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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Salinero, Mike

Tribune Staff

Cab drivers ask board to ticket Uber, Lyft

- Angry cab and limousine firms want the Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission to ticket drivers for Uber and Lyft, because they are unregistered and uninspected.

Gangland boss’ daughter writes about upbringing


TAMPA — As daughter of one of America’s most powerful crime bosses, Sandi Lansky grew up in opulent New York hotels and regularly ate at the side of her father, Meyer, in famous Gotham restaurants such as D...

Democrat Kemp enters Hillsborough District 7 race


TAMPA — Former Hillsborough County Democratic chair Pat Kemp said today she will enter the countywide District 7 commission race.

Higginbotham's ties paved way for Bollywood awards


TAMPA — By all accounts, Tampa landed the 2014 Bolly­wood Oscars because a Hills­borough County delegation flew to the Chinese island of Macau last July to make its pitch during the 2013 event.

Vehicle tag renewal gets easier


TAMPA — It’s getting a little easier to work through the task of renewing a Florida driver’s license.

Hillsborough shelter probing dog death


TAMPA — A veterinarian at Hillsborough County’s animal shelter remained on administrative leave Tuesday while managers investigated whether the vet was responsible for the death of a female dog and its pupp...

I-275 project, repair went south


All lanes on northbound I-275 near downtown Tampa are now open after overnight work that caused headaches over the weekend - snarling Rays postgame traffic - and into Monday.

City, county app aims to improve connection


TAMPA — For anyone in Tampa and Hillsborough County who has been frustrated trying to reach someone in local government, your frustrations may soon be eased.

Economists challenge state, local film incentives


TAMPA — State and local governments around the nation are racing to outdo each other in handing out cash to lure movie and TV productions that are touted as major job creators.

Manatees and ship wrecks force county to ask for dock variance


TAMPA — A strange scenario that includes a manatee gathering spot and a submerged Civil War ship wreck forced Tampa officials to seek a variance Wednesday from the Hillsborough County Commission to build a dock at...

Hillsborough red-light camera report cites safety, not revenue

- Red-light cameras, which critics say are a way for governments to raise revenue without raising taxes, are really about saving lives, a Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputy said Wednesday morning.

Hillsborough works to make roadways neater


TAMPA — Hillsborough County roadways, which were overgrown and strewn with trash last year, should look trimmer and neater this summer as county officials prioritize mowing and litter pickup.

Debate over Civil Service Board still raging in Hillsborough


TAMPA — An employee with Hillsborough County’s Civil Service Board was forced to apologize last week for a statement she made recently before a legislative committee, implying that the county Sheriff’...

Leaders want to hear citizens’ voices on the future of transit

- After nearly nine months discussing what Hillsborough County’s future transportation system should look like, county leaders are now ready to hear from the people.

Lawmakers take aim at Hillsborough transportation board


TAMPA — State Sen. Jeff Brandes has opened up several fronts in his battle to diminish the authority Hil...

Video to reinforce safety upgrades on Fletcher Avenue


Hillsborough County is spending $4.4 million to make Fletcher safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, and will also produce a video to make sure people cross the street safely.

Castor may stay despite retirement rule

- Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor has a mandatory retirement date approaching May 6, but Castor and city officials are mum about her plans.

MOSI closes cafe after reports of sanitation problems


TAMPA — The Museum of Science and Industry has temporarily closed its cafe in the wake of news reports about sanitation problems there.

MOSI financial woes prompt county scrutiny


A discussion of filthy conditions at the MOSI Cafe led into thee museum’s trouble paying back county loans, and now a consultant is reviewing the facility’s operations.

Hillsborough commissioners give attorney raise, extension

- Hillsborough County commissioners showed their appreciation today for their county attorney, Chip Fletcher, extending his contract by three years and bumping his salary 3.5 percent.

Brandon store owner runs for Hillsborough commission


TAMPA — Lela Lilyquist, a Brandon health food store owner, has joined the crowded race for Hillsborough County Commission District 4.

Fired social services manager trying to get job back


TAMPA — A former Hillsborough County social services manager who was fired last year when the county cleaned house over problems in its homeless housing program is trying to get his job back.

Program aims to bridge manufacturing gap

- Hillsborough County is ready to spend $1 million in a bid with education agencies and manufacturers to train students in the technology skills.

Askew led Florida into modern era on integration, ethics, environment


TAMPA ­­— Reubin O’Donovan Askew, Florida’s 37th governor, died at age 85 early Thursday after a career in which he helped lead Florida into a new era of racial integration, standards of go...

Hillsborough administrator shakes up staff


TAMPA — In the last two years, Hillsborough County commissioners have thrown one big policy initiative after another at County Administrator Mike Merrill, asking him to lead the charge on economic development, tra...

Democrat Elizabeth Belcher Seeks District 2 Commission Seat


TAMPA — Democrat Elizabeth Belcher said she is a candidate for Hillsborough County Commission District 2, a seat now held by Republican Commissioner Victor Crist.

Hillsborough OKs incentives for two film projects


While state lawmakers consider beefing up Florida’s incentive program for film production, Hillsborough County commissioners created their own small incentive fund Wednesday to try to lure two motion pictures to Ta...

Lawmakers face new scrutiny over living in right district


TALLAHASSEE — State lawmakers will look more closely than ever at a group of citizens who may have been less than precise in reporting personal information so they could obtain certain government benefits.

Computer firm claims Hillsborough changed rules to aid vendor


TAMPA — A computer installation company says Hillsborough County changed its rules to reject the company’s bid to provide services, costing taxpayers more than a quarter-million dollars.

Hillsborough youth violence survey is 1st step to fix


TAMPA — More than 738,000 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency rooms for assault-related injuries in 2010. More than 30 percent of high school students reported involvement in at least one physical...

Should pot be a civil offense for teens?


Circuit Judge Jack Espinosa is against easing the penalties for first-time marijuana possession by juveniles saying a suspect gets an assessment with an arrest, that can detect more serious drug use.

Consultant says animal shelter needs better tracking


TAMPA — Better customer service and six new employees should streamline management at Hillsborough County’s animal shelter, resulting in lower euthanasia rates, a consultant told county commissioners Wednes...

Hillsborough sets $150 fine for loud music

- Motorists with excessively noisy car stereo systems best beware if they turn the volume up while driving in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

Proposed ferry provider eyes future business in Tampa


HMS Global Maritime wants to ferry people from southern Hillsborough to MacDill Air Force Base, but really wants expanded service with a high-speed catamaran between Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Hillsborough animal director seeks coalition


Scott Trebatoski, Hillsborough’s new Animal Services director, wants to build a community coalition focused on saving the lives of as many dogs and cats as possible, as he did in Jacksonville.