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  1. Republicans face primary in whirlwind special election for Plant City-area House seat

    Elections

    PLANT CITY — With qualifying completed this week, the field is set in a whirlwind special election to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City — and the race could come down to two candidates in a Republican primary, Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure.

    Yvonne Fry is one of two Republican candidates with strong Plant City ties to quality for a special election in state House District 58.
  2. Sarah Whitman: In the wake of Charlottesville, America must do better

    Religion

    TAMPA — Charlottesville happened.

    Nearly 250 years into our country's story, Americans maintain the right to say and even do what to me (and I pray you), seem like unthinkable things.

    More than 80 people attended an event at St. Patrick Catholic Church aimed at promoting a civil dialogue regarding immigration. The event occurred a day after the outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Va., created by a clash between white supremacists and counter protesters.
  3. Howard Altman: Former South Korean commando leader liked Trump's 'fire and fury'

    Macdill

    President Donald Trump kicked off a firestorm over his statement that a missile attack from North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

    Former South Korean commando leader In-Bum Chun, shown here during a ceremony at  Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, said President Trump used the right tone when he threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with "fire and fury." [ JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times, 2015]


  4. Ernest Hooper: Women earning more through training in manufacturing jobs

    News

    Without aid of glasses, contact lenses or Lasik surgery, Hiroko Kato has clearer vision — when it comes to her career.

    Manufacturing isn't solely rooted in grimy jobs, many women are learning through the Manufacturing Alliance, a partnershipof the Hillsborough County Commission, Hillsborough Community College, Hillsborough County Public Schools and CareerSource. [Getty Images]

  5. Castor honors immigrants, promotes diversity at Town 'N Country town hall

    Politics

    TAMPA — Originally, they came from Spain, Cuba, Panama and the Dominican Republic. They pursued a better life and the opportunity to become productive citizens in their new country.

    hillscastor081817: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor looks on as Victor Fernandez, a retired educator, speaks about his American Dream award.
 Photo by Joey Johnston
  6. Daniel Ruth: Duck & Cover? Fix a drink, instead, if a nuclear bomb ever threatens

    Columns

    I am a child of the "Duck & Cover" generation.

    Threats of thermonuclear attack bring to mind the safety advice that school children received during the Cold War, driven in part by an arms race that included the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "Ivy Mike," pictured here, was  set off in 1952 on the Enewetak atoll in the Pacific Ocean. [Los Alamos National Laboratory via The New York Times]
  7. Haze causes precautionary evacuation at Brandon Regional

    News

    BRANDON — Pediatric patients at Brandon Regional Hospital were evacuated Monday night after a faulty air conditioner spewed smoke into the building, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue said.

  8. Fine dining now offered at former smokehouse

    Business

    PLANT CITY — Country line dancing lessons and smoked hog wings have given way to New York strips au Poivre and lobster tails as a new, formal dining option called Crossroads Seafood and Steakhouse has opened in the former Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill location.

    Laura Nogle has opened Crossroads Seafood and Steakhouse in Plant City.
  9. Chicago-themed mobile escape room brings puzzle fun to you

    Business

    VALRICO — Eric Matus grew up a Green Bay Packers fan from Wisconsin near the Illinois border, and moved here seven years ago — like so many other transplants — for the weather.

    Eric Matus of Valrico has launched what he believes to be just the second mobile escape room in the United States. 
  10. Editorial: Get help, don't do something stupid if your pet proves too much for you

    Editorials

    It's important to realize when you're getting in over your head with a pet. It's just as important, at that point, to do the right thing. Not everyone does, as we saw in the headlines last week. Authorities were trying to find the cowardly motorist who was caught on video as he abandoned a dog near the busy intersection …