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  1. Ruth: Deal with HART could drive common sense into Uber feud


    It has to royally rankle the oh so self-important Victor Crist to be taken so lightly by his arch nemesis, the ride-sharing company Uber.

  2. Boards for Bros puts free wheels under kids' feet


    TAMPA — Dressed in Santa hats and beards, a dozen or so skateboarders drove around downtown in a van loaded with skateboards.

    Oscar Galvez, 14, from left, Darius Norton, 10, Cole Jordan, 17, and Wesley Box, 14, work under a tent at Skatepark of Tampa to build skateboards, valued at about $100.
  3. Downtown Holy Hog adds breakfast menu


    Holy Hog Barbecue's downtown location will start serving breakfast Sept. 8.

    (04/21/2010 Tampa) Rib dinner at Holy Hog Barbecue in Tampa. Served with corn on the cob, beans, fries, collards and Texas toast. [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN, Times]
  4. Ten reasons to love high school football in Hillsborough County


    Friday marks the official start to the 2015 football season — one that promises up to 16 weeks of competition, culminating in the chance for teams to bring home a state championship, which hasn't been done in Hillsborough County since 2011. But outside of the X's and O's, playoff favorites and highly touted …

    The Yellow Jackets’ music and moves will keep your attention on the field during halftime.
  5. Hooper: Promoting messages of positive self-image is beautiful


    Miley Cyrus — crass, crude, vulgar and shocking — has my attention.

    And maybe my heart.

    Miley Cyrus, who first rose to fame as Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, recently told Marie Claire magazine that having to live up to Disney-prescribed standards of beauty contributed to a sense of body dysmorphia: a disorder in which individuals experience tremendous difficulty seeing past their perceived physical flaws. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP, File) NYET101
  6. After 73 years, Jesuit High grad finally gets diploma



    The U.S. Army drafted Frank Gonzalez five months before he was to graduate from Jesuit High School. That was in 1942, as World War II raged.

    Frank Gonzalez, 92, shows off his diploma that he received 73 years after he left Jesuit High. He was drafted by the Army five months before he was to graduate and served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the island of Saipan.
  7. Tampa daytime shelter for homeless fills well of need


    TAMPA — Arthur Scott, 61, squats amid a field of handlebars, pedals and tires. His glasses slip down his nose as he tries to straighten the spokes on a twisted bike wheel.

    Arthur Scott repairs a bike at the Well, north of downtown Tampa. For Scott, working there is a way of giving back.
  8. Ignite Tampa gives speakers 5 minutes to spark a community movement


    No politicians, politics or pitches. Just community.

    Joe Lopano, the chief executive officer of Tampa International Airport, speaks at Ignite Tampa last year. This year’s event will feature more than 20 community-minded speakers.
  9. Saltblock Catering Co. delivers the flavor


    TAMPA — Saltblock Catering Co. started with a group of people who wanted to introduce locally inspired recipes to the community.

    Saltblock Catering Co.’s executive chef Rocco Taliani and team member, Pistol Pete assemble Florida shrimp and grits at their recent Brunch n’ Brew event.
  10. On your feet: GrayRobinson firm adds to growing trend of standing desks



    Lawyer Colleen Fitzgerald slips off her patent black heels and pulls on a pair of old running shoes.

    Lawyer Colleen Fitzgerald of Tampa law firm GrayRobinson takes a call at her treadmill desk, which she started using to fight her “genetic fate.” Heart disease runs on her mother’s side of her family, she says.
  11. West Tampa hopes CRA will bring back bustle to district


    WEST TAMPA — Cigar factories once checkered the landscape of this Tampa neighborhood, and the Main Street business district bustled with restaurants, bakeries, groceries, shops and department stores.

    A West Tampa street scene, the intersection of Main Street and Howard Avenue, is captured in a Burgert Brothers picture taken in 1935.
  12. UT grad brings organic flavor to Davis Islands


    Combining her passions for entrepreneurship and nutrition, University of Tampa graduate Kirstin Coolman, 24, opened Tasty Roots, an organic cafe on Davis Islands, in July.

    Tasty Roots owner, Kirstin Coolman is excited to bring organic products to Davis Island. Photo courtest of Kirstin Coolman.
  13. Hometown Hillsborough for Aug. 14

    Human Interest

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    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Chelsea …

    Ruskin resident recognized for artwork Five-year-old Ruskin resident Mia Baxter was one of 18 artists to have artwork and essays displayed at the 2015 National Self-Help Housing Conference in July in San Antonio, Texas. As part of the celebration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 50 Years/50,000 Homes milestone, the National Rural Self-Help Housing Association invited families in self-help housing programs across the country to participate in an art and essay contest. The art and essays express the experience and expectations of families who are part of the program. Mia, who was a participant in the local contest hosted by Florida Home Partnership, was excited to be recognized for her submission. Earl Pfeiffer, executive director of FHP, awarded Mia with a framed picture of her drawing and a $25 McDonald’s gift certificate. Her artwork was displayed at the national conference, and she also was awarded $50 for her submission.
  14. East bay fishing report for Aug. 14


    Beat the heat. Here we are again with the summer heat and humidity. The water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid morning and the inshore bite starts to slow. You may be wondering what to do when your bait becomes unhappy. You need to get them in some moving water. The simple answer is you go mackerel, …

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]
  15. South Tampa softball All-Stars win Little League World Series


    TAMPA — Motivation manifests itself through multiple avenues. For a group of local teenage softball players, it came in the form of a loss.

    The Tampa Bay/Palma Ceia/Interbay All-Stars celebrate winning the Little League Juniors Softball World Series in Kirkland, Wash., on Saturday. “They had a goal,” their coach said.