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  1. At low point two years ago, West Tampa legion post has new home, new hope


    WEST TAMPA — Norma Hernandez is home again, playing bingo with her family.

    John Gebo calls out the numbers during bingo night at the West Tampa Memorial American Legion Post 248. 

The post closed its old headquarters two years ago as numbers dwindled and now occupies a new building. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  2. Vegan kitchen comes to Downtown Tampa


    Charles Rumph and Tim Fedorko's first attempt at launching a vegan restaurant concept in Tampa "was a disaster."

    Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery serves wraps, acai bowls, smoothies and juices and plant-based baked goods like strawberry cupcakes. Photo courtesy of Charles Rumph.
  3. Faedos bring tastes of Tampa back to a storefront


    Whether working out of a food truck or a brick and mortar, Michelle Faedo and her husband Robert have always served Tampanian cuisine.

    Michelle Faedo's husband Robert and her two daughters stand in front of their new restaurant, Michelle Faedo's Tampeno Cuisine. Photo courtesy of Michelle Faedo.
  4. Hard work, talent and love mix to help Plant, Robinson reign in girls flag football


    In the second grade I ventured to a Robinson flag football game.

    hillsmacy052817: Macy McClintock is a correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times and a rising junior at Robinson High School, where she plays on the flag football team. Photo courtesy of Macy McClintock.
  5. South Tampa teen Natalie Claro sparks music dreams into career

    Human Interest

    SOUTH TAMPA — In an age of social media and an increasingly interconnected world, teenagers grow up with increasing amounts of social pressure to be the best version of themselves.

    Natalie Claro, 17, performs recently at Local 662 in St. Petersburg. Claro chose to be homeschooled so she could have more time to pursue her musical aspirations.
  6. Winning high school essays urge balance in U.S. foreign, domestic spending


    Three winners were selected by a panel of judges from among 250 entrants to receive a $1,200 scholarship in the R.F. "Red" Pittman Tampa Tribune Scholars essay contest.

  7. William March: Sheriff Gee denies his resignation was timed to help GOP


    Sheriff David Gee is denying through spokesmen that he planned his 2016 re-election and subsequent resignation to help Republicans hold the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But Democrats say it seems obvious he did.

  8. Students from rival high schools notch perfect ACT scores


    TAMPA — For anyone achieving a perfect score in American College Testing (ACT), a rigorous standardized examination used for college admissions, the odds are statistically staggering.

    John Felletter
  9. Bob Buckhorn: Expanding homestead exemption will endanger Tampa's progress


    In the years leading up to my taking office, Tampa families experienced some of the hardest times in recent history. Homes were lost, jobs were cut, and optimism for the future waned.

    Critics say expanding the homestead exemption for Florida property owners will strain the resources of local governments as they recover from the Great Recession.
  10. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Magnolia Ball

    In gratitude for lifesaving research and treatments, former Moffitt Cancer Center patients, their loved ones and inspired donors raised a record-smashing $4 million at the 24th annual Magnolia Ball, an elegant, $1,500-ticket dinner in a Tuscan garden setting Saturday at the Marriott Waterside. …

    Barb and Moffitt Cancer Center director Tom Sellers, from left, and Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, a national advisory board member and cancer survivor, dine at the Magnolia Ball.
  11. For ECHO's Burr, achievements defy laws of time


    BRANDON — Sharmaine Burr awoke on May 20 full of emotion.

    ECHO director of social services Sharmaine Burr juggles work, family and educational pursuits while continuing to help people change the trajectory of their lives.
  12. 'Superhero' family sharpens focus on special needs adoptions

    Human Interest


    Batman, Superman and Spider-Man rose from orphan beginnings to become superheroes known for their feats of strength and heroic deeds.

    Alex Hart, 10, talks with new brother, Anthony Gabriel Hart, 5, before Anthony’s adoption finalization at the Hillsborough County courthouse. Mom Donna Hart said, “He brings out this side in Tanner and Alex, this tenderness, this kindness.”
  13. Joe Henderson: Only unanimous jury vote justifies extreme act of execution


    A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court on Florida's death penalty law didn't generate a lot of chatter, but don't let that fool you.

    A jury recommended execution for Dontae Morris of Tampa by a 10-2 vote in one of his murder trials. The recommendation was unanimous when he was tried in the shooting deaths of two Tampa police officers.
  14. Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn acting 8 with his machine-gun joke aimed at journalists


    It can be argued that much like in performing stand-up comedy, so too, in a political life it is important to know your audience.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn mans a .50-caliber machine gun during a special operations forces demonstration on the Hillsborough River downtown in 2014.
  15. Riverview 14 GDX kicks off summer season with sneak peak event


    RIVERVIEW — Deresa Mayes of Tampa loves nothing more than a day at the beach.