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  1. Comic book store owner returns to early labor of love


    SOUTH TAMPA — The first comic book Peter Sanders ever read as a child was the early X-Men.

    Superman the New 52 comic is among the collection Peter Sanders will offer at his new South Tampa store. Photo courtesy of Peter Sanders.
  2. Brandies: Be careful where you plant those 'little' trees

    Home and Garden

    If you make mistakes with annuals, perennials, or even shrubs, it is easy to fix the situation.

    Started from a seedling, this loquat gives good fruit every spring, but it is too close to the house and someone has to get up on the roof to prune it every year. Bad mistake.
  3. West Tampa chamber tabs native to help boost development


    WEST TAMPA — Jeanette LaRussa Fenton retired in January after 41 years of public service with Hillsborough County and most recently, the city of Tampa.

    The West Tampa historic district with its old cigar factories can help stimulate a prosperous new era for the region, its boosters say.
  4. March column: Constitution another uphill battle for Arthenia Joyner


    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa says serving as one of the small minority of Democrats on the state's Constitutional Revision Commission will be "just a continuation of the battle I've been in since I've been here."

    Former state Sen. Arthenia Joyner of Tampa is one of three current or former Democratic legislators named to the state Constitutional Revision Commission.
  5. Developer Quintela pursuing historic renaissance of Ybor City

    Real Estate


    Ariel Quintela never lived among the cobbled streets of Ybor City, but he is working to keep history alive in this one-time cigar capital with its deep ties to his native Cuba.

    Cuban-born developer Ariel Quintela tours the Don Vicente de Ybor Inn.
  6. Girl Scouts flip for Retton, Women of Distinction

    Human Interest

    TAMPA —- The first woman to be on a box of Wheaties, tiny Mary Lou Retton, overcame tremendous odds to win America's first Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics in 1984.

    Doretha Edgecomb shakes Olympian Mary Lou Retton’s hand during the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Tuesday March 21, 2017, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, in Tampa, Fla. The honorees were chosen for success in their fields and for serving as role models for local girls.
  7. Henderson: Chaotic classroom is often precursor for failure


    The state of Florida uses a complex formula based on 11 categories of student achievement to grade its public schools, but perhaps the most important contributor to success can't be measured by a standardized test.

    I'm talking about parental involvement.

    You know it when you see it.

    You know it when …

    It appears there are challenges at Potter Elementary to a provision of the school district handbook: “Each school must be free from disruption that would interfere with the teachers’ right to teach and the students’ right to learn.”
  8. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more


    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …

  9. Guest column: Pesticide Curfew too dangerous to use on golf courses again


    Even among the thousands of bright green golf courses across the nation that routinely douse their fairways with pesticides and fertilizers, the nasty Dow worm-killer known as "Curfew" has had a hard time finding suitors. The highly toxic, drift-prone fumigant — used to kill the microscopic worms called nematodes …

    The Tampa Sports Authority says nematode infestation is so serious at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in north Tampa that it has no choice but to apply the dangerous pesticide Curfew.
  10. 'Mama Tribe' creates bonds beyond mommy wars


    The mamas gather together, infants on hip and toddlers underfoot, but this is not a play date.

    hillswhitman032417: Mama Tribe founder Dora Smyka with her son Orion at the park. Photo special to the Times by Danielle Lhotka.
  11. Sunday Conversation: Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins


    Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins doesn't hesitate to pull out charts and graphs when asked about the school district's improving graduation rates. Even when Eakins grapples with budget challenges, a demanding school board, administrative changes and struggling inner-city schools, the 3.1 point …

    Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins, seen here addressing more than 600 new incoming teachers during a district wide orientation, last year, is excited about the district’s improving graduation rates.
  12. Former Funkadelic vocalist now singing a new message


    Parliament/Funkadelic founding member and vocalist Calvin Simon remembers the old days, but he doesn't refer to them as good.

    Calvin Simon, once a member of the legendary funk group Parliament/Funkadelic, now lives in San Antonio and records gospel music.
  13. Hooper: Black Marriage Day points up value of two-parent households



    Looking to promote Black Marriage Day, Stephanie McNeal-Brown recently found herself in a bit of a funk.

    Grow Women founder Stephanie McNeal-Brown said her promotion of Black Marriage Day is as much about her own four children as it is about helping the African-American community.
  14. Editorial: 'Troubled Waters' a call to action for saving Florida's lifeblood


    In Tampa, the river turns green in celebration this time of year thanks to the Irish pride that Mayor Bob Buckhorn delights in sharing. Elsewhere in Florida, a green river means environmental disaster from fish-killing algae blooms fed by nutrient runoff. Still, the Hillsborough River and other local waterways face the …

    A giant sinkhole opened in August at a Mosaic phosphate plant in Mulberry, one of two environmental disasters featured in a new documentary about Florida's precious waters. The other is the algae blooms that polluted waterways on the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times]
  15. Audience wowed by opening of 'destination' theater, Riverview 14 GDX


    GIBSONTON — People stepped into the Goodrich Quality Theaters' GDX auditorium Thursday and immediately looked up in awe at the floor-to-ceiling screens.

    Goodrich Quality Theaters hopes its new Riverview 14 GDX will draw its audience from all across the Tampa area.