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  1. Hooper: Don't feed on religion click bait


    A team of volunteers gathered in my neighbor's yard one recent Saturday and took on the arduous task of removing a dying oak tree.

    As a widow, she needed the help.

  2. School that combines academics, intense soccer training will open in Brandon


    BRANDON — When 12-year-old Tyler Davis starts classes on Aug. 18, his school day won't just include English, math, science and social studies.

  3. East Bay Fishing Report for June 26


    Summer Dog Days. Copious amounts of rain coupled with stifling heat have made conditions somewhat tough in Tampa Bay. Brutal afternoons are a good reason to get an early start to beat the lightning and or heat exhaustion. Most game fish are active until it gets really hot outside.

  4. Ruth: Time for action, not more talk, on transit


    Almost from the first day I set foot in Tampa in 1973, there was talk about developing a mass transit system. For more than 40 years, city planners, county planners, regional planners, university planners and a dense alphabet soup of planning agencies have issued the results of master plans, studies, focus groups, …

  5. Judy's Dance Academy celebrates 25 years


    At William Henry Harrison High School in Evansville, Ind., Judy Comiskey had her sights set on being an acrobatic cheerleader. At Purdue University, she originally planned a career as a pharmacist.

    Judy Comiskey of Judy’s Dance Academy will celebrate her company’s 25th year Saturday with more than 300 dancers.
  6. Brandon resident competes on 'American Ninja Warrior'

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — It's clear why NBC producers called Brandon resident Jennifer Nicely to compete in the city qualifying rounds for Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior.

    Jennifer Nicely will appear on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior at 8 p.m. Monday. “She will never give up, I’ll tell you that,” trainer Eduardo Lorenzo said.
  7. Doxa Home opens interior design studio, gallery in Tampa


    When interior designer Jaime Rogers isn't traveling to Iceland to collect new items or to Paris for international shows, she can be seen behind the tall glass windows of Doxa Home's new storefront in downtown Tampa.

    Some of the art at Doxa Design Lab and Gallery includes pieces by Theo Wujcik.
  8. In Hillsborough, she generously volunteered to uplift the community


    Name tags covered a table by the window. They came from years of volunteering and serving the community.

    Anne Madden
  9. A young migrant worker transforms to college student

    Human Interest

    DOVER — The hands that once picked fruit in the fields surrounding this east Hillsborough community helped guide a baseball across the plate at the Tampa Bay Rays game Wednesday.

    Strawberry Crest’s Miguel Ventura, center, moves his tassel from right to left as classmates celebrate at commencement on June 3 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.
  10. Ruth column: Schools face leadership of a newer sort


    It was tempting at first blush to think newly minted Hillsborough school superintendent Jeff Eakins had decided to go all Dalai Lama on everyone when he named Alberto Vazquez-Matos to become his chief of staff.