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  1. Though life gives and takes, 85-year-old piano phenom never loses control

    Human Interest

    CLEARWATER — It's Joseph Schwartz's 85th birthday.

    Pianist Joseph Schwartz, 85, plays his Steinway grand piano at home in Clearwater on his birthday. Schwartz is playing Chopin and other classical works at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, April 30.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  2. Former Yankee inspires a youth(w/video)

    Human Interest

    Alfonso Soriano, a former New York Yankee and World Series Champion visited students at Crestwood Elementary School in Tampa. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some of the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in …

    Fourth grader Estela Fernandez, 9, left, asks former New York Yankee Alfonso Soriano a question about his experience playing baseball during his visit at Crestwood Elementary. Soriano who shares the same experiences like some the students at Crestwood as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Encouraged them to work hard in school and remain model citizens in their community on Thursday, April 27, 2017. √’That√•s the important reason why I came to school today, to motivate those kids so when they have a dream they can accomplish it, because I came from the Dominican Republic,√“ said Soriano.
  3. Did you know Tampa's flag is a 'monstrosity'? No one else does, either

    Human Interest

    Tampa has a flag.

    It's flying over Old City Hall and Water Works Park and Tampa Police headquarters, and it was there hanging limp behind Mayor Bob Buckhorn as cameras rolled during his recent State of the City Address.

    The City of Tampa flag. [Wikimedia Commons]
  4. From the archives: Answers for yesterday's St. Petersburg history photo quiz

    Human Interest

    For those of you who tried to identify the buildings in yesterday's 1957 photo of downtown St. Petersburg, you'll find the answers below.

    January 3, 1957 - Downtown St. Petersburg, FL.
  5. From the archives: A St. Petersburg history photo quiz

    Human Interest

    Here are two aerial photos of downtown St. Petersburg, one from 1949 and one from 1957. The bottom photo was used to create a photo illustration for a 1957 story about a new building being proposed for downtown. The photo illustration was created by placing labels on the hardcopy photograph (labels which I, for the most …

    Downtown St. Petersburg, 1949
  6. From the archives: Miss Florida Awakens from Her Dream (July 14, 1958)

    Human Interest

    Here are some classic photos from the archives of the Tampa Bay Times. All four of these images were published in the July 14, 1958 edition of the St. Petersburg Times, accompanying an article on the newly crowned Miss Florida, Dianne Tauscher, and the very busy week she (and her Mom) spent in Sarasota following her …

  7. No penalty for driver who hit bicycle advocate Alan Snel, infuriating cyclists

    Human Interest

    Alan Snel, one of Florida's most well-known advocates for bicycling and safety, is recovering from his injuries after a motorist hit him from behind while he was riding his bike March 7.

    Alan Snel was left with a fractured spine and deep bruises.
  8. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    Our latest reader photo poll is all about colorful flowers and skies. Please cast your vote below to help decide which of these five images will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

  9. Fate of iconic author Jack Kerouac's St. Petersburg house in limbo with death of executor

    Human Interest

    St. Petersburg represents one small slice in the expansive life of Jack Kerouac, the cultural icon who helped launch the Beat Generation with his volumes of literary work and treks across the United States.

    The house at 5169 10th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, was Jack Kerouac’s home in his final years. It had fallen into disrepair due to neglect, but a local nonprofit has been wanting to buy it and turn it into a museum honoring the late author.
  10. It's all about gators, snakes and lizards as Tampa Repticon takes over Florida State Fairgrounds

    Human Interest

    Anyone who gets queasy being near anything that slithers or crawls might want to avoid the Florida State Fairground this weekend.

    The third Tampa Repticon show - featuring gators, lizards, snakes and all manner of scaly creatures - runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. [Times files]