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'Jex Malone' authors talk about twisted mystery book

Jex Malone, by C.L Gaber and V.C. Stanley, follows in the footsteps of Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. With the twist of being set in the modern age, the novel, published in June, reaches a new audience for the traditional girl detective novel. Teen Jessica "Jex" Malone is the daughter of divorced parents. Jex, who l …


  1. JACKSON GARCIA: The science of naming


    "I wear it because I like pinecones; I even named it 'Science the Pinecone.' When people ask why I wear it, I say, 'Why don't you wear a pinecone?' "

    MACKENZIE PATEL   |   Osceola High
  2. CAMERON CHAPIN: Hiding insecurities


    "What made you want to dye your hair?"

    "I like change. I get bored with the same things all the time."

    "What is your biggest character flaw?"

     Cameron Chapin, Robinson High sophomore
  3. JASMINE CAYA: In good spirit


    "I come to the games 20 percent because I like football and 80 percent because I like to be here outside of school. You're at school, but you're not in a classroom. We used to paint up with paw prints and handprints, even when it rained, even though it was dripping. We used to have school spirit. I think the place …

    tb2_HOHScaya Jasmine Caya, Hillsborough High junior
  4. COURTNIE AVIS: Life moving forward


    Tattoo wrapping around the inside of her right calf: "A cut cannot heal unless you leave it alone."

    COURTNEY CROSBY   |   St. Petersburg High
  5. Time is short, but Zeke the Labrador lives to keep his owner alive

    Human Interest


    The first time it happened, Gerald Rittinger was driving to buy his gravestone. His diabetes was getting worse. Doctors had just diagnosed him with prostate cancer. They gave him six months. Gerald's wife, Jeanne, was in the passenger seat of their Lincoln that day. Their puppy, Zeke, was supposed …

    Zeke, 13-year-old Labrador retriever, spends time with his owner, Gerald Rittinger, 74, at home in St. Petersburg in early October. Zeke has notified neighbors and Rittinger’s wife, Jeanne, numerous times when Gerald has had diabetic episodes of low blood sugar and his second stroke. “He knows when things are not right with Gerald,” Jeanne Rittinger said. Gerald Rittinger has been a diabetic since he was 39. 
  6. Students deal with a serious case of senioritis


    On Day 1 of her senior year, a high school student has spent 12 years of her life sitting in a classroom studying, doing homework and everything else that school entails. Senioritis typically sets in around Day 2.

    Wiregrass Ranch senior Olivia Sunna works on a class assignment. After years of AP classes, she really has a case of senioritis.
  7. MANDY JONES: Advice to the world


    "We gotta slow down. We have to listen to the people around us, and don't look at them so much. Don't get so caught up in what other people think. One of my best qualities is that I'm not biased. I listen to what other people have to say, and I think about what they're doing and how they treat others, before trying to …

  8. Nothing holding her back


    When Konner Brewer was 11 years old, the avid athlete who played multiple team sports started to notice she was extremely tired and thirsty after practices.

    Konner Brewer, 17, tests her blood sugar during a break at the 2014 Tampa City Relays Meet at Bobby Hicks Pool in Tampa.
  9. Amid a flash mob, a surprise proposal (w/video)

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The sounds of a synthesizer filled the air as Nelson Flores and the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with strolled by the massive banyan trees in North Straub Park.

    Mike Nakelski, 29, on bended knee, surprises Nelson Flores, 25, with a flash mob proposal on Saturday at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg. “It’s a miracle that I found you,” Nakelski said.
  10. Remembering a friend: Megan Campbell's death leaves a hole in many hearts


    Karianne Buser, varsity cheerleader and member of Academy of the Holy Names Ambassadors Club, started her sophomore year extra busy and involved with community and friends.

    Carrollwood Day School classmates of Megan and Colin Campbell wear the brother and sister’s initials at a softball game last spring.