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Atlantis commander retires from NASA

HOUSTON — Astronaut Chris Ferguson, the last commander of a space shuttle mission, has announced his plans to retire from NASA on Dec. 9. He will leave for a new…

Trips Worth Taking: Big Cypress Seminole Reservation

By WARREN RESEN, NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Assn.)JEANNE O’CONNOR, Photographer Sleeping in a modified Seminole chickee and listening to the night sounds of ’gators, birds and other unidentifiable critters…

Observations: Bob gets his life back

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Bob Bitchin is getting his life back. Over the past 15 years, he has built one of the nation’s largest magazines devoted to sailing and blue water…

A survivor pays it forward, one flight at a time

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN SUN CITY CENTER – At age 34, Dale Revell was a self-described hard-charging executive with the Ford Motor Credit Company, working to climb the corporate ladder. At…

United Methodist’s madrigal delivers Christmas message wrapped in humor, high jinks

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER — There’s this Elizabethan English kingdom, see, with a constantly kibitzing court of not-so-proper lords an’ ladies who love to eat an’ sing off…

Solid waste collection contracts move to front burner

By MELODY JAMESON With contract expirations on the horizon, a major infrastructure question looms for South Hillsborough County: Should the county administration open trash collection contract bidding on behalf of…

Obituaries December 1, 2011

Raymond Clifford MichelfelderRaymond Clifford Michelfelder, 84, passed away Nov. 23, 2011, with his family at his side. Ray was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Edmonton Alberta, Canada. He lived  with…

Local businesses hope shoppers will Occupy Main Street

By MITCH TRAPHAGENRUSKIN — The Occupy Wall Street movement has swept across the nation, including in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, with few stated goals but a commonly repeated theme…

Observations: My guitar rocks on. Should I gently weep?

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN When I was in high school, I took a class entitled Death and Dying. As part of the final exam, students had to plan their own funerals…

Devices and deputies taking on speeders in Sun City Center

By MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER – Despite the widely-posted 30 MPH speed limit on internal streets, residents here frequently charge that lead-footed drivers use their broad, smooth pavements like…

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