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  1. Republicans face primary in whirlwind special election for Plant City-area House seat

    Elections

    PLANT CITY — With qualifying completed this week, the field is set in a whirlwind special election to replace state Rep. Dan Raulerson, R-Plant City — and the race could come down to two candidates in a Republican primary, Yvonne Fry and Lawrence McClure.

    Yvonne Fry is one of two Republican candidates with strong Plant City ties to quality for a special election in state House District 58.
  2. Gracepoint gifts senior residents with new home

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — When Mary Myles became program manager of The Graham Home 25 years ago, 30 adults with special needs occupied 65 square-foot apartments.

    The Graham at Gracepoint, the senior living apartments at 2400 East Henry Ave., was their first facility built from the ground up.
  3. Sarah Whitman: In the wake of Charlottesville, America must do better

    Religion

    TAMPA — Charlottesville happened.

    Nearly 250 years into our country's story, Americans maintain the right to say and even do what to me (and I pray you), seem like unthinkable things.

    More than 80 people attended an event at St. Patrick Catholic Church aimed at promoting a civil dialogue regarding immigration. The event occurred a day after the outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Va., created by a clash between white supremacists and counter protesters.
  4. Howard Altman: Former South Korean commando leader liked Trump's 'fire and fury'

    Macdill

    President Donald Trump kicked off a firestorm over his statement that a missile attack from North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

    Former South Korean commando leader In-Bum Chun, shown here during a ceremony at  Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, said President Trump used the right tone when he threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with "fire and fury." [ JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times, 2015]


  5. Bar review: Seminole Heights City Wine Bar in Tampa

    Features

    One of the best spots to grab a drink in Ybor is the Ybor City Wine Bar. It's easily the largest beer selection in Ybor despite being obviously wine-centric, and the extensive wine selection comes with a side of expert staff to help smartly walk you through a long and unusually formatted wine list that separates wines …

    Intermediate sommelier Drew Drotleff chats with guests at the Seminole Heights City Wine Bar. There’s a relaxed conviviality that makes enjoying wine all the better. The first City Wine Bar is in Ybor City.
  6. Ernest Hooper: Women earning more through training in manufacturing jobs

    News

    Without aid of glasses, contact lenses or Lasik surgery, Hiroko Kato has clearer vision — when it comes to her career.

    Manufacturing isn't solely rooted in grimy jobs, many women are learning through the Manufacturing Alliance, a partnershipof the Hillsborough County Commission, Hillsborough Community College, Hillsborough County Public Schools and CareerSource. [Getty Images]

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

    Politics

    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
  8. Daniel Ruth: Duck & Cover? Fix a drink, instead, if a nuclear bomb ever threatens

    Columns

    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]
  9. Boutique brings the bubbly to Channel District

    Business

    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.
  10. Editorial: Get help, don't do something stupid if your pet proves too much for you

    Editorials

    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 …

  11. 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.
  12. After 10 years, Plant High gets new principal

    K12

    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
  13. Sunday Conversation: Computer Mentors founder and executive Ralph Smith

    Business

    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.
  14. Ernest Hooper: Let's do more to help our society live with its conscience

    News

    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.

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

    Human Interest

    PROGRESS VILLAGE

    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.”