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  1. New restaurants in Brandon, SoHo, new attorneys in New Tampa


    BRANDON — Standing behind the bar mixing drinks with names like Mustang Mary, Bootlegger and Antifreeze Cooler, bartenders Stephanie Lozada and Laura Robaina occasionally stop what they're doing to step on a service station hose that rings the ahooga horn on the Model A Ford hanging overhead.

    Laura Robaina, left, and Stephanie Lozada are bartenders at Ford’s Garage, which opened on June 23 in the former Buca Di Beppo location at 11105 Causeway Blvd.
  2. Reading programs help kids fight summer learning loss



    The group of grade school students ranging in age from 9 to 12 gathered in a circle for the second session of the Summer Literacy Club.

    Briana Miranda, 7, gets one-on-one tutoring from teacher Melanie Curtis duirng the YMCA program at Graham.
  3. Former teacher finds calling as Bay Area Legal Services attorney

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Kristen Lang didn't want to be an attorney.

    Initially reluctant to study law, Kristen Lang became a lawyer so that she could be a voice for kids.
  4. Bettering La Victoria makes missionary better

    Human Interest

    When I think of La Victoria, I think of the neighborhood kids running up to me, sticking out their hands and asking for un caramelo as I place an assortment of Jolly Ranchers into their palms.

     This is a headshot of Virginia Barreda, who is writing a guest commentary for the June 5 edition of the Hillsborough regionals.   [Photo courtesy of Virginia Barreda]
  5. In Tampa Heights, Community Roots Collective offers unique support for families, expectant parents

    Human Interest

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — Charlie Rae Young helps Yamel Belen on to the examination table.

    Charlie Rae Young, a licensed midwife and lactation counselor, gives Yamel Belen her 16-week checkup at Community Roots Collective, a new family care co-op in Tampa Heights.
  6. East bay fishing report for July 3


    Spice of life. This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning. Then fish for Spanish mackerel, snapper, shark and cobia in the afternoon. Bait is loaded throughout Tampa Bay, so catching fish should be fairly easy this month.

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
  7. Ruth: Confederate group flies the flag of stupidity


    It always has been a supreme irony that the First Amendment free speech protections that allow the flying of a ridiculously massive Confederate flag over the intersection of I-75 and I-4 upon approaching Tampa benefits its sponsor, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, whose seditious forbearers attacked the United …

  8. Without Walls' Randy White talks of moving forward



    When Pastor Randy White went to rehab following a DUI arrest in 2011, critics and even some supporters called the incident career-ending.

    “The energy at Without Walls is different from its early days but it doesn’t have to be the same to be deemed successful,” said Chuck Myles, a member since 1997.
  9. Gourmet Gents serve up dishes with a side of camaraderie


    Pasta. Barbecued turkey wings. Fried fish. Cakes. Cobblers. Pies.

    Hungry yet?

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is expected to offer muffins as his signature dish at the Gourmet Gents Scholarship Fundraiser.
  10. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Abilities, Inc. gets funding for brain injury training

    Corbett Prep fifth-graders create Little Free Library The Corbett Prep Fifth Grade Leadership Council opened two Little Free Libraries on campus this school year as part of a community service project. Students were encouraged to recycle their old books by leaving them on the shelves for someone else. The students worked on the library boxes, which are modeled after birdhouses, with family and friends. Fifth grader Patrick Smith, an avid reader, shared the idea with the Leadership Council after seeing several boxes in Dunedin. More than 20,000 Little Free Libraries have been created worldwide.
  11. 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.

  12. City, expressway authority team to create 'Swann Pond'


    Neighbors and business owners welcome the completion of the $848,000 transformation of Swann Pond this week.

    Improvements to Swann Pond in Hyde Park were recently completed. The project included landscaping, a fountain in the center and custom bus shelters.
  13. Bayshore Christian builds on football


    TAMPA — Chris Hug spent more than a decade as an assistant in Pinellas County, learning the ropes from several head coaches along the way. Hug picked their brains, studied football philosophies and fine-tuned his coaching acumen.

    Bayshore Christian’s new head football coach, Chris Hug, talks to his players during practice last month.
  14. Hooper: Early education builds the military


    TAMPA — Retired Rear Adm. Casey W. Coane delivered a calm, data-driven speech to a group of business leaders Tuesday, but his message screamed like an air siren warning of an impending attack.

  15. Hidden Springs Ale Works hopes to unearth success on N Franklin Street

    Human Interest

    TAMPA HEIGHTS — The taps are in place. The fermenters are ready to go. All that's missing is the beer.

    Austin Good, left, and Joshua Garman, founders of Hidden Springs Ale Works, will open their new brewery next month on Franklin Street.