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Chelsea Yarborough cheers after winning a ribbon during an equestrian skills event for the Special Olympics at the Bakas Equestrian Center in Tampa. Since 2001, physically and mentally disabled children have experienced the joy of horse-riding and forged deep connections with the animals at Bakas Equestrian Center. Neighbor Tom Pepin, the CEO of Pepin Distributing Company, wants the county to give him the land in exchange for building a new equine therapy center in Seffner. [Saturday, February 18, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Parents of disabled children vow to take on beer distributor Pepin in fight over horse therapy center land

TAMPA Parents call the Bakas Equestrian Center their "little slice of heaven." Located on an idyllic 22-acre plot off Race Track Road, the center offers horse riding for mentally and physically disabled children and adults, helping them develop balance and coordination. But now the land, owned by Hillsborough Count …


Anti-abortion activists target Sen. Nelson in Gorsuch confirmation battle

Anti-abortion activists working to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will demonstrate outside Sen. Bill Nelson's Tampa office tomorrow....


Congressman Charlie Crist says he supports St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's stance on protecting undocumented immigrants

Crist wonders who will be affected next by Trump's immigration policies

Congressman Charlie Crist joked Friday that the news coming out of the White House these days is so fast and furious that he has trouble keeping up....


Florida Department of Education looks at tougher passing scores for alternate tests

High school juniors and seniors who haven't yet passed their exit-level language arts Florida Standards Assessment get another crack at the test at the end of this month....