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  1. All Eyes photo gallery: The 20 best wire photos of the week

    Human Interest

    This week's collection of the best wire photos includes people protesting in France, bathing in India, worshipping in Jerusalem, shedding tears for Prince in Minneapolis, toasting Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and confessing to Pope Francis. (All photos are from the Associated Press or Getty Images and were …

    A policeman reacts during a clash with protestors during a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Lyon, central France, Thursday, April 28, 2016. French protesters are back on the streets over proposed reforms to the country's labor rules and strikers have forced cancellations and delays at two airports serving Paris. [AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani]
  2. Hard deadlines, slow internet: Photographer explains how he and his photos got out of Cuba on time

    Human Interest

    When the Tampa Bay Rays and President Barack Obama made their historic trip to Cuba this spring, the Tampa Bay Times sent photographer Will Vragovic to cover the event. The challenge before him? Try to satisfy an international audience with photos focused on sports, politics and travel. Photos for the …

    Baseball fans cheer and take photographs as Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer makes his way into the crowd gathered in the "Hot Corner" in Havana, Cuba's Parque Central on Monday, March 21, 2016.
  3. Florida needs a new slogan, so how about 'Don't tase the lovebugs?'

    Human Interest

    Florida has a lot of symbols: a state animal (the panther), a state reptile (the alligator), even a state sand (Myakka fine) and a state pie (key lime, of course). I've got no complaints about those.

    A pair of love bugs climb across a car's freshly cleaned windshield in Brooksville.
  4. From the archives: Ringing in the New Year with Fidel Castro (January, 1960)

    Human Interest

    Back in 2011, the Times sent its historical photo collection – about 1.1 million images – out to be digitized. You'll find many of those photos available online at tampabay.com/photosales. We still have about that same number of photographic negatives in our archives. Many of these are from the past 30 …

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  5. Chasing the light: A photographer faces frailty as she captures images of young lives in peril

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    In the morning, after driving her kids to school, after twisting silk flowers into her strawberry hair, Sheri Kendrick slides a memory card into her camera and heads to Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

    Little Light of Mine founder and photographer Sheri Kendrick, center, photographs Maggie Hoyle, left, her husband Anthony DeLuna, and their son, Lincoln Avery DeLuna, 2, in their Tampa home Feb. 18, 2016. Maggie's sister, Katie Hoyle-Germann, stands on her toes to coax smiles as volunteer Tim Arruda takes video for the organization. Their son has X-linked myotubular myopathy, a rare genetic neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by muscle weakness that calls for his 24-hour care. Kendrick is a St. Petersburg photographer who takes photos of families with critically and terminally ill children for free.
  6. Young saxophonist hopes his talent leads to a career in contemporary jazz

    Human Interest

    TRINITY

    The afternoon sun streaming through the window bathed Kyle Schroeder in warm light as he gave a solitary performance in his parents' dining room.

    Kyle Schroeder, 18, of Trinity has made inroads in the local jazz scene and has gained notice for his alto sax talent.
  7. All Eyes photo gallery: The 10 best wire photos of the week

    Human Interest

    A mourner in Kashmir, blooming cherry trees in Germany, poppy fields in Kandahar and a proud Syrian voter are among our picks for the top 10 wire photos this week. (All photos are from the Associated Press or Getty Images and were transmitted between April 8 and today.)

    An unidentified relative of Raja Begum, a 70-year-old woman, who was hit by gunfire Tuesday, grieves during her funeral in Langate some 75 kilometers (47 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Indian authorities on Wednesday imposed a curfew in parts of Kashmir to stop fresh anti-India demonstrations following the killings of four people by Indian troops and a general strike called by separatists. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
  8. Behind the lens: Opening Day as seen from the upper deck

    Human Interest

    It's not often our photo staff is able to assign a handful of photographers to cover a Rays baseball game. Last weekend's Opening Day was an exception. While Rays beat photographer Will Vragovic shot the game from the photo wells near the dugouts, I headed for the upper deck with a 400mm telephoto lens.

    The National Anthem is performed before an Opening Day game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday, April 3, 2016. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  9. All Eyes photo gallery: The 10 best wire photos of the week

    Human Interest

    Pope Francis greeting the crowds in Vatican Square, people admiring cherry blossoms in Tokyo, a farmer trying to beat the heat in India and Joe Biden gazing into the eyes of Lady Gaga are among our picks for the top 10 wire photos this week. (All photos are from the Associated Press or Getty Images and were transmitted …

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives on his pope-mobile for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
  10. Terror from above: Red-shouldered hawks attack seniors' heads in retirement community

    Human Interest

    SPRING HILL — Before they venture into the vast, hostile airspace that threatens their quiet retirement community, before they watch for the swooping shadow and listen for the warning call, the fearful men retrieve their shields of choice.

    With a golf umbrella providing cover, Timber Pines neighbors George Nott, left, and Al Hoelzer look over documents and photos they've compiled documenting the hawk problem on their street. BRENDAN FITTERER | Times