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  1. Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest comes to Plant City's Strawberry Festival

    Human Interest


    It's sport, spectacle and awe.

    It's simple in theory and difficult in practice.

    It's also kind of gross.

    George Shea says he introduces competitors with a mix of “carnival barker, apocalyptic preacher and sports announcer.”
  2. Hillsborough school district to enhance black history lessons


    TAMPA — Students learn a lot about the Founding Fathers, Colonial days and early American heroes such as Paul Revere.

    Under new curriculum for African and African-American history, Hillsborough students might learn more about slain civil rights activist Malcolm X, who was killed 50 years ago.
  3. Everybody's Business: New take on kitchens and baths


    Helping homeowners create their ideal bathrooms and kitchens was always in Worth Turner's blood.

    The Hollingsworth Showroom offers “the full package,” says Worth Turner.
  4. Spoto community rallies behind girl who suffered traumatic brain injury


    Less than a day after they learned their friend was in the hospital, they organized.

    Tyra Janelle Brown
  5. A Kid's Place salutes founder on her birthday


    BRANDON — With Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings pumping in the background, nine preschool and toddler children who call A Kid's Place home sent a handful of balloons to the heavens to celebrate the birthday of founder and visionary Dottie Berger MacKinnon, who died of cancer in October 2013.

    Children from A Kids Place of Tampa Bay release balloons to send birthday wishes to Dottie.
  6. County looks to give Riverview Library multi-million dollar makeover

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — The Riverview Branch Library fit the small community perfectly when it opened 35 years ago.

  7. Children's Board meetings address deadly 'preventable accidents'

    Human Interest

    A recent Nationwide ad garnered significant controversy when it debuted during the Super Bowl.

  8. Seven are in the running for Hillsborough Teacher of the Year


    This year's finalists for Hillsborough Teacher of the Year range in age from 27 to 64. They teach everything from restaurant manager in a career center to gifted reading in a South Tampa elementary school. They bring history alive, show up at their students' flag football games, arrange food for the home when there is …

    Teacher of the Year finalists. There are seven. This is for the third alt. 

Cheryl White, Bowers Whitley Career Center

Source is Hillsborough Education Foundation.
  9. Lenten fasting helps sustain the soul for many


    This weekend marks the first Sunday of Lent.

  10. Barbecue in Brandon, global food in Tampa, cupcakes in Carrollwood


    TAMPA — After nearly a year of sitting idle, there's a new tenant at the open-air pavilion property that serves as the center point of more than 10 acres behind the Brandon Harley-Davidson.

    Andrea Michele Cooke holds a rib platter featured at Scooter’s Saloon, located behind the Brandon Harley-Davidson.