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  1. National Train Day showcases historic Tampa Union Station


    When the eighth annual National Train Day chugs into town Saturday, the historic Tampa Union Station will transform into more than a traveler's waiting room.

    Visitors browse exhibitors during a previous event at the Tampa Union Station.
  2. Southern Heritage Farms offers produce stand


    VALRICO — For the past two years, Dewayne Bethune has invited the public to pick strawberries and five varieties of blueberries grown on his Southern Heritage Farms. Now Bethune and his family bring fruits and vegetables to the people, instead of asking the people to do the picking. They recently had their first …

    Westchase Jazzercise’s co-owner Jill Fugit leads a class at the business’ new location in the Lynmar Business Center.
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Sixth annual Wishmaker's Ball

    Sporting hats and high hopes, the Wishmaker's Ball was off to the races Saturday, tying Make-a-Wish Central & Northern Florida's annual benefit to the 141st Kentucky Derby. Event chairman Steven Gillis kicked off the bash by inviting everyone in the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay …

    Wishmaker’s Ball chairman Steven Gillis, left, celebrates with his wife, Natalie Gillis, and Jimmy and Tiffany Ullrich at the Kentucky Derby-themed benefit for Make-a-Wish Central & Northern Florida on May 2.
  4. Hooper: Amid racial issues, asking the right questions will provide answers


    It's not about having all the answers. It's about asking the right questions.

  5. USF looks to boost student employment rates


    With University of South Florida seniors preparing for commencement ceremonies this weekend, and then a journey into the real-world demands of finding a job, the parents of the aspiring graduates may be wondering how many took advantage of the school's career resource center.

    USF faculty research associate Jeff Du Vernay speaks to Brent Houston, a social science education undergrad, at a recent career fair.
  6. Showmen's Museum shows off carnival history

    Human Interest

    When the carnival came to Doc Rivera's hometown, he could hardly contain his excitement.

    Old carnival and state fair posters are seen on the walls of the International Independent Showmen’s Museum.
  7. Tampa artist combines voodoo, Day of the Dead with her love of art

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — With names like Burton, Frida and Warhol, Theresa Crout's "Voodood" characters have become more than just baked clay statues.

    Tampa artist Theresa Crout is surrounded by her Day of the Dead-themed Voodood statues made for her Birthday Challenge.
  8. MOSI exhibit celebrates breastfeeding


    A three-year effort by local mothers has resulted in Brestfeeding Rocks, a new feature of the Museum of Science and Industry's Amazing You exhibition.

    The Breastfeeding Rocks exhibit, which opened in April at MOSI, is sponsored by La Leche League of the Sunshine State,
  9. Hometown Hillsborough


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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 …

    Longtime fan honored 
at 12 Hours of Sebring  Frank Morrison was named Fan of the Year at this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring races. Morrison was raised in Sebring and has been attending the races for 62 years. His wife, Barbara, noted in her nomination letter for Fan of the Year that “I did not know that when I married my husband, Frank, in 1966 that I would also marry into the Sebring Raceway.”
  10. Fresh market in South Tampa, barbecue in Town 'N Country, expanded liquor choices in Riverview


    At 4 a.m. every morning, John Cannon and his best friend and business partner for 20 years, Robert Rice meet at their newest venture, South Tampa Fresh Market on Himes Avenue.

    South Tampa Fresh Market on Himes Avenue carries fresh local produce and organic eggs, milk, local honey and cheeses.
  11. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa General Hospital Foundation gala

    Dr. Mark Frankle, from left, supports the TGH Foundation gala with Lynne Couchova and TGH orthopedics chief Dr. Roy Sanders and his wife, Melanie.
  12. Free Comic Book Day celebrates comics and their creators

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -- It's one of the favorite days of the year for fangirls and fanboys, geeks and nerds and superhero aficionados: Free Comic Book Day.

    Heroes’ Haven in Carrollwood is going all out for Free Comic Book Day with an artist alley, food trucks and 50 free comics to the first 150 guests in line.
  13. Ruth: Mayor Bob Buckhorn responds to smoke at Fire Rescue


    Nothing focuses a politician's attention more than accusations of being out of touch. Days ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said he needed "a couple of weeks" to receive a report from Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward before he could decide how to provide a modicum of privacy (and respect) for female first responders who …

  14. Hooper: TIA restaurateur lifts himself up, and others


    As a child, George Tinsley, Sr., sported such an optimistic outlook that folks in his impoverished Louisville, Ky., neighborhood, known as Smoketown by locals, looked out for him.

    George Tinsley Sr.’s company is the majority partner in the TGI Friday’s in the main terminal of Tampa International Airport.
  15. Lightning Community Heroes program honors great achievers

    Human Interest


    When the Tampa Bay Lightning opened its series against the Detroit Red Wings last week, images of Tamara Davis flashed on the Amalie Arena's gigantic video screen.

    In 2011, Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, congratulated Ben Carpenter, 17, the first of 41 residents to be recognized as a Lightning Community Hero.