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Fewer Florida high schools get A's, but graduation rates inch higher

The number of Florida high schools earning an A in the last academic year fell by 25 percent as the state again changed its grading criteria. The state's graduation rate, meanwhile, inched u …


Organization relocating to Tampa; announcement coming in January

TAMPA — Economic development officials are planning a big announcement in 2015. The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. said it will announce the relocation of an organizatio …


  1. Disney World announces dates for Star Wars Weekends


    Star Wars actors, stormtroopers and other characters will once again be stationed at Walt Disney World in May and June for the 2015 edition of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The lineup of celebrities hasn't been released yet, but nerds at least know now that on Fridays, Saturdays and …

    Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest Star Wars Weekends with meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more. Walt Disney World Resort
  2. Find A Friend: Glacier the Chinese Shar-Pei/German Rottweiler mix


    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Looking for a pal that exudes cool? Meet Glacier. Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rottweiler mix is housetrained, healthy and sits politely to take a treat. Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs …

    Looking for a pal that exudes inter-continental cool? Ask Santa for a meet-and-greet with Glacier! Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rotweiler mix is housetrained, healthy, and sits politely to take a treat. Super sunny Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs (no kiities, please). Glacier (ID#23988845) is in fostercare waiting for your call to (813) 744-5660. Adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more for just $20 from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to
  3. Editorial: Obama's new Cuba policy long past due, good for Florida


    President Barack Obama began burying the last vestiges of the Cold War by ordering the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba. The bold and sweeping measure will expose Cubans to democracy, open trade opportunities for the United States, particularly in Florida, and strengthen America's influence in the Western …

  4. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday Dec. 19


    Phantom of the Opera: This production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and stunning scenic designs. It's the tale of a beautiful soprano who is the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. At 8 p.m. at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $25-$128.50. (813) …

    23. Surprise Cherry Balls
  5. Letters: Lower gas prices are still costing us


    Gas price bonanza?

    Lower prices are still costing us

    Amid the euphoria generated by the drop in fuel prices, I fear we are again demonstrating a tendency to ignore the flip side of the coin. I am not referring to the financial losses sustained by producers, brokers and refiners. Just as they …

    Kathy Castor

    Move over Miami, Tampa now has big say on Cuba policy too

    Turn on cable TV and you won't have to wait long to see images of Cuban exiles outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami denouncing President Obama for restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. It's easy for anyone outside of Florida, or even in most of Florida, to assume those images reflect Florida as a whole....


    Women in Clothes

    Deal Divas Gift Guide: Fashion books

    As professional writers, we're all pretty big book nerds here. And as fashion junkies, we're especially big nerds for fashion books. Sound like someone in your life? We wanted to list a few of the beautiful and interesting fashion reads that have arrived at DDHQ over the holiday season and throughout the year, perfect last minute gifts for the stylish reader in your life. It totally helps, by the way, that I sit next to the Tampa Bay Times book editor. We spend lots of time oohing and ahhing over the pretty pages that show up in the review pile. Why not you?...