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  1. Castor honors immigrants, promotes diversity at Town 'N Country town hall


    TAMPA — Originally, they came from Spain, Cuba, Panama and the Dominican Republic. They pursued a better life and the opportunity to become productive citizens in their new country.

    hillscastor081817: U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor looks on as Victor Fernandez, a retired educator, speaks about his American Dream award.
 Photo by Joey Johnston
  2. Daniel Ruth: Duck & Cover? Fix a drink, instead, if a nuclear bomb ever threatens


    I am a child of the "Duck & Cover" generation.

    Threats of thermonuclear attack bring to mind the safety advice that school children received during the Cold War, driven in part by an arms race that included the first test of a hydrogen bomb. "Ivy Mike," pictured here, was  set off in 1952 on the Enewetak atoll in the Pacific Ocean. [Los Alamos National Laboratory via The New York Times]
  3. Boutique brings the bubbly to Channel District


    Don Me Now, a stylist and clothing boutique housed in a Hyde Park storefront since 2013, is relocating to the Channel District.

    Don Me Now is opening in a new location with a new concept in Channelside. Photo courtesy of Don Me Now.
  4. Editorial: Get help, don't do something stupid if your pet proves too much for you


    It's important to realize when you're getting in over your head with a pet. It's just as important, at that point, to do the right thing. Not everyone does, as we saw in the headlines last week. Authorities were trying to find the cowardly motorist who was caught on video as he abandoned a dog near the busy intersection …

  5. Community to honor Monsignor Higgins with statue

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — In six decades of guiding St. Lawrence Catholic Church worshipers, the late Monsignor Laurence Higgins' leadership also made life better for countless Tampa residents, a legacy that will now be immortalized in a 6-foot, 300-pound, bronze statue to be installed outside Higgins Hall on Oct. 7.

    The legacy of the late Monsignor Laurence Higgins will be immortalized in a 6-foot, 300-pound, bronze statue to be installed on Oct. 7.
  6. After 10 years, Plant High gets new principal


    TAMPA — It's not unusual for someone who's taken on a new job to receive accolades, and Johnny Bush is no exception.

    TAMPA - After many years as prinicpal at Robinson High, Johnny Bush begins his first year as the principal at Plant High. On the first day of the 2017 school year as the Plant principal, he shares a light moment with a Plant parent. Taken 8-10-17 by Scott Purks
  7. Sunday Conversation: Computer Mentors founder and executive Ralph Smith


    The first computer language Ralph Smith ever learned was Fortran. He didn't like it. Undeterred, the budding programmer next studied COBOL and his life changed. "I fell in love with programming," he said. At that time, in the late 1980s, African-Americans were underrepresented in the tech industry.

    Computer Mentors Group executive director Ralph Smith, center, was among the nonprofit leaders to receive a surprise grant from Bank of America’s Bill Goede and Ann Shaler.
  8. Ernest Hooper: Let's do more to help our society live with its conscience


    During a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I got a chance to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial south of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

  9. Tampa-based band backs inspiring singer on 'America's Got Talent'

    Human Interest


    As a child, Alfred Sheppard didn't have a lot to say — until he took to the piano.

    Keyboardist Alfred Sheppard, left, and bassist Daniel Navarro are part of a Tampa-based band backing America’s Got Talent contestant Mandy Harvey. Judge Simon Cowell sent Harvey through to the live round with the “Golden Buzzer.”
  10. School honors a beloved chaplain for his 70 years as a Jesuit


    TAMPA — Father Francis Brou, a favorite of generations of Jesuit High School students, is gearing up for another year as chaplain of the Catholic school on Himes Avenue.

    Father Francis Brou poses for a portrait at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  Father Francis Brou is celebrating the 70th anniversary of his entrance into the Society of Jesus. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1961 and started teaching at Jesuit in 1964. He is 88 years old.??
  11. Starting Right, Now helps kids sew up new skills

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Ramses Roman held up the pillowcase he had made and smiled.

    Ramses Roman, 18, a student at Bowers/Whitley Career Center works on making a pillowcase at Keep Me In Stitches, as part of free sewing classes given to students who are part of Starting Right, Now.
  12. Congregation Kol Ami celebrates 40th anniversary


    In the late 1970s, a group of families living in the blossoming North Tampa area came together to form a synagogue.

  13. Chili's stages special benefit night for Trinity Cafe

    Human Interest

    Chili's Grill & Bar Fundraisers are being held at 31 different locations in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties to raise money for Trinity Café's efforts to feed the hungry. The fundraiser goes from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 16).

    Chili’s Vice President of Operations, Mike DeMaio, and his Tampa Bay area team joined Trinity Cafe chef Benito D’Azzo (far right) to  deliver the meal service at Trinity Cafe last month. On Aug. 16, Tampa Bay Chili’s restaurants will give 10 percent of its proceeds to the cafe.
  14. Stacy White isn't happy about HART's bus system redesign

    Mass Transit

    TAMPA — Hillsborough transit leaders approved a new bus system Monday and County Commissioner Stacy White isn't happy about it.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White isn’t happy with the vote. “I’m not going to sugar coat it: they got hosed,” White said after Monday’s HART meeting. 
  15. Joe Henderson: As he exits, Donald Raulerson says Legislature needs major overhaul


    Republican Dan Raulerson of Plant City has served five years as the state representative for District 58, but he will be voluntarily leaving on Aug. 15. He said issues related to recent back surgery convinced him this is the right move.

    Back problems are forcing state Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City, to step down, but he’s been in office long enough to see how the state Legislature could work bett\er. Do away with term limits, for one, he said, then spread out the concentration of power.