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  1. Ruth: Mayor Bob Buckhorn responds to smoke at Fire Rescue


    Nothing focuses a politician's attention more than accusations of being out of touch. Days ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said he needed "a couple of weeks" to receive a report from Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward before he could decide how to provide a modicum of privacy (and respect) for female first responders who …

  2. Hooper: TIA restaurateur lifts himself up, and others


    As a child, George Tinsley, Sr., sported such an optimistic outlook that folks in his impoverished Louisville, Ky., neighborhood, known as Smoketown by locals, looked out for him.

    George Tinsley Sr.’s company is the majority partner in the TGI Friday’s in the main terminal of Tampa International Airport.
  3. Lightning Community Heroes program honors great achievers

    Human Interest


    When the Tampa Bay Lightning opened its series against the Detroit Red Wings last week, images of Tamara Davis flashed on the Amalie Arena's gigantic video screen.

    In 2011, Lightning center Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, congratulated Ben Carpenter, 17, the first of 41 residents to be recognized as a Lightning Community Hero.
  4. Take Back the Night empowers, educates about sexual violence

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Pamela Mattley first came to a Take Back the Night event in 2012, but didn't want to share certain aspects of her story about being abused. She just wasn't ready.

    A line of T-shirts decorated by victims of sexual violence lined a walking path at last year’s Take Back the Night event.
  5. Eyes will be on top receiver at Tampa Catholic


    Spring football practices start Monday for high schools around the state, and the annual evaluation of talent and position battles begins as teams retake the field.

    Alone at the top

    Tampa Catholic Crusader Nate Craig (9), left, completes a pass as defenseman Aaron Pierre (33), right, reaches for the ball during football practice at the Tampa Catholic Athletic Complex in Tampa, Florida, Friday, August 8, 2014.
  6. Hillsborough County brings new customer service option online

    Local Government

    Pot holes, big foot and the signature "All right, all right, all right" are all featured in commercials advertising Hillsborough County's new online customer service center, At Your Service.

    A parody of the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads promotes Hillsborough County’s new online system, At Your Service.
  7. Briefly: wine and cheese, a new orthodontist, new preschool


    Want to know which wine pairs best with a particular cheese?

    Matt Ahrens twice helped provide dental care to thousands of underserved residents of the Dominican Republic. 
  8. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    22nd annual Magnolia Ball

    Earth Wind & Fire grooved its greatest hits, rewarding elated Magnolia Ball guests for raising $3,270,775 to expand research and treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Carol and Frank Morsani started the gala appeal with an offer to match the first $500,000. …

    Magnolia Ball co-chairmen Chris and Sandi Sullivan, left, celebrate with philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani.
  9. Fintech founder first had to find his way before success


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

  10. Museum 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.