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  1. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more


    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …

  2. Guest column: Pesticide Curfew too dangerous to use on golf courses again


    Even among the thousands of bright green golf courses across the nation that routinely douse their fairways with pesticides and fertilizers, the nasty Dow worm-killer known as "Curfew" has had a hard time finding suitors.

    The Tampa Sports Authority says nematode infestation is so serious at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in north Tampa that it has no choice but to apply the dangerous pesticide Curfew. [Times file, 2012]
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice

    Retired Tampa Fire captain and president of the Tampa Firefighters Museum Bill Wade welcomed department newbies, retirees and other supporters to Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice where they placed their bets to better the 106-year-old station in downtown Tampa. Blackjack, …

    Sheron and Ken Bass, from left, try some casino games with retired Tampa Fire Capt. Bill Wade to support the Tampa Firefighters’ Museum’s annual Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice benefit on March 10.
  4. 'Mama Tribe' creates bonds beyond mommy wars


    The mamas gather together, infants on hip and toddlers underfoot, but this is not a play date.

    hillswhitman032417: Mama Tribe founder Dora Smyka with her son Orion at the park. Photo special to the Times by Danielle Lhotka.
  5. Strawberry Festival to upgrade main concert venue

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY — They gathered one last time to bid adieu to the bleachers that surround the Wish Farms Soundstage at the Florida Strawberry Festival.

    For years, crowds have gathered in the stands to watch concerts at the Florida Strawberry Festival’s Wish Farms Soundstage, a venue once used for football games and rodeos.
  6. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival

    AMY SCHERZER | Times Charlene Cofer and Jim VanEepoel explore the 21st annual Chiselers Market Preview Party on March 10 at the University of Tampa.
  7. Sunday Conversation: Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins


    Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins doesn't hesitate to pull out charts and graphs when asked about the school district's improving graduation rates. Even when Eakins grapples with budget challenges, a demanding school board, administrative changes and struggling inner-city schools, the 3.1 point …

    Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins, seen here addressing more than 600 new incoming teachers during a district wide orientation, last year, is excited about the district’s improving graduation rates.
  8. New owner to revive old Ben's restaurant


    BRANDON — An iconic Brandon eatery will rise from the ashes and reopen later this year under new ownership.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue units worked to extinguish a two alarm structure fire in 2014 at Ben’s Family Restaurant located at 704 E Brandon Blvd.
  9. Brandon Chamber director steps down


    BRANDON — The Board of Directors at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce has accepted the resignation of its executive director Christine Michaels, who has taken a position in another chamber out of state.

    Christine Michaels is resigning her position as executive director of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce to take another chamber position out of state.
  10. New Valrico pizza place gets overwhelming response


    VALRICO — If you want to try a slice from the area's newest pizza place, don't wait until the weekend. Rosati's Chicago pizza opened a couple weeks ago at 3437 Lithia Pinecrest Road and the line wrapped outside the door back to the Publix that anchors the shopping complex.

    Marshall and Whitney Tucker stand outside their newly-opened Rosati’s Chicago pizza. The Valrico location is the first of five takeout/delivery restaurants planned in Hillsborough County for the Chicago-based company that started in 1964.