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  1. Veterans with spinal cord injuries gain jobs, sense of purpose

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Troy Webb rolled his wheelchair back from a wall of screens showing the busy hallways of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He can see into a million square feet of the center through more than 100 cameras from his work space, a room the size of an average bedroom.

    Troy Webb, 37, works at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center as a police dispatcher. It’s his first job in 15 years.
  2. Hooper: Apollo Beach superhero run will honor a spirited life

    Human Interest

    APOLLO BEACH

    They called the meeting to order, said the Pledge of Allegiance and then got down to business.

    Five girls are staging a 5k run to honor the memory of Austin Bradley Coates. From left are Aubrie Coates, 8, Kennedy Warbritton, 11, April Coates, 10, Roxy Morrison, 10, and Hunter Warbritton, 9.
  3. Sun City Center woman takes on priest's role at Mass

    Religion

    SUN CITY CENTER

    The group seated around the Sun City Center living room doesn't look like the sort of crowd that would ruffle feathers.

    Katy Zatsick sings a closing song with others at a home Mass in Sun City Center. Zatsick and other members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests consider themselves fully ordained, even if the Catholic Church does not.
  4. Brandon Chamber brings candidates to voters

    Politics

    RIVERVIEW — It wasn't the official election, but School Board candidate Melissa Snively liked the "win" and couldn't wait to share the results with supporters.

    Dipa Shah won the straw poll for School Board District 6.
  5. FishHawk Sporting Clays provides diversion in natural setting

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — Forgive your GPS if it struggles intermittently as you travel along Hobson Simmons Road.

  6. Meghna Patel making noise on golf course

    Preps

    LITHIA — A lazy hush hovers around the golf course, the kind that makes a dark alley scary but feels right at home among the sprawling fairways and greens. Some players tee off at No. 1, others laboriously repeat the same 15-foot chip. And nestled in this library-like atmosphere, where distant chirping birds cut …

    Meghna Patel of Newsome tied for 16th at last year’s state tourney.
  7. Sun City Center's Payant Financial Services expands into Medicare

    Business

    SUN CITY CENTER — As president of the welcoming committee at Valencia Lakes in Wimauma, Robyn Payant kept getting questions from residents about Medicare supplements.

    Licensed health insurance agent Marcie Maisonet has more than a decade of experience.
  8. Bloomingdale library rape survivor to get memoir treatment

    Human Interest

    An assailant stole her dreams of attending college, but her determination to fight on earned her place in the hearts of the Hillsborough County community.

    Queena is well-known as the survivor of a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale library. Her mother is working on a book about her daughter’s story.
  9. Find A Friend: Chester the schnauzer

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Chester is a happy, if lonely, 3-year-old miniature schnauzer. Often vocal to passersby at the county shelter, it's just song and dance to earn freedom and companionship. Chester quickly proves to be attentive, inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate — all traits …

    Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center 	Chester is a happy if lonely 3-year old miniature Snauzer. Often vocal to passersby at the County shelter, it's just a song and dance to earn freedom and companionship. Chester quickly proves to be attentive, inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate -- all traits typical of this popular breed. Adopt Chester, ID#25544941, fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and microchipped at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. It's open daily 10 a.m.. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. .
  10. Tampa streetcar concerts catching on

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY

    Julie Latimer and her friends stood at the TECO Streetcar's Centennial Park Station stop on Eighth Avenue with a cool breeze and the crackle and boom from a distant thunderstorm.

     Fans and streetcar riders watch the TECO Line Streetcar rolling concert with indie folk-pop duo Good Graeff Saturday evening September 6, 2014.  Twin sisters Brittany and Brooke, 26, make up the duo group Good Graeff, a cello-driven group with guitar and vocals. The cost of the concert was $2.50 one way or $5 to attend the full two hours concert. This is the second in the "Streetcar Live" concert series that will take place on the first Saturday of each month.