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  1. Tokley honored as poem returns to courthouse

    Human Interest

    In 2010, James Tokley, Tampa's Poet Laureate, wrote the poem, A Modern Manifesto, which honored the new Edgecomb Courthouse.

    James Tokley with Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank at a celebration thrown in Tokley’s honor last Friday.
  2. In advertising, marketing diversity needs a boost in Tampa Bay, nationally


    TAMPA — Trimeka Benjamin was focused on a career in broadcast journalism when she entered Bethune-Cookman University.

    From left, Swim Digital marketing owner Trimeka Benjamin discusses the broad lack of diversity in advertising and marketing with 22 Squared copywriter Luke Sokolewicz, University of Tampa advertising/PR professor Jennifer Whelihan, Rumbo creative director George Zwierko and Nancy Vaughn of the White Book Agency. The group recently met at The Bunker in Ybor City.
  3. Epilogue: Tony Scaglione served Ybor delicacies and laughs


    TAMPA — Tony Scaglione's childhood dream was to own his family's restaurant.

    Tony Scaglione - the longtime owner of Tony's Ybor Restaurant - has died.  He was 87.  Photo courtesy of  Larry Scaglione
  4. Artist exchange creates Tampa-Havana friendships

    Visual Arts

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Bad weather rocked the Southwest Airlines flight from Havana to Tampa.

    Marian Valdes of Havana, Cuba, who is a resident artist through the Tempus Projects artist exchange program, stands for a portrait at the non-profit art space in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 17, 2017. Valdes has an upcoming exhibit titled “Addicted Involution.”
  5. Bar review: Attic Cafe and Bar, brews with views of downtown Tampa

    Bars & Spirits

    It's ironic that Tampa Bay WaVE — an entrepreneur incubator with an eye on growing Tampa's tech startups — keeps its offices in a century-old building originally used as an auditorium for the adjacent Masonic Lodge.

    One big plus at the Attic Cafe & Bar is its patio and balcony, where you can spy City Hall and a few other landmarks in downtown Tampa. Local history also figures prominently.
  6. Looking Back: The Ybor City Streetcar gets a new life (Dec. 27, 1991)


    Before World War II Tampa's public transportation needs were covered by a network of Birney streetcars, with a peak of 24 million passengers in 1926. When a local streetcar enthusiast came across a 1920's model, she contacted the Tampa Trolley Society with an eye towards restoration. That streetcar would become the part …

  7. Henderson: An ear's guide to life, unplugged


    I'm not sure when headphones became almost a mandatory part of everyday life.

    People love their earbuds, but the world has its own interesting soundtrack. []
  8. South Seminole Heights neighborhood hopes street mural brings calm to the road



    A "mandala" is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing a microcosm of the universe. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas help establish a sacred space.


    Tampa’s first painted street mural — at the corner of N River Boulevard and W Louisiana Avenue — was finished on Saturday afternoon by neighborhood kids and parents and supervised by the artist who created the image, Catherine Thomas of St. Petersburg, pictured at left.
  9. Tampa Theatre to screen circus documentary aimed at helping domestic abuse victims

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Circus performer/filmmaker Stewart Lippe doesn't clown around on the subject of domestic violence.

    Circus Manduhai travels to remote towns in Mongolia to help women in abusive relationships.
  10. Editorial: Hillsborough leaders need to get on same page in chasing affordable housing projects


    The need is too great and the stakes are too high for those involved with affordable housing in Hillsborough County to be fighting over the limited federal support that helps make it possible.

    A developer backed by Hillsborough County has asked a judge to disqualify the Tampa Housing Authority, pictured here, from receiving an award it won to help build an apartment complex that would create 200 affordable housing units in Tampa. [Tampa Housing Authority photo]
  11. Mini burgers coming soon to downtown Tampa


    On the way home from a St. Augustine vacation Greg Gostomski, who retires from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant on July 31, began searching veteran-friendly restaurant concepts.

    Burgerim will open in the fall, serving mini burgers in downtown Tampa. Photo courtesy of Burgerim.
  12. Mall kiosk brings jelly sandals back and now they're eco-friendly


    WESTSHORE — A new kiosk inside Westshore Plaza brings back a popular style of the '80s and '90s: plastic jelly sandals.

    Jelly Sandals opened on July 1 inside WestShore Plaza. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Nava.
  13. UT runner earns prestigious SCC character award


    TAMPA — Like most people, Dror Vaknin, the University of Tampa's head coach for cross country and track and field, receives dozens of text messages and e-mails on a typical day. They blur together.

    Lars Benner recently earned the the Sunshine State Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
  14. Joe Henderson: Clarify expectations to stop the revolving door of school communication chiefs


    Something isn't adding up.

    The Hillsborough County School District can't seem to hold on to a communications chief. It's not like the job doesn't pay well. Teresa Lantigua Peterson, who was hired in April but has already quit, was pulling down $107,000 a year.

    Hillsborough schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins can't seem to hang onto a communications chief. Maybe the next one, former TV newsman Grayson Kamm, will last. [MONICA HERNDON | Times, 2015]
  15. Clearwater Instagram celebrity mixes athleticism, faith in 'Ninja Warrior' bid


    One look at Charity LeBlanc's Instagram and it makes perfect sense why nicknamed her Spider Mom.

     Charity LeBlanc, posing with her mother pastor Kathleen Peck and daughter City, has more than 260,000 Instagram followers.