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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    FARA Energy Ball

    A couple of chocolate Labrador puppies fetched bids of $30,000 and $35,000 each at the FARA Energy Ball, unleashing an auction frenzy that helped raise $1.8 million for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and the USF Health Ataxia Research Center.

    Jeff Tedder and Solstice Bash chairwoman Amie Devero celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Tampa the week Le Meridien hotel opened in downtown Tampa.
  2. Jesuit gets seventh million-dollar gift since last year

    K12

    TAMPA — Jesuit High School, looking toward a sweeping transformation of its N Himes Avenue campus, has been quietly seeking donations from its alumni, and they have come through in a big way: The school has received seven $1 million gifts in little more than a year.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Everybody's Business for Sept. 19: 'Tampa Cuban' cuisine

    Retail

    SOUTH TAMPA — Third-generation Tampa natives Rodney and Ricky Rodriguez honor Cuban national hero José Martí with a modern menu of island specialities at their new restaurant, Café Martí, which opened Sept. 4 on Gandy Boulevard, near S Dale Mabry Highway.

  6. District games add interest to football schedule

    Footballpreps

    Now everybody's in on the act. With the exception of Jesuit and Middleton, part of a teeny-tiny three-team district, Week 4 of high school football is the one where every team in Tampa Bay gets into the truly important part of its schedule.

  7. Inexperienced Berkeley Prep volleyball team on unfamiliar ground

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — It didn't take John Coup long to realize that the newest Berkeley Prep volleyball season would play out a little differently than what he'd been used to in 16 years with the Bucs.

    After graduating five seniors, a  young Berkeley Prep volleyball team lacks 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.
  11. Changes needed in Florida's complex family laws

    Human Interest

    As she tries to envision her son — see his smile, recall his voice, remember his touch — tears fill her eyes.

  12. Save the date: Tampa-Hillsborough 2014-15 society datebook

    Events

    TAMPA — A simple, silly, out-of-the-box revenue opportunity, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, sure put the fun into giving money for a serious cause. Rarely is philanthropy as astonishingly successful as all those millions of video dumper donors inciting others to fund a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.

  13. Find a friend: Shelby the shelty

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Shelby the shelty is now more than happy to pose for photos. When rescued by a Hillsborough County animal control officer, this abandoned pooch looked much older than her 5 years. Weighing less than 15 pounds, she overcame anemia. Today she waits patiently for her next yummy …

    Shelby the Sheltie is now more than happy to pose for photos. When rescued by a Hillsborough County animal control officer, this abandoned sweetie looked much older than her five years. Weighing less than 15 pounds, she overcame anemia and waits patiently for her next yummy meal or treat. She has a mild personality, gets along well with others and enjoyed a fabulous spa day to restore her pretty coat. Adopt Shelby (ID#23753328) fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and licensed from the County’s Pet Resource Center on 440 Falkenburg Road, open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.
  14. Holy Hog smokes downtown; Platinum Zipper boutique blings out

    Retail

    TAMPA — Ceiling fans whirl over picnic tables outside the newest Holy Hog BBQ, cooling customers downing St. Louis-style ribs, smoked ham, pork, turkey, chicken, sausage, brisket and more.

  15. New pastor leads Bible Based Fellowship in transition

    Religion

    NORTHDALE — When senior pastor Arthur T. Jones, founder of Bible Based Fellowship Church in North Tampa, lost his battle with multiple myeloma in May 2013, a mournful congregation did not have to look to replace him.

    Pastor Anthony C. White strives to appeal to all generations.