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  1. She needed treatment to save her life. Instead, she chose to live it.

    Human Interest

    In 2015, Norma Bauerschmidt sat in a doctor's office.

    Norma Bauerschmidt visited the Sponge Docks at Tarpon Springs in December 2015 as part of her travels around the county. [Driving Miss Norma | Facebook]
  2. September 2016 'Reader Photo of the Month' poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers

    Human Interest

    This month's reader photo poll features birds, bees, an adorable fawn and an awesome display of the beauty and power of nature. Please cast your vote to help decide which of the five reader-submitted photos below will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

    1. Storm at sunset (Published September 2, 2016) [Submitted by Santiago H. Avila, New Port Richey, FL.]
  3. Time Capsule: The day that Tampa banned lap dancing

    Human Interest

    Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight.

    TP	95418	- DELIVER TO:	Tampa and State	- 11/19/99	- Tampa	- CAPTION INFO:	"Chelsea", a dancer at Mons Venus in Tampa, performs a lap dance for a customer at the adult entertainment club on Friday, November 19, 9999.  (Depending on the time of day, most lap dances begin with clothed dancers, who disrobe as part of the act.) Tampa City council voted 5-0 Thursday night on an ordinance that would force adult dancers to stay 6 feet from customers and other entertainers.  It would also apply to lingerie modeling shops. - -	Times Photo by-	Toni L Sandys	- -	Story By:	LInda Gibson	- -	SCANNED BY:	tls	- -  RUN DATE: 	11/20/99
  4. In his own words: I'm a 12-year-old international go-kart racer

    Human Interest

    I was 4 years old when I started racing. … I remember going out on the track for my first time and, like, just going around, like, really slow. …

    Ira Mattice Jr. poses with the trophies and plaques he has won for go-kart racing around the world. Eight years after started, he won his first race this year. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  5. This painting made two people fall in love and helped a man connect with the dead

    Human Interest


    One night last spring, Gordon Stevenson plugged his name into Google. Up popped a link to an episode of Antiques Roadshow.

    Gordon Stevenson poses with a portrait that his grandfather painted that dates to about 1940.  Stevenson first found out about the oil on canvas when a stranger brought it to a taping of Antiques Road Show in Charleston, SC. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  6. Iconic entertainer and former St. Petersburg resident Lady Chablis dies in Savannah

    Human Interest

    SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Lady Chablis, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, died Thursday in Savannah. She was 59.

    The Lady Chablis at her home in St. Petersburg, 2000. Photo by Kevin Sullivan.
  7. At 762 and counting, cookie jars keep bringing collector happiness

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Many people go to church on Sunday; Mary Schrader goes to the flea market.

    Mary Schrader stands amid her collection of cookie jars, 762 in total, at her home in Tampa. Schrader also collects figurines and keychains, often finding her next purchase at flea markets, estate sales, and through Craigslist and eBay.
  8. Not even Hurricane Hermine can derail this couple's Florida beach wedding

    Human Interest

    REDINGTON SHORES — The women pulled into the parking lot in a rented minivan, waves from the swollen Intracoastal Waterway lapping at the tires.

    Lisa Grissman, 31, and Jessica Sundeen, 35, pose Thursday afternoon at Seabreeze Island Grill in Redington Shores. 
  9. Florida's craziness connected to Kafkaesque treatment of our mentally ill

    Human Interest

    In 1979, when I was in college, the Florida Legislature did something totally ridiculous. (I hope you're not too shocked.)

    Kenneth Donaldson, who took his case against Florida State Hospital to the U.S. Supreme Court, holds a copy of its ruling that states can’t confine without treatment mental patients who aren’t a danger to themselves or others.
  10. August 2016 'Reader Photo of the Month' poll: 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers

    Human Interest

    This month's reader photo poll features three great landscapes, a gorgeous red fox and some adorable bobcat kittens. Please cast your vote to help decide which of these five reader-submitted photos will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

    1. Dunes at Pass-a-Grille (Published August 4, 2016) [Submitted by Susan N. Walzer, St. Petersburg, FL.]