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  1. Back In The Day: Platform turned into tower of terror for writer

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — When I was about 9-years-old I stood on the 10-meter diving platform at Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center (then called Brandon Swim and Tennis Club).

    It’s just a simple 10-meter tower with a pool underneath it at Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center. Thousands of people have jumped off it over the years. But not Scott Purks. 
  2. Botched executions argue for restrictions on Florida's death penalty


    Florida has sent a lot of despicable people to the state's execution chamber. Men like Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling, and Oscar Ray Bolin made the world a little brighter by their forced departures from this planet.

    Nearly 400 people occupy death row at the Florida State Pris?on in Starke. Since 1979, when John Spenkelink was elec?trocuted, the state has executed 90 men and two women.
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Starlight Gala

    Newsies hawking the Chicago Tribune, fedora-topped gangsters, deep dish pizza and hot dogs served on Cubs napkins —all the Windy City passions flavored the Starlight Gala, "An Evening in Chicago" benefit for the Florida Hospital Foundation. But Sunday's big score came when Rock & …

    Dr. Mitch O’Hara sat in for a drum solo with legendary band Chicago, a bucket list dream come true for the Tampa cardiologist, at the Starlight Gala benefit for the Florida Hospital Foundation on Oct. 16 at the Marriott Waterside.
  4. Radio-controlled airplane show flies in to Lakeland


    LAKELAND — Starting Thursday (Oct. 20), the skies above Paradise Field in Lakeland will buzz with radio-controlled replica warplanes, biplanes and planes of yesteryear at the annual three-day 12 O'Clock High fly-in.

    Starting Thursday (Oct. 20), the skies above Paradise Field in Lakeland will buzz with radio-controlled replica warplanes, biplanes and planes of yesteryear at the annual three-day 12 O’Clock High fly-in.
  5. Success of Pig Jig fundraiser overwhelms kidney patient who inspired it


    TAMPA — Each year Will Wellman attends the Pig Jig in downtown Tampa, he climbs to one of the highest points of Curtis Hixon Park and comes close to tears as he admires the size of the crowd.

    Friends of Will Wellman, who has a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, launched the first Pig Jig as a backyard barbecue. Now, the event draws crowds each year to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.
  6. Sunday Conversation: Little Greek Fresh Grill president Nick Vojnovic


    During his 15 years as president of the Beef 'O' Brady's chain, Nick Vojnovic recalls, there was a fundraiser at the Valrico corporate store for a child battling leukemia. The event included a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive and Vojnovic gladly went through the process of signing up, placing a cotton swab in …

    Little Greek Fresh Grill President Nick Vojnovic was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis, a life threatening condition that requires a bone marrow transplant. One match was found on the “Be the Match” donor registry.
  7. State House candidate Toledo vague on Trump, but spokeswoman slams him


    Last weekend, Tampa Republican state House candidate Jackie Toledo, like many Republicans, issued a statement condemning sexist remarks by Donald Trump but stopping short of saying she opposes him.

    Jackie Toledo, Republican candidate for Florida House District 60, had nothing to say about whether her spokeswoman should have trashed Donald Trump on Twitter. [Courtesy of Jackie Toledo]
  8. To know the candidate, know the associates


    When we vote for a candidate, we select more than the man or woman whose carefully enhanced or debased image appears on the television commercials or the cardboard flyers that come in the mail. We are showing our support for a whole posse of people — power brokers who approach and are approached before hats are …

  9. Family Heritage Festival has something for every genealogist

    Human Interest

    Wherever your roots grow, the second annual Family Heritage Festival sponsored by the Hillsborough Public Library should have something for both newcomers and experienced family historians.

  10. Brandies: Enthusiastic Seffner couple inspires with home garden

    Home and Garden

    Bonnie and Mike Primovic of Seffner have one of the largest gardens I've visited. And the two of them do all the work, with some help from their son Joe with structure-building. Their garden spreads over 2 acres and they have names such as walrus, Oriental, traveling palm and vegetables for each section so they will …

    The flag and magnolia garden are between the house and the road. This magnolia started from a seed and now had grown taller than its parent. The old-fashioned lights seen above the deer figures on the right can be turned on at dusk.