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Tampa International Airport named second best by Conde Nast Traveler readers

tampabay.com — Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:06pm Tampa International Airport was named the second-best airport in the United States by readers of the magazine Conde Nast Traveler. "Tampa's airport feels like a vision of the future from 50 years ago (because it was), but think of this more as the timelessness of TPA," the magazine notes.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @TBTimesBusiness Tampa International Airport named second best by Conde Nast Traveler readers tbtim.es/axd >> gotta like that.

Nov 25, 2014

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Eckerd president blames sexual assault on excess drinking, casual sex

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - Sexual assault on college campuses is a nationwide problem, and Eckerd College, a small liberal arts college on the Gulf of Mexico, is no exception. There have been more than a dozen sex offenses on the private school campus since 2011.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @cornandpotatoes: Local college prez blames campus rapes on drinking/casual sex. Students give him the side-eye. Story by @lisagartner tampabay.com/news/education…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @docfreeride: Eckert president Eastman unclear on what we "ought to blame it [sexual assault] on." Maybe on PEOPLE COMMITTING IT? tampabay.com/news/education…

Nov 25, 2014

Eckert president Eastman unclear on what we "ought to blame it [sexual assault] on." Maybe on PEOPLE COMMITTING IT? tampabay.com/news/education…

Nov 25, 2014

As an alum of @EckerdCollege, I'm angered by President Eastman's victim-blaming attitude towards sexual assault tampabay.com/news/education…

Nov 25, 2014

Local college prez blames campus rapes on drinking/casual sex. Students give him the side-eye. Story by @lisagartner tampabay.com/news/education…

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Gov. Scott admits using private email for public business

tampabay.com — TALLAHASSEE - Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to the Associated Press on Tuesday. Scott has previously said he used a Google email account to communicate with his family and not for state business.

Ranks of super-rich Floridians on the rise

tampabay.com — Tuesday, November 25, 2014 1:03pm Amid recent reports showing stagnant income growth and nearly half of Floridians struggling to afford basic needs comes this fresh insight into the Sunshine State's financial fortunes: The ranks of super-rich Floridians jumped nearly 12 percent last year, the biggest surge among large states.

Attorney for fired Tampa police sergeant seeks dismissal of criminal charges

tampabay.com — TAMPA - An attorney for a former Tampa police sergeant accused of stealing food stamps allocated to a jail inmate wants a judge to dismiss the case. The reason? La Joyce Houston didn't know it was a crime to use another person's welfare funds.
Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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Florida regulators meet to decide future of energy efficiency and solar

tampabay.com — Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:24am TALLAHASSEE - State regulators will convene this morning to decide on proposals by Florida utilities to gut their energy efficiency goals and end solar rebate programs. Today's decisions by the state Public Service Commission would have an impact on energy efficiency programs in Florida for as long as the next decade.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @Carlos_Frias: The Sunshine State discourages solar power MT @craigtimes: #Florida regulators gut energy efficiency goals by 90 % tampabay.com/news/business/…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @craigtimes: #Florida regulators give utilities what they want, gut energy efficiency goals by 90 % tampabay.com/news/business/… via @Consumers_Edge

Nov 25, 2014

#Florida regulators give utilities what they want, gut energy efficiency goals by 90 % tampabay.com/news/business/… via @Consumers_Edge

Nov 25, 2014

That time #Florida regulators approved plan "giving the investor owned utilities virtually everything they wanted." tampabay.com/news/business/…

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Ferguson demonstrations under way in St. Petersburg and Tampa

tampabay.com — Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:48pm Public protests were underway Tuesday afternoon on both sides of Tampa Bay, a response to last night's decision by a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. In St.

Florida Bar suspends Zephyrhills lawyer for misappropriating client money

tampabay.com — The Florida Bar has suspended Zephyrhills lawyer Ronald Lamont Hardin indefinitely for misappropriating client money. Hardin "appeared to be causing great public harm by misappropriating client trust funds," according to a petition for emergency suspension. According to the Bar's petition, Hardin misappropriated at least $21,621.78 from client funds from his trust accounts.
Nov 25, 2014

Florida Bar suspends Zephyrhills lawyer for misappropriating client money: tampabay.com/news/courts/fl…

Nov 25, 2014

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Clearwater police seek bank robber

tampabay.com — Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:08pm CLEARWATER - Police are seeking the public's help to find the suspect in a bank robbery on Tuesday on U.S. 19 in the Countryside area. Police said a man armed with a silver semiautomatic handgun held up the SunTrust Bank at U.S.

Four arrested in multi-county home appliance thefts

tampabay.com — TAMPA - After an undercover investigation, deputies in Hillsborough and Volusia counties have arrested four men on an array of charges in a wave of household appliance thefts. Hillsborough deputies investigating a break-in Monday at 13523 Staghorn Road near Citrus Park determined that several appliances taken from the home had been moved to Avon Park inside a stolen U-Haul truck, the Sheriff's Office said.

Police: One killed in accidental shooting in Pinellas Park

tampabay.com — Tuesday, November 25, 2014 6:57am One person died after a gun was apparently fired accidentally in Pinellas Park early Tuesday, police said. The shooting happened in the 5200 block of 87th Avenue N, according to Pinellas Park police. No further information was immediately available, and the investigation is ongoing.
Nov 25, 2014

Pinellas Park police: Man accidentally shoots himself during argument tampabay.com/news/publicsaf… via @TB_Times

Nov 25, 2014

Oh #Florida! Man argues with wife, threatens to shoot family dog, then accidentally shoots himself. tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…

A Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds and family

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG -- As a little boy, Gay Inskeep's younger son thought everyone across America gathered for Thanksgiving in community settings with family, friends and strangers. For Andrew, it wasn't unusual that his parents, aunt, uncle and neighbors devoted days to shopping, chopping, peeling and baking for the guests they welcomed all Thanksgiving afternoon at Pilgrim Church.

Idina Menzel comiung to Ruth Eckerd Hall this summer

tampabay.com — Get ready for thousands of little princesses singing along to Let It Go. Idina Menzel is bringing her global concert tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearweater at 8 p.m. July 28, the venue announced Tuesday. Menzel is a Tony Award-winning Broadway star with credits including RENT, Wicked and her current role in If/Then.

Police: Woman shot two pit bulls after they bit her mother

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - A woman shot two pit bull terriers Monday evening after the dogs attacked her mother, according to police. Robin Alotaibi, 51, fired three rounds at the pit bulls when they leapt up at Ellen Staples, 69, biting her wrist and hands as she tried to shut a window, St.
Nov 25, 2014

#Florida woman shoots 2 pit bulls that attacked her mother. Dog's owner to be cited for dogs running loose. tampabay.com/news/publicsaf…

Surprise jump in Florida consumer confidence

tampabay.com — Floridians haven't been this confident about economic conditions in a long time - nearly eight years - based on a monthly University of Florida survey released Tuesday. UF researchers found that consumer sentiment jumped two points to hit a post-recession high of 86 in November.

Gov. Scott reboots press shop, hires new Cabinet affairs aide

tampabay.com — Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday announced Monica Russell as his new director of Cabinet affairs and made more changes to his communications shop in advance of his second term in January. Russell, 31, is a University of Florida graduate who was communications director at the state Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) before leaving to work as surrogates director for the Scott re-election campaign.

Downtown St. Petersburg office tower acquired, will get renovation

tampabay.com — ST. PETERSBURG - At its ground-breaking in the early 1980s, the new office tower at 360 Central Ave. was hailed as a turnaround for what everyone conceded was then a dead downtown. Three decades later, downtown is booming and what began as the Florida Federal Savings & Loan tower is getting new owners and a $10 million facelift.
Nov 25, 2014

"Downtown @StPeteFL has a higher quality of life than almost any other downtown in the state,''- says developer tampabay.com/news/business/…

Nov 25, 2014

Downtown St. Petersburg office tower acquired, will get renovation: tampabay.com/news/business/…

ICE! returns to Orlando resort with cool ice wonders

tampabay.com — The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee has once again turned its massive convention center space over to ICE!, its annual winter wonder you can walk through to marvel at 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures. This year features a Nutcracker theme, with lovely carved ballerinas and brightly colored characters courtesy of dye inserted into the ice before carving.

Tech Data's quarterly profit beats estimates

tampabay.com — Tech Data Corp. early Tuesday reported a $41.7 million profit in its fiscal third quarter, beating Wall Street expectations. The Clearwater-based distributor of computer products and other technology, Tampa Bay's largest public company by revenue, said net sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31 were $6.8 billion, up 6 percent from the year-ago period.