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  1. Can anyone contain Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain?

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA — Deon Cain is going to get the ball.

    Tampa Bay Tech senior quarterback Deon Cain is a Clemson recruit.
  2. Martin Jewelers keeps ticking after 60 years

    Retail

    BRANDON — A three-year promise to his father has turned into a lifelong passion for Freddie "Joe" Martin Jr., the oldest of Fred Martin's eight children.

    Freddie Martin, who died in 1969, founded Martin’s Jewelers as a watch repair business out of his Brandon home in 1954. 
  3. East Bay Fishing Report: Fish are dazed by changing temps

    Outdoors

    Fish dazed. This has been the month of confusion for our fish. They are not sure what to do. It goes from 40 degrees to 80 degrees every couple of days. At least the snook have been able to make it to their winter hang outs without freezing to death. This weekend looks like it is shaping up to be pretty good for …

    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]
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Wine Women & Shoes

    Cram 540 women in a corridor with a dozen pop-up shops and wine bars, add 50 "Sole Men" refreshing their glasses and you've arrived at Wine Women & Shoes, a national event branded locally to benefit the Children's Cancer Center. The Nov. 20 fashion frenzy continued in a small …

    Linda Saulino, from left, Nedra Zacker, “Sole Man” Jeff Gigante, Brenna Winters and Christa Kenny support Wine Women & Shoes. 
  5. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Nov. 28

    Real Estate

    APOLLO BEACH

    436 Islebay Dr., to Thomas L. Cantrell by Geoffrey R. Szymanski, $415,000, 10-15-2014.

  6. Wesley Chapel mom's determination helps her become young adult novelist

    Human Interest

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Amy Christine Parker sat in the car line at her daughters' school when the news arrived in an email.

    Author Amy Christine Parker talks to seventh-graders at Dr. John Long Middle School on Monday. 
  7. City approves $1.6 million settlement with developer in Downtown Temple Terrace

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — Taking a step designed to get the long-stalled Downtown Temple Terrace project moving again, the City Council voted this week to pay $1.6 million to sever the troubled partnership with its developer, Vlass Temple Terrace.

  8. Hillsborough schools seeking redemption this week in football playoffs

    Footballpreps

    Redemption will be front and center in this week's second-round playoff football action. Plant and Armwood each face an opponent defeated in the region semifinals last season while Jesuit-Spoto and Sickles-Tampa Bay Tech face off in regular-season rematches. All games start at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $8.

  9. Play It Forward event supports aspiring musicians

    Human Interest

    On Christmas morning, when Caroline Kole was 8 years old, she unwrapped a present from her parents. Her first guitar.

    Singer Caroline Kole signs autographs for Clair Mel Elementary students. Kole will perform at Instruments of Change’s concert.
  10. Amy Scherzer's Diary: A weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Sustainable Buzz

    Grow and thrive, but protect and sustain. That's the Sustany Foundation's message, served to nearly 1,000 like-minded folks at its seventh annual Sustainable Buzz. Locally sourced, organic, fresh and natural were the buzzwords as 40-plus restaurants, wine stewards and brewmasters converged …

    Andrew McIntosh, a founder of the Sustainable Business Coalition, left, and Sustany Foundation members David Reed, Andrea Cheney and Janet Hall thank supporters like Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh.