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  1. Veteran to debut song at Yes of America United's annual F.A.I.R.


    William Justiniano's inspiration for these lyrics is his own life story.

    I didn't know what to do;

    Where to go; where to start;

    What door I will open?

    What door I will close?

    It's a difficult choice.

    William Justiniano, a 55-year-old who served in the Army and was diagnosed with schizophrenia, wrote Together as One.
  2. Gaither High football standout trying to make his mark at FIU


    When Gaither High football coach Jason Stokes first met Alex McGough, he had a hunch there was something different about him.

    Florida International University QB Alex McGough (12), a true freshman, was a standout at Gaither High, passing for more than 4,500 yards and 51 touchdowns. He’s trying to make his mark at FIU.
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    CITY: Fashion+ Art+Culture

    CITY: Fashion+Art+Culture co-chairwomen Mary Kelly and Sandy Juster, from left, welcome guests to Tampa Museum of Art with board chairwoman Debra Williams McDaniel on Sept. 19.
  4. Gaither High puts playoff hopes on line against Wiregrass Ranch


    Winning tonight does not guarantee Gaither High's football team a playoff spot.

  5. Renamed Hillsborough Fire Rescue station adds to firefighter's memory


    Iran David "I.D." Rivers was a bear of a man with a buzz cut, a thick reddish mustache and a cheery disposition who hugged so fiercely he lifted people up, their legs swinging. He seemed to make friends everywhere. Things like grocery shopping took him quite a while.

    Fire inspector Sharri Dufresne, left, and Capt. Jodi Lopez unveil a plaque Tuesday during a ceremony to rename Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Station No. 6 in honor of firefighter Iran David “I.D.” Rivers, who passed away a year ago during his shift.
  6. Traveling exhibit highlights Tampa's colorful Prohibition history

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — During the days of Prohibition, Tampa was a wet spot.

    This photo from 1931 shows whiskey caches uncovered by authorities at 1014 10th Ave. in Tampa (around the current location of the Children’s Board office).
  7. USF public health college's new mission: Help others help themselves


    TAMPA — Infectious diseases can be terrifying. Ebola. HIV/AIDS.

  8. Hooper: Build a thriving, home-grown tech community


    When I think about the mission of Hillsborough County's Economic Development Innovation Initiative, I see a specific vision of director Lindsey Kimball.

  9. Hometown Hillsborough for Sept. 26

    Human Interest

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    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 …

    ASI donates $7,500 to Emergency Squad: ASI Insurance recently presented the Sun City Center Emergency Squad with a check for $7,500, which board members and the chief accepted. From left: Gregory Waltz of Mack, Mack, & Waltz Insurance; Bob Dollar, president of ASI; Dennis Floto, chief of the emergency squad; Robert Munns of ASI; Marty Gifford, chief financial officer of the emergency squad; Eileen Peco, chairman of the emergency squad board; and board members Marty Mallak and MaryAnn Meeker.
  10. Steinbrenner QB Quentin Poteralski battled back to football from paralysis


    LUTZ — As Steinbrenner High School quarterback Quentin Poteralski takes the field every Friday night, it's hard to imagine there once was a chance he never would have been strong enough to play tackle football again.

    Steinbrenner QB Quentin Poteralski suffered Guillain-Barré syndrome at age 9.