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235,000 TECO customers still without power

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Tampa Electric Company’s CEO says the company is furiously working to restore power to customers in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties, and expects that most will have their electricity back by the end of the weekend, if not sooner.

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Hillsborough officials say people need to be indoors NOW to ride out storm

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Hillsborough County officials said Sunday morning that people need to be in place now for what is likely to be a dangerous 20 hours or so with Hurricane Irma slowly moving up the coast of Florida. “There really is no time left,” County Administrator Mike Merrill told reporters at the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center in East Tampa.

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Hillsborough Commissioners weigh in on School Board’s decision to end courtesy busing

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The Hillsborough County School Board’s decision last year to drop so-called courtesy busing provoked anger among parents whose children were directly affected by the move. And Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman inspired other sharp responses Thursday when she suggested commissioners must do something about it.

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Joe Henderson: Betsy DeVos pleaded for students to listen, but shouldn’t she do the same?

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As students at Bethune-Cookman University turned their backs and lustily booed commencement speaker Betsy DeVos, the rattled education secretary pleaded, “Let’s choose to hear each other out.” It’s ironic that DeVos chose those words to find middle ground, considering Republicans across the land, and particularly in the Washington establishment she now represents, have demonstrated no interest in hearing anything but the echo of their own voices. The best leaders spend a long time listening before they speak. Perhaps DeVos should…

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Chief academic officer resigns from Hillsborough County schools

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The chief academic officer of Hillsborough County Public Schools resigned Wednesday, reports Marlene Sokol of the Tampa Bay Times. Elizabeth Agresta resigned her post due to personal reasons according to district spokeswoman Tanya Arja. Superintendent Jeff Eakins accepted Agresta’s resignation and extended his best wishes. Agresta said the following to her employees in the district’s Office of Teaching and Learning: “This afternoon, Jeff announced to the cabinet members that I have made the decision to resign from my position as…

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Joe Henderson: Supporters of MaryEllen Elia now get chance for revenge at ballot box

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Things really got nasty around the Hillsborough County School Board in early 2015. That’s when four of the seven members voted to fire Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. They didn’t like her brusque and dismissive style. They felt Elia believed the board worked for her, not vice versa. The move was, to understate matters, highly controversial. Oh, who am I kidding? I can think of few things the board has ever done that created the stir that did. Those who voted in…

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Alan Clendenin to run for Hillsborough County School board

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Alan Clendenin, the first vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a retired air traffic controller, announced Friday that he will run for the Hillsborough County School Board in District 7. Clendenin, 57,  has never run for any elected office, but he’s a prominent Democrat who came close to leading the state party back in January of 2013. In a brief interview, Clendenin says he likes the direction that Superintendent Jeff Eakins…

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