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  1. Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest comes to Plant City's Strawberry Festival

    Human Interest


    It's sport, spectacle and awe.

    It's simple in theory and difficult in practice.

    It's also kind of gross.

    George Shea says he introduces competitors with a mix of “carnival barker, apocalyptic preacher and sports announcer.”
  2. Hillsborough school district to enhance black history lessons


    TAMPA — Students learn a lot about the Founding Fathers, Colonial days and early American heroes such as Paul Revere.

    Under new curriculum for African and African-American history, Hillsborough students might learn more about slain civil rights activist Malcolm X, who was killed 50 years ago.
  3. Gasparilla Festival showcases Tampa lawyer's art

    Visual Arts

    TAMPA — Five years ago, Amy Leigh Carstensen left a lucrative career with one of Florida's most prestigious law firms to paint a future on her own terms.

    Amy Leigh Carstensen of Tampa has shown her art, mostly abstract oils, at four Gasparilla festivals. 
  4. Hometown Hillsborough


    We want your news!

    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Aimée …

    Guardian program names Child Advocate of the Year The Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County named Brenda Kocher the Child Advocate of the Year along with her partner, Tibet. The award was presented in November by Suzanne Parker, circuit director for the program.
  5. 'Pastor to the stars' brings supernatural philosophy to Tampa


    Miracles can and do happen, according to Tim Storey, spiritual advisor to Kanye West.

    Tim Storey, who leads a Bible study for celebrities, says the supernatural plays a real part in daily life.
  6. Everybody's Business: New take on kitchens and baths


    Helping homeowners create their ideal bathrooms and kitchens was always in Worth Turner's blood.

    The Hollingsworth Showroom offers “the full package,” says Worth Turner.
  7. For University of Tampa point guard Davis, there's no court like home


    TAMPA — Jordan Davis packed up his suitcase in the summer of 2010. A few months removed from a state runnerup finish with Sickles High School, Davis was heading north to New Jersey to continue a promising basketball career for Division I Monmouth.

    University of Tampa point guard Jordan Davis looks to pass in game against Palm Beach Atlantic. Davis has improved his scoring and assists this season with the Spartans.
  8. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Carson Kressley joins the weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Equality Florida Tampa gala

    "Transformational" is how Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith described the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida as a handsome crowd of 600-plus celebrated at Saturday's artsy gala. Art lovers helped raise $354,000 with a silent auction of 65 pieces and …

    Fashion Funds the Cure chairmen surround fashion maven Carson Kressley. From left are Alex Sullivan, Jay Langford, Kressley, Jeff Maxwell and Chris Carrere before the Pediatric Cancer Foundation benefit Feb. 21 at Tampa Jet Center Hangar 4.
  9. Upper Tampa Bay manufacturers in need of 'skilled labor'



    Help wanted.

    That's the message from the Upper Tampa Bay Manufacturers Association, with one caveat.

    Skilled help.

    CNC machinist Donnie Anderson holds a chunk of aluminum that will become a housing connector after he puts it into a vertical mill at Southern Manufacturing Technologies in Tampa. SMT makes precision parts for commercial and military aircraft, missile systems and spacecraft.   
  10. Children's Board meetings address deadly 'preventable accidents'

    Human Interest

    A recent Nationwide ad garnered significant controversy when it debuted during the Super Bowl.