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  1. Musuem explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Ruby Bridges couldn't have imagined the millions of lives she would change that day, Nov. 14, 1960, when U.S. marshals walked her into first grade. Nor was it likely Norman Rockwell anticipated the effect his painting of those historic steps would have.

    Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With depicted young Ruby Bridges in 1960. She will speak April 28.
  2. Relay for Life season inspires in FishHawk, around the county

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — A long line leading to a room filled with 250 women dressed in their spring best, some wearing shirts sparkling with the word "courageous," could only mean one thing: it's Relay season!

  3. Tampa Spiritual Ensemble sustains African-American spirituals legacy

    Religion

    When Shenita Berrian sings, she does more than entertain an audience.

    Composed of classically trained singers from diverse backgrounds, the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performs operas, recitals and concerts throughout the Tampa Bay area. The ensemble will perform April 26 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.
  4. WestShore Plaza adds boutique, Apollo Beach pizzeria celebrates 25 years, Westchase salon expands services

    Retail

    Apricot Lane, WestShore Plaza's newest boutique for women's fashion, promises to deliver brands unique to the area.

    San Remo Pizzeria in Apollo Beach is celebrating its 25th anniversary. General Manager Peter Esposito, right, stands with his mother, Rosa, and his brother-in-law, John Boyd.
  5. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay

    Heart Ball

    Red wine, red evening gowns and a rosy outlook for cardiac research primed Tampa Bay Heart Ball guests to pump more than $1 million into the American Heart Association. Even absentee patrons participated: Jeff and Penny Vinik and Chris and Sandi Sullivan phoned in …

    Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2012 co-chairs Chuck and Becky Sykes, left, congratulate 2015 co-chairs Lorraine and Bob Dutkowsky.
  6. Grow Financial provides saplings for Earth Day

    Environment

    When customers visit any of the Tampa Bay Area's 22 Grow Financial stores on Wednesday, they'll walk away with more than a receipt and plastic-covered lollipop.

    Hayley Asab, 8, was excited to plant the red maple with her brother last year.
  7. Daytime's Cyndi Edwards connects on the air, in the community

    Human Interest

    It has been nine years since Cyndi Edwards first appeared on the nationally syndicated lifestyle and entertainment show, Daytime.

    Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli, co-hosts of NBC’s nationally syndicated Daytime  lifestyle show, will host the “Breaking Free: Silent No More” gala in Tampa on Friday.
  8. Title-winning Scorpions help put Tampa on the youth hockey map

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Tampa Scorpions didn't need to look far for inspiration.

    The U-14 Scorpions also won a Tier II USA Hockey National Championship. They won theirs in Salt Lake City.
  9. Queena still serving as a beacon of courage

    Human Interest

    Queena Vuong, known for surviving a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale Library, was filled with nerves as she waited in line to meet one of her idols.

    Queena Vuong and her sister, Anna, are all smiles while in the company of Cinderella. “Queena just lit up like: This is awesome. She was just so excited,” said Anna.
  10. Tampa businessman finds recovery in photography

    Business

    TAMPA — After a second night in jail, a judge told Joe Sale he couldn't be around alcohol anymore.

    Joe Sale adjusts a light in his North Hyde Park studio, which opened in April. He will have a grand opening on Saturday.
  11. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Mayor's Inaugural Ball

    The Economic Club, called the Exchange Club until last year, offered a black-tie, big bang theory to launch Bob Buckhorn's second term. Organizers correctly theorized a two-part Mayor's Inaugural Ball would sell out, starting with dinner on a Straz Center stage for 400 …

    Kelly Everson, left, Michele Bailey, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and JoAnn Strober celebrate at the Mayor’s Inaugural Ball before the fireworks display on the riverfront behind the Straz Center.
  12. Walkability heightens life in Seminole Heights

    Human Interest

    For the first time in the nearly nine years I've lived in Tampa, I feel able to walk where I live.

  13. Athena Society's Young Women of Promise provide signs of hope

    Human Interest

    One of the members of the prestigious Athena Society, an organization of business and professional women, came up to the me at the conclusion of the group's latest meeting and asked, "So what are you doing with your life?"

    Lexa Armstrong, Tampa Prep: Lexa normally trains six hours a day at the Patel Conservatory, but is currently recovering from a knee injury. Despite the demands of ballet, she founded a National History Club chapter, serves 
in NHS and 4-H and won the Tampa Prep AP World History Award.
  14. Tampa Jewish Community Center offers Holocaust remembrance

    Religion

    In honor of Yom Hashoah (April 16), more widely known as Holocaust Memorial Day, the Tampa Jewish Community Center will present a live Skype discussion with filmmaker Steven Pressman, writer and director of 50 Children: the Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus.

  15. Everybody's Business: Michael Kors coming to Brandon, 'Blind Goat' bar opens in South Tampa

    Business

    BRANDON — The Easter Bunny has hopped out of Westfield Brandon, but the burgeoning mall continues to gives shoppers more reasons to hop in.

    A model shows off the Michael Kors spring 2015 collection at a fashion show. A store will open in Brnadon this summer.