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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. With rebranded name, Innovation Place hosts annual event

    News

    The 3rd annual Innovation Gathering runs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 26) at the USF Research Park, Galleria Room at USF CONNECT, 3720 Spectrum Blvd. This year features the Faces of Innovation and the Taste of !p.

    Innovation Place will hosts its third annual Innovation Gathering. The event takes place at USF Research Park.
  8. 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.
  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