Saturday, November 18, 2017


Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo, Times staff writer

Paul Guzzo primarily covers Cuban policy, Cuban culture in the Tampa Bay area and local history for the Tampa Bay Times. A native of Trenton, N.J., he's been a journalist in this area since 1999, writing for La Gaceta Newspaper and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times. Along with his brother Pete Guzzo, Paul is an award-winning independent filmmaker best known locally for his documentary on gangster Charlie Wall. At home, he is an overwhelmed father of four and husband to a wife who is way out of his league.

Dr. Ferdie Pacheco enjoys an exchange with his wife Lusita during lunch with friends in Miami. Pacheco, born in Miami, achieved fame in the world of boxing but his interests stretched far beyond it. [Times file, 2013]

Ferdie Pacheco, the ‘Fight Doctor’ and Muhammad Ali’s physician, dead at 89

Ferdie Pacheco’s final regret might be that someone else wrote his obituary — someone who didn’t know, as he did, how great he was."He had no self-doubt," his daughter Tina Pacheco said with a laugh. "He will be mad at me."She laments...
Published: 11/16/17
Updated: 11/17/17
Deacon Johnny Daniels, 51, left, consoles Anna Cross, 71, a close friend of Ronald Felton who was shot and killed early Tuesday in front of the New Season Apostolic Ministries. Felton was a volunteer for ten years at the ministries' food pantry. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

Friends at Seminole Heights food bank remember shooting victim as ‘Super Man’

TAMPA — Ronald Felton now joins the tragic list of victims in this fall’s Seminole Heights killings.But to those who volunteered alongside him for the twice-a-week food pantry at New Season Apostolic Ministries in Seminole Heights, the...
Published: 11/15/17
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
The Tampa Police Department investigates another fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood on Nebraska Avenue in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Fourth Seminole Heights shooting claims life of food bank volunteer, 60

TAMPA — Officers saturated the area, said a frustrated Mayor Bob Buckhorn, but still, whoever is responsible for the fatal shootings that have terrorized the community of Seminole Heights struck a fourth time early Tuesday and got away.The...
Published: 11/14/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Victoria Patten, front, and Tanaysha Troutman, back, were killed Sunday night when they were struck by a car during an argument in Brandon. The two women and a third woman, Stephanie Jordan, had parked their cars in a turn lane on Providence Road, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. [Facebookl]

Women were arguing when car hit, killed them on Brandon roadway, deputies say

BRANDON — Relatives are left to wonder what was so important that two women had to park in a turn lane in order to argue about it.The move proved fatal. Both women, described by acquaintances as a couple, were mowed down where they stood about...
Published: 11/13/17
Updated: 11/15/17
Fabian Lopez performs a front sidegrab at a skate park in Havana, Cuba. Lopez is part of Toda Fuerza, a Cuban skateboarding team that had hoped to compete in Tampa last week. Those plans are off. [Cortesy of Steven Garcia]

Heartbreaking stories emerge as embassy mystery halts trips from Cuba to Tampa

TAMPA — It's been six weeks since the U.S. Embassy in Havana stopped issuing visas to Cubans after its staff was slashed by 60 percent, a response to mysterious health attacks on American diplomats there.
Published: 11/13/17
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Hillsborough County Sheriff Deputies Trent Migues, 29 and Benjamin Thompson, 35 talk to the media in front of the District II office in Brandon to describe how they rescued a woman from a submerged vehicle in Plant City. 82-year-old Leona Evans was pulled from the sinking vehicle by the quick-thinking deputies.  [Sunday November 12, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Hillsborough deputies describe rescuing woman from sinking SUV

The scariest moment was when the screaming stopped.
Published: 11/12/17
Updated: 11/13/17
A Cuban and an American flag hang in the atrium aboard the Carnival Paradise at Port Tampa Bay. Despite new restrictions on travel to Cuba, cruises to Havana will continue. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]

Trump’s Cuba regulations are stricter but will not end travel from Tampa Bay area

The Trump administration rolled out new restrictions on trade with Cuba on Wednesday in an effort to "channel economic activities away" from the nation’s military, intelligence and security services while pushing Americans to support Cuba’s private...
Published: 11/08/17
The Tampa Theatre shuts down Monday for renovation. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]

Tampa Theatre's holiday movies will be free, and outdoors

TAMPABefore the historic Tampa Theatre closed Monday for six weeks to undergo $6 million in renovations, it hosted a special Sunday night screening — Back to the Future.The 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox is about traveling back in...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/07/17
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
David Lee, left, a local business owner and resident of Seminole Heights comforts Ana Lavendeira, the grandmother of Monica Caridad Hoffa who was shot and killed in Seminole Heights last month on Sunday, November 5, 2017. On Sunday an exterior wall of the vacant building owned by David Lee at 4725 N Nebraska Avenue in Seminole Heights. A four-panel mural was unveiled honoring the three victims Benjamin Mitchell, Anthony Taino Naiboa and Monica Caridad Hoffa who were gunned down last month in crimes police believe were random but related. A suspect has not yet been named.

Mural is unveiled to honor shooting victims killed in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — The inscriptions were left to comfort and inspire a community."We are Seminole Heights! Stay safe, stay strong," wrote Karen Farb."Good always prevails. Stay safe my friends," penned Anna Molina.On Sunday, on an exterior...
Published: 11/05/17
Enrique Someillan (standing in back row, wearing sunglasses) is among a number of people from Tampa who rate a mention in the 2,900 pages of documents that make up the latest release of JFK Assassination Records.  Also mentioned is Raul Moran, sitting in the front row directly in front of Someillan.
 Both posed for this photo during a meeting of the Tampa branch of the 26th of July Movement,Fidel Castro's revolutionary army. [Courtesy of Raul Villamia]

New JFK files feature a few surprises about intrigue in Tampa as Castro rose to power

TAMPA — Conspiracy theories get little support in the 2,900 pages of documents recently released from the investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.But the JFK Assassination Records reveal new details in an intriguing...
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