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  1. The maestro, the money and the unfinished 'Great Gatsby' opera

    Human Interest

    Mark Sforzini's unfinished opera is about a complicated relationship.

    St. Petersburg Opera Company conductor Mark Sforzini [Lara Cerri   |   Times (2010)]
  2. Bob and Nancy know what true love sounds like

    Human Interest


    For reasons no one can know now, Nancy loves to sit on the porch of her mobile home and listen to her dozen wind chimes tinkling.

    Nancy, left, whose outgoing nature wasn’t affected by her stroke, makes new friends with Bob on a shopping trip to Target in Largo: Chloe the dog and Carol Granese, visiting from New York.
  3. USFSP class travels the Suwannee River for class on outdoors leadership

    Human Interest

    Paige McDaniel thought she knew the Suwannee.

     University of South Florida St. Petersburg students from the Leadership in the Great Outdoors class, pass the historic main spring at Suwannee Springs along the historic Suwannee River, 11/4/15. The main spring discharges sulphur water from behind a man-made limestone wall built in the 1890's near Live Oak, Fl. Students spent three days on the river and traveled 40 miles from the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs to the Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak.
  4. What happened to William Wade? After 35 years, hope for a real homecoming

    Human Interest


    He stands in the tunnel that leads to the field, the fingers on his left hand opening and closing into a nervous fist.

    Five minutes until halftime.

    William Wade waits to walk onto the field Nov. 14 during homecoming at Florida State — something he couldn’t do 35 years ago. 
  5. Pasco CARES president/CEO Bill Aycrigg retires after 28 years

    Human Interest

    HUDSON — Twenty-eight years ago, Bill Aycrigg got a job at CARES, a nonprofit organization that provides services and promotes independence for aging adults in Pasco County.

    Bill Aycrigg worked at the nonprofit for nearly three decades.
  6. New community garden is latest in a growing trend in New Port Richey

    Human Interest

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Sunday afternoon was proving to be fruitful for the volunteers working at Grand Gardens, a new community venture at Georgia Avenue and Grand Boulevard.

    New Port Richey residents Sylvia Spencer, 41, and her son, Houston, 13, plant broccoli and kale seedlings in their plot at Grand Gardens in New Port Richey. The community garden at Grand Boulevard and Georgia Avenue allows residents to enjoy the garden’s eventual harvest by volunteering on a regular basis.
  7. Teen bowler finds himself on path of perfection toward sport's holy grail

    Human Interest


    Everyone at Manatee Lanes had long since quit what they were doing and gathered behind the boy bowling on Lanes 9 and 10. This was a Saturday morning, Halloween.

    Christian Miller, 15, started bowling when he was 9 and got serious about the sport when he was 10. He wants to bowl in college and turn pro.
  8. St. Petersburg residents and travelers share their memories of the Pier

    Human Interest

    Last month, the Tampa Bay Times asked readers if they had any memories to share about the now demolished St. Petersburg Pier. The Times could never have expected subsequent outpouring of responses, from big moments like engagements and weddings to intimate moments like family picnics.


    Crews from Sonny Glasbrenner Inc., Clearwater begin to dismantle the inverted pyramid structure of the St. Petersburg Pier, 9/24/15 in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | TIMES]
  9. What to tell your relatives when they ask why you're still single

    Human Interest

    By Maggie MK Hess

    It's the holidays! Your relatives have been waiting 12 long months to ask you: (a) what the deal is with millennials anyway, (b) how to fix their printers, and (c) why you're denying them happiness by refusing to find love.

  10. Turkey Day table talk: Five mostly noncontroversial stories to share over green bean casserole

    Human Interest

    Office pods are starting to empty, gone are the cans of cream of mushroom soup on grocery shelves everywhere. I can already smell my grandmother's signature sticky cinnamon buns baking all the way in Indiana.

    Angel, a 12-year-old shelter dog with a bucket list, got to cross off having a grouper sandwich from her list. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]