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  1. Former Yankee inspires a youth(w/video)

    Human Interest

    Alfonso Soriano, a former New York Yankee and World Series Champion visited students at Crestwood Elementary School in Tampa. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some of the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in …

    Fourth grader Estela Fernandez, 9, left, asks former New York Yankee Alfonso Soriano a question about his experience playing baseball during his visit at Crestwood Elementary. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in their community on Thursday, April 27, 2017. √’That√•s the important reason why I came to school today, to motivate those kids so when they have a dream they can accomplish it, because I came from the Dominican Republic,√“ said Soriano.
  2. Exoskeletal suit helps Haley veteran regain ability to walk

    Veterans

    There is a magical moment for every new child when they take those first wobbly steps in life.

    It is a transcending experience.

    Paralyzed veteran James Smith walks with the help of a exoskeletal suit as therapist Brittney Durant looks on.
  3. Whitman: Christians must temper 'Christian girl' model

    Religion

    I came across something beautiful this week: the raw and sometimes ugly storytelling of poet Olivia Gatwood.

  4. Eaters will crown wieners at event-packed RiverFest in Tampa

    Events

    It's all about wieners and winners May 6 and 7 at RiverFest in downtown Tampa.

    "Tampa Bay's Best Hot Dog" will be crowned during the Hot Dog Festival at Riverfest in downtown Tampa. [Riverfest]
  5. Engineering entrepreneur finds home in USF incubator

    Business

    SaLisa Berrien moved to Tampa just a few years ago, but she's long been familiar with the Sunshine State, thanks to summer visits as a child with Polk County relatives. At that time, she remembers hating the annual trek because it was "hot and full of bugs." These days, the Allentown, Pa., native still finds Florida …

    SaLisa Berrien operates her energy consulting company, COI Energy, out of the University of South Florida’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.
  6. Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

    Transportation

    TAMPA — If some Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights residents had their druthers, the state would simply demolish Interstate 275, which now severs their neighborhoods.

    Viewed from the southbound lanes, traffic in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa slow to a crawl on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  7. Lutz tea room proves a draw for parties

    Business

    LUTZ — On a recent Friday, 18 women arrived at a new tea room wearing colorful dresses, bright light-weight sweaters, dress hats, sun bonnets, gloves and carrying matching purses.

    BJ Newberger, right, and CJ Hartland, left, enjoy a tea at the new Whistle Stop Gardens Tea Room in Lutz.
  8. Hooper: Saint Leo writers retreat offers breath of fresh air

    Events

    I've got a secret.

    Don't tell anyone.

    On May 20, I'll be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, but if you think I'm going to show up for my session and leave, guess again.

    Poet Jesse Millner is one of the featured speakers at the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University.
  9. Tampa seminar modeled on child-abuse prevention gathering 40 years ago

    News

    TAMPA — Forty years ago, a seminar convened by the Junior League of Tampa riveted the community's attention on the growing problem of child abuse and led to the creation of a nonprofit group focused on fighting it.

    Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, shown at a conference in Orlando, is a keynote speaker during a seminar set for Thursday in Tampa on helping prevent child abuse.
  10. March column: Kevin Beckner leaves politics, named Hillsborough civil service chief

    Politics

    The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former county Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new director.

    Kevin Beckner, once seen as a rising star in the local Democratic Party, has stepped away from politics after losing the circuit court clerk's race in November to take a county job that pays up to $140,000 a year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  11. Legacy Gala looks to enlist alumni in restoring Chamberlain's luster

    K12

    TAMPA

    It began during informal lunches where Chamberlain High School alumni wondered what they could do to help improve the school.

     Incoming principal Jake Russell speaks with a student during lunch at Chamberlain High School on Friday. Russell, who comes from Sickles High School, has embraced an alumni effort to help improve the troubled school. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  12. Brandies: Nelson Elementary plants gardening love with kids

    Home and Garden

    DOVER — Any teachers interested in gardening, students included?

    Sherill Farrell’s 5th graders were getting ready to plant more in their plot. The cherry tomatoes are already ripening.
  13. Henderson: Once-thundering Vince Naimoli still speaks loudly through gifts

    Columns

    People who know Vince Naimoli only as the thundering and head-shaking owner of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays didn't get the whole story. There are two sides to this man, and the one who isn't talked about nearly enough is what I want to share today.

    Vince Naimoli Jr., shown being honored last week at the University of South Florida, has bestowed big gifts on the school and on the University of Tampa.
  14. Instead of going to prison, Tampa man will be freed while appealing DUI manslaughter conviction

    Criminal

    Last month, Brock Troutman was convicted of drunkenly running down and killing a Clearwater Beach tourist who was crossing the street with his daughter in 2015.

    Brock Troutman, 34, of Tampa, was convicted of DUI manslaughter last month. On Monday he was sentenced to five years in prison. But a judge on Wednesday paved the way for Troutman to post bail and be freed from jail while he appeals his conviction. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  15. Owner crafts wine bar in Seminole Heights

    Business

    Wes Miller has lived all over the country but his favorite neighborhood is right here in Tampa: Seminole Heights.

    Wes Miller will open The Wine Bar Seminole Heights this summer. Photo courtesy of Wes Miller.