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Report: USF's courtship of Charlie Strong to include visit to Tampa today

A private plane owned by a prominent University of Texas athletics booster was scheduled to arrive at Tampa International Airport around lunchtime Friday. Glaring question: Is Charlie Strong …

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Hugo's restaurant in SoHo closing Friday; plans are to reopen under new owners

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For four years, female employees of a Tampa firm didn't know a top executive had secretly videotaped them in the restroom

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Dining Planner: Hyde Park Village gingerbread house winner crowned and the Eatery debuts

Dining Planner: Hyde Park Village gingerbread house winner crowned and the Eatery debuts

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Plan your weekend Dec. 9-11: Adam Sandler and friends, Fray at Mistletoe Show, Ybor parade

Plan your weekend Dec. 9-11: Adam Sandler and friends, Fray at Mistletoe Show, Ybor parade

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11 places to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay

11 places to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay

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  1. News at noon: Report shows VA staff left veteran's body in shower nine hours; Cruises from Tampa to Cuba coming; National Weather Service may close Ruskin office; and is Charlie Strong on a plane en route to Tampa?

    News

    Staff members at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System left the body of a veteran in a shower room for more than nine hours then tried to cover up the mistake, a hospital investigation shows. …

    Then-Texas coach Charlie Strong before a game in November against TCU. [Associated Press]
  2. Carlton: Army-Navy rivalry taking it to the streets, or at least Dale Mabry

    Human Interest

    For a full month of football season, the signs have faced each other across busy Dale Mabry Highway in South Tampa. Actually, "faced" is too kind a word.

    South Tampa motorists are in the middle of a banner battle in anticipation of Saturday's Army-Navy football game, with businesses on opposite sides of busy Dale Mabry Highway declaring their allegiances. Hahn Engineering has a second Go Navy sign on the side of the building for good measure. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
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  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New Orleans Saints predictions from the Tampa Bay Times staff

    Bucs

    Here's the Tampa Bay Times' Bucs coverage team's predictions for Tampa Bay's game against New Orleans at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Raymond James Stadium:

    Time to light up the scoreboard

    Bucs Gerald McCoy (93) brings down Saints Drew Brees (9) with the help of Bucs Henry Melton (90) in the 2nd qtr during the Tampa Bay Bucs game against the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans Sunday 9/20/2015.
  4. Report: USF's courtship of Charlie Strong to include visit to Tampa today

    College

    A private plane owned by a prominent University of Texas athletics booster was scheduled to arrive at Tampa International Airport around lunchtime Friday.

    Charlie Strong, then-coach at Texas, sings "The Eyes of Texas" with his daughters after losing to TCU 31-9 in November. [Chris Covatta | Getty Images]
  5. Hugo's restaurant in SoHo closing Friday; plans are to reopen under new owners

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — On Friday morning, the management of Hugo's Spanish Restaurant told an assembled group that it was the restaurant's last day of business under the current ownership. One of Tampa's iconic Spanish-Cuban restaurants since 1975, it will close today, undergo a transfer of ownership and reopen "as soon as …

  6. Weather service dismisses union concerns about possible cuts in service

    Weather

    A storm is brewing within the National Weather Service.

    National Weather Service meteorologists Marc Austin, left, and Dan Noah man their stations at the service's Tampa Bay Area Office in Ruskin. [LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times]
  7. Dying on the vine? Florida's shriveling agriculture industry can't shake the fall of citrus, loss of land

    Agriculture

    DADE CITY — Painted scenes of lush, rolling hills with cattle, orange groves and hay fields cover the walls of the Black Eyed Pea restaurant along Pasco County's U.S. 301.

    Matt McKendree works cattle with his dogs at Waller Ranch recently in Dade City, Fla. McKendree co-owns the farm with his step-father Charlie Waller. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  8. 12 Blogs of Christmas: Hunter S. Thompson sets his tree on fire (w/ video)

    Blogs

    Maybe you're feeling down on Christmas, or maybe you just want to see a famous writer start a giant fire in their living room. 

  9. Cuba's surge in tourism keeps food off residents' plates

    World

    HAVANA — For Lisset Felipe, privation is a standard facet of Cuban life, a struggle shared by nearly all, whether they're enduring blackouts or hunting for toilet paper.

    Workers clean up some vegetables at a food market in central Havana. Consumption by visitors, nearly 3.5 million last year, is overwhelming supplies and raising prices, forcing families to make do with even less than usual. [Mauricio Lima | New York Times]
  10. Epilogue: Paul Eppling, beloved St. Petersburg sculptor known for bizarre metal creatures, dies

    Obituaries

    ST. PETERSBURG — Through his eyes, Paul Eppling saw the world differently than others.

    Paul Eppling hangs a metal  sculpture in the St. Petersburg Municipal Services Center. [Times (1996)]

Are Florida's political parties even relevant anymorel?

There's an old saying among university faculty members that politics in academia are so vicious because the stakes are so low....

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Bucs cross-training rookie Ryan Smith at cornerback

Bucs rookie safety Ryan Smith, who has not played a snap on defense this season, has been working for the last two weeks as a cornerback, back at the position he played in his last two years of college....

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12 Blogs of Christmas: Hunter S. Thompson sets his tree on fire (w/ video)

Maybe you're feeling down on Christmas, or maybe you just want to see a famous writer start a giant fire in their living room. ...

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