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  1. Turner, retired Tampa Electric VP and 'luckiest guy ever,' dead at 90

    Obituaries

    TAMPA — Each week for half a century, you could find Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. holding court at the Columbia Restaurant with the Ybor City Rotary Club, eventually as its president.

    Retired Tampa Electric Co. executive Heywood Axtell Turner Jr. died Feb. 17, 2017, at age 90. [Courtesy of Turner family]
  2. Celebrations call for bundt cake specialities

    Business

    When a new bakery on Dale Mabry Highway opens in the spring, friends and families can celebrate with chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon and white chocolate raspberry cakes, the top flavors featured at Nothing Bundt Cakes.

    Nothing Bundt Cakes is all about celebrations at their new South Tampa location. Photo courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes.
  3. New Seminole Heights business expands your what-to-wear options

    Business

    Pacing back and forth between the closet and the bureau until all the discarded clothes cover the bedroom floor in a tornado of colors is not a fun beginning to a night out.

    Valhalla opened in Seminole Heights on Feb. 18, offering shoppers a "limitless closet". Photo courtesy of Valhalla.
  4. Cost rising to create 'quiet zone' in downtown Tampa for train horns

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The cost of creating a "quiet zone" for train horns in downtown Tampa started at $2.7 million, but now has risen to more like $3.17 million.

    A CSX train leaves downtown Tampa along the tracks under the William F. Poe Parking Garage. The sound of train horns warning motorists has become a bigger problem as the number of people living in downtown Tampa has grown in recent years. [Times file, 2015]
  5. March column: Cohen faces challenge in plan to slow traffic on Bayshore

    Politics

    City Council member Harry Cohen has had a few hot potatoes on his plate recently, and he may be about to get another — proposed changes that would make Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly but less efficient as a commuter thoroughfare.

    City plans call for making Bayshore Boulevard more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, in part by reducing the speed limit to 35 mph. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  6. Bar review: Hotel Bar in Tampa offers famous cocktails

    Bars & Spirits

    Cocktail culture has seen a revival so thorough and so ubiquitous that it seems impossible to add anything to the conversation.

    Hotel Bar in Tampa serves classic cocktails from hotel bars. Here’s the Moonwalk, said to be the first drink taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin upon returning to Earth.
  7. Hooper: Bethune portrayal underscores importance of Black History Month

    Education

    She stepped up to the stage after the dynamic speaker shared her thoughts on education, on race, on creating one of Florida's most prestigious historically black colleges.

    Evelyn Bethune, the granddaughter of legendary educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune, poses with Ersula Odom and Ashley Robertson, curator/director of the Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation. Odom portrays Mary McLeod Bethune and received an endorsement from both Bethune and Robertson after a recent performance in Daytona Beach.
  8. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    20th annual Cattle Baron's Ball

    Tampa and Los Angeles area Red Cross Tiffany Circle founder Jill Valenti, left, thanks Lorraine Dutkowsky, Marsha Dickey and board chairman Steve Dickey for their support at lunch aboard Holland America’s ms Oosterdam on Feb 17.
  9. Law professor launches running apparel line

    Business

    TAMPA — Six years ago, she became a runner, first barely making it to the end of the block, constantly putting one foot in front of the other.

    Karen Fultz, a local attorney and law professor, has launched a line of running apparel  that allows the fitness-focused running in cooler weather to access their wrist monitors while wearing a long-sleeve top.
  10. District recognizes LEAD winners

    K12

    PLANT CITY — Hillsborough County School District partnered with the Plant City Black Heritage Organization to recognize the winners of its annual Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream (LEAD) student contest in recognition of Black History Month.

  11. Ruth: Here's more proof that Hillsborough is where transportation ideas go to die

    Columns

    I am absolutely convinced there is a vast, endless warehouse somewhere in Hillsborough County similar to the final scene in the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark that is filled to capacity with decades of blueprints, studies, reports, analyses, models, plans and proposals to deal with the region's …

    Tampa lacks access to buses and other mass transit, columnist Dan Ruth says, thanks to a decades-old chorus of nos, boos and never. Blame voters asked to fund transit efforts and countless county commissions. [Times file, 2012]
  12. SoHo, Hyde Park retail expansion includes new Montecristo cigar store

    Retail

    TAMPA — South Howard is getting a cigar bar.

    Construction barricades, cones and heavy equipment line West Swann Avenue in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Developers say the work is nearly finished. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  13. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door

    Business

    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    The Nutrition Factory founders Michael Youssef and Joseph Galloway stand in front of the new location. Photo courtesy of The Nutrition Factory.
  14. Sunday Conversation: Doretha Edgecomb

    Human Interest

    Former Hillsborough County school board member Doretha Edgecomb may be retired but don't expect her to slow down any time soon. In the last month, she's helped H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center launch the George Edgecomb Society, a cancer outreach program targeting the African-American community. It's named after her late …

    Former Hillsborough County School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb received the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s 2017 Community Impact Award on Thursday.
  15. Group uses film to push against state's proposed gun legislation

    Politics

    The day after a quiet 2012 Thanksgiving spent with family in Chicago, Lucy McBath answered a phone call from her ex-husband, Ron Davis. Their son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, had been shot.