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  1. William March: Lee says lieutenant governor should work for a living and get a vote


    It's an old joke that Florida's lieutenant governor, with no duties specified in the state Constitution except to fill in if the governor is disabled or dies, has little to do except monitor the governor's health.

    State Sen. Tom Lee, a member of the state Constitution Revision Commission, has proposed combining the jobs of lieutenant governor and secretary of state to help save a six-figure salary. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  2. Winners emerge at Plant City Pig Jam

    Human Interest

    The Plant City Pig Jam celebrated its 15th anniversary Friday and Saturday with live entertainment and dozens of groups competing to make the best barbecue in the South.

    Gil Horn, a chef with Georgia Big Bozys Smoke House, was one of the few competitors to offer paella and other nontraditional recipes.
  3. Kol Ami celebrates 40 years spiritual connections


    Forty years ago, David and Sharon Cross joined a group of families working to open the North Tampa area's first synagogue.

  4. For the Family's National FAM Awards look to grow in stature

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Numerous individuals sat on the edge of their seats inside the boardroom as they waited to be called during an awards ceremony at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

    Ward Cox, For The Family, Inc., administrator gets ready to announce the first winner of this year’s second annual National FAM Awards.
  5. Joe Henderson: Low-attendance Athletics fund own stadium, how about Rays?


    I would like to believe what Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg talks with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred before the start of a game at  Tropicana Field, a venue both men want out of. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times (2016)]

  6. BayCare's HealthHub breaks ground behind Valrico shopping center


    VALRICO — Health care officials broke ground Thursday on the long anticipated HealthHub at Bloomingdale, which will bring about 150 jobs to an area that's experiencing tremendous growth and provide patients with the latest in technological care.

    Matt Hillman, left, part of BayCare’s innovation and technology team, shows off the latest gadgets to David Davenport, Baycare’s manager of rehabilitation.
  7. Holiday-themed events dot the East Hillsborough landscape


    East Hillsborough residents will have three holiday-themed events to help brighten the season this year.

    The Christmas elves Holly and Dolly will be on hand to greet visitors at Christmas Lane in Plant City.
  8. Sunday Conversation: Tona Bell invites customers to enjoy a 'digital detox'


    Like so many small businesses, Saturday will represent a special day for Paper Seahorse owner Tona Bell. Bell's cozy bungalow business at 211 S Howard features paper and stationery, specialty pens, vintage typewriters and crafts classes. It will offer a number of specials for what's officially dubbed "Small Business …

    Tona Bell traces her fascination with writing, pens and stationery back to her childhood. She now owns the Paper Seahorse in SoHo.
  9. A retail outlet guide to Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping


    For those who plan to flock to the area's major retail outlets during the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, here's a roundup of their holiday plans.

    International Plaza

    Customers spilled into clothing store Aeropostale inside Westfield Brandon Mall during Black Friday last year. Most area retail outlets are hoping for a strong turnout this year on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) and Black Friday.
  10. Making it in America, Ybor(w/video)

    Human Interest

    The first cigar rolled in Tampa's Ybor city in 1885 marked the beginning of one of Florida's

    most famed immigrant enclaves.