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  1. Henderson: Young's anti-fracking bill holds promise


    The campaign to represent District 18 in the Florida Senate was nasty, with charges and counter-charges flying to the point where voters might have been tempted to hide under the covers.

    New state Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, says she plans to introduce a bill in the coming session of the Legislature to enact a statewide ban on fracking in Florida.
  2. Blackjack Pizza looks to deliver in South Tampa


    TAMPA — Franchise owner and operating partner, Matt Blackburn officially opened Blackjack Pizza's first Florida location on Nov. 14.

    Blackjack Pizza opens its first Florida location. Photo courtesy of Blackjack Pizza.
  3. Mother, daughter open Lowry Park Central hangout


    LOWRY PARK CENTRAL — Guava and Gouda are staple ingredients on the menu of a new restaurant and bar that opened one month ago: Above the Salt Cafe.

    Mother-daughter team, Sonia and Christina Piasecki opened Above the Salt Cafe, a restaurant and bar with a Cuban flair. Photo courtesy of Christina Piasecki.
  4. Limona Village Chapel celebrates a century of faith


    On Dec. 4, Limona Village Chapel in Brandon celebrates 100 years.

    Limona Village United Methodist Church celebrates its 100th anniversary Sunday. [File photo]
  5. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla King's Debutante Ball

    Gasparilla Queen LXXIX Janice Ferman Straske and daughter Davis, from left, pose with Gasparilla Queen LXXVIII Laura Ferman Farrior and daughter Courtney at Ye King’s Debutante Ball on Nov. 23 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Laura reigned in 1991 and her sister in 1992.
  6. UT stages local Hult Prize competition


    TAMPA — In the past, students from the University of Tampa have competed for the Hult Prize, the world's largest student competition for the creation of new social enterprises.

    Tampa startup Tembo recently was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” Class of 2016 list of 600 bright entrepreneurs in 20 different sectors. The group includes the University of Tampa students and graduates: Ulixes Hawili, from left, Samantha Taranto, Phil Michaels, Sercan Topcu and Brent Caramanica.
  7. Craft-beer driven c. 1949 in Old Seminole Heights keeps it local


    LOWRY PARK CENTRAL — One year after opening Ichicoro Ramen in Old Seminole Heights, owner Noel Cruz celebrates the opening of a new concept, c. 1949, a craft-beer driven bar boasting 40 taps, dedicated to breweries all over Florida.

    The patio of the new Florida-beer driven bar, c.1949 seats up to 90 guests. Photo courtesy of c.1949.
  8. Rough Rider smoothly moves into role as first woman president

    Human Interest

    Bonnie Stofer is the first woman to carry the title of Lt. Col. in the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment "Rough Riders," a Tampa krewe based on President Theodore Roosevelt and his famous cavalry. In her role, she serves as the 39th president of the nonprofit organization formed nearly 40 years ago to create a tribute …

    Bonnie Stofer, the 39th president of the Rough Riders, is shown next to a statute of Theodore Roosevelt in the organization’s club house. She is the first woman to serve in the position.
  9. Garden at Lutz home fills with rare plant

    Home and Garden

    The gardens of Barry Schwartz and Debby DeGraaff in Lutz have been growing for 21 years with gorgeous and very unusual plants.

    The gardens of Barry Schwartz and Debby DeGraaff in Lutz surround their home with an amazing and year round colorful landscape.
  10. Common law makes women's ancestor records uncommon

    Human Interest

    Hillary Clinton failed in her attempt to become the first woman President of the United States.

    However property-rich this young lass would have been at her 18th century marriage, when she married the only thing she could claim as hers to keep were the petticoats under this dress.
  11. Editorial: As Tampa shows, hope for Cuba lies in progress from personal connections


    What's happening today in the Tampa Bay area provides a strong argument for President-elect Donald Trump to continue engaging with Cuba. Jumping at opportunities created nearly two years ago with the normalization of relations between Havana and Washington, Tampa institutions are fostering the kind of personal …

  12. Bar review: A whisky cheer to the Lion's Den cigar bar in Ybor City

    Bars & Spirits

    I racked my brain for a premise from which to start this article that wasn't based on finding an "escape" from Ybor City. I'm aware that my Ybor City coverage very frequently leans in this direction, and I hate to be repetitive.

    The Lion’s Den in Ybor City is a cigar bar, so the selection is very whisky-centric. But you’ll find no shortage of other premium spirits. And although it’s on busy Seventh Avenue, it’s upstairs, just far enough away.
  13. Newborn class lends comfort to adoptive parents

    Human Interest

    Steve Ritcher's sister was born when he was 16, so he's got some experience feeding and playing with an infant.

    Dana Davie (center) holds her newly adopted baby, three month old Brooklyn Davie as she talks about her experiences. Couples seeking to adopt a new baby attend the Heart of Adoptions newborn care class for adoptive parents at the Community Roots Collective in Tampa. Attendees learned such tasks as changing diapers and setting up a car seat.  [Sunday, November 20, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  14. Nonprofit helps families defray adoption costs

    Human Interest

    At different points during their 11-year marriage, Amanda and Erik Schierer have taken in family and friends going through a rough patch or two.

    Amanda and Erik Schierer pose with their adopted son Lucas. The couple has benefited from a grant from the nonprofit Gift of Adoption.
  15. Dirty pizza boxes? No! To do it right, give recycling some thought


    Not long ago the county sent a mailer about the right way to go about recycling.

    The smaller green recycling bins were replaced with larger blue rolling recycling carts in 2014.