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  1. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles

    Wildlife

    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  2. William March: Frank Reddick says all-white Tampa council possible

    Elections

    A decline in the percentage of black voters in Tampa's only majority-black City Council district, District 5, has council member Frank Reddick worried.

    City Council member Frank Reddick said that if Tampa can't maintain African-American voter numbers, he could be the council's last African-American representative. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times (2016)]
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    FARA Energy Ball

    Familiar faces - researchers, scientists, hospitality honchos and 20 Friedreich's Ataxia "warriors" inched closer to a cure for the progressive neurodegenerative disease as the FARA Energy Ball advanced the FA Research Alliance and USF Ataxia Research Center by $1.75 million Saturday, …

    The Avery family, from left, Suzanne, Alison, Paul and Laurel express their gratitude at the ninth FARA Energy Ball on Sept. 16 at the Marriott Waterside.
  4. Men of Vision get to work after Hurricane Irma

    K12

    Answering the call to action after the departure of Hurricane Irma, they cleaned up fallen branches in mid-Tampa neighborhoods and in Rowlett Park, where they toiled alongside Tampa city workers, and they came out in force to clean up the Hillsborough River, pulling out gas cans, trash cans, old tires and even a …

    hillsmov092217: The Men of Vision helped clean up Rowlett Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Schools.
  5. Visitors get in free Saturday at Tampa Bay History Center

    Education

    Times staff

    TAMPA — Nothing to do Saturday? Go back in history.

    Machine gun at the ready, a paratrooper of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Brigade advances cautiously  near Hue, South Vietnam on April 3, 1968.
  6. MacDill chuckling as UFO website reports 'flying triangles' at base: Howard Altman

    Macdill

    My Twitter feed on MacDill Air Force Base has been out of this world lately.

    Literally.

    Michael Salla, who runs an extraterrestrial research website, claims these are images taken of UFOs near MacDill Air Force Base earlier this month. [Exopolitics.org]
  7. Hooper: Hillsborough marks 100th anniversary of historic photo collection

    Columns

    Everyone ends up with a favorite.

    Or two or three or 10.

    Rest assured, no one who adores Tampa Bay, appreciates art or cherishes history can explore the Burgert Brothers Photographic Collection without storing at least one snapshot in the mental scrapbook.

    Part of the Burgert Brothers collection now featured through the Hillsborough Public Library shows a beer garden on Central Avenue in Tampa from July 1942. [Burgert Brothers collection]
  8. Joe Henderson: Other good works can't balance theft from vulnerable victims

    Columns

    What price can you put on your good name?

    This renovated group home once was operated by HARC. The group's former CEO Richard Lilliston was credited with raising millions for the agency but has been sentenced to prison for stealing Social Security from clients with developmental disabilities. [Times file]
  9. Daniel Ruth: Public money built Bucs' stadium, so let public sell tickets

    Columns

    Who knew the Tampa Bay Bucs were actually the Daisies of Dale Mabry?

    Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, wants to do what it takes to ensure that those sitting in the lower bowl of Raymond James Stadium are wearing his team’s colors.
  10. Gaither and UT alum nominated for an Emmy

    Human Interest

    Spoiler alert: season two of the Amazon Studios series The Man in the High Castle did not win a 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

    The Volkshalle, a domed monumental building planned by Adolf Hitler to be built in Berlin, was never erected. But a CGI version created by Tampa native David Andrade’s Theory Studios in Orlando brought it to life.
  11. Sunday Conversation: Sara Mickelson has a heart for nonprofits

    Human Interest

    TAMPA

    Sara Mickelson, a self-acknowledged Renaissance woman, will be recognized later this month by one of the city's home-grown non-profit organizations as their Corporate Citizen of the Year. Each year, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) salutes people in the community who have …

    Sara Mickelson says she doesn’t know if her red hair has anything to do with how her life has developed, “but I do have a wicked sense of humor, an active imagination, and a willingness to try new things.”
  12. Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now

    Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now

    Briefs

    Starting Right, Now holds its inaugural Drive Out Youth Homeless Charity Golf Tournament on Monday with a fairly unique twist: a helicopter ball drop.

    The teens from Starting Right, Now will benefit from the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraising golf tournament.
  13. Ernest Hooper: Amateur chef pitches Tampa like a pro on Gordon Ramsay show

    Columns

    Even in the final seconds of his 18-episode run on MasterChef, Jeff Philbin represented Tampa — albeit with the help of one of his fiercest competitors.

    Tampa's Jeff Philbin was eliminated from the MasterChef competition during the Sept. 13 broadcast of the Fox reality series, but not before leaving  an impression as a contestant. [Courtesy of Jeff Philbin]
  14. March column: Money pouring in for District 58 state House special election

    Local

    Lawrence McClure has reported raising a surprising $107,205 in the first month of his campaign in the special election for the District 58 state House seat, while his Republican primary opponent Yvonne Fry raised what would otherwise seem an impressive $68,765.

    Times Correspondent William March
  15. Fans gear up for FAMU Tampa Football Classic this weekend

    Briefs

    TAMPA — Fans of Florida A&M University Rattlers and Tennessee State University Tigers have converged on Tampa for the annual FAMU Tampa Football Classic.

    Florida A&M head coach Alex Wood and quarterback Vincent Jeffries come to Tampa on Saturday to take on Tennessee State University at Raymond James Stadium.  A number of ancillary events are being held around the game.