North of Tampa

  1. Find a friend: Lyla the 5-year-old shepherd mix

    Pets

    Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, …

    Lyla may not be the fanciest of friends, but she'll be the best one you've ever had. The first owner of this 5-year old Shepherd mix gave her up uncermoniously to the County shelter. Miraculously, she found a temporary home just hours before becoming a statistic. Her foster family soon discovered a happy, healthy, friendly, perfectly potty-trained pal who loves car rides and other dogs. It's your turn to be Lyla's miracle now. Adopt her fully spayed, vaccinated, micro-chipped and more from Friends of Hillsborough County Animals at friendsofhcas.org.
  2. East Bay Fishing Report

    Outdoors

    Rainfall from rainfall: Recent heavy rainfall has parts of upper Tampa Bay looking like a glass of hot tea. The rivers are flowing heavily from a record-setting wet summer, pushing a lot of fresh water into Tampa Bay. This is not a bad thing because some species love the heat relief that the rivers and creeks …

  3. Buddhist center offers meditation in Tampa to enlighten, help others

    Religion

    For the modern Buddhist, meditation offers the promise of inner peace.

    Gen Chokyan leads a meditation service at the Parbawatiya Kadampa Buddhist Center. Cate White stands by his side.
  4. Temple Terrace gets state's first Digital Doc repair shop

    Business

    TEMPLE TERRACE — With a growing dependence on digital devices comes an increased demand for shops that specialize in repairing them. That is exactly what Jim Bookamer was counting on when he opened his Digital Doc franchise in Temple Terrace.

  5. New Tampa veteran wins bodybuilding competition, with help

    Health

    TAMPA — As Neyda Moyet stood waiting to hear the results of the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition, posing in a way she had learned mostly from YouTube tutorials, her trainer, Rafael Velez, stood in the audience, bouncing from seat to seat.

    Neyda Moyet, 42, placed first in four categories at the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition. Next up: the Florida State Championship, a national qualifying event, on Aug. 16.
  6. Pinellas settles lawsuit with flooded Hillsborough residents

    Local

    ODESSA — Karen Murphy and her sister, Dianne Campbell, will no longer have to wade through floodwaters to their front porch, pushing groceries in the recycling cart. They'll be able to take showers and do laundry the same day. And when they turn on the dishwasher, chances are the water won't back up.

    Karen Murphy shows off the water line as a result of flooding around her water pump outside her Odessa home in October. 
  7. Find A Friend: Maddon the tabby cat

    Pets

    Put him in, coach, he's ready to play. Maddon (ID No. 22983007) is a 2-year-old orange tabby ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse. He comes vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" deal at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, which is …

    Put him in coach, he's ready to play. Meet Maddon, a way-cool, 2-year old orange Tabby cat. He and all of the other boys and girls of summer invite you to check out batting practice during a special event this Saturday at the County shelter. Maddon (ID2273007) is ready to get called up to the majors in your clubhouse, so adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and licensed for just $20 as part of July's "Hot Dogs & Cool Cats" at Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center, 440 N Falkenberg Road. www.HillsboroughCounty.org/pets, open daily 10 to 7.
  8. Hillsborough real estate transactions for July 18

    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

    5320 Fishersound Ln., to Michael T. Ring & Jennifer H. Ring by Robert Swander & Patricia Swander, $675,000, 06-16-2014.

  9. Find a friend: Angel, a 5-year-old Labrador mix

    Pets

    Second Chance Boxer Rescue

    Heaven must be missing an angel, Second Chance Boxer Rescue says, as this one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until being transferred to Second Chance Boxer Rescue. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to …

    Heaven must be missing an angel. This one spent weeks at the county animal resource center racking up friends and Facebook fans until Second Chance Boxer Rescue transferred her to safety. Angel loves everything about this life. From small kids to other dogs, this 5-year old Labrador-mix melts hearts with her gentle personality, golden glow, and spiffy tutu. To adopt Angel fully spayed, vacccinated, microchipped and housebroken, visit www.SaveaBoxer.org.
  10. PrayerBowls help serve up good intentions

    Religion

    For Tampa entrepreneur Karen Berry, every workday is a testament to the power of prayer.

    Karen Berry, who battled health issues, founded PrayerBowls. The bowls come with note cards and Scripture.