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  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. Family brings edible cookie dough to Collins Produce stand

    Business

    VALRICO — Like anybody with a sweet tooth, Scott Laviano has been known to sneak behind his wife, Rose, while she bakes cookies and steal one of the dough balls from the baking sheet before it hits the oven.

    Scott, Rose and Scottie Laviano have opened Eddie Bull’s Cookie Dough inside Valrico’s Collins Produce.
  6. Instructor's 'Dancing for Donations' spawns a treat for special needs kids in Brandon

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Sara Battaglia's love for dancing and generous heart has launched a feet-driven fundraising effort.

    Toni Harrison, center, is assisted by Sara Battaglia, left, and Toni’s sister Alyx. Battaglia leads a “Dancing for Donations” effort that raises funds for nonprofits.
  7. Foster kids foundation stages ballroom dancing benefit

    Human Interest

    BRANDON — Strapping Leto High sophomore Michael Threatt loves playing the game of football as well as his current position of defensive end on the school's varsity team.

    Foster teens Michael Threatt, 16, and Sian Moseley, 18, practice a ballroom dance routine for their performance at the Masquerade Charity Ball on Friday (Oct. 27) at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brandon.
  8. 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
  9. 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. 
  10. 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)]