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Ablenook Housing Prototype Gets National Attention

Ablenook, a special housing unit designed for quick installation in regions hit be natural or manmade disasters, is getting a little love in the form of news coverage by The Daily Beast.

The prototype, which won a grant from Awesome Tampa Bay to help get launched, was designed by Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross, two alums of the  University of South Florida's School of Architecture and Community Design.

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Pop-Up Art Parties Arrive In Tampa Bay

Pop-Up art parties for creatives and the young at heart are making the rounds of south Tampa restaurants and other hip neighborhoods as the latest trend in reasons to get together.

The concept, launched locally by Jen Loveridge, an Armwood High School grad, is designed to engage people in fun and spirits while attracting a new crowd to local restaurants.

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New HART App Informs Hillsborough Bus Riders

Bus riders in Hillsborough County can now download and access a smart phone app that tells them progress and time of arrival for buses along selected routes.

The app is designed to help alleviate frustration for those who have to wait long periods or don't know whether a bus has already made a pickup at the stop.

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How Does Uriah's Garden Grow? Up The Wall

The next time you find freshly picked parsley or basil on your salad at your favorite Tampa Bay resaturant, the greens may have started out in a vertical garden grown by Dave Smiles at Roosevelt 2.0 or one of his farms in South Hillsborough.

The greens and the flats they grow in line the wall at Uriah's Urban Farms and get farmed out to local resaturants looking to serve herbs and veggies as fresh and organic as they can be.

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Skateboard Park Jumps For Historic Status

Patrons of the Bro Bowl, a concrete skateboard playground at Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the north edge of downtown Tampa, are pushing for protection of the bowl by seeking state and national historic designation status.

The Bowl, a longtime favorite among local teens and pre-teens, looking for a chance to show off their surfing moves, attracts skateboarders from around the nation to Tampa.

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Single Gender Schools Score High Marks For Kids

Kids are performing better in single gender public schools set up by Hillsborough County to experiment with success by dividing boys and girls onto separate campuses.

Teachers, too, say they often find their jobs more focused when kids aren't distracted by mixed gender conflicts and craziness.

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UT, USF Make Princeton Review Short List

The University of Tampa, a private college in downtown Tampa best known for its business school, was named one of the nation's 378 best institutions for undergraduate education for the next edition of the Princeton Review.

Across town, the University of South Florida, the Tampa Bay region's largest public university, was listed as one of only 22 colleges to receive the highest score possible in The Princeton Review's "2014 Green Rating Honor Roll."

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Two Tampa Bay Art Museums To Share Exhibit

A major exhibiition of Chinese art by young artists will travel to the Tampa Bay region for an unprecedented joint showing by the Tampa Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

The collaborative effort means more people will get a chance to see the art while it's in Florida and paves the way for opportunities to collaborate on similar future projects.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Scouts Florida Locations

Sprouts, an Arizona-based indoor farmers market with roots in California, is looking to expand into Florida, according to a story in The Tampa Tribune.

Sprouts is a a bit of a cross between outdoor produce markets and newer grocery chains like Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

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St. Pete College, Mote Marine Test Prosthetic Limbs

St. Petersburg College, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and a Palm Harbor based veterans group are teaming up to test prosthetics limbs underwater.

The research is being conducted in Key West with the help of wounded combat veterans and the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge.

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HART's MetroRapid Attracts Bus Riders In Tampa

A speedier bus route connecting downtown Tampa with neighborhoods around the University of South Florida and northeast Tampa has doubled its ridership since launching in May.

The new MetroRapid line saves time with fewer stops and technology that gives it green lights headed north and south through the city.

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Tampa Is America's "Most Hospitable'' City

Airbnb, a blog sharing information about where to stay off the beaten path in America, ranks Tampa as the "most hospitable'' city in the nation based on how willing locals are to open their doors and share their homes with others.

"Smack in the middle of Florida's Gulf Coast, Tampa is where Southern US hospitality meets South Floridian diversity and flair,'' says the blog.

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Tampa General, Moffitt Among Nation's Best Hospitals

Tampa General Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center make U.S. News & World Report's annual listing of top hospitals in the nation.

The news magazine rates healthcare providers based on multiple criteria, including services offered and safe outcomes.

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10 Under 30 Who Do Things Their Own Way

Youthful entrpreneurs are finding unique niches to fill as the new economy forces creative and innovation to the forefront in business.

The Tampa Bay Times shares the experiences of 10 success stories.

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Getting From Here To There In Tampa Bay

As commuters lament time spent on the road and businesses add up the costs in time and fuel for transporting goods and employees, the Tampa Bay region is again focusing on transportation solutions.

Additional buses and specially designated lanes for highway traffic are under consideration along with the potential for additional mass transit of some sort.

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