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  1. A final good-bye to a hall full of memories

    Human Interest

    WEST TAMPA — About 150 people, many of them gray-haired veterans and survivors of veterans, showed up Sunday afternoon to say goodbye to the American Legion Post 248 clubhouse and share a spaghetti dinner, as they did on many Sunday afternoons long ago..

    An honor guard from American Legion Post 147 in Odessa folds the flag at the 66-year-old Post 248 hall in West Tampa. From left are Marcelino Loperena, Sieg Cropper, Sal Poliandro and Jim Carper. To the right of the group, Eunice Butts, commander of Central Area American Legion, and Eddie H. Diaz, commander of Post 248 look on.
  2. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Friends of Joshua House Foundation

    Jason Quintero and Tricia Schmidt, from left, thank Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs for hosting the Joshua House Circle of Friends’ colorful Marrakesh Express dinner.
  3. Churches celebrate Easter with special events


    From religious happenings to egg hunts and bunny hops, Hillsborough County churches plan to celebrate Easter with events open to the public this weekend and next.

  4. Barnes scholar's star rises higher with national honor

    Human Interest

    On Wednesday, Frances Green piled her family into a rented van and merged onto Interstate 75 to make the trek to Nashville, Tenn.

    Ronda Zelezny-Green playfull poses in front of a statue in London. A recipient of the St. Petersburg Times’ 2001 Barnes Scholarship, she holds two masters degrees and is pursuing a doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  5. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Carrollwood IB senior is Rising Star

    Students celebrate Jump Rope milestone Mary E. Bryant Elementary School threw a superhero-themed celebration to reward its students for raising more than $31,000 for this year’s American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart. The school is a longtime participant of the program and is currently the No. 1 fundraising school in Florida. This year’s fundraising brought the school’s total to more than $290,000. Special guest appearances at the celebration included Dr. Gul Dadlani, a pediatric cardiologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute; a Tampa police detective; former MLB and NFL players; and mascots Thunderbug, Captain Fear, Blue of the Tampa Yankees and Thumper of the American Heart Association.
  6. New Besito Mexican restaurant comes to WestShore Plaza


    With its ingredients imported from Mexico, handmade artifacts from Oaxaca and a wall adorned with 150 candles, Besito Mexican in WestShore Plaza is a monument to the love and respect for ancestry and heritage.

    WestShore Plaza’s newest restaurant addition, Besito Mexican, intends to offers an authentic Mexican dining experience.
  7. East bay fishing report for March 27


    What's hot: Warm weather has the water temps on the rise and has the fish in Tampa Bay turned on. The snook and redfish have started to move out on the bay area flats and their spring hangouts, and are actively feeding on whitebait. It's now the end of March and the cold fronts will no longer be a factor in area …

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.
  8. WFTS-Ch. 28 'Now Tampa Bay' anchor has vibe for new role

    Human Interest

    It's three minutes before WFTS-Ch. 28 goes live with the Now Tampa Bay, and anchor Laura Harris is checking her reflection in her iPad.

    Preston Mullins uses a steadicam to film Now Tampa Bay reporter Jarrett Hill and anchor Laura Harris in the ABC Action News studios. Now uses up to eight studio angles and a touchscreen to report news trending on social media.
  9. Tampa's annual Cuban Sandwich Festival features Miami competitors, new category


    YBOR CITY — Ilya "Ben" Goldberg has always considered himself a bit of a rebel, but when it comes to his now locally famous Cuban sandwich, he's a traditional kind of guy.

    The Stone Soup Company’s winning Cuban sandwich features Tampa Cuban bread, ham, pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard and, last but not least, Genoa salami.
  10. Ruth: Toledo campaign sets low standard


    It might be worth taking a brief pause here to remind everyone this is not some high-stakes cutthroat race to the White House, or a fight to assume the Florida Governor's Mansion, or even to take a seat in the U.S. Senate or House.

  11. East Bay Fishing Report


    What's Hot: Snook are exiting the backwaters in droves. The fish are staging up around the creek and river mouths looking to ambush unsuspecting prey. Recent catches of fish up to 40 inches have had the clients and their captain happy. There is nothing like the sound of a lunker pulling drag and bending the rod …

  12. Chiselers Market aims for greater success with shopping upgrades

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — What's new at the 52nd Chiselers Market?

    These are among the items sorted at the University of Tampa on Tuesday for the one-day sale at UT’s Plant Hall on Saturday.
  13. Hooper: Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction finds destiny in helping others


    When you run a nonprofit called Fulfilling Your Destiny, you need to fulfill your own.

    Author and activist Katherine Schwarzenegger, center, spends time with honorees at Tuesday’s Girl Scouts Women Of Distinction Luncheon. From left are Karen Mertes, Renee Vaughn, Schwarzenegger, Evelyn Follit and Lenore Costello.
  14. Tampa's Capt. William Parker Jackson house designated local landmark

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — The 130-year-old Capt. William Parker Jackson house in Old Seminole Heights has won City Council approval as a local landmark.

    “Capt. Bill” Jackson and his wife lived in this home, a center of social life in the rural community that became Seminole Heights.
  15. New Torah provides faithful opportunities at Rodeph Sholom


    This month, Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Tampa celebrates the writing of its 12th Torah, the five books of Jewish written law also known as the Hebrew Bible.

    Sofer M. Chaim, working in Bene Beraq, Israel, writes a new Torah for Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Tampa.