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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. Professional boost offered to home-based New Tampa businesses


    NEW TAMPA — Paula Blair knows firsthand the challenges of working from home.

    hillsevbiz081117: SOAR Co-Working contains five meeting rooms which can accommodate up to 10 people. Photo courtesy of SOAR Co-Working
  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. USF graduate readies for ministry and adventure

    Human Interest

    LUTZ — A row of pitched tents and large 65 liter backpacks surrounded the wooded site as hikers briskly grabbed their gear to endure a 38 minute, 2.2-mile hike at the World Race headquarters in Gainesville, Ga.

    Erica Everett has embarked on a Christian mission trip called World Race that will take her to 11 countries in 11 months. Her shirt reads: I Haven't Been Everywhere, But It's On My List. Photo by Tatiana Ortiz.
  7. Greco Middle hopes media center transformation transforms lives


    TEMPLE TERRACE — While their primary purposes are much different, the nonprofit Heart of America organization and AbbVie, a for-profit pharmaceutical company, share a passion for helping people in need.

    Greco Middle School Media Special Deborah Griner looks over some of the books and bookcase donated to the school by AbbVie, a global pharmaceutical company, in conjunction with the Heart of America, an organization with a mission to improve students’ learning environment in aging schools throughout the country.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

  10. 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.”