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  1. William March: Speaker Corcoran denies taking sides in House primary

    Politics

    From the outside, it looked a lot like House Speaker Richard Corcoran was working hard to swing the Republican primary in House District 58 to Lawrence McClure over Yvonne Fry.

    Just because his lobbyist-brother played favorites in a Hillsborough state House primary doesn't mean he did, said Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Tampa Bay Times]
  2. With college looming, Channel Drive band finds a way to keep on rocking

    Human Interest

    A year and a half.

    That's the time Channel Drive, a band made up of local high school students, had to organize concerts, create music, produce an album and perform in front of audiences before three-fourths of the group were to leave for college.

    One of Channel Drive’s favorite venues is the Brass Mug in North Tampa. Here, from left to right, Colby Williams, Jacob Fleming and Ricardo Ponte command the stage while Alex Carr handles drums.
  3. Guest column: Girl Scouts designed to help girls excel on their own terms

    Columns

    This column was written to coincide with the International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11. It comes on the heels of an announcement from the Boy Scouts of America that the organization will begin accepting girls.

    Girl Scouts like these, earning a patch at the Medical Center of Trinity earlier this year, are exposed to the best leadership experience in the world, says Jessica Muroff, who runs the organization locally. [Times files]
  4. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tuxes & Tails

    Who could resist Event Show Productions showgirls samba-ing down the Tuxes & Tails catwalk carrying furry homeless pets? With Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister, family restaurateur/event co-chair Andrea Gonzmart and a dozen other "celebs" right behind them showwalking …

    Event Show Production dancers strut the runway at Tuxes & Tails to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay on Oct. 14 at the Tampa Convention Center.
  5. Howard Altman: Kathy Castor plans Tampa ceremony honoring Vietnam-era veterans

    Macdill

    James Butler was a Marine captain who piloted helicopters in Vietnam and flew 988 missions there.

    James Butler, 74, of Carrollwood Village, was a Marine captain during the Vietnam War and flew nearly 1,000 missions as a helicopter pilot. [Courtesy of James Butler]
  6. He sings, he acts, he ministers -- Meet Heanon Tate

    Religion

    God gives every person unique talents to use them, says Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.

    Heanon Tate, pastor of Force of Life Church in North Tampa.  Tate, 46, is a musician, actor, athlete and minister. He has appeared off Broadway and in television shows including Army Wives (in which he had a reoccurring role) and Homeland.
  7. Love My Dog owner promises to treat dogs like her own

    Business

    SOUTH TAMPA — Lots of folks daydream about quitting their jobs to play with dogs, but shortly after moving to Florida 15 years ago, Natalie Conner actually did it.

    Some happy customers at the grand opening of Love My Dog Pet Resort’s third location in South Tampa on Oct. 14.
  8. Documentary filmmaker Nancy Spielberg speaks to temple sisterhood

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — One imagines lively conversations around the Spielberg family dinner table, undoubtably spurring the creativity of one of the most popular film producers and directors in history.

    Documentary film producer Nancy Spielberg will address guests at the Star Event, 
  9. Daniel Ruth: Advice for sniping school board members — Grow up or go away

    Columns

    There are certain jobs in elective office that carry with them a slightly higher expectation when it comes to how one behaves in public.

    Hillsborough School Board members Tamara Shamburger, above, and April Griffin started off the brouhaha at a recent training session but it didn't end there. [Courtesy of Tamara Shamburger]
  10. Hooper: After living through them, she pulls people out of credit woes

    Columns

    Atlanta, a place known for rising from the ashes of the Civil War to become an international city, proved to be a perfect backdrop for Artricia James-Heard's own rise from what she calls "a very vulnerable time in her life."

    Artricia James-Heard
  11. Money dries up, bringing questions and new leadership to Tampa nonprofit

    News

    TAMPA — A new leader has been installed at one of East Tampa's leading nonprofit agencies following reports that money is going out faster than it's coming in.

    Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan founder James Hammond, left, attended an awards ceremony in February with Jeanette Bradley, right, who recently was removed as chief executive of the charity. 
  12. Joe Henderson: Fanciful ideas merit consideration when they're from Tom Hall

    Columns

    Tom Hall has traveled the world and developed a sense of what works, what doesn't, and what is to come.

    Public relations guru Tom Hall has a lot of ideas for Tampa's future, including extensive use of LED lights to create an illuminated artists palate. Some lighting already is in place along Hillsborough River bridges,. [CHERI DIEZ   |   Times (2012)]
  13. Going cheap on shutters, generator can do more harm than good in hurricane season

    Human Interest

    Those piles of branches snapped off by the hurricane finally are disappearing from the front of homes in the Tampa Bay area, one last reminder of the bullet many dodged by not preparing properly for the day when a storm may hit the region head on.

    Yvette Sedeno, 62, left, and Ray Sedeno, 62, install storm shutters on their  lanai south of Miami while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in September. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  14. Sunday Conversation: With a flurry of firsts, Fentrice Driskell looks to open doors for others

    Business

    It was during a summer academic camp for high school students at Northwestern University that Fentrice Driskell spoke the words that forever changed her life. As everyone went around introducing themselves and proclaiming their college aspirations, Driskell realized suddenly she hadn't settled on a school. So she …

    Politics has always held the interest of Fentrice Driskell, an attorney at Carlton Fields and one of the panelists for the upcoming Wonder Women Unite business seminar.
  15. Entrepreneur expands interests with Twisted Crafts

    Business

    SOUTH TAMPA — Playgrounds of Tampa owner Mike Addabbo is expanding into the do-it-yourself industry with his new endeavor: Twisted Crafts.

     Jennifer and Michael Addabbo pose in their latest entrepreneurial enterprise: Twisted Crafts. Photo courtesy of Twisted Craft.