Moffitt to add Pasco campus?

A proposal by Moffitt Cancer Center to boost its share of the state’s annual cigarette tax money would support expanded cancer care and research, both in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. The new location in Pasco County would be near the Suncoast Parkway and State Road 52, and is being viewed by local leaders as having the potential to be a catalyst that would transform the Central Pasco … [Read more...]

Military museum remembers Pearl Harbor Dec. 7

History is filled with dates schoolteachers want their students to remember. But there is one that no one can forget — Dec. 7, 1941. That’s when Japanese forces conducted a surprise air raid on American military installations at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor. At the time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the date would live in infamy, and 73 years later, it’s still being remembered, including Dec. … [Read more...]

Bilirakis wants incentives to treat rare diseases

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has introduced H.R. 5750 to Congress, known as the Orphan Product Extensions Now Accelerating Cures & Treatment — or the OPEN ACT. The bill would incentivize drug makers and innovators to repurpose major market drugs for life-threatening, rare diseases and pediatric cancers, the Palm Harbor Republican said, which would open the door to development of hundreds of … [Read more...]

Pasco Schools to honor veterans Tuesday

Pasco County Schools are hosting a variety of events on Veterans Day Tuesday to honor those who risked or gave their lives for America's freedoms. The day starts off at Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts with a Veterans Day presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m. It will include Superintendent Kurt Browning as well as Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley, and will honor and celebrate … [Read more...]

In Print: Martial arts, grief, and a horror movie

Depending on your age, you have cheered either for Daniel Laruso or Dre Parker to bring home a karate championship. But that's the movies. In reality, for those living in Wesley Chapel, all eyes were on the Vo brothers — Derick, Jason and Andrew — who traveled all the way to Poland to represent the United States at the World Union of Karate-Do Federations World Karate Championship. The … [Read more...]

Local congressmen support president’s ISIL plan

In a rare move, the U.S. Congress supported an initiative by President Obama Wednesday, voting to authorize limited military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or more commonly known as ISIL. Despite the U.S. House approving the measure 221-192, the area's two local Republican congressmen are still saying they're not happy with how Obama is handling the conflict in Syria … [Read more...]

Arthur Kirk Jr. retiring from Saint Leo

Saint Leo University is bracing to lose a longtime leader as president Arthur Kirk Jr. says he will retire after the 2014-15 academic year. "While presidents often get credit for success, I am most proud of those at Saint Leo who embraced our mission, practiced our values, and pursued our vision, never fearing change, and working tirelessly to create a successful and sustainable university for … [Read more...]

Pasco honors red, white and blue this Saturday

June 14 is typically a day set aside to honor the Stars and Stripes, celebrating the flag's official adoption on that day in 1777. But two local groups, however, will spend the day honoring the men and women who have fought to protect it with events in Zephyrhills and Dade City. And those with a fast enough car might be able to make both of them. Southport Springs will kick it all off with a … [Read more...]

Gas prices on the rise, and here’s why

It's costing more to pump gas at the pump than it did a few weeks ago -- locally more than a dime more per gallon -- but gas price spikes are nothing like what's happening in and around Orlando. There, prices have jumped as much as 16 cents per gallon, according to And all of it is because of an "imperfect storm of events." The biggest problem, according to senior petroleum … [Read more...]

In Print: Special Olympics, Sochi Olympics, trauma centers

America is still taking a breath after a strong performance at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, last month, but locally, people still can't get enough. Asif Shaikh, a chaplain from Lutz, once again traveled overseas to take part in the Olympics, serving as a spiritual guide for athletes. It gave him a chance to not only see some of the medal-winning events for Americans, but also gave him … [Read more...]