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  1. Steinbrenner family fetes prep coaches at annual dinner

    Preps

    TAMPA

    Gaither High flag football coach Bill Agatheas said he never gets premonitions, and, as a general rule, doesn't make predictions.

    Berkeley Prep swim coach Kevin Rosepapa (left), shown congratulating swimmer Robert Cecil, was awarded a cash prize of $5,000 at the Steinbrenner family event.
  2. Henderson: Tribune lives on in scrapbooks, camaraderie, and now a documentary

    Columns

    Last year on May 3, Ken Koehn and I were having lunch at our usual spot inside the Tampa Tribune's snack room, which we had laughingly named Chez Trib. Ken was the managing editor and I was the metro columnist.

    The building the staff of the Tampa Tribune moved to in 1977 has been demolished. [Times files]
  3. New Hyde Park Village taking shape with a year of barricades and dust ahead

    Business

    TAMPA — It seems a long time now since the fountain plaza at Hyde Park Village beckoned people strolling by with its scenic surroundings and twinkling waters.

    Businesses and customers at Hyde Park Village in Tampa are now half-way through a two-year beautification project. In the latest phase, a lane of West Snow Avenue has been closed to tie in a water main. [HANNAH J. FARROW 
  |   Times]
  4. Junior League partnership enhances annual dragon boat races

    Events

    TAMPA — When athletes andd spectators find greater vibrancy, more activities and added entertainment at Saturday's Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races at Cotanchobee Park, they can thank the Junior League of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

  5. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    LAMPLighters' Lights Fashion Hope

    Katie Selman’s unusual swan hat, left, won Best of Show as she enjoyed Frankie’s Friends’ Mad Hatter’s Tea & Brunch benefit with Karla Stevenson.
  6. March column: Hillsborough commissioners switching districts to run again

    Politics

    County Commissioner Sandy Murman now says she is "probably" going to leave her district seat to run for a countywide seat in 2018, which is setting off a flurry of jockeying and maneuvering in what promises to be a wild 2018 county election season.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman said she'll probably switch districts to run for another term. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  7. 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.
  8. Opinion: Keep an eye on Tampa's invisible infrastructure to see city grow

    Columns

    When you search online for images of a city, chances are you'll find pictures of buildings, roads, bridges and lights. It's natural to think of a city in terms of its physical infrastructure. But today, we are in the emergence of a new digital reality in which a city's invisible infrastructure is just as important as …

    Tampa has several unique areas that highlight its potential to emerge as a smart city.
  9. Hooper: Mom who lost son works to get mental health care for others

    Columns

    Aaron Keith Robinson, then 18, stood at his mother's bedroom door in 2001 proclaiming to be a soldier, a general in the Lord's army.

    He said he was prepared to die.

    It was 2 in the morning.

  10. Exoskeletal suit helps Haley veteran regain ability to walk

    Veterans

    There is a magical moment for every new child when they take those first wobbly steps in life.

    It is a transcending experience.

    Paralyzed veteran James Smith walks with the help of a exoskeletal suit as therapist Brittney Durant looks on.
  11. Whitman: Christians must temper 'Christian girl' model

    Religion

    I came across something beautiful this week: the raw and sometimes ugly storytelling of poet Olivia Gatwood.

  12. Eaters will crown wieners at event-packed RiverFest in Tampa

    Events

    It's all about wieners and winners May 6 and 7 at RiverFest in downtown Tampa.

    "Tampa Bay's Best Hot Dog" will be crowned during the Hot Dog Festival at Riverfest in downtown Tampa. [Riverfest]
  13. Engineering entrepreneur finds home in USF incubator

    Business

    SaLisa Berrien moved to Tampa just a few years ago, but she's long been familiar with the Sunshine State, thanks to summer visits as a child with Polk County relatives. At that time, she remembers hating the annual trek because it was "hot and full of bugs." These days, the Allentown, Pa., native still finds Florida …

    SaLisa Berrien operates her energy consulting company, COI Energy, out of the University of South Florida’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.
  14. Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

    Transportation

    TAMPA — If some Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights residents had their druthers, the state would simply demolish Interstate 275, which now severs their neighborhoods.

    Viewed from the southbound lanes, traffic in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa slow to a crawl on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  15. Lutz tea room proves a draw for parties

    Business

    LUTZ — On a recent Friday, 18 women arrived at a new tea room wearing colorful dresses, bright light-weight sweaters, dress hats, sun bonnets, gloves and carrying matching purses.

    BJ Newberger, right, and CJ Hartland, left, enjoy a tea at the new Whistle Stop Gardens Tea Room in Lutz.