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  1. Tampa draws Elite Animation Academy


    WESTCHASE — When Elite Animation Academy staged its 2014 summer camp in Orlando a number of attendees came from Tampa.

    Gladys and Tom are co-founders of Elite Animation Academy, which will open a facility on Linebaugh Avenue.
  2. Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest comes to Plant City's Strawberry Festival

    Human Interest


    It's sport, spectacle and awe.

    It's simple in theory and difficult in practice.

    It's also kind of gross.

    George Shea says he introduces competitors with a mix of “carnival barker, apocalyptic preacher and sports announcer.”
  3. Hillsborough school district to enhance black history lessons


    TAMPA — Students learn a lot about the Founding Fathers, Colonial days and early American heroes such as Paul Revere.

    Under new curriculum for African and African-American history, Hillsborough students might learn more about slain civil rights activist Malcolm X, who was killed 50 years ago.
  4. Gasparilla Festival showcases Tampa lawyer's art

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Five years ago, Amy Leigh Carstensen left a lucrative career with one of Florida's most prestigious law firms to paint a future on her own terms.

    Amy Leigh Carstensen of Tampa has shown her art, mostly abstract oils, at four Gasparilla festivals. 
  5. Hometown Hillsborough


    We want your news!

    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Aimée …

    Guardian program names Child Advocate of the Year The Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County named Brenda Kocher the Child Advocate of the Year along with her partner, Tibet. The award was presented in November by Suzanne Parker, circuit director for the program.
  6. Everybody's Business: New take on kitchens and baths


    Helping homeowners create their ideal bathrooms and kitchens was always in Worth Turner's blood.

    The Hollingsworth Showroom offers “the full package,” says Worth Turner.
  7. A Kid's Place salutes founder on her birthday


    BRANDON — With Bette Midler's Wind Beneath My Wings pumping in the background, nine preschool and toddler children who call A Kid's Place home sent a handful of balloons to the heavens to celebrate the birthday of founder and visionary Dottie Berger MacKinnon, who died of cancer in October 2013.

    Children from A Kids Place of Tampa Bay release balloons to send birthday wishes to Dottie.
  8. For University of Tampa point guard Davis, there's no court like home


    TAMPA — Jordan Davis packed up his suitcase in the summer of 2010. A few months removed from a state runnerup finish with Sickles High School, Davis was heading north to New Jersey to continue a promising basketball career for Division I Monmouth.

    University of Tampa point guard Jordan Davis looks to pass in game against Palm Beach Atlantic. Davis has improved his scoring and assists this season with the Spartans.
  9. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Carson Kressley joins the weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Equality Florida Tampa gala

    "Transformational" is how Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith described the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida as a handsome crowd of 600-plus celebrated at Saturday's artsy gala. Art lovers helped raise $354,000 with a silent auction of 65 pieces and …

    Fashion Funds the Cure chairmen surround fashion maven Carson Kressley. From left are Alex Sullivan, Jay Langford, Kressley, Jeff Maxwell and Chris Carrere before the Pediatric Cancer Foundation benefit Feb. 21 at Tampa Jet Center Hangar 4.
  10. Tampa City Council incumbents enjoy fundraising advantage


    TAMPA — This is a year of lopsided fundraising in Tampa city elections.

    Forget the mayor's race.

  11. Children's Board meetings address deadly 'preventable accidents'

    Human Interest

    A recent Nationwide ad garnered significant controversy when it debuted during the Super Bowl.

  12. Seven are in the running for Hillsborough Teacher of the Year


    This year's finalists for Hillsborough Teacher of the Year range in age from 27 to 64. They teach everything from restaurant manager in a career center to gifted reading in a South Tampa elementary school. They bring history alive, show up at their students' flag football games, arrange food for the home when there is …

    Teacher of the Year finalists. There are seven. This is for the third alt. 

Cheryl White, Bowers Whitley Career Center

Source is Hillsborough Education Foundation.
  13. Architect creates 'wearable building' for Gasparilla 5K

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — To bring architecture back into the community conversation, local architect Patrick Thorpe will run the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday wearing a scale model of Tampa's Rivergate Tower.

    Patrick Thorpe tries on the frame work for his costume of the Rivergate Tower, aka The Beer Can Building, at International Sign Company where the framework was fashioned. Thorpe, a local Tampa architect has had built a replica costume of the Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa. He will be wearing the costume and running in the Gasparilla Distance Classic.
  14. Lenten fasting helps sustain the soul for many


    This weekend marks the first Sunday of Lent.

  15. Barbecue in Brandon, global food in Tampa, cupcakes in Carrollwood


    TAMPA — After nearly a year of sitting idle, there's a new tenant at the open-air pavilion property that serves as the center point of more than 10 acres behind the Brandon Harley-Davidson.

    Andrea Michele Cooke holds a rib platter featured at Scooter’s Saloon, located behind the Brandon Harley-Davidson.