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  1. William March: Capin and Cruz appear destined for District 1 race

    Local Government

    Tampa City Council member Yolie Capin and state Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, appear headed for a primary in the District 1 County Commission race, which has Democrats worried they'll once again have strong candidates competing against each other in primaries, to the detriment of their chances against Republicans.

    Times Correspondent William March
  2. Joe Henderson: Teaching profession in Florida degraded, devalued

    Columns

    There was an eye-grabbing headline across the top of the front page in your Tampa Bay Times last Monday. It declared, "Fewer learning to teach."

    The University of South Florida College of Education, where enrollment has dropped 40 percent since 2010, mirrors a national trend.
  3. Kimmins Protégé-Mentor Program a crash course on business know-how

    Business

    TAMPA

    Williams Landscape Management Company was founded 30 years ago with one employee.

    Marisela Linares and Jorge Castro listen to speakers during a workshop at the Kimmins Contracting Corporation on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.   Kimmins Contracting Corporation is handling road construction projects Jeff Vinik's company as he remakes the Channel District. To do some outreach, the company is partnering with three minority contractors, but it's a unique partnership with Kimmins not only giving them the opportunity, but taking them through a series of workshops. It's essentially providing training to the subcontractors so they will be in position to get other contracts.
  4. Terrier Tri brings unique triathlon training to South Tampa

    Business

    Over a decade ago, Robert Pennino traded late nights in the music studio for early mornings in the Terrier Tri cycle studio.

    Terrier Tri, a cycling studio in South Tampa celebrates a grand opening on June 27. Photo courtesy of Tess Hipp.
  5. New bistro hopes to serve as 'adult Chuck E. Cheese'

    Business

    YBOR CITY — Inside Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy, a new restaurant opening in Ybor City, customers will find a mix of family recipes, games and secrecy.

    Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy readies to open in Ybor City. Photo courtesy of Cheezy's Bistro and Speakeasy.
  6. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Heroes Ball

    Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, be amazed by circus feats, try your luck at the Midway games and help buy a pediatric transport ambulance at the third annual Heroes Ball, urged ringmasters Bob and Lorraine Dutkowsky, co-chairs for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Foundation on …

    Heroes Ball co-chairs Lorraine and Bob Dutkowsky welcome St. Joseph's Children's  Hospital Foundation supporters to Under the Big Top at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on June 17.
  7. Equality Florida leader honored at Tampa U2 concert

    Briefs

    TAMPA — Equality Florida director Nadine Smith couldn't attend last week's U2 concert in Tampa, but she can tell you which of her friends had great seats for the June 14 show at Raymond James Stadium.

    Nadine Smith, Equality Florida founder and CEO, received a unique distinction last week when U2 included her in a montage of photos saluting activism and women leaders.
  8. Committee ranks bidders for Downtown Temple Terrace

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — A company that wants to build a bank, retail building and two restaurants in the Downtown Temple Terrace redevelopment area received the highest ranking by a committee reviewing bids to buy city-owned property there.

    Martin Hudson, who has been fascinated with cities since childhood, is in charge of making sure the downtown Temple Terrace gets done. He’s confident “We can do this.’’
  9. Joe Henderson: Brandon High teammates relive hoop dreams

    Human Interest

    Memories of a special time can echo across miles and decades. They can bring people back to Brandon from as far away as Texas to celebrate something they achieved together.

    Brandon High School basketball coach Jan Bennett exhorts his players during the 1977 game when the Eagles defeated Robinson High in double overtime.
  10. Temple Terrace special election for mayor set for October

    Briefs

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Help Wanted: The ideal candidate who will cheerily represent the city at countless events around the Tampa Bay area and spend long evening hours at least twice a month conducting City Council meetings. Pay is $59, plus change, per week.

    Robert Boss, Temple Terrace councilmember and vice-mayor, is conducting city meetings.
  11. Sculptor Donald Gialanella, creator of Dalí mustache, steels himself to life with Parkinson's

    Human Interest

    Steel. It's steady. It's firm.

    Not like the body that sculptor Donald Gialanella is left with, wracked on the right side by tremors from Parkinson's disease.

    Sculptor Don Gialanella looks through pieces of scrap steel Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Tampa Steel & Supply. The well known artist has created numerous sculptures including the Dali Mustache located at the museum in St. Petersburg, along with numerous others. Gialanella, who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, is wondering how much longer he can continue to use his hands to create his works.
  12. Truck delivers authentic Thai to Seminole Heights

    Business

    In Seminole Heights sits a tiny, yellow food truck sporting a black bow tie. Inside, customers will find Terrell Mitchell, the chef behind Bow Thai food truck, preparing dishes like chicken massaman curry and pad Thai, recipes he learned directly from Thai native Pikul Morelow.

    Bow Thai, a food truck serving Thai cuisine, recently opened in Seminole Heights. Photo courtesy of Terrell Mitchell.
  13. William March: Tampa pols pick sides on St. Petersburg mayor race

    News

    It's officially a non-partisan race, but that isn't stopping Tampa Democrats and Republicans from lining up with their party's candidates in the St. Petersburg mayor's race.

    Tampa Bay Times Correspondent William March
  14. Howard Altman: MacDill stops taking 'M' state ID cards; veterans need guide-dog volunteers

    Macdill

    Motorists from four "M" states trying to use their driver's licenses as identification to enter MacDill Air Force Base are now out of luck.

    Southeastern Guide Dogs is seeking families to help raise puppies that may be used to help veterans.
  15. Seminar aims to raise awareness of mortality issues

    Health

    TAMPA — Tampa General Hospital nurse Barbara Turner, a 22-year veteran, said too often she has witnessed families struggle with difficult end-of-life decisions without knowing if they meet the wishes of their dying relative.