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  1. 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)]

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. William March: Why Jose Vazquez had to campaign from a prison cell


    Jose Vazquez, Democratic nominee in the Dec. 19 state House District 58 special election, doesn't seem like a criminal.

    Jose Vazquez, who worked in politics in Puerto Rico, blames his legal problems on factors including his unfamiliarity with Florida driving laws. [Times file]
  8. Editorial: It's time to renew community's commitment to Tampa Theatre


    New attention to downtown Tampa as a place to live, work and play is transforming the area at a dizzying pace. Credit goes to recent projects, both public and private, such as the Tampa River Walk, new residential towers, a University of South Florida health center, Water Works Park, and the new community crossroads of …

    A freshly painted griffin adorns the upper lobby of the Tampa Theatre, now underghoing a $6 million renovation that includes replacing all 1,41o seats. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  9. Joe Henderson: Require coding in schools? How about pushing technical skills


    As if public schools don't have enough headaches, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently interjected himself into the debate about how best to train young minds.

    Students work on book cover designs using Mac desktop computers in the Commercial Academy at Tampa Bay Tech High in Tampa. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  10. Howard Altman: Missing records confound veterans on base exchange website


    In the more than three decades that I have been toiling at various paragraph factories, few stories have elicited as much response as the one I wrote about the new program to allow all honorably discharged veterans to shop at military base exchanges like the one at MacDill Air Force Base.

    Anyone honorably discharged from the military can now shop online through the militarty base excchange, which fills some of its orders from the exchange building at MacDill Air Force Base. But some veterans finding it hard to sign up. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA   |   Times]