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  1. Little ones get to don pirates' garb Saturday during Gasparilla Children's Parade

    Human Interest

    Tampa's pirate season kicks off Saturday with the annual family-friendly Gasparilla Children's Parade.

    Liam MacGillivary, Scout Hayden and Rylie Auger, all 4 years old, ride in a ship during the Preschooler's Stroll before the annual Gasparilla Children's Parade along Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. Loren Elliot/tbt* (2016)
  2. Video showing frightened dog on set of 'A Dog's Purpose' sparks boycott, animal abuse accusation

    Human Interest

    The trailer for A Dog's Purpose, the new children's dramedy from Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolate, The Cider House Rules), promised an adorable romp when the movie is released …

    This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dennis Quaid with a dog, voiced by Josh Gad, in a scene from "A Dog's Purpose."  A spokesman for American Humane said Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 that it has suspended its safety representative who worked on the set of the film when a frightened German shepherd, not shown, was forced into churning waters. [Joe Lederer | Universal Pictures via AP]
  3. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    Our latest reader photo poll features four blackbirds standing in a row, lake and ocean sunsets, an eagle taking wing and a beautiful nature photo taken in an alley. Please cast your vote below to help decide which of these five will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

  4. Her journey to Breezy Boards, an art-based skateboard company, started at age 10

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    When did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Can you point to the moment that planted that seed?

    Brianna Enders, 24, can.

    Brianna "Breezy" Enders, 24, with an inventory of her skateboards at her home in St. Petersburg Monday afternoon (11/29/16). Enders has been skateboarding since she was small. She used to tell her friends in middle school that she would one day make her own boards. And now, at 24, she is. She used her education at USF St. Petersburg to start her own business and it is just now taking off. Enders has five different boards with five original pieces of art work on the bottom of the deck that were created for the Adjective Dragon collection by local artists.
  5. Here's a resolution, Florida: Let's stop being suckers

    Human Interest

    Florida has several leading industries that keep our economy roaring. Tourism is No. 1, of course. Without it, we'd have far fewer tattoo parlors and strip joints. Development is booming again, and (judging by their regular appearances in police reports) sales of machetes and Samurai swords are doing well.

    In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)  MANDATORY CREDIT BX101
  6. At 17, she gave him up and 45 years later, her son called

    Human Interest

    She wasn't expecting the call or inclined to take it.

    Linda Palm never saw the baby she gave up for adoption as a teenager. Forty-five years later, he tracked her down. In July, Brent Reichert flew from Ohio to meet his birth mother. Courtesy of Linda Palm.
  7. Annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway is a community effort

    Human Interest

    PORT RICHEY — At 5 o'clock in the morning, Paul and Cindy Banky hopped on the No. 21 bus at Bolton Avenue and U.S. 19 in Hudson, embarking on a journey that had them picking up the No. 14 at Ridge and Little roads and finally landing at Faith Baptist Church on Ridge about 6:30 a.m.

    Fresh produce like okra was given away.
  8. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    In our latest reader photo poll, in addition to great sunset and fog photos, we have a hawk grabbing a tasty snake, a snail checking out a tasty leaf and a heron hunting for a tasty fish. Please cast your vote below to help decide which of these five will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

  9. 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. 
  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.]