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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Mike Salinero

Tribune Staff

Hillsborough approves plan to negotiate with Rays

- Commissioners move ahead in their baseball pursuit, naming Tampa Sports Authority as the lead agency to talk with the Rays if they are allowed to look outside Pinellas for a stadium.

Hillsborough votes to include gays in civil rights protections

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— Les Miller recalled a time when he was younger, proudly wearing the Air Force uniform, when someone called to him using a slur for a black man.

Hillsborough vote today may extend protections to gays

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— Hillsborough County commissioners will decide today whether to join Tampa and scores of other local communities in extending anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, t...

Interstate 275 widening project in Tampa hits milestone

- There is a sliver of good news amid all the barricades, cones and detours that are expected to be out until fall 2016. The Dale Mabry Highway exit for southbound drivers opened Friday night after four months of closure.

Hillsborough prepares effort to woo Rays across bay

- Hillsborough County officials will begin laying the groundwork next week for discussions with the Tampa Bay Rays about a possible new stadium.

Winery owner says in ethics complaint Higginbotham worked against him

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— The owner of a Plant City winery said he has filed an ethics complaint against Hillsborough County Commissioner Al Higginbotham, accusing the commissioner of lobbying against ...

Local contest draws national attention to Carnegie’s libraries

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— Andrew Carnegie, the foreign-born steel baron and philanthropist who gave his adopted country a patriotic embrace, earned the nickname “Star-Spangled Scotsman” i...

Commissioners seek HART board members

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— Though they threatened to, Hillsborough County commissioners will not fill vacant positions on the HART transit system’s governing board with elected officials like the...

County aims to clean up Ed Radice Sports Complex

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— The Ed Radice Sports Complex is Hillsborough County’s premier center for amateur soccer tournaments.

Uber fines upheld in Tampa; failed to get permits, licenses

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— A hearing officer has upheld citations that Hillsborough County inspectors issued earlier this year to drivers working for the ride-sharing company Uber.

Hillsborough commission OKs domestic partner registry

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— Continuing to shed a longtime reputation for intolerance, Hillsborough County commissioners moved two issues forward Wednesday important to gays and lesbians.

Concerns over preserve may sink ferry plan

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A proposed high-speed ferry terminal on conservation land in south Hillsborough County faces rough water as opponents question a new study showing the project would do little ...

Hillsborough commission to revisit domestic partner registry

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— Sensing a shift in the public’s mood, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is ready to strike up another debate about domestic partner registries for unmarrie...

Commissioner Beckner sues former business partner

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— Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner filed a lawsuit last week accusing his former business partner at Ameriprise Financial Inc. of breach of contract.

Teen interns help drive Hillsborough transit planning

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— Kevin O’Hare rushes out of the summer heat and into an air-conditioned café on the ground floor of the County Center, mumbling apologies for being late.

Proponent says TrailBridge could be solar power source

- A man trying to save the span is floating a plan to put power-producing solar panels on the shut down linear park, as well as on the newer Gandy spans and the Howard Frankland.

Hillsborough renames roads for four fallen heroes

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— Hillsborough County commissioners approved naming sections of four county highways Thursday in honor of fallen heroes.

Hillsborough OKs funding for anti-violence plan

- It could take three or four years to see positive results from a violence-prevention plan that Hillsborough County commissioners approved today.

Tampa seeks young people but ranks No. 1 for retirees

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TAMPA — Even as Mayor Bob Buckhorn tries to shift the city’s economy toward tech-savvy young people, Tampa is offering older folks more reasons to come here than any big city in America, a new study says.

Commission candidate Stacy White has deep roots in Hillsborough County

- Stacy White grew up fishing the flats off Port Manatee and hunting the backwoods of Wimauma. He can still remember the wide-open vistas south of Big Bend Road.

Stacy White wins outright; Higginbotham vs Kemp for Hillsborough commission

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— Al Higginbotham remains unbeaten in his political career, crushing three opponents Tuesday in the Republican primary race for Hillsborough County Commission District 7.

Hillsborough aims to prevent neighborhood violence

- A year in the making, the plan calls for a broad-based approach to preventing violence through services that will strengthen families and build cohesiveness in tough neighborhoods.

Hillsborough hires expert to assess juvenile diversion program

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Hillsborough County’s civil citation program is making progress in keeping first-time juvenile offenders out of court and detention facilities.

Stewart, longtime Tampa defender of environment, dies at 89

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Roger Stewart, a fearless environmental champion in an era...

Hillsborough commissioners reconsidering support of ferry plan

- Reacting to complaints from environmental groups, Hillsborough officials are backing off their earlier support for a high-speed ferry terminal on conservation lands along Hillsborough Bay.

Hillsborough seeks audit of animal shelter ‘live release rate’

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— Hillsborough commissioners on Wednesday asked the county’s internal auditor to review the rates at which dogs and cats leave the county animal shelter alive.

Civil citations keeping Hillsborough kids out of trouble

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— A program that gives juveniles a second chance after they commit misdemeanor crimes is proving effective in keeping them from offending again.

Audubon VP blasts plan for ferry site at preserve

- Charles Lee, vice president of organization, is criticizing plans to use part of the 134-acre Schultz Preserve in east Hillsborough for a ferry terminal, parking lot and service road.

In Hillsborough, a legacy of recession: construction fraud spike

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We know the major consequence of the housing bust of 2007 — the Great Recession.

Hillsborough transportation tax plan going public in September

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— If you don’t know a lot about Hillsborough County’s big plans for transportation improvements, you’ll get plenty of chances to find out more next month.

HART near the bottom in fleet size

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— HART, the agency that runs Hillsborough County’s bus system, is on track this year to break its fifth straight ridership record.

Hillsborough off the hook on repaying HUD, official says

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— Hillsborough County’s affordable housing director said Wednesday the county will not have to repay more than $1 million in grant money that federal investigators said w...