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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    20th annual Cattle Baron's Ball

    Tampa and Los Angeles area Red Cross Tiffany Circle founder Jill Valenti, left, thanks Lorraine Dutkowsky, Marsha Dickey and board chairman Steve Dickey for their support at lunch aboard Holland America’s ms Oosterdam on Feb 17.
  2. Law professor launches running apparel line

    Business

    TAMPA — Six years ago, she became a runner, first barely making it to the end of the block, constantly putting one foot in front of the other.

    Karen Fultz, a local attorney and law professor, has launched a line of running apparel  that allows the fitness-focused running in cooler weather to access their wrist monitors while wearing a long-sleeve top.
  3. District recognizes LEAD winners

    K12

    PLANT CITY — Hillsborough County School District partnered with the Plant City Black Heritage Organization to recognize the winners of its annual Learn, Empower, Advocate, Dream (LEAD) student contest in recognition of Black History Month.

  4. Here's more proof that Hillsborough is where transportation ideas go to die

    Columns

    I am absolutely convinced there is a vast, endless warehouse somewhere in Hillsborough County similar to the final scene in the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark that is filled to capacity with decades of blueprints, studies, reports, analyses, models, plans and proposals to deal with the region's …

    Tampa lacks access to buses and other mass transit, columnist Dan Ruth says, thanks to a decades-old chorus of nos, boos and never. Blame voters asked to fund transit efforts and countless county commissions. [Times file, 2012]
  5. SoHo, Hyde Park retail expansion includes new Montecristo cigar store

    Retail

    TAMPA — South Howard is getting a cigar bar.

    Construction barricades, cones and heavy equipment line West Swann Avenue in the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Developers say the work is nearly finished. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  6. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door

    Business

    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    The Nutrition Factory founders Michael Youssef and Joseph Galloway stand in front of the new location. Photo courtesy of The Nutrition Factory.
  7. Sunday Conversation: Doretha Edgecomb

    Human Interest

    Former Hillsborough County school board member Doretha Edgecomb may be retired but don't expect her to slow down any time soon. In the last month, she's helped H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center launch the George Edgecomb Society, a cancer outreach program targeting the African-American community. It's named after her late …

    Former Hillsborough County School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb received the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s 2017 Community Impact Award on Thursday.
  8. Group uses film to push against state's proposed gun legislation

    Politics

    The day after a quiet 2012 Thanksgiving spent with family in Chicago, Lucy McBath answered a phone call from her ex-husband, Ron Davis. Their son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, had been shot.

  9. March column: Rep. Harrison stuck between Tallahassee powers

    Politics

    State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is "caught between a rock and a hard place," as Mayor Bob Buckhorn put it, in the internecine GOP feud over business incentives and tourism marketing.

     opposed Gov. Rick Scott on business incentive money, so Scott came to Harrison's legislative district to make his case. [Times file]
  10. Teen gunned down at kids party had Selmon, Gonzmart as mentors

    Columns

    Nearly five years ago, I met a fatherless 12-year-old boy when I was asked by my friend Maryam Muhammad, his teacher, to speak at her fifth-grade class.

    Richard Gonzmart posted this collage of photos of him and Tee'on Milledge on his Facebook page.
  11. Bar review: Old-timey vibe in c.1949 in Tampa's Lowry Park

    Bars & Spirits

    Sometimes it seems like Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood gets all the love, with an ever-growing selection of hip restaurants, breweries and bars making it one of the best places for food and drinks in the city.

    A terrific beer bar, c.1949 is in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa. It has a ramshackle Florida shack feel, and that’s a good thing.
  12. Smithsonian seeks local Latino baseball memorabilia

    Events

    TAMPA — It might be an old Tampa Smokers jersey. It could be a photograph of action from the once burgeoning Inter-Social League. Maybe it's a bat or cap that once belonged to a famous major-league player.

    Officials from the Smithsonian Institute and the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House hope to collect memorabilia at Saturday’s Latinos and Baseball event.
  13. Henderson: Kids need recess, and lawmakers need to make time for it

    Columns

    I own a fitness watch that beeps a reminder each hour to get up and walk, move around, or do anything besides stay seated in front of my computer. It tells me I am supposed to get at least 250 steps per hour.

    Fifth graders at John M. Sexton Elementary in St. Petersburg enjoy the play time they get at school. State legislators are considering making daily recess mandatory in public elementaries.
  14. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door

    Business

    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    The Nutrition Factory founders Michael Youssef and Joseph Galloway stand in front of the new location. Photo courtesy of The Nutrition Factory.
  15. More Health celebrates 25 years of healthy lessons for kids

    K12

    Janai Carnegie, 10, had the chance to not only learn about the function of a lung – she got to be one.

    Savannah Romero, 10, left, and Karrington Lillie, 10, make skewered snacks of fruit and yogurt as volunteers from The Junior League of Tampa hold their “Kids in the Kitchen” workshop with MORE HEALTH and Tampa General Hospital.