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  1. Tampa streetcar concerts catching on

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY

    Julie Latimer and her friends stood at the TECO Streetcar's Centennial Park Station stop on Eighth Avenue with a cool breeze and the crackle and boom from a distant thunderstorm.

     Fans and streetcar riders watch the TECO Line Streetcar rolling concert with indie folk-pop duo Good Graeff Saturday evening September 6, 2014.  Twin sisters Brittany and Brooke, 26, make up the duo group Good Graeff, a cello-driven group with guitar and vocals. The cost of the concert was $2.50 one way or $5 to attend the full two hours concert. This is the second in the "Streetcar Live" concert series that will take place on the first Saturday of each month.
  2. Changes needed in Florida's complex family laws

    Human Interest

    As she tries to envision her son — see his smile, recall his voice, remember his touch — tears fill her eyes.

  3. Save the date: Tampa-Hillsborough 2014-15 society datebook

    Events

    TAMPA — A simple, silly, out-of-the-box revenue opportunity, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, sure put the fun into giving money for a serious cause. Rarely is philanthropy as astonishingly successful as all those millions of video dumper donors inciting others to fund a cure for Lou Gehrig's disease.

  4. Find a friend: Shelby the shelty

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Shelby the shelty is now more than happy to pose for photos. When rescued by a Hillsborough County animal control officer, this abandoned pooch looked much older than her 5 years. Weighing less than 15 pounds, she overcame anemia. Today she waits patiently for her next yummy …

    Shelby the Sheltie is now more than happy to pose for photos. When rescued by a Hillsborough County animal control officer, this abandoned sweetie looked much older than her five years. Weighing less than 15 pounds, she overcame anemia and waits patiently for her next yummy meal or treat. She has a mild personality, gets along well with others and enjoyed a fabulous spa day to restore her pretty coat. Adopt Shelby (ID#23753328) fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and licensed from the County’s Pet Resource Center on 440 Falkenburg Road, open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.
  5. Holy Hog smokes downtown; Platinum Zipper boutique blings out

    Retail

    TAMPA — Ceiling fans whirl over picnic tables outside the newest Holy Hog BBQ, cooling customers downing St. Louis-style ribs, smoked ham, pork, turkey, chicken, sausage, brisket and more.

  6. New pastor leads Bible Based Fellowship in transition

    Religion

    NORTHDALE — When senior pastor Arthur T. Jones, founder of Bible Based Fellowship Church in North Tampa, lost his battle with multiple myeloma in May 2013, a mournful congregation did not have to look to replace him.

    Pastor Anthony C. White strives to appeal to all generations.
  7. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Photo by Frank Kepley

    MFST presents donation to LifePath Hospice

    Emergency Squad honored with a tribute to Marty Paulsen: Marty Paulsen was a special person. She loved to laugh and tell a good story. Her teammates at the Sun City Center Emergency Squad loved her laugh and enjoyed her company. She brightened every room she entered, and the squad mourned her passing this past May. Recently, though, her husband Roy memorialized her service to the squad and the community with a donation of three chairs for the dispatchers and for the captain’s desk in the ready room. Pictured from left: Roy Paulsen and Chief Dennis Floto.
  8. Salvation Army rings the bell over human sex trafficking

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Most consumers probably toss their bag of coffee into their shopping cart unaware of its origins.

  9. Graffiti Junktion chugs into Palma Ceia; La Sunshine Boutique dresses downtown; Premier Barber snips vets

    Retail

    PALMA CEIA — The early November opening of sports bar Graffiti Junktion on Bay to Bay Boulevard brings welcome renovation to a former wing joint that flew the coop long ago.

  10. New slaughterhouse caters to Muslims

    Human Interest

    BY ELISABETH PARKER Times Staff Writer

    TAMPA

    The meat market at Musa Slaughterhouse in Tampa offers fresh cuts of goats, sheep, cows or chickens slaughtered according to the Islamic standard of halal. This is the only halal slaughterhouse in Tampa, which allows Muslims to get fresh meat.
  11. The Girl Scouts needs you! More than 1,000 girls want to join troops

    Human Interest

    For about three months every year, Janien Hiatt lives, thinks and breathes cookies.

    Specifically, Girl Scout cookies.

    With 1,300 girls on a waiting list, the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida needs a hand.
  12. Teaching Judaism through art

    News

    This week, a new breed of Hebrew school will open its doors to Jewish children in the Tampa Bay area.

    Hebrew School of the Arts director Tzippy Rubashkin says children will paint and perform.
  13. H'Attitude Awards honor Tampa Bay's African-American achievers

    Human Interest

    Sometimes the connection between the past and the present gets distorted, like a bad cellphone call.

  14. Karaoke event folks sing for a cause: pediatric cancer

    Human Interest

    Whether it's a stiletto strut across the stage a la Tina Turner, swaying in front of the microphone stand like Aerosmith's Steven Tyler or emulating the high-energy high jinks of a certain Rolling Stones frontman, everybody wants to be a rock star.

    Everybody wants to move like Jagger.

  15. Hometown Hillsborough for Sept. 5

    Human Interest



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    League of Women Voters celebrates lifetime achievements of past and present members:  Thirteen past presidents of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County were among the capacity crowd at the League’s recent 9th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon. The family of the late Judge Don Castor accepted the League’s Lifetime Achievement Award on his behalf, and Vann Richardson Best was awarded the Sydney & Thalia Potter Civic Leadership Award. Pictured, from left: Shirley Arcuri (current president), U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, Sue Parrish, Cathy Teti, Linda D’Aquila, Betty Castor, Mary Figg, Mimi Osiason, Mickey Castor, Mike McKinney, Patricia Hall, Greg Vawter, Maryellin Territo and Helen Gordon Davis (seated).