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  1. Cancer survivors from Tampa hit the water at Dragon Boat Festival

    Human Interest

    In 2012, Steffanie Harris of Tampa became one of the more than 230,000 American women diagnosed with breast cancer. Harris, a commercial property manager, was shocked when she got the news one Sunday after her gynecologist asked to meet with her at the office.

    Steffanie Harris, 39, is participating in her first race.
  2. Valrico mother looks to erase the stigma of drug addiction

    Health

    VALRICO — A year ago, Terry Coffey's son Tim was enrolled at a Mississippi college and she thought he was doing well.

    The Coffeys, from left, daughter Katie, mom Terry, dad Matt, son Tim, daughter Molly and son-in-law Eric. Their sense of being a “good family” was shaken by Tim’s substance abuse.
  3. Wharton High sophomore Kathryn Attar goes for the kill

    Volleyball Preps

    TAMPA — The first time Eric Barber met Kathryn Attar was during his fifth grade language arts class. Barber, then in his second year as Wharton High School's volleyball coach, told the lanky student that one day she'd play for him and the Wildcats.

    Wharton’s Kathryn Attar (7) spikes the ball over the net, earning a point for her team, during the district tournament semifinals game against Plant High on Tuesday.
  4. Hillsborough churches try to steer from Halloween darkness

    Religion

    On Oct. 31, many Hillsborough County churches will host events advertised as an alternative to secular Halloween.

  5. Find a friend: Larry the hound dog

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention. Just ask Larry, a 40-pound hound rescued by animal safety investigators and now up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people and other pets. (Even …

    There really are worse things than wearing a silly costume to get your attention, just ask Larry. Animal safety investigators rescued this 40-pound hound, and behold, The Great Pumpkin is alive and well and up for adoption at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. Larry loves life, people, and other pets. Even bossy cats don’t seem to fluster this goofy ghoul. So don’t trick this fine Halloween hound dog. Treat Larry (ID23751907) to a forever home. He will come fully vaccinated, neutered, licensed and micro-chipped at a sweetly affordable price from the pet resource center on 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org.
  6. Nordstrom Rack opens in Brandon; BurgerFi arrives in SoHo

    Retail

    After nearly a year of planning, Nordstrom Rack is set to open its new Brandon location on Friday at 9 a.m.

    Nordstrom Rack’s “Happy Style Hunting” branding comes to 11201 Causeway Blvd. in Lake Brandon Plaza on Friday.
  7. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Broadway Ball

    "One singular sensation," as the lyrics say in A Chorus Line, that's Martin Silbiger, honored at the Broadway Ball for eight years as president of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Executive director Judy Lisi and new board chairman Gary …

    USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy honorees Elizabeth Fowler and Lee Leavengood, from left, visit with swimmer Diana Nyad and Carol Morsani, co-founder of WLP, at the annual luncheon and symposium Oct. 17.
  8. Hometown Hillsborough for Oct. 24

    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 …

    American Stroke Association and Verizon create stroke awareness campaign: The American Stroke Association Tampa Bay and Verizon have partnered for one year to support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Together to End Stroke campaign. Through April 2015, the two organizations will take oversized F.A.S.T. letters on tour throughout the Tampa Bay area. The letters teach people how to recognize the warning signs of stroke, as represented by the acronym F.A.S.T. (face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, time to call 911). The F.A.S.T. Tour kicked off this summer at WestShore Plaza and guests were encouraged to write their “good GOODBYE to stroke” message on the F.A.S.T. letters (GOODBYE fried food, GOODBYE smoking). They also had the opportunity to have their blood pressure taken by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and went home with a free Together to End Stroke cookbook. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke. By May 2015, the American Stroke Association and Verizon are committed to engaging more than 2,000 people with the F.A.S.T. Tour. From left: John Buzby, a stroke survivor; Fiona Kishundyal, a recreational therapist with the Morton Plant North Bay Mitchell Rehabilitation program; and Lloyd Bishop, also a stroke survivor. Buzby and Bishop are both stroke survivors of more than five years. Bishop recently walked without his walker for the first time since his stroke.
  9. Week 9 to provide clarity on gridiron

    Footballpreps

    With three weeks remaining in the high school football regular season, some Hillsborough County districts are pretty well decided.

  10. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    In season: Fishing is really starting to take off on the SouthShore. The past couple cold fronts have brought the water temperature down to about 78 to 80 degrees. This is the perfect water temperature for snook fishing. The snook have been blowing up on chummers and eating almost everything on a hook. A lot of …

    PT_344935_CODD_REPORT PHOTO 1 OF 1 CAPTION: (10/05/2011, LAND O' LAKES) Photo of Mike Gore for the East Bay fishing report. SUMMARY: Headshot of Captain Mike Gore to go with East Bay fishing report. [STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON, Times]