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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tuxes & Tails

    Who could resist Event Show Productions showgirls samba-ing down the Tuxes & Tails catwalk carrying furry homeless pets? With Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister, family restaurateur/event co-chair Andrea Gonzmart and a dozen other "celebs" right behind them showwalking …

    Event Show Production dancers strut the runway at Tuxes & Tails to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Oct. 14 at the Tampa Convention Center.
  2. Howard Altman: Kathy Castor plans Tampa ceremony honoring Vietnam-era veterans

    Macdill

    James Butler was a Marine captain who piloted helicopters in Vietnam and flew 988 missions there.

    James Butler, 74, of Carrollwood Village, was a Marine captain during the Vietnam War and flew nearly 1,000 missions as a helicopter pilot. [Courtesy of James Butler]
  3. He sings, he acts, he ministers -- Meet Heanon Tate

    Religion

    God gives every person unique talents to use them, says Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.

    Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.  Tate, 46, is a musician, actor, athlete and minister. He has appeared off Broadway and in television shows including Army Wives (in which he had a reoccurring role) and Homeland.
  4. With rebranded name, Innovation Place hosts annual event

    News

    The 3rd annual Innovation Gathering runs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 26) at the USF Research Park, Galleria Room at USF CONNECT, 3720 Spectrum Blvd. This year features the Faces of Innovation and the Taste of !p.

    Innovation Place will hosts its third annual Innovation Gathering. The event takes place at USF Research Park.
  5. Foster kids foundation stages ballroom dancing benefit

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Strapping Leto High sophomore Michael Threatt loves playing the game of football as well as his current position of defensive end on the school's varsity team.

    Foster teens Michael Threatt, 16, and Sian Moseley, 18, practice a ballroom dance routine for their performance at the Masquerade Charity Ball on Friday (Oct. 27) at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brandon.
  6. Daniel Ruth: Advice for sniping school board members — Grow up or go away

    Columns

    There are certain jobs in elective office that carry with them a slightly higher expectation when it comes to how one behaves in public.

    Hillsborough School Board members Tamara Shamburger, above, and April Griffin started off the brouhaha at a recent training session but it didn't end there. [Courtesy of Tamara Shamburger]
  7. Hooper: After living through them, she pulls people out of credit woes

    Columns

    Atlanta, a place known for rising from the ashes of the Civil War to become an international city, proved to be a perfect backdrop for Artricia James-Heard's own rise from what she calls "a very vulnerable time in her life."

    Artricia James-Heard
  8. Money dries up, bringing questions and new leadership to Tampa nonprofit

    News

    TAMPA — A new leader has been installed at one of East Tampa's leading nonprofit agencies following reports that money is going out faster than it's coming in.

    Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan founder James Hammond, left, attended an awards ceremony in February with Jeanette Bradley, right, who recently was removed as chief executive of the charity. 
  9. Joe Henderson: Fanciful ideas merit consideration when they're from Tom Hall

    Columns

    Tom Hall has traveled the world and developed a sense of what works, what doesn't, and what is to come.

    Public relations guru Tom Hall has a lot of ideas for Tampa's future, including extensive use of LED lights to create an illuminated artists palate. Some lighting already is in place along Hillsborough River bridges,. [CHERI DIEZ   |   Times (2012)]
  10. Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season

    Human Interest

    Those piles of branches snapped off by the hurricane finally are disappearing from the front of homes in the Tampa Bay area, one last reminder of the bullet many dodged by not preparing properly for the day when a storm may hit the region head on.

    Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on their  lanai south of Miami while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]