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  1. Girl Scouts flip for Retton, Women of Distinction

    Human Interest

    TAMPA —- The first woman to be on a box of Wheaties, tiny Mary Lou Retton, overcame tremendous odds to win America's first Olympic Gold Medal in gymnastics in 1984.

    Doretha Edgecomb shakes Olympian Mary Lou Retton’s hand during the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on Tuesday March 21, 2017, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC, in Tampa, Fla. The honorees were chosen for success in their fields and for serving as role models for local girls.
  2. Henderson: Chaotic classroom is often precursor for failure


    The state of Florida uses a complex formula based on 11 categories of student achievement to grade its public schools, but perhaps the most important contributor to success can't be measured by a standardized test.

    I'm talking about parental involvement.

    You know it when you see it.

    You know it when …

    It appears there are challenges at Potter Elementary to a provision of the school district handbook: “Each school must be free from disruption that would interfere with the teachers’ right to teach and the students’ right to learn.”
  3. Hillsborough college notebook: Vanderbilt speaker, business of sports, TEDx talk and more


    Medicine, murder in 17th Century

    Vanderbilt professor Holly Tucker talks medicine and murder in the Scientific Revolution, presented by the USF Humanities Institute. Tucker holds appointments in French and Italian as well as in Biomedical Ethics and Society. She'll explore this tumultuous part of the …

  4. Guest column: Pesticide Curfew too dangerous to use on golf courses again


    Even among the thousands of bright green golf courses across the nation that routinely douse their fairways with pesticides and fertilizers, the nasty Dow worm-killer known as "Curfew" has had a hard time finding suitors.

    The Tampa Sports Authority says nematode infestation is so serious at Babe Zaharias Golf Course in north Tampa that it has no choice but to apply the dangerous pesticide Curfew. [Times file, 2012]
  5. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice

    Retired Tampa Fire captain and president of the Tampa Firefighters Museum Bill Wade welcomed department newbies, retirees and other supporters to Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice where they placed their bets to better the 106-year-old station in downtown Tampa. Blackjack, …

    Sheron and Ken Bass, from left, try some casino games with retired Tampa Fire Capt. Bill Wade to support the Tampa Firefighters’ Museum’s annual Stop, Drop and Roll the Dice benefit on March 10.
  6. 'Mama Tribe' creates bonds beyond mommy wars


    The mamas gather together, infants on hip and toddlers underfoot, but this is not a play date.

    hillswhitman032417: Mama Tribe founder Dora Smyka with her son Orion at the park. Photo special to the Times by Danielle Lhotka.
  7. Temple Terrace council chooses firm to attract downtown buyers


    TEMPLE TERRACE — Anxious to get buyers for city-owned property in the redevelopment district, Temple Terrace City Council this week voted to negotiate a contract with Cushman & Wakefield, whose agent predicted he could find all the retail buyers within 12 to 18 months.

    Temple Terrace City Council member Frank Chillura voted along with Andy Ross and David Pogorilich to negotiate with Cushman & Wakefield.
  8. Sunday Conversation: Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins


    Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins doesn't hesitate to pull out charts and graphs when asked about the school district's improving graduation rates. Even when Eakins grapples with budget challenges, a demanding school board, administrative changes and struggling inner-city schools, the 3.1 point …

    Hillsborough County School Superintendent Jeff Eakins, seen here addressing more than 600 new incoming teachers during a district wide orientation, last year, is excited about the district’s improving graduation rates.
  9. Quadriplegic veteran hopes to compete in Golden Age Games


    TAMPA — Richard "The Hammer" Lilien has been hitting it extra hard at the gym as he prepares for the competition of his life.

    Richard “The Hammer” Lilien hopes to raise funds so he can compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Biloxi, Miss., in May.
  10. City makes new additions to River O' Green Fest


    Irish fare, beer, Irish dancing, live music and a green-clad crowd will fill downtown Tampa's Riverwalk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday (March 18) in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive during the Mayor's River O' Green Fest.

    Last year Tampa Water Department workers tested the liquid dye that will be used this weekend to turn the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa green.