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Mercilessly, the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa is not yet over. Mitt Romney will speak in a few hours. Clint Eastwood is pulling the cover from his Gran Torino. Jeb Bush, I suspect, is getting ready to defend his name and his cause.

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GOP, big tent or big mess?updated: Tue Aug 28 2012 08:13:00

Now that delegates have converged on Tampa, Florida, for the Republican National Convention, one has to wonder whether there is enough room in the arena for all the conflicting and contradictory elements of the modern Republican Party.

Breaking rules: Obama, Romney try to rain on each other's parade updated: Mon Aug 27 2012 05:40:00

When President Barack Obama's campaign announced plans for a full-court press while Republicans hold their convention in Tampa, Florida, this week, some veteran political watchers marked the end of an era.

Isaac on verge of becoming hurricane, watch extends to Louisianaupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 17:11:00

As Tropical Storm Isaac moved quickly through the Straits of Florida on Sunday, coastal communities in Florida issued mandatory evacuations and Republicans delayed the start of their national convention.

Social media may knock conventions off-scriptupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 16:27:00

Next week, 15,000 journalists will join thousands of delegates, operatives, lobbyists and party activists for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, to be followed a week later by the Democrats' convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Put your stamp on Tampaupdated: Fri Aug 24 2012 16:18:00

If you're landing in the middle of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, or the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, you'll probably spend much of your time inside the convention hall cheering and voting for your candidate and collecting all those colorful hats and buttons delegates like to wear.

Tampa airport and airlines eye Isaac ahead of Republican convention updated: Fri Aug 24 2012 12:16:00

With up to 50,000 people expected to descend on Tampa for next week's Republican convention, airlines and the city's airport handling those flying into the city are closely following the track and strength of Tropical Storm Isaac.

Strippers look to GOP to 'make it rain' updated: Thu Aug 23 2012 11:58:00

Go-Go and Ezili are dancing cheek to cheek on a Friday night. That is to say they're spinning, glute to glute, on a polished chrome pole at a strip club.

Peek inside strip clubs prepping for RNCupdated: Thu Aug 23 2012 11:58:00

Tampa, Florida, strip clubs welcome this year's Republican National Convention.

Rare opportunity for speakers at GOP conventionupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 18:00:00

For one week in August, the Republican Party will have a guaranteed place on prime time TV and, it hopes, voters' undivided attention.

Christie, Rubio lined up for conventionupdated: Tue Aug 14 2012 18:00:00

Mark Preston on reports that NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio to speak at the Republican convention.

Report: NFL player texted sports writer before suicide updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 12:30:00

NFL player O.J. Murdock apparently focused during his last hours on his glory days as a track and football star at the Tampa, Florida, high school where police say he killed himself.

Charlotte v. Tampa: Convention city smackdownupdated: Thu May 24 2012 11:12:00

Why wait for the election in November? The political convention host cities are already going head-to-head as part of our Destination USA project pitting rival cities against each other. Tampa, Florida, will host the Republican National Convention August 27-30, while Charlotte, North Carolina, will host the Democratic National Convention September 3-6.

Smackdown: Tampa Bay area boasts sandy shores, surrealismupdated: Fri May 18 2012 08:53:00

Florida has become known for the weird. Highly charged court cases, nudist colonies and a bounty of tanning salons seem to arise in the Sunshine State. And unfortunately, cut-off jeans and flip-flops are not in short supply here.

Carville: GOP adults want 'children' to behave themselvesupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 19:13:00

Memo to the "adults" of the Republican Party:

Florida bomb plot suspect pleads not guiltyupdated: Thu Feb 09 2012 00:13:00

A Florida man accused of planning to use explosives and weapons "to create mayhem'" in Tampa pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Kosovo native plotted bombings, bloodshed in Tampa, feds sayupdated: Mon Jan 09 2012 17:53:00

A 25-year-old Florida man intended to use explosives and weapons "to create mayhem'" in Tampa -- a plot that authorities say was foiled thanks to the local Muslim community and law enforcement -- a U.S. attorney said Monday.

Tampa teacher who admitted sex with student let off probation earlyupdated: Thu Sep 22 2011 17:06:00

A Florida judge cut short Thursday the probation of Debra Lafave, a former Tampa middle school teacher who six years earlier pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old boy, a state law enforcement official said.

Road warriors' best tips for smooth travelupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 08:47:00

Each week, I offer my thoughts on air travel, but I thought we'd do it differently this time. Let's flip things around and see what road warriors have to say.

Road trip to the end of the worldupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 10:55:00

If you thought you had less than three perfectly healthy months to live, what would you do? Would you travel? Spend time with loved ones? Appreciate the joy life has given you? Father of Slain Tampa Teens Is Filing for Divorceupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 17:30:00

Parker Schenecker tells wife Julie, who's accused of the murders, their marriage is over

CNNMoney: Who got high speed rail moneyupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 13:42:00

The federal government already has more than $10 billion in stimulus and other money set aside for high speed rail projects. To date, it has made commitments to spend $4.5 billion of that.

Police say McDonald's video helped them nail laptop ringupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 12:42:00

Police say it was a midnight snack and a trip through a drive-through that led them to thieves who stole thousands of high-grade military laptops last year. Father of Slain Tampa Teens: 'Don't Forget How They Lived'updated: Thu Feb 03 2011 13:14:00

An emotional Parker Schenecker addresses mourners at his slain kids' memorial service

Kansas church to protest at service for slain Florida siblingsupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 16:19:00

A controversial Kansas church says members will picket before the memorial service Wednesday evening for two Florida teenagers allegedly killed by their mother.

Parent rage toward teens is not rareupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 07:20:00

Last week brought the upsetting news that a Tampa, Florida, mother allegedly killed her two adolescent children. Police said she told them they had been "mouthy" to her. Julie Schenecker Says She Shot Son, Daughter for Being 'Mouthy'updated: Sun Jan 30 2011 16:28:00

The Tampa woman is hospitalized and charged with two counts of murder

Police say mother admits killing teen-aged children for being "mouthy"updated: Sat Jan 29 2011 22:30:00

A mother in Tampa, Florida has admitted in detail to killing her two teen-aged children, police said.

CNNMoney: Home price slump deepensupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 15:39:00

November home prices continued their latest slump, falling 1% compared with October, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of 20 metro markets.

5 Immunity boosting tips for momsupdated: Mon Dec 13 2010 08:36:00

When it's holiday and flu season, you need your energy more than ever -- Santa can't get sick! We come bearing good news: "New moms have an increased ability to withstand and fight infections through their powerful immune system during this time of life," says Maureen Groer, Ph.D., professor of nursing at the University of South Florida College of Nursing in Tampa. The following tips can help you maintain your immunity edge throughout the season.

Search efforts under way after Florida 'aircraft incident'updated: Thu Nov 18 2010 10:06:00

An "aircraft incident" involving a civilian plane took place near the Avon Park Bombing Range Air Field, according to a statement Thursday from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

What your cubicle says about you?updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 09:39:00

"My cubicle tells others three things that are of utmost importance to me -- faith, family and my small business," says Carmin Wharton, an educator from Tampa, Florida.

Is the U.S. turning a corner on high-speed rail?updated: Wed Aug 18 2010 14:24:00

For a while now, crazy situations, hunger pangs and frustrating hours behind the wheel have been making life slightly miserable for Florida commuter Joe Panyanouvong. The attorney who regularly makes the 84-mile journey between Orlando and Tampa on Interstate 4 is ready for a solution.

Being a bridesmaid drained my bank accountupdated: Fri Aug 06 2010 13:56:00

Megin and I first met as mid-level slaves to the fashion industry eight years ago. I recognized a kindred spirit the minute I caught her screaming harsh obscenities at her computer. Steinbrenner family plans private funeralupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 10:19:00

George Steinbrenner's family is planning a small private funeral for the immediate family that is likely to be held Saturday in Tampa, according to people close to the late Yankees owner. Tampa is the adopted hometown of Steinbrenner, who died early Tuesday morning after a heart attack at age 80.

Remembering Tampa officers killed on dutyupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 15:52:00

Family members and other mourners attend services for two Tampa, Florida officers killed during a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Suspect in Florida cop slayings capturedupdated: Sat Jul 03 2010 01:15:00

A Florida man wanted in connection with the shooting deaths of two Tampa police officers has been arrested, authorities said Friday night.

Police: Alleged cop killer sought in 3 other homicidesupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 20:45:00

A man suspected of fatally shooting two Tampa, Florida, police officers is a suspect in another homicide and is sought for questioning in two others, Police Chief Jane Castor said Thursday.

2 Florida officers die after traffic-stop shootingupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 21:03:00

A woman sought for questioning in the deaths of two Tampa, Florida, police officers was taken into custody Tuesday, and detectives recovered a vehicle they were looking for in the case, authorities said.

The lure of the 'staycation'updated: Wed Mar 03 2010 20:08:00

Local attractions enjoy a boost as more people choose "staycations" over expensive trips. CNN's Alison Kosik has more.

Spring break only for college students? Think againupdated: Wed Mar 03 2010 20:08:00

Who says college kids have all the fun?

Obama's Tampa town hallupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 20:58:00

President Obama travels to Tampa, Florida, to rally support for aspects of his economic recovery plan.

Obama wants nationwide high-speed rail systemupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 09:20:00

President Obama mentioned an $8 billion investment in high-speed train systems across the country in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday.

Out of a job and finding work for othersupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 18:55:00

Ron Russell was a machinist at the Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory in Tampa for 3½ years.

Jobs go up in smokeupdated: Wed Sep 23 2009 18:55:00

John Zarrella reports on how one employee is helping others after a century-old cigar factory closes.

Crowd clashes over reformupdated: Tue Aug 18 2009 10:53:00

Protesters on various sides of the debate clash at a health care reform town hall meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Florida university ends gunman alertupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 14:24:00

The University of South Florida in Tampa directed students and staff members to "resume activities as normal" after alerting them earlier in the day to a potential gunman on campus. Ross Tucker: Coaches film best tool to analyze NFLupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 14:46:00

Almost everyone seems to have a strong opinion on the probable return of Brett Favre, the sanity of Chad Ochocinco and other hot topics around the league. But how many of those opinions are based on film work?

Billy Mays, OxiClean pitchman, found deadupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 09:21:00

Infomercial pitchman Billy Mays died at his Tampa, Florida, home Sunday morning, authorities told CNN.

CNNMoney: Billy Mays, star pitchman, dead at 50updated: Sun Jun 28 2009 16:09:00

Billy Mays, the man with the booming voice famous for fronting products such as Oxiclean and Orange Glo in TV commercials, has died.

No bail for Florida man charged after baby thrown from carupdated: Wed May 06 2009 19:58:00

A Tampa judge denied bail Wednesday for a Florida man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-month-old child, who authorities say was thrown out of a moving car.

Hazard housing issueupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 18:06:00

Rick Foretich talks about the moral hazard housing issue he and many Americans are facing.

CNNMoney: Building in a bear marketupdated: Tue Mar 17 2009 18:06:00

The pace of homebuilding stepped up in February, an unusual bit of good news in the devastated housing market. The number of housing permits issued and homes starting construction both rose at an annualized rate of 547,000 and 583,000, respectively. However, they were still off nearly 50% compared with February a year ago.

Police use Taser to prevent man's economy-related suicideupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 18:29:00

It didn't matter what officers said to him: The man was going to jump. Postseason scheduleupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 22:34:00

In beating the Tigers, the White Sox set up a one-game playoff with the Twins on Tuesday at 7:37 p.m. EDT to decide the AL Central champion. The winner will play the Rays in the AL Division Series beginning Wednesday in Tampa. Darren Eliot: As usual, the offseason signals great change around the leagueupdated: Mon Aug 25 2008 10:24:00

Offseasons are marked by one constant -- change. That held true with management, coaches, players, philosophies, you name it; everything was up for audit this summer.

Jet's nose cone damaged in midflightupdated: Mon Jul 07 2008 07:51:00

Northwest Airlines is investigating why the nose cone on one of its planes was damaged on a flight Sunday from Detroit, Michigan, to Tampa, Florida, a spokeswoman said.

Jet nose cone caves in mid-flightupdated: Sun Jul 06 2008 22:47:00

Northwest Airlines is investigating why the nose cone on one of its planes caved in on a flight Sunday from Detroit, Michigan, to Tampa, Florida, a spokeswoman said Sunday. Egyptian Pleads Guilty to Terrorist Aidupdated: Wed Jun 18 2008 20:00:00

An Egyptian college student pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a video demonstrating how to build a remote bomb detonator to help terrorists kill enemies including American soldiers Colombian Warlords in US Courtsupdated: Wed May 14 2008 20:00:00

Fourteen warlords from far-right paramilitary militias suspected in Colombia of thousands of atrocities began court appearances Wednesday around the United States on drug trafficking charges Staples: Cinderella's new address? Tampaupdated: Sat Mar 22 2008 13:33:00

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Villanova band chanted as the final seconds ticked away early Saturday morning on the No. 12 seed Wildcats' 75-69 win against fifth-seeded Clemson. "UP-SET CI-TY! UP-SET CI-TY!"

CNNMoney: Home price plunge acceleratesupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 10:19:00

The decline in residential real estate accelerated though the end of 2007, and home prices in 20 key markets plunged 9.1% for the year, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Fatal Florida crashupdated: Wed Jan 09 2008 17:14:00

Twisted, charred wreckage smolders on a stretch of Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando, Florida.

Fortune: Curse of the $500 million sunken treasureupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 23:04:00

On April 10, a Gulfstream G-V took off from the British territory of Gibraltar en route to Tampa with a load of Colonial-era silver and gold coins salvaged from a centuries-old shipwreck. Fla. Students Held on Terror Chargeupdated: Fri Aug 31 2007 15:30:00

Two Egyptian students at the University of South Florida were indicted Friday for carrying explosive materials across state lines

CNNMoney: Home prices: No relief on horizonupdated: Mon Aug 27 2007 22:00:00

Home prices have shown few signs of any turnaround, and a new report sees the downward slide continuing.

Money Magazine: Betting your home against Wall Streetupdated: Thu Jul 19 2007 06:00:00

Question: I've been hearing a lot about "equity harvesting," or the practice of taking equity out of my home and investing it the markets. Do you think this is a good idea? What are the pros and cons? - Rich, Tampa, Florida

FSB: Critter Catcherupdated: Sun Jul 01 2007 00:00:00

By Charles Carpenter Owner, Animal Capture of Florida, Tampa The 10 Spot: April 26, 2007updated: Thu Apr 26 2007 10:48:00

1. More airport trouble: Though we "reported" in Tuesday's 10 Spot that Michael Vick would address Congress that day to lobby for more funding for after-school programs, Vick was actually a no-show. The Falcons quarterback was traveling to D.C. from Tampa, where he had played in teammate Warrick Dunn's charity golf tournament. Vick was scheduled to change planes in Atlanta, but his AirTran flight from Tampa was delayed and he missed his connection. The Tampa-Atlanta flight must have been really late, moreover, since we all know that Vick can run; he probably would have made O.J. look like a sluggard as he busted through the terminal to catch his flight. But here's a valid question raised by reader Chris Adams of Charlotte: Can't Vick spring for a direct flight from Tampa to D.C.? Didn' t he sign a 10-year contract extension a while back worth an estimated $130 million? AirTran is an airline for, well, poor people like me.

Money Magazine: Buyers in charge: 4 strategiesupdated: Mon Apr 09 2007 13:02:00

You'll find no better experts on the real estate boom and bust than Joyce and Louis Bertulfo.

FSB: Employees from hellupdated: Thu Mar 01 2007 19:14:00

How do you know that you've hired the wrong employee - or waited too long to fire him? If you find two duffel bags full of semiautomatic weapons under his desk , that's a pretty good sign. No, that's not a hypothetical example, although the small-company CEO who told us the story asked that we not use his name. (We can't say we blame him.) Dissecting the Dupdated: Wed Jan 31 2007 15:42:00

Back in the early fall, comparisons were being drawn between the 2006 Chicago Bears' defense and the fierce 1985 unit that was truly one of the best in NFL history. After a 40-7 beatdown of the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field last Oct. 8, in which the Bills scored a meaningless touchdown with 66 seconds to play, Bears' defenders were genuinely livid in the postgame locker room.

Fortune: The Bonnie and Clyde of mortgage fraudupdated: Sat Nov 04 2006 07:56:00

In December 2004, Dr. Bruce Brown and his wife, Bridget, got a call around seven in the evening from a man who had seen the sales listing for their Columbia, S.C., house. He asked if he could come ...

Your e-mails: 'A nation of immigrants'updated: Tue Aug 15 2006 13:22:00

According to data released by the Census Bureau, the number of immigrants living in American households rose 16 percent over the last five years. We asked our readers how immigration is impacting their community. Here is a selection of your responses, some of which have been edited:

Pilot killed when plane crashes into houseupdated: Mon Jun 12 2006 14:18:00

A small plane crashed into a house at the end of a runway Monday in Tampa, killing the pilot and badly burning the co-pilot, a police officer said.

FSB: A Bug Lawyer's Lifeupdated: Tue Mar 01 2005 00:01:00

Lawyer Pete Cardillo can still remember the horror of lying in bed one night while termites gnawed his house out from under him. "They were eating into the floorboards and eating toward me," he say...

Money Magazine: Sporting Lifeupdated: Mon Mar 01 1999 00:01:00

$10 Box seats for a Yankees game at Legends Field in Tampa during baseball's spring training cost $16 less than they do in the Bronx. Find all the teams' schedules and nearby hotels on the Web at w...

Money Magazine: MONEY/NORDBY CITIES INDEX A SIZZLING 12.7% GAIN PUTS MIAMI STOCKS IN THR SUNupdated: Mon May 01 1995 00:01:00

Stocks of companies based in Miami outperformed those of 23 other metropolitan areas in the first quarter of 1995, according to the exclusive MONEY/ Nordby Cities Index. The Florida city's 12 stock...


On Oct. 6, some 100,000 Americans sat down in shopping malls, in hospitals and on college campuses to talk about sadness, anxiety and fatigue. Why all the gloom? The national introspection was part...

Fortune: SERVICE IS EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS On the front line of the new economy, service -- bold, fast, imaginative, and customized -- is tupdated: Mon Jun 27 1994 00:01:00

THE CRASH scene at the intersection of 40th Street and 26th Avenue in Tampa is chaotic and tense. The two cars are bent and battered. Their drivers and passengers are not bleeding, but they are sha...

Fortune: YOUR PAYCHECK GETS EXCITING Believe it or not, you can earn more than ever in the new world of pay-for-performance. But your comupdated: Mon Nov 01 1993 00:01:00

SAY YOU'RE one of the hardy survivors, an $80,000-a-year product manager or corporate staffer who's weathered the tempest of downsizing and still has a job. Now that your cost-crazed company has tr...

Money Magazine: Here are your thoughts on medical treatment. YOUR HEALTH-CARE PROGNOSIS: POOR, WITH NO EASY CURE IN SIGHT updated: Thu Apr 01 1993 00:01:00

Although more than 80% of the nearly 10,000 readers who responded to MONEY's February poll on health care think the treatment they receive personally is good or excellent, a full 51% believe the co...

Fortune: ECONOMIC INTELLIGENCE WHY THE RICH DON'T LOVE MUNISupdated: Mon Feb 10 1992 00:01:00

After the 1986 tax act gutted a bevy of tax shelters, brokerage houses and banks geared up for a rush of affluent customers seeking municipal bonds. Fewer than expected came forward. According to t...

Money Magazine: HIDDEN COSTS IN LIFE INSURANCE updated: Sun Sep 01 1991 00:01:00

The July article ''Don't Gamble with Your Life Insurance'' advised that ''you'll often take a loss if you swap a life insurance policy you have held for less than 10 years.'' The reason consumers f...

Fortune: When girls get sad, ethics in the army, renting rooms to ex-convicts, and other matters. THE RETURN OF CONSCIENCEupdated: Mon Feb 25 1991 00:01:00

It is Sunday evening, January 27, and your servant sits at the keyboard shrouded in gloom. Whence his blues? Mainly from the extra-heavy subject of this composition, a guaranteed downer. Also from ...

Fortune: THE HOCKEY PUCK AS GLOBALIZERupdated: Mon Jan 14 1991 00:01:00

The free-trade pact between Canada and the U.S. doesn't mention hockey pucks. But there they were when the National Hockey League chose Ottawa, Canada, and Tampa, Florida, as sites for new teams. P...

Fortune: SURVIVAL TIPS FOR TRAVELERS Are the rigors of the road getting you down? Smart executives have figured out new ways to save timeupdated: Mon Nov 05 1990 00:01:00

PETER MAYER, chairman of publisher Penguin Group, recently booked an overnight flight from New York to Paris on Air France, just so he could attend a meeting the next morning. Then, he says, ''my s...

Fortune: THE REST OF THE MAJOR CITIES updated: Mon Oct 23 1989 00:01:00

BOSTON Growth has not been banned in Boston, but it's a problem. The city was one of the great urban revival stories, thanks largely to the high-tech and finance industries. But the labor market no...

Fortune: COVER STORIES GROWING PAINS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE Florida's service economy is bubbling, and its swelling population is younger updated: Mon Aug 17 1987 00:01:00

SUN AND FUN are two variables that do not ordinarily figure in economic computations. Yet they are key ingredients in the growth of the U.S.'s fourth- largest state. Thanks largely to its well-know...

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