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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.

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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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Cuba, America restore relations

A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it re-opened for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a Communist revolution.

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A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it re-opened for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a Communist revolution.

     The United States of America and Cuba, only a distance of 90 miles away from each other, have reinstated diplomatic relations after 53 years on Monday, July 20. The official embargo started in 1962, set up by John F. Kennedy. The embassies in both countries were reopened. 

     "Nothing is more futile than trying to live in the past," US Secretary of State John Kerry said. "We're taking a historic and long overdue step in the right direction."

     Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday.

 

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

In this image made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Fanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, the surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping.

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In this image made available by the World Surf League, Australian surfer Mick Fanning is pursued by a shark, in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015. Knocked off his board by an attacking shark, the surfer punched the creature during the televised finals of a world surfing competition in South Africa before escaping.

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.

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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 21, 2015) Sam Smith performs at Amalie Arena in Tampa during his 2015 tour.

[Luis Santana | Times]

(July 21, 2015) Sam Smith performs at Amalie Arena in Tampa during his 2015 tour.

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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Throwback Thursday from the Tampa Bay Times: Happy National Hot Dog Day!

(September 22, 1959) A pleased man is Nikita Khrushchev today as he gets his first taste of an American hot dog. The Russian Premier asked for a second hot dog during his tour of the Des Moines Packing Co. plant.

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(September 22, 1959) A pleased man is Nikita Khrushchev today as he gets his first taste of an American hot dog. The Russian Premier asked for a second hot dog during his tour of the Des Moines Packing Co. plant.

July 23, as everyone knows, is National Hot Dog Day. Tampa Bay residents looking to celebrate this special day might want to check out this list of places offering special deals.

 

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Photo gallery: Egrets in Tampa Bay

A great egret takes off across the Ichetucknee River on a recent afternoon.

Lara Cerri | Times

A great egret takes off across the Ichetucknee River on a recent afternoon.

The egret is such a common sight in the Tampa Bay area that many people would likely be surprised to know that these elegant creatures were nearly hunted to extinction in the late 19th century, a victim of their own beautiful plumage, which people coveted as a way to decorate their hats.

 

Thanks to one of the first bird conservation efforts in U.S. history, the great egret is a thriving species, which is a blessing to nature lovers and photographers, as you can see in this series of images from Times staff photographers.

 

You can purchase reprints of any of these photos, and view more egret photos, in the Times image archive.

 

Selected and posted by Tim Rozgonyi

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Cuba, America restore relations

A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it re-opened for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a Communist revolution.

MARK WILSON | Getty Images

A supporter waves a Cuban flag in front of the country's embassy after it re-opened for the first time in 54 years July 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The embassy was closed in 1961 when U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower severed diplomatic ties with the island nation after Fidel Castro took power in a Communist revolution.

     The United States of America and Cuba, only a distance of 90 miles away from each other, have reinstated diplomatic relations after 53 years on Monday, July 20. The official embargo started in 1962, set up by John F. Kennedy. The embassies in both countries were reopened. 

     "Nothing is more futile than trying to live in the past," US Secretary of State John Kerry said. "We're taking a historic and long overdue step in the right direction."

     Kerry met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez in Washington on Monday.

 

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Photos of the week, July 11-17

Theater department manager and assistant makeup designer Audrey Siegler applies eyeliner to Christian Meany, 15, before the dress rehearsal of Shrek the Musical Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa.  The performance is part of Patel's summer production camps and runs July 16-19 and 23-26 at the TECO theater stage.  Students in the camp spent four weeks practicing their acting, singing and movement skills in order to get ready for the shows.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Theater department manager and assistant makeup designer Audrey Siegler applies eyeliner to Christian Meany, 15, before the dress rehearsal of Shrek the Musical Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa. The performance is part of Patel's summer production camps and runs July 16-19 and 23-26 at the TECO theater stage. Students in the camp spent four weeks practicing their acting, singing and movement skills in order to get ready for the shows.

Each week we'll feature work from the Times' award-winning photojournalism staff, selected by our photo editors and archivists.

Visit the Times image archive to license or purchase a reprint of any image included in this gallery.

Selected by Times News Archivist Jeremy King.

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Tampa, other locales remove Confederate flag

Eddie Adams passionately addresses the Hillsborough County Commission on Wednesday 7/15/15 in favor of taking the Confederate flag down in the County Center building. Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to remove the Confederate flag hanging in the county government center. The commission was united: The vote was 7-0.  The flag will be taken down at noon on Thursday and placed at the Tampa Bay History Center. The display where the confederate flag contains other flags of countries that once occupied Florida and they will be moved as well.

SKIP O'ROURKE | Times

Eddie Adams passionately addresses the Hillsborough County Commission on Wednesday 7/15/15 in favor of taking the Confederate flag down in the County Center building. Hillsborough County commissioners voted Wednesday to remove the Confederate flag hanging in the county government center. The commission was united: The vote was 7-0. The flag will be taken down at noon on Thursday and placed at the Tampa Bay History Center. The display where the confederate flag contains other flags of countries that once occupied Florida and they will be moved as well.

     In the recent weeks, a racially-motivated shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. prompted a discussion about one of the most controversial periods in American history: the Civil War. Many civil rights groups and people in the southern United States have asked that public officials take down the Confederate flag, a symbol for the seceded South.

     Earlier this month, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill that authorized the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse.

     On Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Commission made a unanimous vote: the flag would come down from the County Center.

     “This flag … it’s going to a place where people can go and read all about the Confederate flags and what it means,” said Lesley Miller Jr., a Hillsborough County commissioner. 

     Marion County in Florida also took down the flag, but in a turn of events, the flag went back up and debates continued regarding the flag’s place.

     “I don’t think our souther flag has anything to do with racism,” resident Robin Raines told WFTV News in Orlando. …

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Photo Gallery: Pajamas and deals at the 42nd annual Sunrise Sale in St. Petersburg

Decked out in his pajamas, Steele Gebicke, 3, rides on his dad Scott Gebicke's shoulders while heading down Beach Drive during the 42nd Annual Sunrise Sale in downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning. Also present was Scott's wife, Natalie Gebicke and their younger son Cole, 20 months. Thursday was Scott's birthday. "It's how we send my birthday morning," Scott Gebicke said. "Breakfast and shopping at the Sunrise Sale." Shops opened at 6:43am with over 55 businesses participating Shoppers were encouraged to wear their PJs for extra savings.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Decked out in his pajamas, Steele Gebicke, 3, rides on his dad Scott Gebicke's shoulders while heading down Beach Drive during the 42nd Annual Sunrise Sale in downtown St. Petersburg Thursday morning. Also present was Scott's wife, Natalie Gebicke and their younger son Cole, 20 months. Thursday was Scott's birthday. "It's how we send my birthday morning," Scott Gebicke said. "Breakfast and shopping at the Sunrise Sale." Shops opened at 6:43am with over 55 businesses participating Shoppers were encouraged to wear their PJs for extra savings.

The annual Sunrise Sale drew shoppers, seemingly directly from their beds, to Beach Dr. in the early hours on Thursday, July 16. 

Starting at 6:43 a.m., 55 downtown St. Petersburg businesses offered discounted prices and extra savings to pajama-clad shoppers. 

 

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New Horizons: America celebrates encounter with Pluto

In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), members of the New Horizons science team react to seeing the spacecraft's last and sharpest image of Pluto before closest approach later in the day July 14, 2015 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. New Horizons spacecraft is nearing its July 14 flyby when it will close to a distance of about 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers). The 1,050-pound piano sized probe, which was launched January 19, 2006 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is traveling 30,800 mph as it approaches.

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In this handout provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), members of the New Horizons science team react to seeing the spacecraft's last and sharpest image of Pluto before closest approach later in the day July 14, 2015 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. New Horizons spacecraft is nearing its July 14 flyby when it will close to a distance of about 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers). The 1,050-pound piano sized probe, which was launched January 19, 2006 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, is traveling 30,800 mph as it approaches.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the first images of the former planet Pluto taken by their satellite New Horizons were released by NASA. The satellite began its over nine year journey in January 2006. It's encounter with Pluto will end in January 2016, according to NASA.

People from around the country came to celebrate the achievement on Tuesday night at places like the John Hopkin's University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

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