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  1. Fintech founder first had to find his way before success

    Business

    TAMPA — Scott Riley's first taste of entrepreneurship was selling sand dollars to tourists along Indian Rocks Beach.

  2. Musuem explores the story behind Rockwell civil rights paintings

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Ruby Bridges couldn't have imagined the millions of lives she would change that day, Nov. 14, 1960, when U.S. marshals walked her into first grade. Nor was it likely Norman Rockwell anticipated the effect his painting of those historic steps would have.

    Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With depicted young Ruby Bridges in 1960. She will speak April 28.
  3. Relay for Life season inspires in FishHawk, around the county

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — A long line leading to a room filled with 250 women dressed in their spring best, some wearing shirts sparkling with the word "courageous," could only mean one thing: it's Relay season!

  4. Tampa Spiritual Ensemble sustains African-American spirituals legacy

    Religion

    When Shenita Berrian sings, she does more than entertain an audience.

    Composed of classically trained singers from diverse backgrounds, the Tampa Spiritual Ensemble performs operas, recitals and concerts throughout the Tampa Bay area. The ensemble will perform April 26 at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.
  5. WestShore Plaza adds boutique, Apollo Beach pizzeria celebrates 25 years, Westchase salon expands services

    Retail

    Apricot Lane, WestShore Plaza's newest boutique for women's fashion, promises to deliver brands unique to the area.

    San Remo Pizzeria in Apollo Beach is celebrating its 25th anniversary. General Manager Peter Esposito, right, stands with his mother, Rosa, and his brother-in-law, John Boyd.
  6. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa Bay

    Heart Ball

    Red wine, red evening gowns and a rosy outlook for cardiac research primed Tampa Bay Heart Ball guests to pump more than $1 million into the American Heart Association. Even absentee patrons participated: Jeff and Penny Vinik and Chris and Sandi Sullivan phoned in …

    Tampa Bay Heart Ball 2012 co-chairs Chuck and Becky Sykes, left, congratulate 2015 co-chairs Lorraine and Bob Dutkowsky.
  7. Grow Financial provides saplings for Earth Day

    Environment

    When customers visit any of the Tampa Bay Area's 22 Grow Financial stores on Wednesday, they'll walk away with more than a receipt and plastic-covered lollipop.

    Hayley Asab, 8, was excited to plant the red maple with her brother last year.
  8. Mid April East Bay fishing report

    Outdoors

    What's Hot: Where to start? How about Weedon Island redfish, some Picnic Island snook, a few trout all around — and great weather.

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.
  9. Title-winning Scorpions help put Tampa on the youth hockey map

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The Tampa Scorpions didn't need to look far for inspiration.

    The U-14 Scorpions also won a Tier II USA Hockey National Championship. They won theirs in Salt Lake City.
  10. Queena still serving as a beacon of courage

    Human Interest

    Queena Vuong, known for surviving a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale Library, was filled with nerves as she waited in line to meet one of her idols.

    Queena Vuong and her sister, Anna, are all smiles while in the company of Cinderella. “Queena just lit up like: This is awesome. She was just so excited,” said Anna.