1. At 89, Ybor native crafts book of poetry

    Human Interest

    Mary Elizabeth "Bettie" Perez has writing in her blood. She's the granddaughter of a newspaper founder and the mother of two newspapermen (one who works for the Tampa Bay Times). Now, at age 89, she celebrates her first nationally published book of poetry. Perez spoke with Times staff writer Caitlin Johnston …

    Mary Elizabeth “Bettie” Perez, 89, is the author of How Old Is Fresh, a book of 28 poems. It’s published by Finishing Line Press (finishing Also pictured is her friend Chanci Harrow.
  2. Simple tips to avoid back pain include walking, exercise

    Life Times

    Avoiding activity because of back pain can actually make it worse. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain. When you don't use those muscles, you can lose flexibility, strength and endurance, causing more …

    Photos by SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  3. Scientists work on manipulating Alzheimer's gene

    Life Times

    The gene for apolipoprotein E4, or ApoE4, confers the largest known genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease, but that's not all. People who carry the gene also do much worse if they develop multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep apnea and other forms of dementia. They don't recover as well …

  4. Total lunar eclipse visible to us April 14

    Human Interest

    There will be a total eclipse of the moon the night of April 14-15. During totality, notice Mars to the upper right of the moon and Spica just to its lower right.

    On the evening of April 14 and into April 15, the moon will be seen in total eclipse.
  5. Eight over 80 honors contributors to Jewish community

    Life Times

    Eight individuals or couples who have made significant impacts on the Jewish community will be honored by the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties in an "Eight over 80" award ceremony Sunday at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.

    Walter Loebenberg

  6. Elder Theroux writes first spy novel

    Life Times

    When Paul R. Theroux, 91, of Belleair decided last year to finish his first novel, he also decided to have some fun. He took his career as a chemical engineer and his love of tennis and penned a murder mystery, Q-23: A Novel of Espionage and Racqueteering (LibertyTree Press). It's a story of industrial …

  7. 5 things to do in April

    Life Times

    1 The Wiz under the stars

    Lily Tomlin
  8. Dr. Mehmet Oz says Tampa needs more nuts


    Tampa, you don't eat enough nuts.

    And, that's a bad thing because in the seemingly cyclical research findings about foods, nuts are once again good for you.

  9. In Florida, medical marijuana will be legal, John Morgan says (w/video)

    Human Interest

    Generation Jones, the youngest segment of baby boomers, is a very influential lot.

    John Morgan, head of Morgan & Morgan, stands for a portrait in his offices in downtown Orlando. Morgan will be influential on the 2014 election because he’s pushing the medical marijuana amendment and because he’s a Charlie Crist backer. Crist works for him as a partner at Morgan & Morgan. 
  10. A single drink can affect senior drivers, study shows

    Life Times

    For drivers 55 and older, a single glass of wine at dinner can affect driving skills — even if alcohol levels are well below the mark at which the law presumes impairment (0.08 percent).