Thursday, November 30, 2023

'Cut down at an alarming rate': Tampa's urban tree canopy decreases by more than 12%

Tampa’s urban tree canopy is decreasing, and tree advocates explained it’s happening at an alarming rate.....Read More

Hearing Set In Florida ‘Students For Justice In Palestine’ Case

A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Jan. 26 in a lawsuit filed by the group Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Florida after state university system Chancellor Ray Rodrigues issued an order targeting such organizations.....Read More

The Tampa New Year’s Eve Events Guide

It’s time to ring in 2024 in style in the city of Tampa. Here are some of the top events happening across the Tampa Bay region. From hotel soirees to fireworks displays on the pier, we are here to help you celebrate in style. Note: All of these events take place on December 31, 2023.....Read More

Huge Chanukah Street Fair returns to Wesley Chapel

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To avert climate disaster, we need firm commitments on cutting methane at COP28

The key goal of the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) negotiations beginning in Dubai this week must be to limit fast-rising temperatures, to prevent runaway warming that could destabilize the global climate system and inflict devastating floods, heat waves, fires and other disastrous impacts on billions of people around the globe. While a number of other outcomes are important in Dubai, they must be subsidiary to the crucial test of slowing near-term global temperature rises and preventing climate calamity.....Read More

Live updates: Israel, Hamas agree to extend pause by another day

Israel and Hamas agreed at the last minute Thursday to extend their cease-fire in Gaza by another day. But any further renewal of the deal that has seen dozens of hostages and prisoners released could prove more challenging since Hamas is expected to demand greater concessions for many of the remaining captives.....Read More

'Gabby Petito Act' seeks to add early intervention in domestic violence cases

Two state Democratic lawmakers are pushing for law enforcement to take an extra step when investigating possible domestic violence cases.

The newly-filed bill is known as the "Gabby Petito Act.”

State Sen. Lauren Book and Rep. Robin Bartleman introduced the legislation, which would require officers responding to a domestic violence call to fill out a form with the Department of Justice assessing the likelihood of injury or death.

Weed the people: Two-thirds of Florida voters back recreational marijuana amendment, poll shows

It appears Sunshine State voters are still higher on the prospect of legalizing recreational marijuana.

A new poll from the University of North Florida found two-thirds of registered voters would back a state constitutional amendment allowing adults to purchase and possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use — without a medical usage license.

Ron DeSantis warns that abortion rights advocates are ‘loaded for bear’ in Florida

Can anti-abortion forces repel pro-choice groups in this 'big, expensive state'? The Governor sounds worried his side can't keep up with spending.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is happy that it will take at least 60% of the vote to protect abortion access via a ballot initiative next year, because he expects amendment sponsors to be “loaded for bear.”

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New polling shows Floridians want law protecting confederate monuments

While the South may or may not rise again as the old saying suggests, a new survey indicates many Floridians value monuments to the bygone Lost Cause of the Civil War.....Read More

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Ybor Life

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LIVE DEBATE: Ron DeSantis vs Gavin Newsom

Abortion rights organization wading into Public Defender contests for the first time

With a bill poised to go into effect that calls for criminalizing abortions, a reproductive rights organization is wading into Public Defender contests and endorsing candidates for the first time in its 15-year history.....Read More

Santa Fest Parade and Tampa Tree Lighting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

The City of Tampa is getting into the holiday spirit with the return of the annual Santa Fest Parade and Tampa Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 2, at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

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City of Tampa holds 'mass casualty' drill

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Crime Stat Talking Points Backfire On Florida's GOP

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Jerk Chicken
Rice and Plaltanos

$6.49 Lunch Special 

Hines Caribbean Cuisine
3313 N. Nebraska Ave, Ybor Heights

Tampa's Best Jamaican Food!

DeSantis suffers major blow to Presidential Campaign

The History of the Cuban Sandwich

An illustrated look at how the pressed sandwich became storied in Tampa, Fla., Miami and beyond. more

Year after solar panels, St. Pete man's power bill goes down

Suicide Rates In America Hit New Record: REPORT

The number of suicides in the United States neared 50,000 in 2022, the highest number since 1941, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.....Read More

Abortion-rights advocates narrow focus of petition drive for FL constitutional amendment

The organization behind the proposed amendment to enshrine the right to abortion within the Florida Constitution is narrowing its petition drive to 10 specific congressional districts to make sure it demonstrates broad support across the state.....Read More

Hillsborough Cold Weather Shelters To Open Wednesday Night

Hillsborough County’s cold weather shelters program will be activated again tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 29, for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat who are unable to find other accommodations.....Read More

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Who are the Tampa 5?​

The Tampa 5 are made up of five activists from the Tampa area facing up to ten years in prison on false charges brought upon by the police for protesting at the University of South Florida (USF) against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ attacks on diversity programs, ethnic studies, and women’s and gender studies in higher education.....Read More

What Stogie Had For Lunch

Best Pizza in Ybor
NY, NY Pizza - Ybor City

You Won't BELIEVE What Roger Stone Just Called Casey DeSantis