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  1. Cancer survivors from Tampa hit the water at Dragon Boat Festival

    Human Interest

    In 2012, Steffanie Harris of Tampa became one of the more than 230,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer. Harris, a commercial property manager, was shocked when she got the news one Sunday after her gynecologist asked to meet with her at the office.

    Steffanie Harris, 39, is participating in her first race.
  2. Valrico mother looks to erase the stigma of drug addiction


    VALRICO — A year ago, Terry Coffey's son Tim was enrolled at a Mississippi college and she thought he was doing well.

    The Coffeys, from left, daughter Katie, mom Terry, dad Matt, son Tim, daughter Molly and son-in-law Eric. Their sense of being a “good family” was shaken by Tim’s substance abuse.
  3. Wharton High sophomore Kathryn Attar goes for the kill

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — The first time Eric Barber met Kathryn Attar was during his fifth grade language arts class. Barber, then in his second year as Wharton High School's volleyball coach, told the lanky student that one day she'd play for him and the Wildcats.

    Wharton’s Kathryn Attar (7) spikes the ball over the net, earning a point for her team, during the district tournament semifinals game against Plant High on Tuesday.
  4. Hillsborough churches try to steer from Halloween darkness


    On Oct. 31, many Hillsborough County churches will host events advertised as an alternative to secular Halloween.

  5. Find a friend: Larry the hound dog


    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention. Just ask Larry, a 40-pound hound rescued by animal safety investigators and now up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people and other pets. (Even …

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention, just ask Larry. Animal safety investigators rescued this 40-pound hound, and behold, The Great Pumpkin is alive and well and up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people, and other pets. Even bossy cats don’t seem to fluster this goofy ghoul. So don’t trick this fine Halloween hound dog. Treat Larry (ID23751907) to a forever home. He will come fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and micro-chipped at a sweetly affordable price from the pet resource center on 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to
  6. Nordstrom Rack opens in Brandon; BurgerFi arrives in SoHo


    After nearly a year of planning, Nordstrom Rack is set to open its new Brandon location on Friday at 9 a.m.

    Nordstrom Rack’s “Happy Style Hunting” branding comes to 11201 Causeway Blvd. in Lake Brandon Plaza on Friday.
  7. Hometown Hillsborough for Oct. 24

    Human Interest

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    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 …

    American Stroke Association and Verizon create stroke awareness campaign: The American Stroke Association Tampa Bay and Verizon have partnered for one year to support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Together to End Stroke campaign. Through April 2015, the two organizations will take oversized F.A.S.T. letters on tour throughout the Tampa Bay area. The letters teach people how to recognize the warning signs of stroke, as represented by the acronym F.A.S.T. (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911). The F.A.S.T. Tour kicked off this summer at WestShore Plaza and guests were encouraged to write their “good GOODBYE to stroke” message on the F.A.S.T. letters (GOODBYE fried food, GOODBYE smoking). They also had the opportunity to have their blood pressure taken by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and went home with a free Together to End Stroke cookbook. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke. By May 2015, the American Stroke Association and Verizon are committed to engaging more than 2,000 people with the F.A.S.T. Tour. From left: John Buzby, a stroke survivor; Fiona Kishundyal, a recreational therapist with the Morton Plant North Bay Mitchell Rehabilitation program; and Lloyd Bishop, also a stroke survivor. Buzby and Bishop are both stroke survivors of more than five years. Bishop recently walked without his walker for the first time since his stroke.
  8. Week 9 to provide clarity on gridiron


    With three weeks remaining in the high school football regular season, some Hillsborough County districts are pretty well decided.

  9. East Bay Fishing Report


    In season: Fishing is really starting to take off on the SouthShore. The past couple cold fronts have brought the water temperature down to about 78 to 80 degrees. This is the perfect water temperature for snook fishing. The snook have been blowing up on chummers and eating almost everything on a hook. A lot of …

    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]
  10. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay History Center Gala

    Over cocktails in the Lykes Atrium, descendants of pioneer families mixed with more recent Tampa arrivals, such as Air Force Col. Dan Tulley, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, at the annual Tampa Bay History Center Gala. So entwined are …

    Tampa Bay History Center gala co-chairs Jim and Lindsey Robbins, left, welcome Col. Dan and Holly Tulley to the Oct. 10 black-tie benefit.
  11. New pizza place rises in Brandon; HydeOut revitalizes the old Rack


    BRANDON — If you have lived in the Tampa Bay area anytime in the past 37 years, there's a good chance you have tasted a slice of homemade pizza from Al Carapella.

    Friends Al Carapella, left, and Jim Liburdi show off a freshly baked stromboli at Brandon Pizzeria, their restaurant at 140 N Parsons Ave. The spot was formerly home to Seafood Dive and La Septima.
  12. Tampa costume shop Features closing after 27 years


    TAMPA — For years, browsing the rows of Features costumes in search of the perfect Halloween outfit has been a tradition for Mary Hanyok.

    Features Costumes, at 3015 W Barcelona St. in Tampa, has been the spot for Gasparilla and Halloween costumes for nearly three decades. Now, as the owners try to retire, the store is closing. Costumes are selling for their rental prices.
  13. Swimming is in the genes for Plant standout Morgan Tankersley

    Swimming Preps

    TAMPA — Typically when parents excel in a sport, their children are steered in the same direction. Often the steering turns into pushing. Many times that pushing becomes a burden.

    Not in Morgan Tankersley's case.

    Plant High freshman swimmer Morgan Tankersley’s parents were collegiate swimmers, and her grandpa is a swim coach.
  14. Smartphones, tablets becoming routine in Hillsborough classrooms


    Students caught tapping on a smartphone in school once faced harsh consequences.

    The rule was, "we see it, we take it."

  15. Prep football teams jockey for playoff position


    Just call it championship Friday.

    With less than a month left in the regular season, the jockeying for playoff positioning is about to ramp up.