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  1. Amy Scherzer's Diary: weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    FARA Energy Ball

    A couple of chocolate Labrador puppies fetched bids of $30,000 and $35,000 each at the FARA Energy Ball, unleashing an auction frenzy that helped raise $1.8 million for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and the USF Health Ataxia Research Center.

    Jeff Tedder and Solstice Bash chairwoman Amie Devero celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Tampa the week Le Meridien hotel opened in downtown Tampa.
  2. Mother, daughter learn and dance together in Indian classical style

    Human Interest

    LUTZ

    Aneetha Karthik danced in her native India for about four years as a child, but stopped when she was in sixth grade. So unlike many other Indian girls, Karthik never got to experience Arangetram, a traditional debut performance that is the culmination of years of intensive study.

    Until recently, that …

    Mother and daughter Aneetha and Arnika Karthik dance Sept. 6 on stage at Steinbrenner High School in Arangetram, a traditional debut performance after years of studying the Indian classical dance Bharata Natyam.
  3. Jesuit gets seventh million-dollar gift since last year

    K12

    TAMPA — Jesuit High School, looking toward a sweeping transformation of its N Himes Avenue campus, has been quietly seeking donations from its alumni, and they have come through in a big way: The school has received seven $1 million gifts in little more than a year.

  4. Veterans with spinal cord injuries gain jobs, sense of purpose

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Troy Webb rolled his wheelchair back from a wall of screens showing the busy hallways of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center. He can see into a million square feet of the center through more than 100 cameras from his work space, a room the size of an average bedroom.

    Troy Webb, 37, works at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center as a police dispatcher. It’s his first job in 15 years.
  5. Hooper: Apollo Beach superhero run will honor a spirited life

    Human Interest

    APOLLO BEACH

    They called the meeting to order, said the Pledge of Allegiance and then got down to business.

    Five girls are staging a 5k run to honor the memory of Austin Bradley Coates. From left are Aubrie Coates, 8, Kennedy Warbritton, 11, April Coates, 10, Roxy Morrison, 10, and Hunter Warbritton, 9.
  6. Inexperienced Berkeley Prep volleyball team on unfamiliar ground

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — It didn't take John Coup long to realize that the newest Berkeley Prep volleyball season would play out a little differently than what he'd been used to in 16 years with the Bucs.

    After graduating five seniors, a  young Berkeley Prep volleyball team lacks experience.
  7. Bloomingdale library rape survivor to get memoir treatment

    Human Interest

    An assailant stole her dreams of attending college, but her determination to fight on earned her place in the hearts of the Hillsborough County community.

    Queena is well-known as the survivor of a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale library. Her mother is working on a book about her daughter’s story.
  8. Route 66 Kitchen & Dining Car: A taste of Americana in a former trolley car

    Retail

    LUTZ — Route 66 Kitchen & Dining Car serves up a taste of Americana in an unusual setting. The trolley-turned-dining car is the brainchild of Lutz Mail Depot owner Greg Skibbee and business partner Paul Fischer.

  9. North Tampa news: Reusable bag swap helps local charity

    Briefs

    Carrollwood

    Reusable bag swap helps local charity

  10. Find A Friend: Chester the schnauzer

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Chester is a happy, if lonely, 3-year-old miniature schnauzer. Often vocal to passersby at the county shelter, it's just song and dance to earn freedom and companionship. Chester quickly proves to be attentive, inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate — all traits …

    Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center 	Chester is a happy if lonely 3-year old miniature Snauzer. Often vocal to passersby at the County shelter, it's just a song and dance to earn freedom and companionship. Chester quickly proves to be attentive, inquisitive, intelligent, affectionate -- all traits typical of this popular breed. Adopt Chester, ID#25544941, fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and microchipped at Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road. It's open daily 10 a.m.. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets. .