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Tampa-Cuba flights doing well as other cities cut back service to the island

TAMPA — When word came that commercial flights between the United States and Cuba would resume after more than five decades, major airlines jumped into the competition for routes. Cuba …

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New poll says Publix has the third best reputation among U.S. companies

TAMPA — A well-known Florida company has climbed to having the third best reputation among the most visible companies in the United States. Publix Super Markets for the third year in a …

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  1. Flight attendant offered impassioned defense of fired Allegiant Air pilot

    Airlines

    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.

    The wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the Allegiant Air pilot fired for making an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport in 2015 has turned into a bitterly contested match.
[JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
]

  2. St. Petersburg art community divided over Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the quest to commission the work of acclaimed artist Janet Echelman for the Pier pushes ahead, discontent simmers in art circles.

    St. Petersburg artist Jon Hair, who created oversized sculptures for the U.S. Olympic Committee, the cities of Beijing and Shanghai and mascots for various universities, wants to create a massive 108-foot wide, 30-foot-high blue whale with other life-size marine life called Oceanica for the Pier District project.  [Courtesy of Jon Hair]
  3. JCPenney to close 130-140 stores, plus Lakeland distribution center

    Retail

    Long-struggling JCPenney announced Friday morning it is closing 130 to 140 stores nationwide in the next few months, in addition to shuttering its distribution center in Lakeland.

    This Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, photo shows a sale sign in a JCPenney store in Pittsburgh. The store announced on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that it was closing 130-140 stores, including a Lakeland distribution center. [Associated Press]
  4. Grand jury calls Florida agency inept and ill-suited to probe condo complaints

    Real Estate

    In Pasco County, residents of one community were shocked when their homeowners association approved a special assessment for new roofs even though a study showed most of the existing roofs still had years of "useful life.''

    Residents of Weymouth, from left, Barbara Hospel, 79, Angelo Anello, 68, Jim Dolan, 44, and David Coreen, 46, stand in front of Dolan's villa in the neighborhood of 234 villas in Land O' Lakes last week. They are among those who disagreed with the neighborhood homeowner's association over assessments for new roofs on all the villas -- and the way it was approved and managed. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. Two Tampa tech startups get $1.5 million from angel investors

    Business

    TAMPA — For a couple of local tech startups, the money from investors is just as green, even if it is coming from nontraditional sources.

    Santosh Govindaraju, CEO of Convergent Capital Partners LLC of Tampa, is making a personal investment of $1.2 million into tech start-up Harness.
[Handout photo]
  6. PunditFact: Website wrong with attack on Donald Trump, Dakota Access Pipeline

    Business

    The statement

    Says Donald Trump was "caught investing in (the) Dakota Pipeline before signing it."

    President Donald Trump shows off his executive order advancing the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline on Jan. 24. It is unknown if he still owns stock in Phillips 66, which AP says owns a share of the pipeline.