City Times

  1. Keystone, Citrus Park capture state Little League titles

    Community

    KEYSTONE — Two Little League all-star teams from northwest Hillsborough County captured state titles last weekend.

    Keystone Little League’s 10-11 all-star baseball team won its second straight state title last weekend, 10-2 over Apopka.
  2. J.C. Newman Cigar Co. cigarmakers won't roll over quietly

    Human Interest

    Every weekday, workers at the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. roll out cigars on hand-operated machines that date back to the Depression era. They are the last remnants of Tampa's storied cigar history. But the company faces an uncertain future, its owners say, as the Food and Drug Administration proposes to regulate all cigars …

    Casing supervisor Rene Garza places water-soaked tobacco leaves on racks in the basement of the J.C. Newman cigar factory. Dunking the leaves in water rehydrates them and is one of the first steps in the cigarmaking process.
  3. USF professor says nanotechnology holds key to curing cancer

    Research

    TAMPA — About a dozen researchers are splitting fibers in pursuit of a cure for cancer in a third floor research lab on the edge of the University of South Florida campus.

     Shaily Sharma, who recently graduated from USF with a masters in Biology, looks at the tumoroids she has been growing with nanopartical fibers and cancer cells, Thursday, July 17, 2014. She works in the lab with Professor Shyam Mohapatra, PhD, and other recent graduates or current students to do tests and develop new nanoscale biomedical diagnostics and therapeutics for cancers, asthma, viral infections and traumatic brain injuries.
  4. Hooper: Nothing 'progressive' about these misleading mailers

    Politics

    The other day, a slick, expensive political mailer arrived from a group called Progressive Choice Florida.

    The message caught my attention.

    Here's what it said (sort of):

  5. Travel ball ratchets up the competition with Little League

    Community

    TAMPA — It's a 3-2 count with the game on the line.

    Pitcher Montel Filmore helped Belmont Heights to a 10-8 win over Dade City. The team plays in the state championship tournament in Fort Lauderdale this weekend. 
  6. IV drips energize, Tennis Plaza aces Westshore, Stained Market repurposes in Seminole Heights

    Retail

    PALMA CEIA — Need a pick-me-up? Anesthesiologist Uhuru Smith offers a variety of therapeutic IV drips to rehydrate and energize at HangIVer Bar on Manhattan Avenue.

  7. It's a homecoming for Jesuit's new baseball coach

    Human Interest

    They say life comes full circle. In a way, it already has for Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School. Menendez, 37, was born in Tampa and played baseball under the minarets at the University of Tampa, where he graduated in 1999 with a degree in sports management. Menendez returns to Tampa …

    Miguel Menendez, the new head baseball coach at Jesuit High School, calls himself a competitor and an eternal optimist — just like his late grandfather. “I carry his spirit with me always.”
  8. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix

    Pets

    The first owner of Lyla, a 5-year-old shepherd mix, gave her up unceremoniously to the county shelter. She found a temporary home just hours before she would have become a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. You can adopt Lyla …

    Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at friendsofhcas.org.
  9. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Rainfall from rainfall: Recent heavy rainfall has parts of upper Tampa Bay looking like a glass of hot tea. The rivers are flowing heavily from a record-setting wet summer, pushing a lot of fresh water into Tampa Bay. This is not a bad thing because some species love the heat relief that the rivers and creeks …

  10. Buddhist center offers meditation in Tampa to enlighten, help others

    Religion

    For the modern Buddhist, meditation offers the promise of inner peace.

    Gen Chokyan leads a meditation service at the Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. Cate White stands by his side.
  11. Everybody's Business for July 18: salon, pizza and CDB's

    Retail

    WEST SHORE DISTRICT — No hair cutting, no hair coloring — just wash, blow and go: That's the speedy salon appeal of Blo Blow Dry Bar.

  12. New Tampa veteran wins bodybuilding competition, with help

    Health

    TAMPA — As Neyda Moyet stood waiting to hear the results of the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition, posing in a way she had learned mostly from YouTube tutorials, her trainer, Rafael Velez, stood in the audience, bouncing from seat to seat.

    Neyda Moyet, 42, placed first in four categories at the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition. Next up: the Florida State Championship, a national qualifying event, on Aug. 16.
  13. $900,000 community effort will transform ugly Swann Avenue Pond

    Human Interest

    HYDE PARK

    Yucky, mucky Swann Avenue Pond will soon undergo a million-dollar transformation into the Hyde Park Gateway.

    Developer Brian Funk is engaged in the effort to revitalize the Swann Avenue Pond area. That’s Buster at his side.
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    Briefs

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    TGH earns honor for being 'most wired'

  15. Find A Friend: Maddon the tabby cat

    Pets

    Put him in, coach, he's ready to play. Maddon (ID No. 22983007) is a 2-year-old orange tabby ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse. He comes vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" deal at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, which is …

    Put him in coach, he's ready to play. Meet Maddon, a way-cool, 2-year old orange Tabby cat. He and all of the other boys and girls of summer invite you to check out batting practice during a special event this Saturday at the County shelter. Maddon (ID2273007) is ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse, so adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, 440 N Falkenberg Road. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/pets, open daily 10 to 7.