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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. USF professors honored as AAAS Fellows


    Six University of South Florida professors whose research efforts span biology, engineering, chemistry and business have been selected as Fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the organization announced Nov. 20.

    Jennifer Lewis is one of six University of South Florida professors honored on Nov. 20 as an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow.
  3. 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.
  4. FDOT considers transit, other options for improving Fowler Avenue in USF area


    TAMPA — A new study eventually could lead to better traffic flow on Fowler Avenue while offering a variety of transportation options.

    Fowler Avenue is a main corridor in the university area and could see changes in the future, perhaps even elevated lanes. [LENORA LAKE   |   Special to the Times]
  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. Temple Terrace picks Paragon for redevelopment area

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — City Council members have put off building apartments on its downtown redevelopment property for the time being and have unanimously chosen a bank and retail stores on the corner of Bullard Parkway and 56th Street.

    Temple Terrace Council member David Pogorilich questioned the wisdom of using most of the space in the sector north of Winn-Dixie before seeing if the Paragon project on the corner could attract even more retail stores.
  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. Epilogue: Hermanda DeRoos O'Connor, social grand dame 1939-2017

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Had she known she would be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 66, Hermanda de Roos O'Connor would have organized a gala or fashionable fundraiser every day of the week to fund a cure.

    Tampa social grande dame Hermanda deRoos O’Connor died Sept. 4, 2017 of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  10. 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.