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  1. From podcasts to singing, finding small joys in commuting Tampa Bay

    Human Interest

    There are some things to get out of the way. Before you finish the wine, you have to do dealbreakers. I killed a man in Cincy. I collect clown socks. I have a lower back Gwar tattoo.

  2. Looking Back: D. T. Thomas reflects on 30 years with Thomas Edison (January 5, 1958)

    Human Interest

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on January 5, 1958. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer George Trabant.

  3. All Eyes photo gallery: Hillsborough County's last dairy farm moves on

    Human Interest

    The 160 cows were milked and corralled into four 18-wheelers before the morning light struck the fifth-generation Florida dairy farm. As it traveled north on Interstate 75 — passing one-time farmland that had long ago given way to houses, offices shopping malls — the bovine caravan marked the departure of …

    Cows line up to be milked in the dairy parlor at Tower Dairy in Tampa, Florida on February 8, 2017. According to dairy farmer Jeff Busciglio, the cows get used to their milking schedule and some will start walking towards the barn as it approaches regular milking time.
  4. Government scientist from Washington D.C. wins Miss USA title (w/video)

    Human Interest

    LAS VEGAS — Kara McCullough, a scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been crowned Miss USA.

    Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough reacts after she was crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. [Associated Press]
  5. Looking Back: Apollo 17 crew prepare to be the last men on the moon (November 26, 1972)

    Human Interest

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on November 26, 1972. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event (and a few from the blast off on Dec. 7) taken by Times staff photographer Tony Lopez.

    Moon On Earth

    By Times …

    Apollo 17 Flight Commander Eugene A. Cernan (right) and Lunar Module Pilot Dr. Harrison Schmitt (left) drive a mock lunar rover in a simulated moon-walk training session at Cape Kennedy on Nov. 25, 1972.

TIMES | Tony Lopez
  6. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    Our latest reader photo poll features a wonderful assortment of images showing the variety and beauty that is to be found all around us in nature. Please cast your vote below to help decide which of these five images will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

  7. Florida faces its past and is sorry, but does an apology really matter?

    Human Interest

    In the years after they left the reform school, the former wards learned how to bury their shame. They learned to cry themselves to sleep, to sleep through nightmares, to sleep with the lights on. They found outlets for their anger at the end of a thrown fist and relief for their pain at the bottom of a bottle.

    In the nine years since the Florida School for Boys in Marianna closed, USF anthropology researchers unearthed the bodies of more than 50 boys from unmarked graves.
  8. Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's Joseph Schwartz's 85th birthday.

    Pianist Joseph Schwartz, 85, plays his Steinway grand piano at home in Clearwater on his birthday. Schwartz is playing Chopin and other classical works at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, April 30.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  9. Former Yankee inspires a youth(w/video)

    Human Interest

    Alfonso Soriano, a former New York Yankee and World Series Champion visited students at Crestwood Elementary School in Tampa. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some of the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in …

    Fourth grader Estela Fernandez, 9, left, asks former New York Yankee Alfonso Soriano a question about his experience playing baseball during his visit at Crestwood Elementary. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in their community on Thursday, April 27, 2017. √’That√•s the important reason why I came to school today, to motivate those kids so when they have a dream they can accomplish it, because I came from the Dominican Republic,√“ said Soriano.
  10. Did you know Tampa's flag is a 'monstrosity'? No one else does, either

    Human Interest

    Tampa has a flag.

    It's flying over Old City Hall and Water Works Park and Tampa Police headquarters, and it was there hanging limp behind Mayor Bob Buckhorn as cameras rolled during his recent State of the City Address.

    The City of Tampa flag. [Wikimedia Commons]