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  1. Gasparilla historian compiles more than a century of frivolity

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Bill Carson picks out a 1914 Gasparilla postcard. He leafs through a 1954 National Geographic article that reports on the Gasparilla invasion. He has files and files of invitations, programs and photos of yore, but it's the club's central piece of hardware that most intrigues the historian of Ye …

    [Times (1979)]
The blasts of cannon and sounds of merriment echo down the Hillsborough River as Jose Gaspar and his pirate krewe sail into Tampa in 1979.
  2. Inaugural Bill Minahan Award honors spirit of legendary Hillsborough football coach


    TAMPA — Bill Minahan's influence did not end when his life did.

    Plant City’s Markese Hargrove, center, was honored with the Minahan Award and a $1,500 scholarship for his leadership and his selflessness.
  3. History Center exhibit 'Art of Piracy' mixes facts and fiction


    When revelers at the 100th Gasparilla Pirate Fest enjoy Captain Morgan Spiced Rum — and mock the pirate whose foot is propped on a barrel — they can thank Sarasota-based artist Don Maitz.

    Tampa Bay History Center collections manager Malerie Dorman and curator Rodney Kite-Powell look at the back of the original 1982 painting of Captain Morgan by Don Maitz.
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest


    Access to excess. The multifaceted Quintessence granted just that with look-sees at luxury transportation, fashion, cuisine and entertainment. Guests climbed aboard boats, planes, cars and RVs parked at Davis Islands' Peter O. Knight Airport. Bars surrounded swanky lounge seating and …

    Judy Green, CEO Premier/Sotheby’s International Realty, left, Kurt Gleeson, Lena White and Tracy Eisnaugle take in the scene at Quintessence on Jan. 16.
  5. Clementine Café via Airstream is coming to Ybor Daily Market



    They're still talking about the chicken.

    "It was perfect," said Theresa Bloise, a food blogger at She Bites, who was one of about 20 people at a private dinner last weekend catered by the soon-to-debut Ybor City restaurant Clementine Café.

    Brian and Misty Sommers and their son, Franklin, 8, pose in front of their Airstream at Executive Auto Design in Largo on Jan. 20. The Land Yacht will become Clementine Café, which will be at the Ybor Daily Market at 1920 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City in February.
  6. Couple to recall childhood struggles at Holocaust Remembrance event

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY — Dr. John Rinde turned 7 in the Lvov ghetto, confined there with all the other Jews from his town of Przemysl, Poland.

    Dr. John Rinde and his wife, Toni, were able to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews by pretending to be Catholic in Poland.
  7. Expert: Spirituality the answer to emotional eating


    Recently, after undergoing extensive medical testing, my doctor diagnosed me with celiac disease and autoimmune malabsorption.

    Tricia and Roy Nelson teach others how to use spirituality to have a healthy lifestyle.
  8. East Bay Fishing Report For Jan. 23


    Snook search. Snook that should normally be deep in the creeks this time of year are not. On the warmest days the fish will venture to the mouths of the creeks they call home in search of some warming rays. Problem is these guys are super spooky in the clear water. Long casts are a must unless you are stalking …

  9. Star singer will shine at Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival


    She looked in the mirror and tears began to roll.

    Recording artist Ledisi will be at Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Sunday.
  10. Teen DJ Jake Dela Cruz sets the stage for bigger dreams

    Human Interest


    It's not surprising to learn 13-year-old rising DJ Jake Dela Cruz will spin tunes at the Stowers Elementary Daddy-Daughter dance Jan. 23.

    Jake and his father, Jon, got to spend time with DJ Calvin Harris at the Dec. 22 Jingle Ball. “I was a little nervous, but not like a crazy person,” Jake said.
  11. Holocaust Museum seeks civil rights testimonies at Black Heritage Festival


    Now in its 15th year, the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival has featured everything from fashion shows and a gala, to a 5K health walk and leadership luncheons.

    Festival goers are seen as the sunsets during the 2014 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival at Curtis Hixon Park on Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.  The festival continues through Saturday, the 25th.
  12. Quintessence promises a luxe experience to benefit three charities


    Glimpse — or gawk — at luxury yachts, exotic automobiles and elite jets, then dine, drink and dance at Quintessence, a first-time benefit created by Laura Fage Signature Events & Design for three charities: Big Brothers Big Sisters; Julie Weintraub's Hands Across the Bay; and the Ryan Nece Foundation.

  13. Tampa auto dealer looks to spark industry's need for female mechanics


    NORTH TAMPA — When Rob Elder laid out the plans for his new state-of-the-art Ford dealership on N Florida Avenue, he had one very important request: a separate restroom and changing facility in the service center for female automotive technicians.

    Rob Elder is president of Elder Automotive Group.
  14. Plant High sophomore's uncommon achievement: a solo flight

    Human Interest


    Alone in the cockpit for the first time, Plant High School sophomore Wyatt McDowell did not exactly luxuriate in the joy of flying. He was too preoccupied with landing.

    Wyatt McDowell, 16, of Tampa, closes the passenger window before taking off on his first solo flight in a Cessna 172 on Saturday from Peter O. Knight Airport in Davis Islands in Tampa. McDowell is a sophomore at Plant High School.
  15. Amy Scherzer's Diary: weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Outback Bowl

    Auburn fans left the Outback Bowl bummed by the 31-34 overtime loss to Wisconsin, but buoyed by a weekend of beachcombing, bowling, Busch Gardens thrills and much more.

    Night at the Circus co-chairwomen Alexis Ciesia, left, and Jennifer Stauffer, at right, mingle with sponsors Patsy and Gene McNichols and clown Lindsey Merryfield at Tampa General Hospital Foundation’s annual benefit.