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  1. Conjoined twin boys separated at 5 months

    Human Interest

    JACKSONVILLE — For the first time in their 5-month-old lives, conjoined twins Carter and Conner squirmed in separate cribs.

    In this May 7, 2015 photo released by Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Dr. Carolyn Bannister, chief of pediatric anesthesiology for Nemours Children's Specialty Care, starts Conner's anesthesia prior to surgery at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville. For the first time in their 5-month-old lives, conjoined twins Carter and Conner squirmed in separate cribs. The Jacksonville boys who shared a liver and small intestine were successfully separated Thursday after a 12-hour operation by three surgeons, five anesthesiologists and 12 other staffers. [Nemours Children's Specialty Care/Michael LeGrand via AP]
  2. A tale of two mothers: What one gave up to ease the ache of the other

    Human Interest


    When she got the call, Lindsay told herself not to get excited. So many things could still go wrong. Remember what happened last time?

    Denton August Lee, nicknamed Gus, gets tests in the hospital before he is allowed to leave with his new adoptive parents, Josh and Lindsay Lee.
  3. Welcome to hockey country

    Human Interest

    Here we are again, on the edge of our seats, our flags unfurled, our overpasses adorned with lightning bolts. The hockey team from Tampa Bay is again making a run at greatness, up two games to none against the longest continuously operating professional ice hockey organization in the world.

    Lightning fans gather at Amalie Arena last month before a playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings in Tampa. The Lightning ousted the Red Wings with a Game 7 victory and the team is enjoying a ton of support.
  4. State You're In: A brief history of gyrocopters in the Times; 'Cuba Straits' excerpt; May's by the numbers

    Human Interest

    "Gyrocopter" became a term of interest when Ruskin postal carrier Doug Hughes landed his on the U.S. Capitol lawn last month to deliver letters of protest about campaign finance reform. But the adventures of gyrocopters specifically the Bensen Gyrocopter, named for Russian emigre Dr. Igor Bensen, …

  5. Davion Only's quest for a family comes to a formal end

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — He looked straight ahead as he threaded through the crowded courtroom, packed with more than 50 people who had filled in for his family.

    Davion Only, 17, shares a smile with his new mom, Connie Going, left, and new sibling Carley Going, 17, on Wednesday during the adoption proceedings in Clearwater.
  6. Benedictine nun uses aquaponics to raise fish, grow food and teach others

    Human Interest

    ST. LEO

    Sister Miriam Cosgrove peeled back the black plastic tarp that covered a 250-gallon fish tank. The tilapia inside swam to the surface. "A feeding frenzy," Cosgrove, 73, said as the fish fought for each pellet of food that the Catholic sister dropped into the water.

    Sister Miriam Cosgrove, left, and employee Elizabeth Reasons work at Holy Name Monastery’s aquaponics farm in St. Leo.
  7. Video: Underwater researchers record encounter with sperm whale

    Human Interest

    It's not something you see every day.

    Even if you're an underwater explorer.

    Scientists monitoring the ROV Hercules got a rare thrill recently when a sperm whale came into contact with its remotely operated underwater vehicle nearly 2,000 feet below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

  8. Finally, a family for Davion (w/video)

    Human Interest


    For a long time after he was sent back to Florida, Davion didn't want to talk.

    Surrounded by his soon-to-be family on March 23, Davion Only, 17, plays NBA 2K15 on the Xbox in his bedroom. Behind him are Connie Going, left, her daughter Carley, 17, and her adopted son, Taylor, 14. Going has been Davion’s caseworker since he was 7.
  9. Don Zimmer's wife documented every day of his 66 years in pro baseball (w/video)

    Human Interest


    Times Staff Writer

    SEMINOLE — The last scrapbook has lots of blank pages. ¶ It ends on the first day of January, with the Boston Globe's Year in Review. "Gone but not forgotten," the headline says. The full-page photo is of her husband wearing his Red Sox …

    Carol Jean Zimmer, nicknamed “Soot” by her grandmother, holds one of more than 70 scrap and photo books she created to archive the life of Don Zimmer, who she married at a home plate ceremony before a night game in 1951.
  10. Still performing at age 75, Tommy Johnson says his musical ability is 'kind of a miracle'

    Human Interest


    After 60 years of performing professionally, Tommy Johnson knows what gets people going, and he aims to please.

    Self-taught musician Tommy Johnson started playing the piano at age 4. He performs without sheet music.