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  1. Turn it all off and go outdoors

    Human Interest

    With a job title of digital audience manager, I get paid to be better than most at being digitally connected.

    [Amber McDonald   |  Times]
  2. Famous people, famous places: Reflecting on the best parts of Florida

    Human Interest

    Ernest Hemingway once described Key West as "the best place I've ever been anytime anywhere, flowers, tamarind trees, guava trees, coconut palms. ... Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks." That is a real, unedited quote. Although we might never know the result of that night of absinthe-induced …

    This photo by acclaimed Florida nature photographer Clyde Butcher is "Loxahatchee River State Park - 1991" will be included in the exhibit opening Jan. 8-29 at the Pasco-Hernando State art gallery. The exhibit Visions of Florida: The Photographic Art of Clyde Butcher is part of the Museum of Florida History's Traveling Exhibit (TREX) program. Butcher will will discuss his work in a special presentation, followed by a Q&A and book signing, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the college's West Campus in New Port Richey.
  3. Uncle John's Band hits Chicago for Grateful Dead glory

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Minutes after midnight, Uncle John's Band closes another sprawling set at Skipper's Smokehouse with the Grateful Dead's U.S. Blues, drawing cheers from the tie-dyed faithful.

    Mike Edwards, co-founder of Uncle John’s Band, rehearses a Grateful Dead tune. The Grateful Dead tribute group will play at an event connected to the Dead’s final shows in Chicago.
  4. Transgender star Esme Russell spends a life learning to love drag

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Esme Russell glides through a packed Hamburger Mary's in Ybor City during her second show of Saturday night.

    Esme shops for wigs to use for her performances.
  5. St. Petersburg tattoo artist named one of Rebel Ink's most wanted (w/video)

    Human Interest

    Down a quiet street in St. Petersburg, one of the country's top tattoo artists quietly inks in a chest-sized jewel of a client who traveled all the way from Michigan to get work done by Kristel Oreto.

  6. Twists, turns and colorful characters brought Lightning hockey to Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Good quest stories start at the beginning, so let us untangle all the various narratives about the improbable birth of the Tampa Bay Lightning and begin with the bold desire of one man, a man whose life was defined by hockey, a man who got emotional when he talked about hockey, a man who would let go of his …

    Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito decided in 1990 that he wanted to bring an expansion franchise to Tampa Bay.
  7. Love, etched in stone on Tampa's Riverwalk

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Love is patient, love is kind. Love is on a brick down by the Hillsborough River, which your correspondent noticed on a stroll a few months ago.

     Jennifer Rodriguez proposed to her boyfriend Roger Strawbridge with a brick in the Tampa Riverwalk section by Curtis Hixon Park last February.
  8. Letter from Japan: Living, and learning away from Florida

    Human Interest

    My most important lesson in Japan cost ¥190, and it came from a convenience store.

    Alex Orlando, a former Tampa Bay Times reporter, is now living — and learning — in Japan.
  9. Just another night for Lightning's national anthem singer

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — She's not sure where the music inside her came from, but maybe it started in Greenville, S.C., when she was two. She doesn't remember this, but her mother has told her the story. Sonya Bryson was obsessed with dolls, soft fuzzy ones. She sat them in front of her at one end of her crib, and she sang. Her …

    Technical Sargeant Sonya Bryson, United States Air Force, seen on the Jumbo Tron, signs the National Anthem before the start of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.
  10. Digital love: Couple goes from Tinder to #gio2016

    Human Interest

    One day in late November 2013, Nick Giovannucci was bored, playing on his iPhone. He was on Tinder, the dating app that matches your profile with eligible others based on shared interests and geography, then asks you to swipe right if you like what you see or left if you don't. If both parties swipe right, it's a …

    Kristina noticed Nick's Snapchat username was listed in his Instagram bio, so she addedhim with no intentions of actually sending him any photos.