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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. New roof technology could benefit a new Rays stadium

    Human Interest

    Minor-league baseball can tolerate muggy Florida's open-air stadiums. If rain or lightning wipes out $1 Tuesday, who cares if average attendance slips from 1,300 to 900?

    This is a rendering of the stadium being built for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.  The roof will be made of a polymer that is stronger than glass but lighter.
  7. South African woman celebrates 100th birthday with a skydive (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood. She plans to make her centenary even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive on Monday.

    Centenarian Georgina Harwood, center right, gestures as she lands with Jason Baker, centre left, after her tandem parachute jump forming part of her birthday celebrations, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday. [AP photo]
  8. Married for 82 years, couple celebrates birthdays

    Human Interest

    SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays — and their combined ages will be 212.

  9. Warren Elly, in the fight of his life against cancer

    Human Interest

    Editor's note: Warren Elly, who retired from WTVT-Ch. 13 in 2011, was diagnosed with cancer late last year and has spent every day since then chronicling his life in his blog, "The Way Forward." Elly granted the Tampa Bay Times permission to publish excerpts from his blog, and wrote this introduction: …

    Mitotane, a form of oral chemotherapy, is part of Elly’s new routine. “It’s not just bags once a month. It’s pills every day.”
  10. Jameis Winston and me: The pain of covering the scandal

    Human Interest

    When the phone rang at my kitchen table, I had to follow the rumor wherever it led. I could never have imagined what would unfold next: That the star quarterback at Florida State University would wind up under investigation for rape. That Jameis Winston's accuser would be driven out of school. That a stream of national …

    Jameis Winston, right, was never charged after three separate investigations. But two of them didn't fully vindicate him, either, at least not in the eyes of some. [AP photo]