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  1. Home Depot go-to guy with cerebral palsy celebrates 20 years

    Human Interest

    CARROLLWOOD

    Tim Dutka, wearing his Home Depot apron and a winning smile, heads out on the circuit in his powered wheelchair, delivering returned items to the various departments. At the paint counter, he presses a button on a machine, and a resonant voice asks, "Can you please take it out of my basket?''

    Marney Dutka, left, opens a gift for her son Tim, right, during a party in the break room to celebrate his 20-year anniversary at the Carrollwood Home Depot.
  2. Hillsborough running back Michael Duclos returns from major injury

    Footballpreps

    Running back Michael Duclos was having the game of his life against Lennard.

    Hillsborough High running back Michael Duclos, who missed most of his junior year after tearing his knee ligaments, will be back in action Sept. 5 for the season opener against Jefferson.
  3. Hope Terrible: A success story with an unusual name

    Human Interest

    Two awards from the Tampa Housing Authority hang on Hope Terrible's dining room wall. One is the Geraldine Barnes Resident Recognition for personal development, dated 2012. The other, which she received in July, recognizes her for "Extraordinary Accomplishments as a Public Housing Resident." Terrible was honored for …

    Hope Terrible, 45, creator of Full of Hope Cleaning Services, poses in her home with some tools of the trade.
  4. Teen faces challenges head on

    Human Interest

    DOVER — She has founded her own nonprofit, taught Chinese to fellow students, helped orphans in her native China, met Gov. Rick Scott and currently serves as the editor in chief of her school newspaper.

    Robinson IB student Meng Fei Shen, who founded the Pandeagle Cultural Institute, emcees an event for the nonprofit, which teaches Chinese language and culture and raises money for poor children in China, her birthplace.
  5. Tampa Bay Markets reaching out for more farmers

    Human Interest

    HYDE PARK — Eggs from Lutz and eggplant and okra from Brooksville draw more than 1,000 shoppers on the first Sunday of every month to Hyde Park Village.

  6. Mike Brown's death should push both sides to find new approach

    Human Interest

    On a hot summer afternoon back in 1979, my teenage friends and I sought to negate the boredom of those times — no fancy home video games back then — by searching for a diversion.

  7. Math may hold key to cancer cure, a Marshall Scholarship recipient believes

    College

    TAMPA — Statistics related to cancer can be grim.

    Derek Park, 23, received the Marshall Scholarship offered to up to 40 students with 3.7 or higher GPAs and shifted to research at Moffitt’s Integrated Mathematical Oncology department
  8. Moms launch adult technology camp to boost coding skills

    Personal Tech

    TAMPA — A group of moms that started a technology camp for kids is back and working to bridge the technology gap again, this time with an intensive nine-week boot camp for adults.

  9. Find a friend: Roosevelt the 3-month-old kitty

    Pets

    Most 3-month olds don't undergo hip surgery, but Roosevelt is one tough little strawberry-colored cookie. Weighing in at just two pounds, he's a tiny patient with luxurious fur and a larger-than-life personality. Veterinarians at the county shelter performed a procedure on Roosevelt called FHO to help ensure a better …

    Most 3-month olds don't undergo hip surgery, but Roosevelt is one tough little strawberry-colored cookie. Weighing in at just two pounds, he's a tiny patient with luxurious fur and a larger-than-life personality. Veterinarians at the county shelter performed a procedure on Roosevelt called FHO to help ensure a better quality of life for the devilish charmer. Adopt and enjoy Roosevelt, ID#A2361040, fully neutered, vaccinated, licensed, and microchipped at the Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road in Tampa, open daily 10 until 7, www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
  10. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Bait: We're finally seeing consistent bait showing up on the flats throughout Tampa Bay. When it comes to size, it is a mixed bag. I use a quarter-inch mesh net and even then still get a few stickers. The better bait is in about 4 to 5 feet of water. You will want to chum them up with tropical fish food. I …

  11. Seminole Heights bringing second garden into fold

    Human Interest

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — It starts with good earth, and that requires truckloads of mulch and horse poop turned with scraps from local restaurants.

    Samantha Clark, left, and Ocea Lattimore harvest beans at Seminole Heights Community Garden at 407 W Violet St. in Tampa this month. A second garden is being prepared at 6011 Highland Ave., a little more than a mile away.
  12. Longtime dress shop owner, 90, retiring; store closing

    Retail

    TAMPA

    Every cocktail dress and wedding gown, veil and tiara — everything is marked down for final sale as Helen Cabrera prepares to close her N Armenia Avenue dress shop.

    Helen Cabrera has matched customers with fashions from her dress shop for decades.
  13. Tampa organist with chops shares spotlight with rising talent

    Human Interest

    A group of toe tapping, head bopping fans and fellow musicians lined the dimly lit bar thirsty for a drink and a good time. While couples swayed and gyrated on a small dance floor, Shawn Brown and his bandmates performed the Chi-Lites hit Oh Girl on a recent Monday evening at Ruby's Elixir in St. Petersburg.

    Shawn Brown delivers a lively set in St. Petersburg recently. 
He has a gig Saturday with two sax players at Tampa Theatre.
  14. Mediterranean cuisine, simply mac and cheese, a new salon and event decor

    Retail

    DAVIS ISLANDS — Downtown Davis Islands' popular dining corner's newest incarnation, Fountain Square Mediterranean Cuisine, combines "the best of 14 countries on the Mediterranean Sea," says owner Alex Chouri, naming some of his Lebanese, Greek and Italian specialities. Previous tenants at the East Davis Boulevard …

  15. Find A Friend: Sammie Davis

    Human Interest

    Dogma Rescue

    Dogma Rescue had this to say about today's pooch: Sweeter than The Candy Man himself, Sammie Davis is a 25-pound male basset hound-cattle dog mix that loves to be with people. This pup was rescued near Plant City's Timberlane Pet Resort. As a 2-year-old, Sammie Davis is active, playful, …