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  1. Home Depot go-to guy with cerebral palsy celebrates 20 years

    Human Interest

    CARROLLWOOD

    Tim Dutka, wearing his Home Depot apron and a winning smile, heads out on the circuit in his powered wheelchair, delivering returned items to the various departments. At the paint counter, he presses a button on a machine, and a resonant voice asks, "Can you please take it out of my basket?''

    Marney Dutka, left, opens a gift for her son Tim, right, during a party in the break room to celebrate his 20-year anniversary at the Carrollwood Home Depot.
  2. Hillsborough running back Michael Duclos returns from major injury

    Footballpreps

    Running back Michael Duclos was having the game of his life against Lennard.

    Hillsborough High running back Michael Duclos, who missed most of his junior year after tearing his knee ligaments, will be back in action Sept. 5 for the season opener against Jefferson.
  3. Hope Terrible: A success story with an unusual name

    Human Interest

    Two awards from the Tampa Housing Authority hang on Hope Terrible's dining room wall. One is the Geraldine Barnes Resident Recognition for personal development, dated 2012. The other, which she received in July, recognizes her for "Extraordinary Accomplishments as a Public Housing Resident." Terrible was honored for …

    Hope Terrible, 45, creator of Full of Hope Cleaning Services, poses in her home with some tools of the trade.
  4. Great Spiedini brings an upstate N.Y. favorite to Westchase

    Business

    WESTCHASE — The buzz about the latest addition to the Westchase dining scene has been building for months, and finally, the Great Spiedini is open for business. Owners Rick and Karen Swartwood and their son, Tony, are quickly proving that their spiedies were well worth the wait.

  5. Tampa Bay Markets reaching out for more farmers

    Human Interest

    HYDE PARK — Eggs from Lutz and eggplant and okra from Brooksville draw more than 1,000 shoppers on the first Sunday of every month to Hyde Park Village.

  6. Mike Brown's death should push both sides to find new approach

    Human Interest

    On a hot summer afternoon back in 1979, my teenage friends and I sought to negate the boredom of those times — no fancy home video games back then — by searching for a diversion.

  7. Wounded veterans can win all-inclusive wedding from Old McMicky's Farm

    Military

    It's not too late for wounded veterans to apply for the Old McMicky's Farm "Mission I Do" $25,000 wedding giveaway.

    “Mission I Do” is giving away an all-inclusive lakeside wedding at Old McMicky’s Farm for a wounded veteran.
  8. Math may hold key to cancer cure, a Marshall Scholarship recipient believes

    College

    TAMPA — Statistics related to cancer can be grim.

    Derek Park, 23, received the Marshall Scholarship offered to up to 40 students with 3.7 or higher GPAs and shifted to research at Moffitt’s Integrated Mathematical Oncology department
  9. Moms launch adult technology camp to boost coding skills

    Personal Tech

    TAMPA — A group of moms that started a technology camp for kids is back and working to bridge the technology gap again, this time with an intensive nine-week boot camp for adults.

  10. Find a friend: Roosevelt the 3-month-old kitty

    Pets

    Most 3-month olds don't undergo hip surgery, but Roosevelt is one tough little strawberry-colored cookie. Weighing in at just two pounds, he's a tiny patient with luxurious fur and a larger-than-life personality. Veterinarians at the county shelter performed a procedure on Roosevelt called FHO to help ensure a better …

    Most 3-month olds don't undergo hip surgery, but Roosevelt is one tough little strawberry-colored cookie. Weighing in at just two pounds, he's a tiny patient with luxurious fur and a larger-than-life personality. Veterinarians at the county shelter performed a procedure on Roosevelt called FHO to help ensure a better quality of life for the devilish charmer. Adopt and enjoy Roosevelt, ID#A2361040, fully neutered, vaccinated, licensed, and microchipped at the Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road in Tampa, open daily 10 until 7, www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.