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  1. Hooper: State fair entertainer Dennis Lee takes pride in his love connections


    When it comes to love connections, people can signup for Match or eHarmony or ChristianMingle.

    Dawn breaks at The Florida State Fair grounds early Thursday morning 2/6/14. The 2014 Florida State Fair opened to day with new rides and Governor Scott attending.
  2. Top officials heap praise on for retiring county employee

    Local Government

    TAMPA — Jarvis Glover, who for years served as the driver for Hillsborough County commissioners, had a nickname for Commissioner Sandra Murman.

    He called her "Baby Girl.''

    Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Lesley “Les’’ Miller Jr. presents Jarvis Glover with a proclamation declaring Jarvis Glover Day in the county last month.
  3. The Smoke Shack gets space on Gandy


    Smells of pizza and pasta once permeated the walls of 3324 W Gandy Blvd.

    The Smoke Shack brings barbecue flavors to Gandy Boulevard.
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Gasparilla 2016

    Gasparilla Day dawned clear and crisp and delivered as promised: awesome armada, banging invasion, adoring crowds, bottomless beers, kindly cops, resolute Bayshore mansion hosts and merely 25 arrests. Capt. Morgan Rum scored best tent decor; Hard Rock Cafe guests rocked to the …

    Ye Captain’s Ball partygoers John Wakefield, left, Pam Bondi, Carlos Alfonso, Dina Sierra Smith, Dorothy Alfonso and Don Smith plunder Ye Captain’s Ball at the Tampa Yacht Club.
  5. Gladiator krewe aims to help victims become victorious

    Human Interest


    Familia de Gladiatores Krewe offers service over swagger.

    Familia de Gladiatores president Tricia Schneller wraps green beads around her wrist to promote the Green Dot Campaign that targets personal violence.
  6. Peruvian flavors coming to SoHo


    TAMPA — South Howard Avenue is lined with restaurants serving Mexican, Italian, American, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.

    Ceviche will be a staple menu item at South Howard's new restaurant, Chakana Soho.
  7. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Family Resources Celebrity Karaoke

    Christie Miranne, left, chats with ABCNews anchor Amy Robach and Philanthropic Women of St. Joseph’s co-founder Donna Jordan during the annual luncheon Jan. 21. Miranne is the daughter of HSN executive and inventor Joy Mangano.
  8. Epilogue: Floyd Head always had a story to tell at his Tampa flag shop


    TAMPA — There is a mounted image of a Christmas tree on the wall at Head's Flags, a little store on Henderson Boulevard.

    Lydia and Floyd Head pose shortly after they were married 71 years ago. Mr. Head died in December at 88.
  9. Fabulous Rockers reunite for concert, documentary

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Dennis Pupello's high school rock band reunited for a benefit concert in 1994, three decades after it first regaled teens.

    The Fabulous Rockers of Tampa in 1958: Dennis Pupello (leader and pianist), Onelio Ochoa (singer and trumpet), Manuel Gutierrez (baritone sax), Chuck Boris (guitar), Tony Lopez (drums), Donna Lynn Baccarella (singer), Artie Alvarez (singer), Wes Young (bass) and Roger Menendez (alto sax).
  10. Ye Mystic Krewe rolls out new water-pouring, smoke-spewing float

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — As if he didn't have enough on his plate overseeing one of the nation's largest parades, J. Rex Farrior III, captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, took on another challenge: designing a water-pouring, smoke-spewing, skull-menacing new float for the men's club annual parades.

    Workers add details to the exterior of the Skull ’n Treasure float at Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla’s warehouse on Tuesday.  “It’s certainly the most complex float we’ve ever built,” said J. Rex Farrior III, captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
  11. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Prevent Blindness Florida 2016 Person of Vision

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s family celebrates his Person of Vision honor at Prevent Blindness Florida’s benefit salute, from left, Dr. Cathy Lynch Buckhorn, daughters Grace, 14, and Colleen, 10.
  12. The House of Threads comes to South Tampa


    SOUTH TAMPA — Cynthia LeCornu has been handpicking merchandise for her boutique, The House of Threads, since 2009.

    The House of Threads, purveyors of style.
  13. Florida kitsch stars in new history center show

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — As part of the festivities for opening day of the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1891, ladies in attendance received elaborate hand fans as souvenirs.

    The Tampa Bay History Center’s latest exhibit highlights Florida collectables, mostly from the 1940s and 1950s, and runs through April 17.
  14. From the mind of Charles Greacen …


    This week's Charles Greacen cartoon imagines a beach scene every Bucs fan can relate to.

     by Charles Greacen
  15. WFLA-Ch. 8's Rod Carter carves out a place in the community with speaking skills

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — On a recent Saturday morning, WFLA-Ch. 8 news anchor Rod Carter stood in the fellowship hall of Ybor City's Allen Temple AME Church talking about his job as a newscaster as part of the church's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Program.

    WFLA-Ch. 8 anchor Rod Carter speaks to a group at Allen Temple AME Church in Tampa. “If people are kind enough to ask me, then I should be kind enough to do it if my schedule allows.”