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  1. Seminole Heights couple delivers exposure for aspiring artists

    Business

    TAMPA — The god-like, teary-eyed figure holds the skull of what appears to be an antelope in Bekky Beukes' Sacrifice.

    Tim Gibbons and Jayne Lisbeth own Funky as a Monkey Art Studio. Over the past three years, they have promoted the works of about 300 local artists at establishments across Tampa. 
  2. Tampa Yankees fete family that lost father in crash

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Abigail, Bethany and Josue Pimentel didn't know what to think when a full-sized tour bus with Tampa Yankees players and their mascot, Blue, pulled up to their home Thursday afternoon.

    Josue Pimentel brought his late father’s baseball glove with him when he was a special guest at the Tampa Yankees on Thursday as part of Yankees HOPE Week.
  3. Sunday Conversation: Actor and Tampa native Alexis Carra

    Business

    Sometimes the ups and downs of trying to succeed as a Hollywood actor wears on Tampa native Alexis Carra. When it does, she leans on her women's group — friends who always find a way to build her up. The encouragement Carra gets from her support network is one of the reasons she's been tabbed to deliver the …

    Actor Alexis Carra says when she’s down, she has “a group of women to reach out to, to share how I feel.” The Berkeley Prep grad who grew up in West Tampa will be the afternoon keynote speaker at the Working Women State Conference on Sept. 9.
  4. Carrollwood Players take the stage for 36th season

    Bizarre News

    CARROLLWOOD — Tampa's oldest community theater, Carrollwood Players, opens its 36th season this week on a new stage with one of two musicals, selected for the first time by votes through donations by patrons.

    The Carrollwood Players will open the season Friday with the musical production of The Addams Family.
  5. Voucher advocates back two Democrats in Senate District 19 primary

    Politics

    The Florida Children's Federation, the political arm of the Florida movement for private school tuition vouchers, has sent out mailers in favor of two candidates in the state Senate District 19 Democratic primary: Rep. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg and former Rep. Betty Reed of Tampa.

    State Rep. Darryl Rouson is one of two candidates who won endorsement from a political group in a state Senate primary race for their backing of the Florida school voucher program. [SCOTT KEELER    |     TIMES (2014)]
  6. Editorial: Give Citizens Review Board a chance work

    Editorials

    Whether a new Citizens Review Board can improve relations between the Tampa Police Department and the community it serves hasn't really been tested during the board's first six months in operation. The 11-member panel has reviewed seven cases, and in none of them did it take any issue with the findings of the police …

  7. The score guy, like everyone, was important to Monsignor Higgins

    Columns

    TAMPA — Monsignor Laurence Higgins was said to be a pastor for the elite and powerful, and no doubt that is true. Rich folks and leaders need religion, too.

    Monsignor Laurence Higgins, while comfortable around people of influence, never got too big for his parish, or the Everyman.
  8. Brandies: Watching seeds sprout create excitement

    Home and Garden

    Only gardeners might understand how exciting it is to watch seeds sprouting.

    Most fruit trees take a long time from seeds, but this mango was a seed just four years before this photo was taken. Now it is blooming immensely.
  9. Cleo Heart continues jazz stylings at Tace Lounge

    Briefs

    CARROLLWOOD — Cleo Heart characterizes her outlook on performing at Tace Lounge this Saturday with three words: "excitement, neurosis and anticipation."

    Cleo Heart will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tace Lounge in Carrollwood.
  10. Altman: Silah, retired Navy captain and champion for wounded, dies at 80

    Veterans

    Short and crusty, retired Navy Capt. Bob Silah was like a boiled lobster — hard shell on the outside, sweetness inside.

    For his efforts with Operation Helping Hand, Bob Silah was named to the inaugural class of the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 2013.