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  1. New restaurants in Brandon, SoHo, new attorneys in New Tampa


    BRANDON — Standing behind the bar mixing drinks with names like Mustang Mary, Bootlegger and Antifreeze Cooler, bartenders Stephanie Lozada and Laura Robaina occasionally stop what they're doing to step on a service station hose that rings the ahooga horn on the Model A Ford hanging overhead.

    Laura Robaina, left, and Stephanie Lozada are bartenders at Ford’s Garage, which opened on June 23 in the former Buca Di Beppo location at 11105 Causeway Blvd.
  2. Reading programs help kids fight summer learning loss



    The group of grade school students ranging in age from 9 to 12 gathered in a circle for the second session of the Summer Literacy Club.

    Briana Miranda, 7, gets one-on-one tutoring from teacher Melanie Curtis duirng the YMCA program at Graham.
  3. Ruth: A curious pick for Hillsborough EPC chief


    With the arrival of Janet Dougherty to lead the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission, Ronald Reagan's famous axiom about "trust, but verify" was never more timely —or relevant.

  4. Ex-commissioner Brian Blair named to Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame


    Tampa native Brian Blair will receive a pair of honors July 10 and 11 in Waterloo, Ind.

    Brian Blair, left, and “Jumpin’ ” Jim Brunzell were part of the Killer Bees, a professional wrestling tag team during the mid ’80s and ’90s.
  5. East bay fishing report for July 3


    Spice of life. This is the month of diverse opportunity. The choice of species is unlimited. You can target snook and tarpon in the morning. Then fish for Spanish mackerel, snapper, shark and cobia in the afternoon. Bait is loaded throughout Tampa Bay, so catching fish should be fairly easy this month.

    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]
  6. Former teacher uses camp in Virginia to inspire Tampa inner-city students

    Human Interest

    CARROLLWOOD — Ross Anderson sees a real difference in the inner-city youths who return from a Camp Virginia Jaycee trip guided by former schoolteacher William B. Robertson.

    This will be the sixth year that William B. Robertson, 82, of Carrollwood has taken a group of students to Virginia.
  7. Gourmet Gents serve up dishes with a side of camaraderie


    Pasta. Barbecued turkey wings. Fried fish. Cakes. Cobblers. Pies.

    Hungry yet?

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is expected to offer muffins as his signature dish at the Gourmet Gents Scholarship Fundraiser.
  8. Hometown Hillsborough

    Human Interest

    Abilities, Inc. gets funding for brain injury training

    Corbett Prep fifth-graders create Little Free Library The Corbett Prep Fifth Grade Leadership Council opened two Little Free Libraries on campus this school year as part of a community service project. Students were encouraged to recycle their old books by leaving them on the shelves for someone else. The students worked on the library boxes, which are modeled after birdhouses, with family and friends. Fifth grader Patrick Smith, an avid reader, shared the idea with the Leadership Council after seeing several boxes in Dunedin. More than 20,000 Little Free Libraries have been created worldwide.
  9. East Bay Fishing Report for June 26


    Summer Dog Days. Copious amounts of rain coupled with stifling heat have made conditions somewhat tough in Tampa Bay. Brutal afternoons are a good reason to get an early start to beat the lightning and or heat exhaustion. Most game fish are active until it gets really hot outside.

  10. Play looks to raise Alzheimer's awareness among African-Americans


    Performing in a theatrical production was just something young Garrett Davis wanted to check off his to-do list.

    Daren McGill and Samantha McSwain perform in Forget Me Not, a play about Alzheimer’s disease that will be staged Saturday.