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The interesting thing about being a columnist is the assumption that you can become somewhat of an expert on just about any topic. You are supposed to know a little bit about a lot of things but not necessarily much abou...
Clearing out the desk in my last full week is a slow process, largely because I keep finding things I’d forgotten.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Steve Otto's column on Sunday, July 13, will be his final offering as a full-time columnist following a remarkable 45-year run at what he calls “Mother Trib.” But Steve won...
When you look at paintings of the Founding Fathers — especially the ones in which they are gathered in Philadelphia with their white wigs — you get the feeling this was a group of elderly gentlemen crafting...
Today being the last day of June, you might not be in the mood for a few more words about what happens inside the Hillsborough County School District.
You don't have to know much about horses to understand you are in a special place.
Driving down the Bayshore the other day I glanced out over Hillsborough Bay. A huge tanker plane was making a gradual sweep that would bring it into MacDill Air Force Base a couple of miles south of me.
Even an optimist looking at the headline in Mother Trib might have had reason to pause.
On steamy days like this it's always good to know there are places in Tampa where you can wet your whistle — or at least get something to take home.
From the rooftop of Mother Trib's parking garage you could see the glare of exploding rockets off in the distance at Channelside, followed a second or so later by the distant booming of the city's Fourth of July firework...
You had to like Martin Winters. He was — and is — what we call a “good ol’ boy.” He also had that tough “my way or the highway” streak that suggested there might be times ...
There was no letup in the finger-pointing as venom splashed all over the network television talk shows and social media sites this weekend as the misery that is Iraq collapsed on the screens in front of us.
This whole Father’s Day business came together late on a May afternoon about 30 years ago when the nurse handed me No. 1 son — all 11 pounds, 14 ounces of him — with a look in her eye that said, ...
It’s too late to stay in bed now on this Friday the 13th, although a new study suggests Floridians are living in the most stressed-out state in America and bed might be your safest bet.
“We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.’’
Walking across the parking lot, I squinted up at the machine gun tower looming over the “Rock,” as the Falkenburg Road Jail is known among criminal elements.
June 6, 1944 — We're running out of people who were there, witnesses who can draw upon what it was like — the noise and smells — the power and horror of it all.
“The good news,” said the former Tampa city councilperson 20-odd years ago, “is that there won't be any more condos going up on the Bayshore. We've seen to that.”
During the weekend I kept thinking about a couple of stories from late last week. You could say they weren't related, but they were.
Fred Karl was so many things — state representative, state senator, Florida Supreme Court justice, CEO, Hillsborough County administrator — it might be easier to list the things he was not.