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  1. Former East Bay softball star makes her pitch as a fashion model

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Former softball pitcher Kayla Cox once led East Bay High School to the school's only state title in any sport.

    Kayla Cox, 24, represented by Wilhelmina International, has been a professional model for two years.
  2. Yes! FAIR continues to celebrate community diversity for all


    TAMPA — Becki Forsell is the poster child for empowering people with disabilities to get up, get out and be engaged in what the community has to offer them.

    hillsfair093016: YESFair2ct: Yes! Of America founder Becki Forsell stands between Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandy Murman and Kevin Beckner, who hailed the Yes! F.A.I.R.?€š€™s mission during last year?€š€™s event. Photo by Joyce McKenzie.
  3. Grace Family ready to open South Tampa campus


    With 9,000 members divided among four Hillsborough County campuses, Grace Family Church continues to grow.

    hillsrelcol093016: Grace Family Church senior pastor Craig Altman, seen here sharing a message called "Fight," will help his church open a new campus in South Tampa this Sunday. Photo by Giles Hooper.
  4. Phosphate plant sinkhole raises larger questions about water supply


    The ground collapse last month at a phosphate plant near the Hillsborough-Polk county line serves as a reminder of the care we must take, with so much at stake, to understand and protect the underground aquifer that provides most of the water we use in Florida. There are reasons for concern. An estimated quarter-billion …

  5. Tea party would like to move Merrill out as Hillsborough county manager


    Depending on the outcome of the Nov. 8 election, some tea party-style Republicans are hoping for a move by the county commissioners to replace Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill.

    Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill, right, speaking here in 2009 with former Commissioner Mark Sharpe, is a target of tea party interests.
  6. Digging up roots of adoption is difficult but possible

    Human Interest

    We often hear that unsealing an adoption file is impossible. The story of an adoptee's unsuccessful nightmare often scares others considering their own quests.

    While little Robert’s original birth certificate and adoption file show many sad events and decisions of his birth parents, this picture shows a happily adopted little Emory.
  7. Bucs guard reigns as Lanier Elementary principal - for a day


    TAMPA — "Good Morning, Mr. Pamphile," a classroom of Lanier Elementary School second graders shouted to Buccaneer offensive guard Kevin Pamphile.

    hillslanier093016: Tampa Bay Buccaneer offensive guard Kevin Pamphile reads Dr. Seuss?€™ ?€œCat in the Hat?€ to kindergarten children at Lanier Elementary School Tuesday as part of a program to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Photo by Sheila Mullane Estrada
  8. Murman stages job fair at HCC Dale Mabry


    Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman, in association with CareerSource Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Community College, will host a county job fair from 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 7 at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry Campus, 4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd.

    Commissioner Sandy Murman is sponsoring a job fair Oct. 7 at the Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus. More than 50 employers and vendors are expected to attend.
  9. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture

    Patti Jurinski, left, Penny Vinik, Danette Capitano and Marie Stone wait to see Norma Kamali’s fall collection on the runway at CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture.
  10. Car-crushing lifestyle fits Apollo Beach resident just fine

    Human Interest

    APOLLO BEACH — Apollo Beach resident Cynthia Gauthier's occupation is in the business of providing thrills and adrenaline rushes to thousands of people around the world.

    Monster Mutt driver Cynthia Gauthier poses for fans this month during a Facebook Live event staged at Feld Entertainment Studios in Palmetto. The event attracted 350 people.
  11. Down syndrome parents find strength in numbers

    Human Interest

    Eighteen years have passed since Ann Foyt gave birth to son Zachary, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.

    Families who join the Buddy Walk sponsored by F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome Tampa can place photos, like this one, of their children along the route.
  12. Tampa Hispanic Heritage honors USF administrator, retired colonel

    Human Interest

    Retired Army Col. Orlando Rodriguez and University of South Florida administrator Patsy Sanchez are the 2016 recipients of the Hispanic Man and Hispanic Woman of the Year awards.

  13. New resource center shows Hillsborough's commitment to its many veterans


    More veterans call Hillsborough home than any county in Florida except Duval County, both hosts to major military installations. With 95,667 veterans, according to the latest numbers from the Veterans Administration, Hillsborough is No. 18 among all U.S. counties — just below the territory of Puerto Rico and just …

  14. Cooling classrooms should be a priority in Hillsborough district


    Air conditioning in Florida is not a luxury. Can we agree on that?

  15. County, city seeks input on fair housing issues


    Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, and the Tampa Housing Authority invite the public to provide input on fair housing issues through a series of public workshops.