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Photo gallery: Photos from the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con

(July 31, 2015) Jerry Banks and Zandra pose for a photo.

[Luis Santana | Times]

(July 31, 2015) Jerry Banks and Zandra pose for a photo.

Although the 2015 Tampa Bay Comic Con is now behind us, the many nerds, geeks and cosplay fans who attended will no doubt treasure their memories, experiences and awesome outfits, such as those captured by Times staff photographers Luis Santana and Scotty Schenck.

Visit the Times image archive to license or purchase a reprint of any image shown above or to see some more photos from this year's con.

 


Selected and posted by Times photo archivist Tim Rozgonyi

 

 

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Photo gallery: 10 photos from Ted McLaren

(September 21, 2006) (l to r) Alvin Walker, 17, Mike Horton, 16, and Ronald Miller, 18, play a game of football at Ed Wright park in Clearwater. "We come almost every day," said Miller.

[Ted McLaren | Times]

(September 21, 2006) (l to r) Alvin Walker, 17, Mike Horton, 16, and Ronald Miller, 18, play a game of football at Ed Wright park in Clearwater. "We come almost every day," said Miller.

Tampa Bay Times picture editor Ted McLaren is moving on to pursue a career in biological sciences. As this is his last day with us, we thought it would be fitting to post a gallery of 10 of his photos from his years as a staff photographer here.

To see more photos from this photographer, or to license or purchase a reprint of any of these images, please visit the Times image archive.

 

Selected and posted by Tim Rozgonyi

 

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Photos of the week for July 25-July 31: 7 wire images published in the Tampa Bay Times

A July 23, 2015 photo provided by the Bozeman Deaconess Hospita shows three sets of twins that were born at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital during a seven-hour period on July 22. The babies, from left to right, are Sonja Ryann and Landon Lee Jackson; Lena Marie and Tate James Dykema and Piper Cynthia and Ethan Christopher Roberts.

[Bozeman Deaconess Hospital via AP]

A July 23, 2015 photo provided by the Bozeman Deaconess Hospita shows three sets of twins that were born at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital during a seven-hour period on July 22. The babies, from left to right, are Sonja Ryann and Landon Lee Jackson; Lena Marie and Tate James Dykema and Piper Cynthia and Ethan Christopher Roberts.

Yesterday we posted seven great staff images that were published in the Tampa Bay Times from July 25, 2015 through July 31, 2015. Today we are featuring seven great AP photos that were published during that same period.


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164 skydivers smash head-down world record over Illinois

Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record.

Mickey Nuttall via AP

Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record.

Traveling at speeds of up to 240 mph, 164 skydivers flying head-down built the largest ever vertical skydiving formation Friday over central Illinois, smashing the previous record.

It took the international team 13 attempts to beat the 2012 mark set by 138 skydivers. The formation, resembling a giant flower, floated above Skydive Chicago in Ottawa for a matter of seconds before the flyers broke away, deployed their parachutes, and whooped and hollered their way to the ground to the jubilation of spectators.

"It's awesome, man," said Rock Nelson, one of the organizers. "It just goes to show that if you can get the right group of people together and the right support team and good conditions, anything is possible ... even on attempt number 13."

It was no easy feat. The team was selected after training camps in Spain, Australia and across the United States, with dozens of talented skydivers disappointed to not make the cut. Seven aircraft were flown in precise formation to ensure that the jumpers de-planed at the right place, time and altitude. The record-breaking jumpers exited at 19,700 feet. …

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Photos of the week for July 25-July 31: 7 images from the Tampa Bay Times

(Published July 30, 2015) Family and friends of Gwendolyn Belcher react to the life sentence that was given to Christopher Belcher who was found guilty of killing his wife Gwendolyn. Christopher Belcher, a Seffner man accused of killing his wife and burning her body in September 2012 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday July 29. 2015.

[Skip O'Rourke | Times]

(Published July 30, 2015) Family and friends of Gwendolyn Belcher react to the life sentence that was given to Christopher Belcher who was found guilty of killing his wife Gwendolyn. Christopher Belcher, a Seffner man accused of killing his wife and burning her body in September 2012 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday July 29. 2015.

Here are 7 staff images that were published in the Tampa Bay Times from July 25, 2015 through July 31, 2015. Since we never publish every image from a photo shoot, we've also included some images that did not make it into print.

Visit the Times image archive to license or purchase a reprint of any image shown above or to see some more photos from the week.

 

Selected and posted by photo archivist Tim Rozgonyi

 

 

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Throwback Thursday from the Tampa Bay Times: Where in the world is Jimmy Hoffa?

(January 27, 1961) Hoffa and attorney confer. Jimmy Hoffa, left, in Orlando to go over government records used in presenting mail fraud charges to a federal grand jury, confers with former Florida Governor Fuller Warren, chief of the battery of attorneys preparing his defense at his Orlando trial in March.

[Times files]

(January 27, 1961) Hoffa and attorney confer. Jimmy Hoffa, left, in Orlando to go over government records used in presenting mail fraud charges to a federal grand jury, confers with former Florida Governor Fuller Warren, chief of the battery of attorneys preparing his defense at his Orlando trial in March.

Forty years ago today, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of a Detroit area restaurant, never to be seen again. He was declared legally dead seven years later. No one has ever been charged with his murder.

Since then, the location of Hoffa's body has been a subject of much debate and rumor and the source of numerous jokes. Here are eight places where Hoffa is said to have been buried: underneath a poker club (California); beneath a swimming pool (Michigan); on a horse farm (Michigan); under a backyard shed (Michigan); beneath Giants Stadium (New Jersey); inside a 55-pound drum at a landfill (New Jersey); dumped in the Everglades (Florida) and, lastly, inside a compacted car that was sent to Japan for recycling.

Back in 1961, Hoffa was brought up on mail fraud charges in federal court in Orlando. His lead counsel was former Florida governor Fuller E. Warren. The charges were dismissed by a federal judge in 1963.

 

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Photo gallery: Rays OF David DeJesus heads to Los Angeles

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder David DeJesus (7) in the dugout after scoring on a wild pitch by Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) in the second inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

[Will Vragovic | Times]

Tampa Bay Rays left fielder David DeJesus (7) in the dugout after scoring on a wild pitch by Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) in the second inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

The Tampa Bay Rays traded OF David DeJesus yesterday to the Angels for minor-league RHP Eduar Lopez. In his two and a half seasons with the Rays, Dejesus appeared in 200 games, hitting .254 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs.

 

Selected and posted by Times archivist Tim Rozgonyi

 

 

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Florida flooding causes issues

Residents in the community of Elfers in New Port Richey make the best of the flooding situation in the intersection of Elfers PKY and Celtic Dr in knee deep flood waters.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Residents in the community of Elfers in New Port Richey make the best of the flooding situation in the intersection of Elfers PKY and Celtic Dr in knee deep flood waters.

Rain and flooding have caused a myraid of predicaments for Bay Area residents recently, especially those in Pasco County. An evacuation order by Pasco on Monday affected 320 homes.

Here are some images from the affected areas, of people dealing with flooding and even some enjoying it.

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Skinny the cat sheds 22 pounds

The photo on the left, taken in 2012, shows Skinny at the Richardson Animal Shelter in Richardson, Texas. This recent photo provided by the HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation shows Skinny as he looks today.

[AP photos]

The photo on the left, taken in 2012, shows Skinny at the Richardson Animal Shelter in Richardson, Texas. This recent photo provided by the HEAL Veterinary Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation shows Skinny as he looks today.

[AP] A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic. Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the "resident cat" at her practice, HEAL Veterinary Hospital. Barton said Friday that Skinny spends weekdays roaming the clinic. The ex-fat cat's weekends are spent at home with Barton and her family.

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Photo gallery: Mexico defeats Jamaica for Gold Cup title

Mexico's Andres Guardado celebrates his goal with teammates during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match against Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.

[AP Photo/Michael Perez]

Mexico's Andres Guardado celebrates his goal with teammates during the first half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship soccer match against Jamaica, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.

From today’s sports section: Mexico won its seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup title Sunday with a 3-1 win over Jamaica. It was a convincing performance for coach Miguel Herrera and his team after some shaky play and contentious moments in the previous two games. Jamaica made a rousing run to the final, stunning the United States in the semifinals to become the first Caribbean nation to reach the Gold Cup final. Mexico will play the United States, the 2013 Gold Cup champ, on Oct. 9 for CONCACAF'S spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

 


Selected and posted by Times photo archivist Tim Rozgonyi

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Photo gallery: Times photographer Ron Thompson

Florida Lt. Gov Toni Jennings visited Homosassa Elementary Thursday (9/4/2003) to recognize the school's FCAT achievement. -- the Lt. Gov had the opportunity to join four students in the school's "money booth" to snatch as much free floating cash as possible. the booth is the school's way to reward students for high achievement. Jennings was only able to get $10 from the booth, the least of any of the occupants. She gave the money back to the school.

Ron Thompson | Times

Florida Lt. Gov Toni Jennings visited Homosassa Elementary Thursday (9/4/2003) to recognize the school's FCAT achievement. -- the Lt. Gov had the opportunity to join four students in the school's "money booth" to snatch as much free floating cash as possible. the booth is the school's way to reward students for high achievement. Jennings was only able to get $10 from the booth, the least of any of the occupants. She gave the money back to the school.

Ron Thompson worked as a staff photographer and, later, photo editor for the Times from 1989 to 2009. 

We caught up with Ron and asked him to reflect on his favorite memory and photograph over a long career of community journalism:

"After 30 years as a photographer it can be difficult to to select one favorite image, so many hold memories both good and bad. This particular photo comes to mind not so much because of it being a great photograph, but just because of the whole surreal day that went along with it.

Florida’s Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings was visiting Homosassa Elementary to celebrate the school’s FCAT scores,  but was running late. To keep the children entertained they were lead in song by a Sheriff’s Deputy. The first thing that made for a strange day was that deputy holding a kindergartner above his head and swaying in time as the student’s seranaded us in an impromptu singing of “Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville.”  It brought a new meaning to “Schoolhouse Rock." …

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Photos of the week for July 18-24: 7 wire images published in the Tampa Bay Times

Douglas Debrs prays by a makeshift memorial outside the Armed Forces Career Center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Counterterrorism investigators are trying to figure out why a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man, who by accounts lived a typical life in suburban America, attacked the career center and a Navy-Marine training center a few miles away in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines.

[AP Photo/Mark Zaleski]

Douglas Debrs prays by a makeshift memorial outside the Armed Forces Career Center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Counterterrorism investigators are trying to figure out why a 24-year-old Kuwait-born man, who by accounts lived a typical life in suburban America, attacked the career center and a Navy-Marine training center a few miles away in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines.

On Friday we posted seven great staff photos that were published in the Tampa Bay Times from July 18, 2015 through July 24, 2015. Today we are featuring seven great AP photos that were published during that same period.

 

 

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Newly released photos show Bush administration reaction to Sept. 11 attacks

Vice President Dick Cheney watches the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

National Archives

Vice President Dick Cheney watches the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

The National Archives on Friday released more than 350 photos taken on Sept. 11, 2001, of President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, their wives Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, CIA Director George Tenet and other senior Bush and Cheney staffers after the terrorist attacks.
The photos were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Colette Neirouz Hanna, coordinating producer for the Kirk Documentary Group, which covered the Bush administration in many films for the Frontline show on PBS.
In the photos, taken by the vice president’s staff photographer, Cheney is seen in his office watching footage of the World Trade Center attack. Other photos show Cheney and other senior staffers meeting in the President’s Emergency Operations Center, or the secure bunker deep underneath the White House.
They also show the vice president and his wife, accompanied by I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Cheney’s chief of staff, as they flew that night to Camp David, the first in a series of “undisclosed locations” where the vice president camped out in the weeks after the attacks.
You can view more photos at the National Archives’ flickr page. 

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Photos of the week for July 18-24: 7 images from the Tampa Bay Times

(July 9, 2015) Museum visitors view the exhibit "50 Years of Photography at Museum of Fine Arts" at the MFA in St Petersburg.

[Cherie Diez | Times]

(July 9, 2015) Museum visitors view the exhibit "50 Years of Photography at Museum of Fine Arts" at the MFA in St Petersburg.

Here are 7 staff photos that were published in the Tampa Bay Times from July 18, 2015 through July 24, 2015. Since we never publish every image from a photo shoot, we've also included some images that did not make it into print.

Visit the Times image archive to license or purchase a reprint of any image shown above or to see some more photos from the week.

 

Selected by news archivist Amanda DeArmon.

 

 

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Transgender youths in South Florida show hardship, resilience

June 11: Eli, of Fort Lauderdale poses at the beach in Dania Beach. Eli, who doesn't want his last name used because he fears he would face job discrimination, has found growing up to be a painful struggle, one that's been at odds to define his gender identity. Born a girl, he has struggled with depression: "I would look in the mirror and just hate my chest. And just try to squish it down. And just like sob for hours, like I was a little kid." Now identifying as a transgender male, the 17 year old dropped out of high school, where he sported a mohawk, had no friends and was seen by his peers has weird and intimidating. The prospect of transitioning in high school? "Horrifying."

Lynne Sladky | AP

June 11: Eli, of Fort Lauderdale poses at the beach in Dania Beach. Eli, who doesn't want his last name used because he fears he would face job discrimination, has found growing up to be a painful struggle, one that's been at odds to define his gender identity. Born a girl, he has struggled with depression: "I would look in the mirror and just hate my chest. And just try to squish it down. And just like sob for hours, like I was a little kid." Now identifying as a transgender male, the 17 year old dropped out of high school, where he sported a mohawk, had no friends and was seen by his peers has weird and intimidating. The prospect of transitioning in high school? "Horrifying."

The transgender community has gained a degree of acceptance in recent years with the help of such celebrities as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black. But for those who are less known it can be more of a struggle. Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, find themselves shunned by family, friends and co-workers. Episodes of homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse and violence often follow. "A lot of people really don't realize the like immense amount of pain the average trans person goes through just trying to like live their life," says Eli, a 17-year-old male who was born a girl and lives in Fort Lauderdale. He doesn't want his last name used because he fears not being able to find a job. Eli and other young transgender people in South Florida illustrate the hardship this community faces. They also show its resilience. View the photos to learn about their stories.

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