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  1. In southwest Florida, man and panther vie over goats and state's true nature

    Wildlife

    NAPLES — Arturo Freyre lives among the lions.

    Mark Lotz a Panther Biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission helps Arturo Freyre remove the carcasses of several goats that were killed by panthers. This was the second attack that occurred on this property over the course of three days, claiming a total of four goats and one chicken.  Large panther prints and fur where found in and around the enclosures where the animals were being kept. Lotz spent several hours on the property collecting fur samples, securing pens and enclosures, and making sure the owner felt comfortable and safe.  Manuel Martinez   |   Naples Daily News (2010)
  2. Verhulst column: The lock on our lives

    Perspective

    I've been thinking about my combination lock a lot. I keep it on a locker at work. Twenty or more times a week I spin the dial right, then left, then right, and the lock drops open with a satisfying "chunk." The first time I used that lock — in junior high gym class — we were still sending men to the …

    Only one of these two objects is already obsolete. Hint: It’s not the shiny one. I wasn’t quite a teenager when I got the lock. I got this iPhone after I had turned 55. Its days are numbered.
  3. Taking children to the wrong trauma center can be a deadly mistake

    Health

    One April evening two years ago, 9-year-old Justin Davis dashed into a busy Jacksonville street, headed to a convenience store for snacks.

    Pasco County Driver Engineer/EMT with Engine 14 Wilfred Cardona gives the command to lift a trauma patient involved in a car accident in New Port Richey.
  4. Aunt Mary joins the Greek gods for eternity

    Human Interest

    “Do you prefer a cliff, or water?" asked the owner of the lovely hotel at the foot of Mount Olympus.

  5. The raccoon and the U-turn — a back-road Florida fable (w/video)

    Human Interest

    The road to Pahokee is long and lonely: 38 miles around the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee. During most of the drive, you can't see the state's largest lake. Just a towering cement wall, rimmed by old fish camps. And on the other side, endless acres of palmettos. You often go for miles without seeing a soul.

    MELISSA LYTTLE / Times
  6. From typing to HTML, teaching the tech revolution

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the back building at St. Pete High, in a third-floor corner classroom, Mrs. Mathis stood waiting to greet her students on her last first day of school.

    1974 Lakewood High School yearbook
  7. For sailboat designer Charley Morgan, life's still a breeze

    Human Interest

    Charley Morgan, who calls himself "the ancient mariner," felt like a kid again. Eighty-five candles will grace his next birthday cake, but when he noticed the palm trees swaying beyond the window, he marched outside to look at Boca Ciega Bay. Standing on his dock, he saw Blue Cloud prancing at the end of a rope like a …

    A self-portrait of Charley Morgan, who took up painting after his first wife died of cancer in 2001.
  8. Perspective: New Russian flag looks familiar

    Perspective

    NBC reports that a single "New Russia" flag is "slowly replacing" the individual flags of various pro-Russian Ukrainian separatist groups. The flag of New Russia, or Novorossiya, has been around for a few months. And it looks a lot like another flag that you may associate with armed rebellion. The Moscow Times

    The New Russia (Novorossiya) flag flies next to the Lenin statue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, this summer.
  9. Impressed by his grit, readers offer help to USF student

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Dakota Rockwell never asked for help. He was reluctant to share all his hardships.

    After Dakota Rockwell spoke at a University of South Florida banquet for new business students, and the Times ran a story about him Monday,  hundreds of strangers reached out, applauding his perseverance, wanting to ease his difficult journey. [MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times
]
  10. Seven weeks in a Honduran prison: The untold story of the 'Aqua Quest'

    Human Interest

    [ CAMERON COTTRILL | Times ]
  11. Cut short by Gov. Rick Scott, climate scientist finishes his thought

    Human Interest

    David Hastings of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg recently traveled to Tallahassee to talk to Rick Scott about how to save Florida.

    Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings, left, speaks to Gov. Rick Scott about climate change.
  12. Ideas don't fall from trees — you've got to climb for them

    Human Interest

    The magazine in your hand begins in a casual morning meeting held many days, even weeks ago. In a room that looks west over a crumbling YMCA and south toward a rising apartment complex, writers, photographers and editors share what's on their minds. It's an idea factory, but it's more like the place where hurricanes are …

  13. Times poll: Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist, 41-36

    State Roundup

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott has opened up a 5-point lead over Democratic rival Charlie Crist as a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll finds Florida voters mostly optimistic about the state's economic direction but decidedly sour on their gubernatorial choices.

  14. Prescription painkiller crackdown has gone 'way too far,' some doctors believe

    Health

    Tampa anesthesiologist Dr. Rafael Miguel helped lead the fight against a surging prescription drug abuse crisis in Florida.

    Heather Papp, with some of the drugs for her multiple autoimmune diseases, says she once traveled to eight pharmacies over two days to fill a prescription.
  15. Tampa Bay Bake-Off finalists give secret to winning $1 million

    Cooking

    Two Tampa Bay area women are once again so close to winning $1 million they can almost taste it — or, at least, smell it in the oven.

    Cinnamon-Pumpkin Muffins made by Anna Zovko of Tampa.
  16. Lipstick is part of her makeup; generosity is part of his

    Life Times

    Doc was shopping for shirts and ties back in the Big and Tall department.

  17. Records show Gov. Rick Scott's office put up barriers to public records

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become an "unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works."

    Gov. Rick Scott promised transparency from the governor's office, but records show that isn't always the case. [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]

  18. Widow's trust of former Buc leads to huge financial loss

    Personal Finance

    TAMPA — Seven years have passed, and Tamesha Stubbs can still barely talk about that rainy Sunday night when her husband, Dion, lost control of his car on the way to work and crossed into oncoming traffic. Rushed to Lakeland Regional Hospital with serious head trauma, he died the next morning.

    When Tamesha Stubbs’ husband, Dion, died in 2007, he left her more than $1 million in life insurance and other benefits. It was gone in about a year.
  19. Hemp helps build a house in Tarpon Springs, likely first in Florida

    Human Interest

    TARPON SPRINGS — Bob Clayton leaned over the gleaming, industrial-grade oven, his crystal blue eyes focused as he slathered crab spread on golden-brown pieces of bread.

    Bob Clayton crafted a 1,640-square-foot house of hempcrete — the hemp plant’s woody core and a lime-based binder.
  20. In proud Hendry, Florida's hardest-hit county searches for economic boost

    Agriculture

    CLEWISTON

    Beyond the relentless fields of sugar cane stalks, past the sign heralding Clewiston as "America's Sweetest City," just south of a cluster of aged mobile homes and modest ranch-style houses sits the weather-worn Lighthouse Apostolic Church.

    Sugar cane lines a drainage ditch as a storm rolls in Wednesday over Clewiston in Hendry County. The economic well-being of Hendry has been tied to agriculture for nearly a century. With the county’s economy tanking, alternatives are being sought.