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  1. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door


    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    The Nutrition Factory founders Michael Youssef and Joseph Galloway stand in front of the new location. Photo courtesy of The Nutrition Factory.
  2. Sunday Conversation: Doretha Edgecomb

    Human Interest

    Former Hillsborough County school board member Doretha Edgecomb may be retired but don't expect her to slow down any time soon. In the last month, she's helped H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center launch the George Edgecomb Society, a cancer outreach program targeting the African-American community. It's named after her late …

    Former Hillsborough County School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb received the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s 2017 Community Impact Award on Thursday.
  3. Group uses film to push against state's proposed gun legislation


    The day after a quiet 2012 Thanksgiving spent with family in Chicago, Lucy McBath answered a phone call from her ex-husband, Ron Davis. Their son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, had been shot.

  4. March column: Rep. Harrison stuck between Tallahassee powers


    State Rep. Shawn Harrison, R-Tampa, is "caught between a rock and a hard place," as Mayor Bob Buckhorn put it, in the internecine GOP feud over business incentives and tourism marketing.

     opposed Gov. Rick Scott on business incentive money, so Scott came to Harrison's legislative district to make his case. [Times file]
  5. Teen gunned down at kids party had Selmon, Gonzmart as mentors


    Nearly five years ago, I met a fatherless 12-year-old boy when I was asked by my friend Maryam Muhammad, his teacher, to speak at her fifth-grade class.

    Richard Gonzmart posted this collage of photos of him and Tee'on Milledge on his Facebook page.
  6. Bar review: Old-timey vibe in c.1949 in Tampa's Seminole Heights

    Bars & Spirits

    Sometimes it seems like Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood gets all the love, with an ever-growing selection of hip restaurants, breweries and bars making it one of the best places for food and drinks in the city.

    A terrific beer bar, c.1949 is in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa. It has a ramshackle Florida shack feel, and that’s a good thing.
  7. Smithsonian seeks local Latino baseball memorabilia


    TAMPA — It might be an old Tampa Smokers jersey. It could be a photograph of action from the once burgeoning Inter-Social League. Maybe it's a bat or cap that once belonged to a famous major-league player.

    Officials from the Smithsonian Institute and the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House hope to collect memorabilia at Saturday’s Latinos and Baseball event.
  8. Henderson: Kids need recess, and lawmakers need to make time for it


    I own a fitness watch that beeps a reminder each hour to get up and walk, move around, or do anything besides stay seated in front of my computer. It tells me I am supposed to get at least 250 steps per hour.

    Fifth graders at John M. Sexton Elementary in St. Petersburg enjoy the play time they get at school. State legislators are considering making daily recess mandatory in public elementaries.
  9. Healthy eating on the menu and a gym next door


    As kids, Michael Youssef and Joey Galloway played against one another on the high school football field.

    The Nutrition Factory founders Michael Youssef and Joseph Galloway stand in front of the new location. Photo courtesy of The Nutrition Factory.
  10. More Health celebrates 25 years of healthy lessons for kids


    Janai Carnegie, 10, had the chance to not only learn about the function of a lung – she got to be one.

    Savannah Romero, 10, left, and Karrington Lillie, 10, make skewered snacks of fruit and yogurt as volunteers from The Junior League of Tampa hold their “Kids in the Kitchen” workshop with MORE HEALTH and Tampa General Hospital. 
  11. Irish minister brings healing message to Hyde Park


    For 30 years, Rev. Dr. Gary Mason led peace efforts in Northern Ireland, helping to reconcile the divided Catholic and Protestant communities of Belfast.

  12. WestShore Plaza hosts pageant


    The Sunburst Model Search and Winter Princess Beauty Pageant returns to Westshore Plaza at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Feb. 26) at 250 WestShore Plaza.

    Caitlyn Kent was crowned America’s Perfect Jr. Teen 2011 when she was a freshman at Plant City High School. The national competition, held in Orlando, seeks out females in various age groups who are looking to launch professional modeling or acting careers.
  13. Debra LaFave the subject of new biography written by friend and Latin entertainer Zuniga


    RIVERVIEW — Joe Zuniga figures he was the right person to tell the story of an attempt at a new life by Debra Jean Beasley Lafave — the blonde, blue-eyed, middle-school teacher who had sex with a 14-year-old student in 2004.

    Joe Zuniga, shown here with his sister Cris Zuniga and their friend Debra Lafave, right, has written a new biography of LaFave in hopes people will come to know her as more than the middle school teacher who had sex with a student.
  14. County's Hiking Spree program opens up a beautiful world close by



    Claire Brantley, who says she was never one for any kind of exercise, set off on a hike in December and hasn't stopped yet. She discovered the Hillsborough County Hiking Spree and a new, peaceful world opened up to her.

    Lozier Mackey, standing, and Caden Kiddy inspect life in a log during a hike at Morris Bridge Wilderness Park. A new Hillsborough County program rewards people for taking advantage of 20 hiking trails.
  15. New executive director looks to 'Flood' fair with new memories

    Human Interest

    Cheryl Flood had to be the first one — the first one — to ride the new LED Giant Slide at the Florida State Fair. It's her favorite. Flood brought that same enthusiasm to her new role as executive director of the Florida State Fair. Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam placed Flood, then the agricultural …

    Florida State Fair executive director Cheryl Flood grew up on a ranch in Polk County and as a teen showed cattle at the Florida State Fair for the Frostproof High School FFA chapter.