Michael Paluska, WFTS

Michael Paluska


Tampa, FL, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

How a new generation of Hispanic Americans is honoring the past through hand-rolled cigars

TAMPA, Fla. — The only job Michael Cincunegui, the owner of Long Ash Cigars in Ybor City, hasn't done is hand-rolling the cigars he sells. Instead, he leaves that to the professionals. In 2012, Cincunegui opened the business. A fourth-generation Floridian and livelong Ybor City resident, he said it just made sense. His father is from Spain, and his mom's side is a mix of Cuban and Spanish… → Read More

Can law enforcement convince Gabby Petito's fiancé to take a lie detector test?

A former FBI profiler in Tampa says the social media trail of clues in the disappearance of Gabby Petito can only take investigators so far, they need her fiancé Brian Laundrie's cooperation. → Read More

Bosses vs. Employees: Who will win the battle of work from home or keep it remote

Experts, business owners and regular people are still trying to navigate what makes work, work. → Read More

'We are just killing this place:' Growing food to survive extreme heat of climate change

Farmers and ranchers are working with University of Florida researchers on climate change projects. → Read More

'It's catastrophic': Why more than 700 dead manatees are just the tip of the iceberg

Full Circle: Saving the Manatee: Behind the scenes and in the trenches with scientists fighting to save a species. → Read More

Supply and demand: Shortages across America run deep, with no end in sight

From gas prices to new and used cars, tires, and everyday items like paper — costs are going up as demand exceeds supply. → Read More

The Rebound Tampa Bay: Boutique gyms offer more than just a place to work out

The Bar Performance Training in Carrollwood doesn't operate like a traditional gym. → Read More

Job fair helps graduating seniors explore career options they didn't consider before

TAMPA, Fla. — More than 70 graduating seniors at Chamberlain High School in Tampa met with leaders in the construction industry in person. It was the first in-person job fair for students since the pandemic began in March 2020. "The goal is to get these students hired, get them working for a company, then actually put them in apprenticeship training programs," Steve Cona, the President and CEO… → Read More

Looking to buy a new home? Here's what you should know

The housing market is hot with bidding wars, soaring prices and limited supply. But, builders and industry experts we interviewed for this report tell us a new home is still the best way to go. → Read More

Fighting the Stigma: How local chefs are changing the culture around mental health from the kitchen

Restaurant owners are seeing more and more staff come forward to talk about the importance of mental health. → Read More

Only in Tampa: A cigar lounge in a place you’d never expect — a historic church

A 115-year-old church is getting a new life under a haze of smoke. → Read More

The Rebound Tampa Bay: Busch Gardens is on a hiring blitz

This time last year, Busch Gardens was closed due to COVID-19 lockdowns. What a difference a year makes. Now they're open and hiring hundreds to prepare for the summer season. → Read More

The show must go on: New and improved Tampa Theatre reopens a year to the day since closing

While other attractions in the area like zoos and theme parks started reopening, it took the theatre a lot longer. → Read More

Food shortages, lockdowns and soaring costs: how a local BBQ restaurant survived against all odds

DUNEDIN, Fla. — The owner of Q Southern BBQ and Catering in Dunedin opened the doors to his dream restaurant on Feb. 20, 2020, then the pandemic hit. "We had three weeks of good time where it was everything I wanted it to be,” chef and owner Cameron Capri said. "It was everything I hoped it would be and three weeks of just that rush and jam-packed and everybody trying out the new place in town… → Read More

2020 holiday season was make or break for many Florida beach communities

Business owners were anxiously waiting to see if the holiday season would be severely impacted by COVID-19. → Read More

Buying a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic was a 'gutsy move'

When restaurants were closing across the country, one man saw an opportunity in St. Petersburg he couldn't pass up. → Read More

Civil Axe Throwing reopens in Ybor City

If you want to embrace your inner lumberjack, Civil Axe Throwing is the best place for you. → Read More

Small businesses team up with the American Cancer Society to put a dent in the $200M shortfall

Nationally, the American Cancer Society said they are down $200 million because of COVID-19, and they are looking for businesses to team up with them and raise funds, no matter how big or small. → Read More

Hillsborough Community College launches surgical tech program

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for surgical techs will grow 7% faster than all occupations. → Read More

Goodwill plans to expand Job Connection Centers inside local stores

There are currently two stand-alone Job Connection Centers inside Goodwill stores in St. Petersburg and Riverview. → Read More