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  1. Botched executions argue for restrictions on Florida's death penalty


    Florida has sent a lot of despicable people to the state's execution chamber. Men like Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling, and Oscar Ray Bolin made the world a little brighter by their forced departures from this planet.

    Nearly 400 people occupy death row at the Florida State Pris?on in Starke. Since 1979, when John Spenkelink was elec?trocuted, the state has executed 90 men and two women.
  2. Westchase reaps benefits of community activist


    WESTCHASE — Chris Barrett, it seems, is always on the run.

    Chris Barrett, publisher of the World of Westchase monthly newsletter,  poses at the beach with his wife, Maria Aranda, and daughters Grace, Emma and Maya.
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Starlight Gala

    Newsies hawking the Chicago Tribune, fedora-topped gangsters, deep dish pizza and hot dogs served on Cubs napkins —all the Windy City passions flavored the Starlight Gala, "An Evening in Chicago" benefit for the Florida Hospital Foundation. But Sunday's big score came when Rock & …

    Dr. Mitch O’Hara sat in for a drum solo with legendary band Chicago, a bucket list dream come true for the Tampa cardiologist, at the Starlight Gala benefit for the Florida Hospital Foundation on Oct. 16 at the Marriott Waterside.
  4. Success of Pig Jig fundraiser overwhelms kidney patient who inspired it


    TAMPA — Each year Will Wellman attends the Pig Jig in downtown Tampa, he climbs to one of the highest points of Curtis Hixon Park and comes close to tears as he admires the size of the crowd.

    Friends of Will Wellman, who has a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, launched the first Pig Jig as a backyard barbecue. Now, the event draws crowds each year to Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa.
  5. Sunday Conversation: Little Greek Fresh Grill president Nick Vojnovic


    During his 15 years as president of the Beef 'O' Brady's chain, Nick Vojnovic recalls, there was a fundraiser at the Valrico corporate store for a child battling leukemia. The event included a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive and Vojnovic gladly went through the process of signing up, placing a cotton swab in …

    Little Greek Fresh Grill President Nick Vojnovic was diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis, a life threatening condition that requires a bone marrow transplant. One match was found on the “Be the Match” donor registry.
  6. Six cattlewomen prepare to get muddy at Savage Race


    DADE CITY — A horn will blow about 9 a.m. Saturday, and thousands of eager souls from around the Tampa Bay area will begin racing through bogs of mud, over gigantic cargo nets and down towering slides into more mud.

    Tons of mud.

    Reyna Hallworth, left, will be part of Team Beef, a group composed of Florida Cattlewomen’s Association members who will compete in the Savage Race on Oct. 22 at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. Others on the team include Ashley Hughes, second from left, Beth Hunt and Nikki Hobby. The women will race through a muddy 7-mile obstacle course.
  7. State House candidate Toledo vague on Trump, but spokeswoman slams him


    Last weekend, Tampa Republican state House candidate Jackie Toledo, like many Republicans, issued a statement condemning sexist remarks by Donald Trump but stopping short of saying she opposes him.

    Jackie Toledo, Republican candidate for Florida House District 60, had nothing to say about whether her spokeswoman should have trashed Donald Trump on Twitter. [Courtesy of Jackie Toledo]
  8. To know the candidate, know the associates


    When we vote for a candidate, we select more than the man or woman whose carefully enhanced or debased image appears on the television commercials or the cardboard flyers that come in the mail. We are showing our support for a whole posse of people — power brokers who approach and are approached before hats are …

  9. Carrollwood couple's Haitian schools impacted by hurricane

    Human Interest

    CARROLLWOOD — A chance meeting 12 years ago at a church men's club meeting with a young man from Haiti set Carrollwood resident Gil Bailie on a course that led him and his wife, Bonnie, to create schools in the poverty-stricken Caribbean country.

    Carrollwood residents Gil and Bonnie Bailie started Schools for Haiti after Gil had a chance encounter with a young man from Haiti. The couple is hosting a fundraiser Saturday for the schools, and also have a donation drive to assist with supplying food following Hurricane Matthew earlier this month.
  10. Family Heritage Festival has something for every genealogist

    Human Interest

    Wherever your roots grow, the second annual Family Heritage Festival sponsored by the Hillsborough Public Library should have something for both newcomers and experienced family historians.