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  1. Pop culture helps local archery enthusiasts get to the point

    Human Interest


    Bryce Smith first picked up archery when his daughter saw Princess Merida shoot a bow in Disney's Brave.

    Bows line the walls of Adventures Archery in Brandon.
  2. Local entrepreneur Gary Hartfield inspires people to Stand

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — It was 1989 and Gary Hartfield had flunked out of Florida A&M University for the first time.

    State Rep. Ed Narain, 
D-Tampa, left, greets local entrepreneur Gary Hartfield at Hartfield’s book release party.
  3. Academy of the Holy Names student creates nonprofit to help All Children's patients

    Human Interest

    SOUTH TAMPA — At a time when most high school juniors fret about what to wear for prom or where to attend college, 16-year-old Elizabeth Dolan is running a nonprofit to help children with cancer and their families.

    Elizabeth Dolan listens as Academy of the Holy Names president Art Raimo speaks about her during a Nov. 12 event to support Cross Out Cancer, a 5K race.
  4. Bar review: Hidden Springs Ale Works is at home in Tampa Heights

    Bars & Spirits

    Just a few blocks from downtown Tampa lies a mostly barren section of the Tampa Heights neighborhood, where a few popular businesses reside, such as Café Hey and Oceanic Market, bordered by shuttered old buildings and dirt lots.

    A Deja Moo Nitro milk stout, from left, a Hidden Springs IPA and a Hidden Springs growler.
  5. Miguel's to roll out new all-day concept


    After opening his restaurant, Miguel's Mexican Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 23 years ago, owner Miguel Rodriguez is expanding to include a new concept, Miguelito's Taqueria Y Tequila.

    Construction continues on Miguelito's Taqueria and Tequila.
  6. The Write Stuff: a boutique with retro note cards, wedding invitations


    In a time when most notes are sent via text message and email, Lynn Kelyman keeps the paper tradition alive. The Write Stuff, her South Tampa boutique, has sold stationery and other paper goods for 12 years and though communications are increasingly going digital, her customers count on her now more than ever for an …

    New paper generation. Rifle Paper Co. products such as a journal ($18) and to-do list ($15) are popular with a younger crowd. The company is based in Winter Park.
  7. Jack Espinosa's new memoir tells of his early comedy career

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Jack Espinosa, master of the funny story, packs a lot of craziness into Sacafiesta.

    Jack Espinosa, former standup comic, high school history teacher and spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, teaches American History at Canterbury Towers Monday, 2/2/2015.  The students signed up through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF.   	
  8. Feldman elevates his UT support with 1920s themed party


    Partygoers will need a password to enter Feldman's Flappers and Fedoras tonight.

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

    Human Interest

    JDRF Dream Gala

    A Friday the 13th Dream Gala sure was lucky for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Tampa Bay chapter, which raised $600,000 "to turn Type 1 into Type None," said Night of Hope emcee Jen Holloway, who pointed out youngsters wearing patches that monitor their insulin level via …

    Tampa Bay Chapter of JDRF honors Pam and Les Muma, from left, for their philanthropy at the annual gala 
co-chaired by Marilyn and John Connelly at the Marriott Waterside on Nov. 13.
  10. Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey offering circus tickets for food donations


    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are offering tickets to the opening night of their circus show Legends in Tampa in exchange for food donations to Metropolitan Ministries from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Amalie Arena.

  11. New Hindu temple rising in Tampa Heights


    TAMPA HEIGHTS — Manikya Sharma stands in the unfinished great hall of what will eventually be the new Sanatan Mandir Hindu temple.

    Priests Rushi Vyas, left, and Manikya Sharma perform a blessing at the current site of the Sanatan Mandir Hindu temple. 
  12. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Pavilion XXX

    Naughty or nice? The provocative duality delighted Pavilion XXX celebrants dancing in a neon Pink Light District, dining on lobster and roast beef tenderloin and splurging on auction temptations at the Tampa Museum of Art gala. Co-chairs Penny and Jeff Vinik's 30-year tribute popped like …

    Tampa Museum of Art patrons Richard and Cornelia Corbett, from left, visit with Pavilion XXX co-chairs Penny and Jeff Vinik at the formal fundraiser.
  13. T.J.Maxx opens up to South Tampa shoppers


    SOUTH TAMPA — Shoppers south of Kennedy Boulevard will add a T.J.Maxx to their retail store repertoire Sunday.

    (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) MR202Shoppers head into a TJ Maxx store in Barre, Vt.
  14. Tampa Bay area beer festivals — cheers, Hunahpu's Day — keep growing

    Bars & Spirits

    Quality beer festivals are nothing new in the Tampa Bay area. For years, we've sipped an endless variety of brews in parks, museums and overflowing brewery parking lots. Hunahpu's Day at Cigar City is one of the most popular beer festivals in the country, and the fall and spring beer festivals at Pinellas Park's Cajun …

    Cajun Cafe on the Bayou’s 10th annual craft beer festival, held in October, had an intimate atmosphere that’s often lost at larger events.
  15. Tampa's 'Tree-mendous' program provides added shade for neighborhoods

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — You'll see them throughout the city: crape myrtles, elms and live oaks maybe 5 or 6 feet tall.

    Deborah Giep, a team supervisor for the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, waters a recent planting on W West Street.