Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Human Interest

St. Patrick's Day started in Florida, not Boston, USF professor says

St. Patrick's Day started in Florida, not Boston, USF professor says

The history was written and accepted. The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration on U.S. soil happened in Boston in 1737. The first parade? That other epicenter of Irish American immigration, New York City, 1762. It wasn’t really a big dea...
Updated: 2 months ago
How actresses who are just starting out get pressured into ‘creepy’ nude scenes

How actresses who are just starting out get pressured into ‘creepy’ nude scenes

Ciera Payton had just turned 18 when she was cast in a lead role opposite Steven Seagal in the 2007 film Flight of Fury. It was her first professional acting job, and filming would take place in Romania.But before sending her to set, neither the film...
Updated: 2 months ago
New ‘American Idol’: Wesley Chapel teen Zach D’Onofrio steals the spotlight in premiere

New ‘American Idol’: Wesley Chapel teen Zach D’Onofrio steals the spotlight in premiere

When Zach D’Onofrio auditioned for American Idol last fall, it was hard to tell who was most shocked: the judges or Zach himself.The 17-year-old student at Wiregrass Ranch High School is one of the singers who’ll be featured on the rebooted American ...
Updated: 2 months ago
Weekend ICYMI: Academy Awards, bad barbecue and avian infidelity

Weekend ICYMI: Academy Awards, bad barbecue and avian infidelity

It’s the start of another work week and we don’t want you to walk to the watercooler without being armed with the latest in memes and pop culture.We’ve compiled a few stories to keep you updated on what the internet has been buzzing about while you w...
Updated: 3 months ago
Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

Pasco foundation battling childhood hunger one school at a time

ZEPHRYHILLS — On a Thursday morning in a small warehouse off Gall Boulevard, a well-oiled machine of goodwill is cranking. At the Thomas Promise Foundation, volunteers Carlos and Robin Clothier, pack boxes of macaroni and cheese, granola bars, apple ...
Updated: 3 months ago
Weekend ICYMI: A rousing WWE debut; introducing the ‘banana phone’; celebrating curling gold

Weekend ICYMI: A rousing WWE debut; introducing the ‘banana phone’; celebrating curling gold

This weekend went wild with wrestling table slams, wacky new phones and the unlikely U.S. gold medal in curling.If you took a weekend break from the clutter of social media, here are a couple of moments to review so you can be armed with small talk f...
Updated: 3 months ago
8 stories that will make you believe in love again

8 stories that will make you believe in love again

These love stories were published on tampabay.com over the years. We think you’ll like them. ALICE AND JOE They were famous once. Alice starred in Ice Follies and Holiday on Ice. Joe was a lousy skater, but a great stage manager. He also mana...
Updated: 3 months ago
Woodstock singer Melanie wants a new home in Tampa Bay. All she needs is the key.

Woodstock singer Melanie wants a new home in Tampa Bay. All she needs is the key.

ST. PETERSBURGMelanie leans in the kitchen, surveying the step-down dining room and den."If the kids come to visit, we could put them in here," she says. "Right?"The kids are her grandkids. She has three but hopes for more. If this is where she moves...
Updated: 3 months ago
Robin Williams’ suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths

Robin Williams’ suicide was followed by a sharp rise in ‘copycat’ deaths

"Hanged." The front page of the New York Daily News said it all in one word on Aug. 13, 2014. Above the capital letters, which filled nearly a third of the page, was a photo of comedian Robin Williams with a somber expression, dead at age 63.The head...
Updated: 3 months ago
What a pink pirate wedding at Gasparilla looks like

What a pink pirate wedding at Gasparilla looks like

Gay Hartman’s vision of a pirate wedding may not be what you would expect from someone who lives the pirate lifestyle nearly year-round.To the London transplant, a pirate’s life is not only rough beards, eye patches and hooks — it&#...
Updated: 4 months ago