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  1. Students from rival high schools notch perfect ACT scores


    TAMPA — For anyone achieving a perfect score in American College Testing (ACT), a rigorous standardized examination used for college admissions, the odds are statistically staggering.

    John Felletter
  2. Bob Buckhorn: Expanding homestead exemption will endanger Tampa's progress


    In the years leading up to my taking office, Tampa families experienced some of the hardest times in recent history. Homes were lost, jobs were cut, and optimism for the future waned.

    Critics say expanding the homestead exemption for Florida property owners will strain the resources of local governments as they recover from the Great Recession.[SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times, 2005]
  3. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Magnolia Ball

    In gratitude for lifesaving research and treatments, former Moffitt Cancer Center patients, their loved ones and inspired donors raised a record-smashing $4 million at the 24th annual Magnolia Ball, an elegant, $1,500-ticket dinner in a Tuscan garden setting Saturday at the Marriott Waterside. …

    Barb and Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Tom Sellers, from left, and Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, a national advisory board member and cancer survivor, dine at the Magnolia Ball.
  4. For ECHO's Burr, achievements defy laws of time


    BRANDON — Sharmaine Burr awoke on May 20 full of emotion.

    ECHO director of social services Sharmaine Burr juggles work, family and educational pursuits while continuing to help people change the trajectory of their lives.
  5. 'Superhero' family sharpens focus on special needs adoptions

    Human Interest


    Batman, Superman and Spider-Man rose from orphan beginnings to become superheroes known for their feats of strength and heroic deeds.

    Alex Hart, 10, talks with new brother, Anthony Gabriel Hart, 5, before Anthony’s adoption finalization at the Hillsborough County courthouse. Mom Donna Hart said, “He brings out this side in Tanner and Alex, this tenderness, this kindness.”
  6. Joe Henderson: Only unanimous jury vote justifies extreme act of execution


    A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court on Florida's death penalty law didn't generate a lot of chatter, but don't let that fool you.

    A jury recommended execution for Dontae Morris of Tampa by a 10-2 vote in one of his murder trials. The recommendation was unanimous when he was tried in the shooting deaths of two Tampa police officers.
  7. Daniel Ruth: Buckhorn acting 8 with his machine-gun joke aimed at journalists


    It can be argued that much like in performing stand-up comedy, so too, in a political life it is important to know your audience.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn mans a .50-caliber machine gun during a special operations forces demonstration on the Hillsborough River downtown in May 2014 [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times].
  8. Riverview 14 GDX kicks off summer season with sneak peak event


    RIVERVIEW — Deresa Mayes of Tampa loves nothing more than a day at the beach.

  9. Entrepreneur hatching a business incubator


    TAMPA — In his search for a new property, all Florida entrepreneur Gary Hartfield had to do was look across the street.

    Entrepreneur Gary Hartfield is developing a small business incubator for African American and Hispanic businesses. Photo courtesy of Kerrick Williams Photography.
  10. Buffalo Wild Wings finds new home in South Tampa


    When the South Tampa Buffalo Wild Wings opens in June, it will feature the new layout which has been unveiled in other markets and includes an open feel with a big horseshoe shaped bar.

    Buffalo Wild Wings opens a new location in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Sarah Darga.
  11. The Littlest Trunk opens second location in South Tampa


    Ever since sisters Ashley Ligas and Carey Kleinmetz opened The Littlest Trunk, a children's and maternity re-sale shop, in 2014 in St. Petersburg, Ligas' 3-year-old son, Evan has been right by their side.

    The Littlest Trunk opens a second location in South Tampa. Photo courtesy of Michael Flanagan.
  12. Sunday Conversation: Swim Digital CEO Trimeka Benjamin helps women achieve


    Trimeka Benjamin, founder and CEO of Swim Digital, says she genuinely wants to help other business women.

    hillsconvo052117: Trimeka Benjamin is the CEO of Swim Digital and the subject of the May 21 Sunday Conversation. Photo.
  13. March column: Pam Iorio, who isn't running, clear favorite in Tampa mayor's poll


    Tampa political insiders have been buzzing for a week or so about a robopoll on the 2019 mayor's race.

    Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio celebrates a Riverwalk milestone in 2013 with others who have held the seat, from left, Bob Buckhorn, Dick Greco, Sandy Freedman, Bob Martinez and Bill Poe. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]
  14. Guest column: Son faces down genetic disorder with strength, determination


    Brain surgeries, pain, encephalitis, tumors and severe physical side effects all mark my son Steven's ongoing battle with a cancerous genetic disorder called Von Hippel Lindau syndrome, also known as VHL.

  15. Bar review: Ybor City's Big Easy Bar does its NOLA muse proud

    Bars & Spirits

    I first wandered into the Big Easy Bar in Ybor City during a raucous pub crawl.

    On weekends, the Big Easy’s two full bars get plenty of action, and there’s a spacious dining area that can handle a nice crowd. The bar staff whips up fine cocktails, including this Oak Fired Old Fashioned cocktail, shown, which takes a citrus-y version of the classic and serves it in a glass that has been smoked over oak.
Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*