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Joe Henderson: ‘Stop the Presses’ was fond farewell to a grand ol’ dame named Mama Trib

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In a crowded grand movie theater in the middle of downtown Tampa on Wednesday night, the people who produced the Tampa Tribune finally got a proper send-off. It was one year to the day that the newspaper where I and hundreds more worked was bought and closed by our rival, the Tampa Bay Times. They said then it was a business decision; better for the market to have one healthy newspaper than two struggling ones. That one that had published…

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Tampa poised to host NCAA Frozen Four hockey finals over next 3 days

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The four university hockey teams that will compete for the NCAA national hockey championship this weekend arrived in Tampa on Tuesday. Boston College, Quinnipiac, Denver and North Dakota participated in practice sessions at the Amalie Arena on Wednesday, a day before the semi-finals take place. It’s the second time the region has hosted the college hockey championships in the past five years. “For our community to be the first-ever host in the Southeast in 2012 was truly monumental,” said Rob…

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Tampa Bay area arts, cultural institutions fared well in Legislature’s budget

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Several of Tampa Bay’s most prominent fine arts institutions found success in the Legislature’s budget for 2016-17, navigating the delicate appropriations process and escaping Gov. Rick Scott‘s veto pen. Lawmakers approved $2 million for Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, frequently home to performances by The Florida Orchestra and national touring acts. Katie Pedretty, Director of Public Relations, said the money will go toward renovating the 33-year-old building that has become as much a public space as a private entity. “The lobby will be expanded by more than 6,000 square feet to include…

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USF Heart Institute is largest request from Hillsborough House members

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Among the items Hillsborough County legislators are requesting in the just-unveiled 2016-2017 House budget, none looms larger than the $22.5 million sought for the USF Morsani College of Health Heart Institute. In February 2015, USF’s request to relocate its new Morsani College of Medicine and USF Heart Institute to downtown Tampa was approved, and in June, Gov. Rick Scott allotted $17 million from the state budget to fund it. The total cost of the project is about $153 million. According…

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Mitch Perry Report for 6.30.15 Chris Christie wants to ‘tell it like it is’ — But will anyone be listening?

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Welcome to Tuesday, June 30th — also known as the last day you’ll be receiving annoying fundraising emails for… at least a few more days. Yes, it’s the end of the fiscal second quarter, and candidates are flooding email boxes of those even marginally involved in politics to an all-time annoying level. Meanwhile, Chris Christie is choosing this day to do what his entire political career has led to — running for the highest office in the land. #TellingItLikeItIs is…

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Tampa Theater officials shrug off $1 million rejection by Rick Scott

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Since its creation in 1926, the Tampa Theatre has been one of the crown jewels of Tampa’s downtown cultural life. But like so many other classic movie houses built back then, it almost went out of business in the 1970s, but was saved by the community. Since 1977, it’s been owned by the City of Tampa and run as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Sixty percent of its operating budget comes through ticket and concession income, with the rest coming to the Tampa Theatre Foundation…

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Tampa Theatre primed to snag $1 million in state funds for capital improvements

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A downtown Tampa cultural institution appears to have some influential allies in Tallahassee. As noted by the Tampa Tribune‘s James Rosica, the Tampa Theatre is slated to receive $1 million in appropriations for improvements and upkeep under a state “cultural facilities” program funded by general revenue and administered through grants to local governments and non-state entities. The capital project is one of only two related items mutually agreed upon by both chambers as conferees from the House and Senate hold weekend meetings at the…

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