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Teacher in duct-taping incident faces School Board vote today

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County School Board is scheduled to vote today on whether to take formal action against a Potter Elementary School teacher who is accused of duct-taping a kindergart …


Skinny, the 41-pound cat in Texas, slims down to 19 pounds (w/video)


A 'happy' Jeb Bush takes presidential campaign to Central Florida


  1. Oldest ever giant panda celebrates with bamboo, veggie cake


    HONG KONG — The oldest giant panda ever in captivity tasted a vegetable ice cake and, of course, bamboo in celebration of her 37th birthday.

    Giant panda Jia Jia tastes her birthday cake made with ice and vegetables at Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 as she celebrates her 37-year-old birthday. Jia Jia broke the Guinness World Records title for "Oldest Panda Living in Captivity" on Tuesday. [KIN CHEUNG | AP]
  2. Tell Me About It: Parents' support isn't about the money


    Q: I have this overwhelming anger or jealousy toward my younger brother because of how "easily" his life seems to come for him. One example, I paid for community college on my own, and when I decided to go to a university, my parents co-signed for a semester but said I needed to figure it out after that. I could …

  3. Editorial: Hillsborough should demand more of MOSI


    Hillsborough County officials are sending the right message by calling for a fresh look at the leadership at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. With the museum considering an offer to relocate from north Tampa to downtown, this is an opportunity to re-examine MOSI's mission. It's also time to underscore MOSI's …

    Hillsborough County officials are sending the right message by calling for a fresh look at the leadership at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry.
  4. Tuesday's letters: Equality, opportunity for all


    Clearing obstacles for 25 years | July 26

    Equality, opportunity for all

  5. Another voice: When law enforcement, immigration intersect


    The recent killing of Kathryn Steinle as she walked arm in arm with her father along San Francisco's Embarcadero was horrific, even if the details remain murky. That Steinle's alleged killer had seven previous felony convictions and had been deported five times only makes the incident more complicated and politically …

    My Outfit Monday: Shopping like the enemy

    Today is my last My Outfit Monday before the beginning of college football season (praise emoji), and therefore I must take this final opportunity to step out wearing the on-trend garnet, gold and black palette that for obvious reasons I will be forced to retire until January....


    What in Jeb Bush's record suggests he can untangle DC gridlock?

    "Aren't you tired of the gridlock in Washington DC?," Jeb Bush asked a crowd of several hundred supporters in Maitland Monday. "I know how to do this. Because I was a reform-minded governor who got thing things done in a very purple state -Florida."...


    Kevin Kiermaier hurts eye .... while stretching legs

      So just how did Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier hurt his left eye?
      By stretching his legs before Monday's game.
      Kiermaier said he was using an elastic stretching band about 30 minutes before game time and went to switch feel when the mishap occurred.
      "I had a little too much slack on it when I was switching legs and the band kind of just squared me up right in the eye,''  Kiermaier said. "I don't know how.''
      Kiermaier said he expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday, though the Rays want to see how he is first before committing.
      Kiermaier said he at first thought he was fine, but realized in tryinh to track Yoenis Cespedes first-inning fly ball he was having trouble with blurred vision, and made it worse by continuing to rub it.
       Though he had an RBI bloop double in the fourth he continued to have problems and said by his sixth inning at-bat, when he struck out, "I couldn't see at all.''
     The Rays took him out at that point.
      "It's the most uncomfortable I've felt in the batters box all year,'' Kiermaier said. "I even told (Tigers C Alex) Avila, "I can't see right now.'' (I'm sure he was) like "Okay, cool, this kid can't see right now." I know I probably shouldn't have said that, but I said, you know what, this is a hang-with-'em type of at-bat.''...