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  1. Tell Me About It: Mom's hurt by child's difference from her


    Q: My only child is 28 and lives 1,000 miles away. Said child is self-supporting in a challenging field and professes to look up to me personally and professionally.

  2. Diggin' Florida Dirt: Spring for summer winners with picks from Costa Farms' trial garden

    Home and Garden

    Whether we plan to or not, and whether we need them or not, you can bet we'll buy a plant or five this month. Who can resist? It's spring! Time to shake the frost off our flip-flops and celebrate!

    Big Bounce, an alternative to the popular Impatiens walleriana, which has been nearly wiped out in recent years by a new mildew, is a larger, hearty plant. It’s available in pink and white, but red performed best in Costa Farms’ summer trials.
  3. Kids triathlon at Adventure Island includes free water park ticket


    Adventure Island lets kids show their muscle in a triathlon for tykes, and the first 450 who sign up get a free "stay and play" ticket for the Tampa water park. Set for March 21 at 7:15 a.m., the Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon sends kids off to run, bike and swim in the park's lazy river, Rambling Bayou. The athletes at this …

     Adventure Island in Tampa. (Times files)
  4. Editorial: Public Service Commission ripe for reform


    Electric bills were rising. The Florida Public Service Commission was too cozy with utilities. Homeowners were mad, and the governor and state legislators demanded changes.

  5. Don't miss the chance to vote


    Brother, can you spare a measly, lousy, stinking 10 minutes?

    Given the choice between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota, Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner chose Winston, based on promising things he's heard more than what he's been able to see from his college days.

    Verner: Both QBs great, but edge to Jameis Winston

    The question to be debated for the next two months is whether FSU's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota is better for the Bucs and the No. 1 pick in April's NFL draft, and Bucs cornerback Alterraun Verner was asked for his preference while appearing on the "NFL AM" show on NFL Network on Thursday morning....


    Jeb's tone shifts on Common Core

    National Review caught Jeb Bush's remarks to the Club for Growth at The Breakers in Palm Beach tonight and heard a new tone on Common Core:...


    Former 1B coach George Hendrick made an appearance at camp in his new role as special advisor, and was greeted warmly.

    Live from Port Charlotte: Balfour leaves camp, Hendrick visits

    UPDATE, 1:25: The Rays got their work in despite some light rain....