ending the worst week for the S&P 500 in two years, as investors weighed a brewing trade war between China and the United States that could hobble an otherwise healthy global economy.Markets in New York tumbled through the afternoon. The S&P 500 closed 2(image)

Lennar’s new waterfront community in Ruskin is now the ‘Southshore Yacht Club’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0400

Buoyed by the success of its WCI luxury brand and the Westshore Yacht Club in Tampa, Lennar is rebranding its new waterfront community in Ruskin as "Southshore Yacht Club."Two years ago, Lennar, the nation’s biggest home builder, paid $17 million for a site just off U.S. 41 and Shell Point Road(image)

Toys R Us liquidation sales have started, but even deal-seekers are sad

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:41:00 -0400

CLEARWATER — The end of an era set in for shoppers across the country Friday when Toys R Us stores opened their doors, revealing store-wide markdowns in its anticipated liquidation sales.Before the Toys R Us on Countryside Boulevard in Clearwater opened, about two dozen shoppers waited in the(image)

H. Wayne Huizenga, billionaire entrepreneur and Miami sports icon, dies at 80

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:54:00 -0400

H. Wayne Huizenga’s father once offered his boy the kind of sage advice many parents give their children:"You can’t make money working for somebody else."Huizenga, unlike many, listened. And learned.As a result, Huizenga, who died at age 80 in Fort Lauderdale, became the only entrepreneur ever to(image)

Historic Fenway in Dunedin set to reopen as boutique hotel in September

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:41:00 -0400

DUNEDIN — Perhaps the city’s most recognizable landmark building is scheduled to reopen as a boutique hotel in September.Mainsail Lodging & Development is planning to reopen the Fenway Hotel, which has has been undergoing renovations since 2016, according to a news release.The restored hotel, which(image)

As Airbnb’s competitors grow, Florida tax collectors work to strike more deals

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:37:00 -0400

Airbnb may be king pin when it comes to room and home sharing — but it’s not the only player. And some of those other app and website offerings out there may even look cheaper to a vacationer hunting for the best deal by foregoing a hotel for a night in someone else’s house.That’s because most of(image)

Businesses earn top honors from Brandon Chamber

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:34:00 -0400

BRANDON — It’s likely that not all who graced the pews at the Arise Assembly of God at Brandon on March 15 are church goers, but there’s no doubt most everyone’s spirits were lifted high by those honored during a prestigious awards presentation by the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce.Ingrid(image)

Pretzels with a Philly twist

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:27:00 -0400

RIVERVIEW — If you knew what a Wawa was prior to 2012 and you cheered for the "Igles" when they won the Super Bowl on that memorable "Sundi" last month, you will be excited to know that more Philadelphia culture is headed to town.The first Philly Pretzel Factory to hit Hillsborough County plans to(image)

Partners make $5 million bet on Seminole Heights as ‘the coolest part’ of Tampa

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:16:00 -0400

TAMPA — In the past few years, Seminole Heights has morphed into one of Tampa Bay’s trendiest neighborhoods. You can still buy a used Toyota on Florida Avenue but you can also dine at several top-rated restaurants that have made the area a foodie’s mecca.Fast-rising prices have pushed homeownership(image)

No trauma center for Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:15:00 -0400

Florida legislators have put an end to a long squabble over trauma centers in Pinellas County, squashing a request by hospital operator HCA to open a center at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg.A bill passed by the Legislature overhauls regulations overseeing the state’s trauma system by setting(image)

After Dow’s plunge, world markets roiled amid U.S.-China trade war fears

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:57:00 -0400

HONG KONG — Fears of a trade war roiled financial markets and sent the dollar wobbling Friday after Beijing retaliated against the Trump administration’s tariff hikes by threatening import duties on U.S. goods. Stocks plunged on Wall Street after U.S. President Donald Trump imposed sanctions(image)

Epilogue: Virginia Barron Kirkpatrick, owner of Bay Breeze Trailer Park, Clearwater

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:48:00 -0400

CLEARWATER — For the last few years, she enjoyed a routine of sitting at a side window near her violets and orchids to read the newspaper, with the sun shining behind her in a particular way. In the afternoons, she would move to her living room rocker, enjoying her view of Old Tampa Bay. Along with(image)

Billionaire toy executive hopes to raise $800 million via crowdfunding to save Toys R Us

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:15:00 -0400

Isaac Larian, the billionaire toy executive behind Bratz, Little Tikes and L.O.L. Surprise! dolls, wants to save Toys R Us.But first, he wants you to pony up.Larian, the chief executive of toy giant MGA Entertainment, says he and other investors have raised $200 million to acquire parts of the(image)

Hillsborough jobs board delays settlement to former CEO Edward Peachey

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:52:00 -0400

TAMPA –– CareerSource Tampa Bay officials voted Thursday to hold off paying its former leader a $117,000 settlement, a day after Gov. Rick Scott’s administration warned the agency to reconsider its decision to award the money. Former president and CEO Edward Peachey will only get the pay out if(image)

Stock markets plunge — Dow falls 723 points — over worries about China tariffs

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:48:00 -0400

NEW YORK — Stocks plunged Thursday after the Trump administration slapped sanctions on goods and investment from China. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped more than 700 points as investors feared that trade tensions between the world’s largest economies would escalate.The planned sanctions(image)

Duke Energy utility CEO got big boosts to severance, pay

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:22:00 -0400

Times wires and staffRALEIGH, N.C. — Duke Energy Corp.’s board is striving to keep CEO Lynn Good on the job, promising a bigger severance package if she’s forced out the door in addition to raising her pay by 55 percent. A report released Thursday ahead of May’s annual shareholders meeting shows(image)

Pilates inspires woman to open studio in Odessa

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:02:00 -0400

ODESSA — For more than 10 years, Kim Kitchen has reaped the health benefits of doing pilates, and now she is opening up her own pilates studio, Club Pilates Trinity in Odessa. "I was someone who just enjoyed it," said Kitchen, owner. "That’s how I got into the business."Club Pilates Trinity is(image)

So Fresh to open in Westchase

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:58:00 -0400

WESTCHASE — For the last three years, Westchase area resident William Wolf frequently dined at SoFresh in South Tampa. Wanting to have a SoFresh closer to home, Wolf helped convince SoFresh partner John Williams, Jr., to open a new location in Westchase. It is slated to open early this summer."I’ve(image)

South Florida company joins Tampa’s Riverwalk Place project

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:05:00 -0400

TAMPA — A South Florida company that specializes in luxury high-rises has joined developer Larry Feldman’s Riverwalk Place project in Tampa. Two Roads Development, which has been quietly working with Feldman for six months, will be a partner and co-owner of the 50-plus story tower in downtown Tampa(image)

Here’s what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:21:40 -0400

Congressional negotiators reached a tentative agreement Wednesday night on a $1.3 trillion federal spending bill, releasing it to the public just 52 hours before a government shutdown deadline. The draft bill runs 2,232 pages, and we’re going through it so you don’t have to. Here are some key(image)

Tampa Bay jobs centers entered thousands of fictitious phone numbers in state network

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:59:31 -0400

Every time the two local jobs centers help find someone work, the person’s address, birth date and other information is entered into a state database.In more than a quarter of all their entries — more than 35,000 over a four-year period — CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource TampaBay included the(image)