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  1. 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.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.

  4. Don't miss the chance to vote


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

  5. Get a glimpse at historic Hyde Park homes on Saturday tour


    HYDE PARK — The 13th annual Historic Hyde Park Home Tour offers a peek inside eight residences Saturday, beginning at Kate Jackson Community Center, 821 S Rome Ave.

    This house at 805 S Rome Ave. has been renovated inside but maintains its original, circa 1922 clapboard exterior. It’s one example of eight homes open for public viewing at the 13th annual Historic Hyde Park Home Tour on Saturday.
    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....


    Chris Christie takes CPAC shots at Jeb Bush

    Chris Christie appeared at CPAC today outside Washington and took several shots at Jeb Bush, who is working to stifle Christie's support among center-right Republicans....


    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....