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  1. St. Petersburg collector gets all wound up over vintage toys

    Human Interest

    Wade Hamby doesn't have a favorite. Each one of the 50-plus windup toys he sets up around his St. Petersburg home every holiday season makes him smile.

    Wade Hamby says of his vintage toys “I enjoy every one because each one is different.” They were made in the United States and around the world.
  2. Drones bring a taste of aeronautics to library club in Dade City

    Human Interest

    DADE CITY – Eli Joyner discovered a whole new world without leaving Dade City.

    Eli Joyner and his father, RogerJoyner, of Dade City, get in some flying practice at the Drone Club at the Hugh Embry Library.
  3. Women rock the boat to promote local products

    Human Interest


    They've heard the wise cracks. All it takes is another off-beat news story and one person or another is shaking their head and making the comment, "only in Pasco."

    Kira Atkinson, 32, left, Lia Gallagos, 42, center, and Kacey Atkinson, 32, all of New Port Richey, own Rock the Boat Productions. They specialize in promoting events that support downtown New Port Richey businesses.
  4. A Purple Heart's journey from a flea market to a fallen soldier's family

    Human Interest

    The brass medal rested between satin and crushed gold velvet on a junk table at a dusty Orlando flea market.

    The seller wanted $10.

    DON MORRIS | Times illustration
  5. Election got you down? In an uncertain time, give of yourself

    Human Interest

    Having trouble accepting the new world? We hear you. The majority of voters in the United States voted for a president who didn't win, and that's a bitter pill. It's time to shake it off and work with what we've got. There are big ways to effect change in the world, but the first step is often small. Here are a few …

    There are big ways to create change in the world, but the first step is often small. [Getty Images/iStock]
  6. 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)
  7. 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.

  8. Florida controls the road to the White House, so why not the White House?

    Human Interest

    You, as a Florida voter, hold the fate of the world in your hands.

    Let's put a Florida man, or woman, in the White House. (Times illustration  |  Ron Borresen)
  9. Readers respond to young violist with generosity and support

    Human Interest


    More than 100 emails and phone calls poured in after September's Floridian story about 16-year-old Adán Martinez and the viola that changed his life. He had been busking to make payments on the instrument he named Lamar and had more than $1,200 to go. But within a week, readers calling Violin …

    Adán Martinez, 16, tries a cello at Violin Shop Tampa after a reader and the shop pledged $3,000 to help him add the second instrument he needs to qualify for the Juilliard music school in New York.
  10. Time capsule: On a beach, he found a box containing a stranger's ashes

    Human Interest

    Time capsule: This is a recurring Floridian magazine feature that allows readers to re-experience some of the Tampa Bay Times' best stories with the wisdom of hindsight. Writer Lane DeGregory got a phone call last month about this story, from the children of Dr. Ayestaran. He held on to that box for years, …

    photo 1 CAPTION: (02/13/2008 St. Petersburg, FL) Dr. Emilio Ayestaran found a cedar box with personal items from Sept. 11 which included a polaroid picture, watch, rosary, flag, candle, woman's hair clip, and clippings from the 9/11 anniversary.  He found them at Ft. De Soto beach.   JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times
STORY SUMMARY: guy finds box of momentos