The Parkland school shooting put Florida in the cross hairs of gun control activists in Florida as a new bill which would arm teachers (if they choose and if they are licensed) advanced in Tallahassee. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 11-9 for a bill to revise a school safety lawContinue Reading

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its 48th Edition of its annual Ratings of Congress. The guide ranks members of Congress based upon their commitment to conservative principles as demonstrated by their voting records in the 2018 session of Congress. These Ratings of Congress—and our Ratings of all 50Continue Reading

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents “Spring Music Spectacular: Made in America” The performance will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Hall. The Spring Music Spectacular: Made in America event proves to be an evening centered on American music with old favoritesContinue Reading

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center presents Evening of Dance on Friday, May 3, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the TECO Theater. Patel Conservatory Open Dance program students studying ballet, tap and jazz will perform alongside members of the Patel Conservatory Music department. This performance is sponsored in part by Valley Bank. RegularlyContinue Reading

The Straz Center’s Patel Conservatory will present Seussical, Jr. April 25-28 in the Straz Center for the Performing Art’s TECO Theater, sponsored in part by Valley Bank. Performed by Patel Conservatory students in grades five through eight, this musical set in the world of Dr. Seuss features Horton the Elephant,Continue Reading

The Straz Center’s Next Generation Ballet (NGB) will present Pirates and Cowboys May 11-12 in Ferguson Hall. The high seas and Wild West meet in Pirates and Cowboys, NGB Artistic Director Philip Neal’s daring new production, a partial staging of Petipa’s Le Corsaire paired with Balanchine’s Western Symphony. Constructed asContinue Reading

Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts presents “Jazz Jam”. The performance will be Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the TECO Theater. The Patel Jazz Combo and improvisation classes will be featured in this culminating performance as they present an evening of popular jazz standards, original works, andContinue Reading

From Florida’s House Speaker: THE FLORIDA HOUSE WILL ENSURE ASSIGNMENT OF BENEFITS (AOB) REFORM SAVINGS ARE PASSED ALONG TO CITIZENS’ RATEPAYERS Legislation Will Prohibit Raising Rates in 2019 unless Rate Filing Includes Savings Due to Reforms Speaker Jose Oliva released the following statement upon introduction of an amendment to HBContinue Reading

The Personal Insurance Federation of Florida (PIFF), a member of the FL DNT TXTNDRV COALITION, commended Florida lawmakers this week for supporting House Bill 107, Texting While Driving, which would make texting while driving a primary offense in Florida. The bill, sponsored in the House by Representative Jackie Toledo (R-Tampa) andContinue Reading

A federal jury has found JOSEPH MALDONADO-PASSAGE, also known as Joseph Allen Maldonado, Joseph Allen Schreibvogel, and “Joe Exotic,” 56, formerly of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, guilty on two counts of hiring someone to murder a woman in Florida, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and nine countsContinue Reading

In his recent Washington Post editorial Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg called for regulation for “harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.” Zuckerberg’s proposal appears to be part of an effort to set clear oversight principles for the industry and shift the burden for monitoring itself badly, which it does. “However, decidingContinue Reading

Raquel Trinidad and Shevonne Philidor may not be household names…yet, but the pair have fans in their hometown of Tampa and those fans will be watching American Idol closely, cheering for the hometown favorites. Philidor graduated from in 2009 from Blake High School, recognized in the theater department while Trinidad playedContinue Reading

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Florida Roofing Experts Inc. for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jacksonville, Florida, worksite. The company faces the maximum penalty allowed of $132,598. OSHA initiated the inspection as part of the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls inContinue Reading

University Area CDC (Community Development Corporation) is hosting their 2019 University Area Job Fair on Thursday, April 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. This event will be located at the University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33613. The public is invited to this free Job FairContinue Reading

Fans can meet with talk show host as she celebrates her latest release New York Times best-selling author Elisabeth Hasselbeck will host two Florida book signings where she will meet fans and sign copies of her new book, “Point of View: A Fresh Look at Faith, Work and Freedom” – named one ofContinue Reading

U.S. District Judge Charlene E. Honeywell has sentenced Ryan J. Fluke (28, Port Richey) to 21 months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a police helicopter. Fluke pleaded guilty on November 20, 2018. According to court documents, the offense occurred on December 5, 2017, around 10:50 p.m., whenContinue Reading

Tampa’s Straz Center for the Performing Arts  presents ‘Late Nite Catechism’. Showtimes will be from April 5-7 at the Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts . Part catechism class, part stand-up routine, this interactive comedy is one of the longest-running shows in U.S. theater history. The New York TimesContinue Reading

Roy Harrison, Girls Cross Country Coach at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, FL, has won Positive Coaching Alliance’s coveted National Double-Goal Coach® Award presented by TeamSnap for his positive impact on youth in sports. Harrison is one of 50 national recipients of the Double-Goal Coach® Award, named for coachesContinue Reading

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., plans to push more Republicans to support paid parental leave, a policy that has traditionally been a Democratic priority. “We are hoping that we can continue to work to preach the gospel of paid family leave within our own party and sort of reframe the orthodoxyContinue Reading

Prosecutors have asked U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to provide Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers, who are working on an appeal of his conviction, to keep the evidence secured. An appeals case regarding the murder of one suspect tied to the bombers, Ibrahim Todashev/Ibragim Todashev has alsoContinue Reading