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Most seniors in Sun City Center are vaccinated — and tired

Jan. 17, 2022 03:11 AM EST

SUN CITY CENTER, Fla. (AP) — Wayne Rediger, 74, is sweeping the court ahead of this afternoon’s shuffleboard tournament. It’s still early in Sun City Center, a census-designated place in Hillsborough County where more than 70% of the population is over the age of 65. ...

Unable to afford retirement, Tampa Bay seniors turn to Uber

Jan. 15, 2022 03:11 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Donna Durham spent her life in motion. A career truck driver, she found herself craving the open road when she retired, and missed camaraderie with others. But there’s another reason she became a driver for Uber. “I needed the extra...

School: Florida teacher quit after yelling racial slur

Jan. 14, 2022 10:43 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A substitute teacher in Florida has resigned after students said she yelled a racial slur in the classroom. The 59-year-old white woman continued using the slur after going to the principal’s office Wednesday at Lealman Innovation Academy, Pinellas...

Tampa Bay Times CEO retiring after 47 years at newspaper

Jan. 13, 2022 17:21 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Paul Tash is retiring as CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, a media organization he joined 47 years ago as a summer intern, the Times announced Thursday. Tash, 67, became editor of what was then the St. Petersburg Times in 1992. During his tenure, the newspaper...

Tampa buildings, over 100 years old, might be razed

Jan. 09, 2022 03:11 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Tribune’s final home, on Parker Street, was razed and replaced a few years ago with apartments after the newspaper was purchased by the Tampa Bay Times in 2016. Now, one of its early homes — which is also linked to Clara Barton — plus another...

Sheriff: Man with with explosives arrested near Jan. 6 rally

Jan. 07, 2022 20:35 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man with homemade explosive devices was arrested early Friday near a Tampa Bay area rally in support of a man being held in connection with last year's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said. Garrett James Smith, 22, of Oldsmar, was...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 05, 2022 13:47 PM EST

Tampa Bay Times. January 5, 2021. Editorial: What Floridians can do to beat omicron Forget the politics and focus on the practical for a few weeks. Two news events this week tell a tale about where Florida is amid the pandemic and what each of us can...

Virtual inauguration after new Florida mayor gets COVID

Jan. 03, 2022 18:58 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The incoming mayor of a major Florida city will take office in a virtual inauguration ceremony after testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, officials said. Ken Welch was scheduled to be sworn in Thursday on the steps of City Hall as St. Petersburg’s...

Russia, Belarus to hold joint war games early next year

Dec. 29, 2021 14:03 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia and Belarus will hold joint war games early next year. Putin welcomed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's proposal to hold another round of military drills, saying that they could be held in February...

Nail salon pays $1.75M to woman who lost leg after pedicure

Dec. 28, 2021 10:59 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman whose leg had to be amputated because of an infection after a pedicure has reached a $1.75 million settlement with the nail salon, her attorney said. An employee at Tammy’s Nails 2 in Tampa cut Clara Shellman’s foot during a pedicure in...