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  1. Hard work, talent and love mix to help Plant, Robinson reign in girls flag football

    Flagfootballpreps

    In the second grade I ventured to a Robinson flag football game.

    hillsmacy052817: Macy McClintock is a correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times and a rising junior at Robinson High School, where she plays on the flag football team. Photo courtesy of Macy McClintock.
  2. South Tampa teen Natalie Claro sparks music dreams into career

    Human Interest

    SOUTH TAMPA — In an age of social media and an increasingly interconnected world, teenagers grow up with increasing amounts of social pressure to be the best version of themselves.

    Natalie Claro, 17, performs recently at Local 662 in St. Petersburg. Claro chose to be homeschooled so she could have more time to pursue her musical aspirations.
  3. Winning high school essays urge balance in U.S. foreign, domestic spending

    K12

    Three winners were selected by a panel of judges from among 250 entrants to receive a $1,200 scholarship in the R.F. "Red" Pittman Tampa Tribune Scholars essay contest.

  4. William March: Sheriff Gee denies his resignation was timed to help GOP

    Local

    Sheriff David Gee is denying through spokesmen that he planned his 2016 re-election and subsequent resignation to help Republicans hold the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But Democrats say it seems obvious he did.

  5. Students from rival high schools notch perfect ACT scores

    K12

    TAMPA — For anyone achieving a perfect score in American College Testing (ACT), a rigorous standardized examination used for college admissions, the odds are statistically staggering.

    John Felletter
  6. Bob Buckhorn: Expanding homestead exemption will endanger Tampa's progress

    Columns

    In the years leading up to my taking office, Tampa families experienced some of the hardest times in recent history. Homes were lost, jobs were cut, and optimism for the future waned.

    Critics say expanding the homestead exemption for Florida property owners will strain the resources of local governments as they recover from the Great Recession.
  7. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Magnolia Ball

    In gratitude for lifesaving research and treatments, former Moffitt Cancer Center patients, their loved ones and inspired donors raised a record-smashing $4 million at the 24th annual Magnolia Ball, an elegant, $1,500-ticket dinner in a Tuscan garden setting Saturday at the Marriott Waterside. …

    Barb and Moffitt Cancer Center director Tom Sellers, from left, and Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, a national advisory board member and cancer survivor, dine at the Magnolia Ball.
  8. For ECHO's Burr, achievements defy laws of time

    News

    BRANDON — Sharmaine Burr awoke on May 20 full of emotion.

    ECHO director of social services Sharmaine Burr juggles work, family and educational pursuits while continuing to help people change the trajectory of their lives.
  9. 'Superhero' family sharpens focus on special needs adoptions

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Batman, Superman and Spider-Man rose from orphan beginnings to become superheroes known for their feats of strength and heroic deeds.

    Alex Hart, 10, talks with new brother, Anthony Gabriel Hart, 5, before Anthony’s adoption finalization at the Hillsborough County courthouse. Mom Donna Hart said, “He brings out this side in Tanner and Alex, this tenderness, this kindness.”
  10. Joe Henderson: Only unanimous jury vote justifies extreme act of execution

    Columns

    A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court on Florida's death penalty law didn't generate a lot of chatter, but don't let that fool you.

    A jury recommended execution for Dontae Morris of Tampa by a 10-2 vote in one of his murder trials. The recommendation was unanimous when he was tried in the shooting deaths of two Tampa police officers.
  11. Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn acting 8 with his machine-gun joke aimed at journalists

    Columns

    It can be argued that much like in performing stand-up comedy, so too, in a political life it is important to know your audience.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn mans a .50-caliber machine gun during a special operations forces demonstration on the Hillsborough River downtown in 2014.
  12. Riverview 14 GDX kicks off summer season with sneak peak event

    Events

    RIVERVIEW — Deresa Mayes of Tampa loves nothing more than a day at the beach.

  13. Entrepreneur hatching a business incubator

    News

    TAMPA — In his search for a new property, all Florida entrepreneur Gary Hartfield had to do was look across the street.

    Entrepreneur Gary Hartfield is developing a small business incubator for African American and Hispanic businesses. Photo courtesy of Kerrick Williams Photography.
  14. Buffalo Wild Wings finds new home in South Tampa

    Business

    When the South Tampa Buffalo Wild Wings opens in June, it will feature the new layout which has been unveiled in other markets and includes an open feel with a big horseshoe shaped bar.

    Buffalo Wild Wings opens a new location in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Sarah Darga.
  15. The Littlest Trunk opens second location in South Tampa

    Business

    Ever since sisters Ashley Ligas and Carey Kleinmetz opened The Littlest Trunk, a children's and maternity re-sale shop, in 2014 in St. Petersburg, Ligas' 3-year-old son, Evan has been right by their side.

    The Littlest Trunk opens a second location in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Michael Flanagan.