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  1. USF, Art2Action partner to fuel dialogue about Iraq War, Middle East

    College

    Singers opened the performance with lyrics that conjured a vision of a marine sitting on the edge of a cot in an empty room of a VA medical center. He is on 72-hour hold after his most recent suicide attempt.

    Chris Trakas, from left, Lubana Al Quntar, an opera singer from Syria, and Russell Andrade perform in a recent open recital for the opera Fallujah. The show was part of an art series at USF.
  2. A final good-bye to a hall full of memories

    Human Interest

    WEST TAMPA — About 150 people, many of them gray-haired veterans and survivors of veterans, showed up Sunday afternoon to say goodbye to the American Legion Post 248 clubhouse and share a spaghetti dinner, as they did on many Sunday afternoons long ago..

    An honor guard from American Legion Post 147 in Odessa folds the flag at the 66-year-old Post 248 hall in West Tampa. From left are Marcelino Loperena, Sieg Cropper, Sal Poliandro and Jim Carper. To the right of the group, Eunice Butts, commander of Central Area American Legion, and Eddie H. Diaz, commander of Post 248 look on.
  3. Academy looks to combine soccer training, school for youth players

    K12

    BRANDON — Tyler Davis has big dreams.

    Tyler Davis, 12, of the Tampa Chargers goes up for a header. He has dreams of playing professional soccer.
  4. Ceremony notes 50th anniversary of start of Vietnam War

    Veterans

    TAMPA — People will have the chance to say "thank you" on Saturday to Vietnam veterans who never got a proper welcome home reception, unlike troops today who return to fanfare and gracious communities.

    Rolling Thunder members, from left, Dave Braun, spokesman; Jimmy Linesberry, president; and Larry Caldwell participated in the 2014 Veterans Day event at Serenity Meadows.
  5. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Friends of Joshua House Foundation

    Jason Quintero and Tricia Schmidt, from left, thank Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs for hosting the Joshua House Circle of Friends’ colorful Marrakesh Express dinner.
  6. Churches celebrate Easter with special events

    Religion

    From religious happenings to egg hunts and bunny hops, Hillsborough County churches plan to celebrate Easter with events open to the public this weekend and next.

  7. It's an OASIS for students in need

    K12

    Organizers for the local nonprofit group Outreach Assisting Students in Schools began the 2014-2015 school year hoping to launch its first site in eastern Hillsborough County to provide students free clothing and other basic necessities.

    OASIS (Outreach Assisting Students in Schools) has opened a new site in Seffner. It provides free clothing, shoes and other necessities to needy students through a partnership with public school social workers.
  8. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Carrollwood IB senior is Rising Star

    Students celebrate Jump Rope milestone Mary E. Bryant Elementary School threw a superhero-themed celebration to reward its students for raising more than $31,000 for this year’s American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart. The school is a longtime participant of the program and is currently the No. 1 fundraising school in Florida. This year’s fundraising brought the school’s total to more than $290,000. Special guest appearances at the celebration included Dr. Gul Dadlani, a pediatric cardiologist at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute; a Tampa police detective; former MLB and NFL players; and mascots Thunderbug, Captain Fear, Blue of the Tampa Yankees and Thumper of the American Heart Association.
  9. New Besito Mexican restaurant comes to WestShore Plaza

    Business

    With its ingredients imported from Mexico, handmade artifacts from Oaxaca and a wall adorned with 150 candles, Besito Mexican in WestShore Plaza is a monument to the love and respect for ancestry and heritage.

    WestShore Plaza’s newest restaurant addition, Besito Mexican, intends to offers an authentic Mexican dining experience.
  10. East bay fishing report for March 27

    Outdoors

    What's hot: Warm weather has the water temps on the rise and has the fish in Tampa Bay turned on. The snook and redfish have started to move out on the bay area flats and their spring hangouts, and are actively feeding on whitebait. It's now the end of March and the cold fronts will no longer be a factor in area …

    Capt. Jim Lemke for the Captain's Corner Report.