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BUCKHORN TELLS TAMPA IN ANNUAL SPEECH: ‘LOOK AT US NOW, JUST LOOK AT US NOW’
It may or may not have been his last State of the City address, but Mayor Bob Buckhorn left it all on the stage Friday. In a forceful speech that took shots at Tallahassee, celebrated the city’s diversity, listed his accomplishments as mayor and gave advice for voters about to select his successor, the two-term mayor clearly reveled in his role as booster in chief.
LIGHTNING-CAPITALS: TIMES STAFF PREDICTIONS FOR THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
Who will win the Tampa Bay-Washington Eastern Conference final, which starts tonight at Amalie Arena? The Times sports staff offers its picks.
FLORIDA VOTING OFFICIALS FIRE BACK AT RUBIO’S CRITICISM OVER CYBER-THREATS
As the threat of another attempted cyber attack hovers ominously over Florida’s 2018 election, voting officials in the state are livid at U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio for claiming they are "overconfident" and not taking the possibility seriously enough. "That’s just not the case," said Clay County Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless. "We are all deeply concerned about the threat and are taking steps to limit the exposure. I thought that his comments were very inaccurate." Rubio made his remarks in mid-April at a Florida Association of Counties meeting in Washington. And On Friday, Rubio again sounded the alarm, albeit this time without mentioning Florida specifically.
RIGHTING A WRONG FOR TOXIC DRYWALL VICTIMS, BELMONT HEIGHTS FAMILIES RETURN HOME
For nine years, the Belmont Heights home Valentine Hendrix bought through a government program was beset by fumes from toxic Chinese drywall. By 2016, her air-conditioner was beyond repair and she was working two jobs to pay a $79,000 mortgage on an essentially worthless home. Now, after more than a year in temporary housing, Hendrix and three other families whose properties were also blighted are returning to homes that were rehabilitated through a rescue plan put together by local government agencies.
WHERE MOMS GET IN FREE IN TAMPA BAY, FROM ZOOTAMPA TO THE CHIHULY
Get Mom out of the house for Mother’s Day. Here are some places in Tampa Bay offering free admission for the most important woman in your life.