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After 60 years, the Tampa Bay Times presses in St. Petersburg will go cold and print their last papers on Saturday night.

Why it matters: About 150 people will lose their jobs.

  • Whoever buys the building will decide whether to demolish or repurpose it.

Don’t worry: The Times will still have a physical newspaper — just printed out of a Gannett press in Lakeland.

What they're saying: Amy Hollyfield, the Times' senior deputy news editor, told Axios that in her 24 years at the paper she's seen the plant as a place of refuge.

  • During Hurricane Irma in 2017, reporters brought their laptops to the plant and slept there, working around the clock through the storm.
"It's a fabric of the community and it's a piece of us. ... For those of us who have worked here for a while and walked those floors and smelled that ink, and been feeling the pride of the workers who were dedicated to our company because they worked for our company — it's just going to be different."

Worthy of your time ... Check out two features from the Times' Claire McNeil: One about the plant’s last days and another focused on its longtime workers.

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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Vaccine site opens at Tampa Greyhound Track

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A FEMA-coordinated mass COVID-19 community vaccination site opens Wednesday morning at the Tampa Greyhound Track in Sulphur Springs and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The state of play: The site will accept walk-ups only and will first vaccinate law enforcement officers, firefighters and school employees ages 50 and older, plus residents 65 and older and those with medical conditions that make them "extremely vulnerable."

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CDC: Vaccinated people in COVID hotspots should resume wearing masks

CDC director Rochelle Walensky and top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci at a Senate HELP committee hearing. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance on Tuesday recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in indoor, public settings if they are in parts of the U.S. with substantial to high transmission, among other circumstances.

Why it matters: The guidance, a reversal from recommendations made two months ago, comes as the Delta variant continues to drive up case rates across the country. Millions of people in the U.S. — either by choice or who are ineligible — remain unvaccinated and at risk of serious infection.

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