Links from the Times: Cigar roller photos, developer Dennis Stackhouse
Lazaro Victores became interested in cigars at the age of 12. Victores, now 21 and a Holiday resident, would sit with elder cigar rollers who would show him the intricate process of neatly and snuggly wrapping the tobacco filler. "I became fascinated and I learned," Victores said. Victores can be found daily at Dream of Cuba on the Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs. There, he hand rolls cigars. View an audio slideshow of Victores rolling cigars.
The Hillsborough School Board gets its first look Monday at new teacher evaluation spurred by Gates grant. See a list of the 113 veterans who will take on the full-time role of mentoring and evaluating their peers.
A no-end-in-sight oil leak brings all sorts of questions for crabbers in local waters. Not the least of them: Could this be the last stone crab season? Read our full coverage of the Gulf oil spill and follow the latest news via our Twitter list.
Under the watch of local government, a Boston developer reaped millions in poverty money for a promised biotech park but never delivered a single building - leaving only a desolate swath of land in one of Miami-Dade's most neglected neighborhoods. Read the Miami Herald's special report on Poinciana Biopharmaceutical Park and developer Dennis Stackhouse.