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Tampa Bay food prices still steep but below national average

Data: BLS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Food prices across the Tampa Bay area were up 9.6% in November, the most recent data available, compared to the year prior, per a new analysis from Axios' Kavya Beheraj and Alex Fitzpatrick.

  • The cost of food eaten at home was up 10.4% here, while the price of food eaten away from home was up 8.4%, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Ben Montgomery
Feb 3, 2023 - Sports

University of South Florida tennis teams to train with VR technology

A female uses virtual reality headset and raquet to practice tennis.

USF assistant coach Vanja Klaric tries Sense Arena's new technology. Photo: Courtesy USF Athletics

How about a tennis match in the metaverse?

What's happening: The University of South Florida men's and women's tennis teams have partnered with sports virtual reality company Sense Arena to use VR tools to supplement IRL training.

Tom Brady's retirement means the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can move on

Photo illustration of Tom Brady at the helm of a pirate ship, tipping his hat towards the shoreline.

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

It's that time of year again: Tom Brady retirement season.

Yes, but: In his Wednesday announcement, Brady swore it's for real this time.

Florida's citrus crisis drives up orange juice prices

A load of about 100 brightly-colored oranges

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida orange growers are facing what's forecast to be their smallest crop in nearly 90 years.

What's happening: Florida is expected to produce 18 million 90-pound boxes of juicing oranges this year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast last month.

AP African American studies class changed after DeSantis criticism

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference to announce the award of $100 million for beach recovery following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole in Daytona Beach Shores in Florida.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference on Jan. 18 in Daytona Beach Shores in Florida. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The College Board on Wednesday released curriculum for its new Advanced Placement African American Studies course, excluding some of the content that infuriated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Why it matters: The outrage over the curriculum underscores the ongoing battles against critical race theory — a topic that is often conflated with teachings on systemic racism.

Ivana Saric
Updated Feb 1, 2023 - Sports

Tom Brady announces he's retiring "for good"

Tom Brady

Tom Brady runs on the field on Jan. 16. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Tom Brady, 45, announced in a social media post on Wednesday that he would be retiring from the NFL "for good."

Why it matters The seven-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP is widely considered to be the greatest quarterback of all time.

4 ways to celebrate Black History Month around Tampa Bay

Illustration of the state of Florida lit by red, green and yellow lights.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Today is the first day of Black History Month. Here are some events to support, recognize and celebrate Black leaders in our community.

Tampa's NFL history: The Tampa Bay History Center is kicking off its Black History Month event series with a Sangria and Stories discussion about how the University of Tampa's football team paved the way for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ben Montgomery
Feb 1, 2023 - News

Manatee County Confederate memorial debate pushed

A photo of a monument to confederate soldiers in Bradenton, Fla.

The base of the granite obelisk commemorating Confederate generals and soldiers. It stood in front of the Manatee County courthouse until 2017. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Manatee County commissioners postponed a vote Tuesday on whether to re-install a Confederate monument on the lawn of the county courthouse, where it was removed following a wave of protests in 2017.

What happened: The commission was poised to discuss bringing back the memorial at Tuesday's board meeting, after several residents raised the idea last month. But commissioners said the issue had been removed from the agenda at the last minute.