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  1. 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]
  2. 5 great photos from Tampa Bay Times readers: Vote for the one you like best

    Human Interest

    Our latest reader photo poll features some beautifully lit skies (both daytime and nighttime) and a spider and a bird just kinda hanging out (though not together). Please cast your vote below to help decide which of these five will wear the title of Reader Photo of the Month.

  3. Everyday Tampa Bay: A Musician's Greatest Gig

    Human Interest

    Seminole native Roy Stewart lost his left arm in a car accident when he was 8-years-old. That tragedy didn't slow him down though. He inherited his grandfather's trumpet a few years later and learned how to play by practicing three times a day.

     Trumpet player Roy Stewart talks about his life as a jazz and classic rock musician and reveals that his greatest gigs were practicing for his dying wife and mother in his Seminole home.
  4. Unresponsive doctors and others who don't understand add to the anguish endured by women with endometriosis.

    Human Interest

    I couldn't believe it was back.

    I was in Jacksonville, about to photograph my first out-of-town college football game as the solo shooter, and there I was, crying on the floor of the media bathroom, clutching my abdomen. It felt as though a shadowed figure was stabbing me again and again. I gripped the toilet bowl …

    Eve Edelheit poses for a portrait in her apartment in St. Petersburg on February 1, 2017. She felt trapped in her apartment for months in 2016 after her endometriosis surgery took a bad turn and put her on bed rest for nearly 10 weeks.
  5. Young 'Moonlight' stars return from Oscars to their Florida middle school

    Human Interest

    MIAMI GARDENS — Seventh-graders Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner returned to middle school Wednesday as Oscar winners, but the "Moonlight" stars still had to go back to basics with their classmates in drama class.

    Jaden Piner, left, 13, and Alex Hibbert, 12, speak about what it was like to be at the Academy Awards for their part in the film "Moonlight," during a news conference at Norland Middle School on Wednesday in Miami Gardens. The film garnered three Oscars Sunday night, including the award for best picture. [Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press]
  6. Presenting the winner of the Tampa Bay Times Reader Photo of the Year poll

    Human Interest

    Every day in the Tampa Bay Times we publish a reader-submitted photo on the front page of the BayLink section. Every month we conduct a poll that lets you vote for your favorite reader photo. When we put all 12 monthly winners up in a poll recently, the photo that garnered the most votes was . . .

  7. Blink and you'll miss the old attractions of Florida, disappearing fast

    Human Interest

    I know I wasn't the only one bummed out last month by the news that Florida's version of Stonehenge, the Airstream Ranch, was being torn down.

     Airstream Ranch, the RV Stonehenge of Interstate 4, was razed last month. It was erected by Frank Bates in 2007. [ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times]
  8. Catching up, one year later: A recovering heroin addict finds hope and grace

    Human Interest

    The day before he almost died, he had seen his older sister overdosing in a recliner. He had watched his neighbor, a nurse, give her a shot of Narcan, the drug that lifts addicts from the brink of death. He had seen the paramedics cart her away.

    Six months after overdosing and almost dying, Michael Dingman has completed a recovery program, has a job  and lives in a Sarasota halfway house.
  9. Looking Back: There's Monkey Business In The Hatfield House (June 18, 1959)

    Human Interest

    This story appeared in the pages of the St. Petersburg Times on June 18, 1959. What follows is the text of the original story, interspersed with photos of the event taken by Times staff photographer George Trabant.

    Make Room For Jamie

    All dressed and ready for bed, Jamie stalls as long as possible. In addition to brushing teeth, Jamie has found the toothbrush is great for scratching his head.

TIMES | George Trabant
  10. All Eyes photo gallery: Last days of the Florida State Fair

    Human Interest

    The Florida State Fair wrapped up its 2017 season at the Florida State Fairgrounds today.

    Luis Galo, 10, of Oldsmar,  looks at a butterfly at the butterfly encounter during the last day of the Florida State Fair Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.