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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
Bollywood party draws thousands downtown
Dancers with Academy of Odissi Dance in Tampa perform a Bollywood  Fusion dance Wednesday evening at Curtis Hixon Park.
JASON BEHNKEN / STAFF

TAMPA — The party did not officially begin until 7 p.m., still an hour away, but 23-year-old Michigan resident Ashley Martin did not seem to care.

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria attempts to make the throw to first but allows Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier to reach the base during the first inning.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rays lose second 12-inning game in a week
The new-look Bucs only have one prime-time game scheduled.
FILE, CLIFF MCBRIDE/STAFF
Bucs will open season against Carolina
Craft beer brewers say the proposed rules would put them out of business.
County staying on sidelines in beer battle

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Henderson: Resignation won’t solve all school transportation woes

When news broke Wednesday about the resignation of Hillsborough County Schools transportation chief John Franklin, maybe I should have at least pretended to be surprised.

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Selmon Expressway Converts to All-Electronic Tolling this Friday


A new electronic tolling system will be in place beginning this Friday. The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority has scheduled the conversion of the Selmon Expressway to All-Electronic Tolling for the night of September 17, 2010. At that time, all drivers will not have to slow down or stop at any toll booths or toll plazas.  All drivers will be billed by one of two electronic methods – using a SunPass or We Bill You.

“Converting to all-electronic tolling has been a goal for the Selmon Expressway for a number of years, and since the current equipment is more than 30 years old with no available replacement parts, now is the time make the switch,” said Sue Chrzan, THEA communications manager.

SunPass is accepted on most toll roads in Florida, and a smaller and less expensive SunPass, the Sunpass Mini, was recently introduced. The SunPass Mini is a sticker that may be purchased at Publix, CVS or AAA locations for $4.99. Once the SunPass account is activated with $10, the account will be credited $4.99 - making SunPass technically free.

With “We Bill You,” occasional drivers, or a driver who does not wish to get a SunPass, the Selmon Expressway takes a picture of the vehicle’s license plate and a bill is mailed to the address on the license plate registration.

The Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority sites several benefits to All-Electronic Tolling including:
• Cost savings – drivers who use SunPass will save 25 cents at each tolling point versus those who choose “We Bill You” by video toll collection. All drivers should see some savings by using less gas without stop-and-go traffic around toll booths.
• Convenience – no cash or exact change needed, and no rolling down your window in the rain.
• Time Savings – no waiting in line to pay or slowing down around toll plazas.
• Safety – 58 percent of all accidents occur at toll booths; since there will be no toll booths, accidents are expected to be reduced.

For more information about the AET conversion and SunPass, please visit http://www.SaveOnTolls.com.

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Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Breaking Tampa Bay, Florida and national news and weather from Tampa Bay Online and The Tampa Tribune | TBO.com
Thursday, Apr 24, 2014
Bollywood party draws thousands downtown
Dancers with Academy of Odissi Dance in Tampa perform a Bollywood  Fusion dance Wednesday evening at Curtis Hixon Park.
JASON BEHNKEN / STAFF

TAMPA — The party did not officially begin until 7 p.m., still an hour away, but 23-year-old Michigan resident Ashley Martin did not seem to care.

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria attempts to make the throw to first but allows Minnesota Twins’ Brian Dozier to reach the base during the first inning.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Rays lose second 12-inning game in a week
The new-look Bucs only have one prime-time game scheduled.
FILE, CLIFF MCBRIDE/STAFF
Bucs will open season against Carolina
Craft beer brewers say the proposed rules would put them out of business.
County staying on sidelines in beer battle

Opinion

Henderson: Resignation won’t solve all school transportation woes

When news broke Wednesday about the resignation of Hillsborough County Schools transportation chief John Franklin, maybe I should have at least pretended to be surprised.

Editorials:
Editorial: Belden’s example
Editorial: Bill not starry eyed about film incentives
Editorial: Rotary’s century of service
Letters:
Letters to the editor: Get off your knees
Hispanics’ trailblazing efforts trampled on

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