1. Lying to enlist in World War II began 15-year-old's long journey

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    Like millions of Americans during World War II, James Carroll considered himself a patriotic person.

  2. Seniors in need of a ride get help from FDOT website

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    If you ever find yourself in need of a ride, there is a Florida Department of Transportation website that can help you. Most of the choices are private (you) pay, but it is nice to know there's an emergency transportation resource out there if you need it.

  3. Do this before you retire: Stop giving money to grown kids

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    It was one of those online teases I couldn't resist: Three Retirement Moves You Should Make in Your 50s.
  4. Astronomy column: a look at what's happening in May

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    Start to look for Mercury low in the west-northwest at dusk about mid May. Our innermost planet reaches the greatest angular (elongation) distance from the sun on May 25.

  5. 5 Things to do in May

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    1 Smokin' exhibit

    Wooden cigar boxes take center stage at the third annual Repurposed DooDad Art & Sculpture Exhibit that opens May 5 and runs through the end of the month at the Tampa History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa. Hundreds of Hillsborough County elementary, middle and high school …

    JIM DAMASKE   |   Times (2009)
  6. In lifetime of collecting art, homeowner enjoys impromptu home redesign

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    Skip Forrest has done a number of things professionally over the years, mostly in design and marketing.

    Skip Forrest has filled his Wisconsin home with artwork that he likes to move around.
  7. St. Pete woman is picked to pitch pudding company's product

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    Marilyn Cisek has been a teacher. She has worked in real estate. She has even been a "hair model" on HSN.

    Kozy Shack is hoping that if Marilyn Cisek, 78, tells you to buy the company’s pudding, you’ll do as Grandma says.
  8. Study finds nicotine safe, helps in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's


    Smoking, of course, damages the lungs and blood vessels, and contributes to an array of health problems, but nicotine — the calming chemical that cigarettes deliver — might actually be good for the aging brain.

    Nicotine, by itself a nonaddictive drug, shows promise in a study.
  9. Dick Vitale embraces Jim Valvano's pledge to help pediatric cancer research

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    In 1993, sportscaster Dick Vitale greeted his friend and fellow sportscaster, Jim Valvano, with a big hug at the base of the stage where Valvano was to receive the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at ESPN's Espy Awards.

  10. 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.