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  1. All Eyes photo gallery: Last days of the Florida State Fair

    Human Interest

    The Florida State Fair wrapped up its 2017 season at the Florida State Fairgrounds today.

    Luis Galo, 10, of Oldsmar,  looks at a butterfly at the butterfly encounter during the last day of the Florida State Fair Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
  2. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    Our latest reader photo poll features five photos in which the subjects appear to be posing (or posed) for the camera. Please cast your vote below to help decide which of these five will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

  3. Epilogue: Jamie Hawkins-Gaar, 'the funniest guy in the room', died while on a run

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — When young Jamie Gaar began courting the woman who would become his wife, he tried to impress her by making oatmeal pancakes for her birthday.

    "They were awful," she said recently.

    Jamie Hawkins-Gaar, 32, died earlier this month while running.
  4. Can we get our beloved Publix to take over the business of running Florida?

    Human Interest

    It's no secret that I love Florida. I love our beaches, our gorgeous sunsets and state parks. I especially love our police-beat stories, where you regularly find headlines like, "Accused 'porta potty' puncher popped in toilet tantrum."

    Publix was founded in Winter Haven in 1930 and now has 700 stores around the country. It is the country’s largest employee-owned grocery chain.
  5. Our 'Reader Photo of the Year' poll: 12 great photos to choose from

    Human Interest

    Now that we have all 12 winners of our 'Reader Photo of the Month' polls for 2016, it's time to cast your vote to help decide which one will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Year.

  6. Closing of Ringling Bros. circus brings back 146 years of memories

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    You've heard, of course. The curtain has come down on The Greatest Show on Earth. Barring unexpected salvation, Sunday's Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show will be the last here. In May, after 146 years, it all comes to a stop.

    The news has given way to nostalgia.

    Tigers are viewed by attendees of the "animal open house" before the Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey Circus at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. The circus has announced it will be shutting down in 2017 after more than a hundred years in operation.
  7. Florida Holocaust Museum marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day (w/video)

    Human Interest

    The Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Friday, with a candle lighting ceremony including several living Holocaust survivors. Students from St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, Clearwater participated in the ceremony and hard stories from Holocaust survivor …

    Left to Right: Morgan Lyons, 14, Clearwater, an 8th grader at St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School, Clearwater, lights memorial candles with Holocaust survivors Betty Grebenschikoff, St. Petersburg, and Herta Pila, Tampa, 1/27/17, at the Florida Holocaust Mueum, St. Petersburg. Friday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Grebenschikoff shared her experiences of escaping Nazi Germany with family members with students from the school. Grebenschikoff has also published a book called "Once My Name Was Sara," about her experiences.
  8. Time for a kindness break

    Human Interest

    Join hands with me, will you, for a pre-Thanksgiving prayer:

    First lady Michelle Obama hugs former president George W. Bush as they and their spouses President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush arrive at the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, a rare bipartisan moment in 2016. (Al Drago/The New York Times)
  9. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    Here's an election that might actually be fun! This month's reader photo poll is all about birds, sky and clouds. Please cast your vote to help decide which of these five will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.