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  1. USF looks to boost student employment rates


    With University of South Florida seniors preparing for commencement ceremonies this weekend, and then a journey into the real-world demands of finding a job, the parents of the aspiring graduates may be wondering how many took advantage of the school's career resource center.

    USF faculty research associate Jeff Du Vernay speaks to Brent Houston, a social science education undergrad, at a recent career fair.
  2. Showmen's Museum shows off carnival history

    Human Interest

    When the carnival came to Doc Rivera's hometown, he could hardly contain his excitement.

    Old carnival and state fair posters are seen on the walls of the International Independent Showmen’s Museum.
  3. MOSI exhibit celebrates breastfeeding


    A three-year effort by local mothers has resulted in Brestfeeding Rocks, a new feature of the Museum of Science and Industry's Amazing You exhibition.

    The Breastfeeding Rocks exhibit, which opened in April at MOSI, is sponsored by La Leche League of the Sunshine State,
  4. Former Most Holy Redeemer school shutters doors, prepares for move north


    NORTH TAMPA — Ask David F. Ritchie Jr. about his days at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School in North Tampa, and he immediately reminisces about teacher Mary Ruddy.

    Students are seen walking in front of Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School in the late 1970s. Now known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School, it will shudder its doors and move from North Tampa to Lutz.  A former principal said changes in the community impacted the school.
  5. Hometown Hillsborough


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    Hometown Hillsborough publishes on Fridays. Send news of everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from family reunions, a local achievement, celebrations or simply good news you want to trumpet. To make a submission, contact Hometown Hillsborough coordinator Chelsea …

    Longtime fan honored 
at 12 Hours of Sebring  Frank Morrison was named Fan of the Year at this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring races. Morrison was raised in Sebring and has been attending the races for 62 years. His wife, Barbara, noted in her nomination letter for Fan of the Year that “I did not know that when I married my husband, Frank, in 1966 that I would also marry into the Sebring Raceway.”
  6. Fresh market in South Tampa, barbecue in Town 'N Country, expanded liquor choices in Riverview


    At 4 a.m. every morning, John Cannon and his best friend and business partner for 20 years, Robert Rice meet at their newest venture, South Tampa Fresh Market on Himes Avenue.

    South Tampa Fresh Market on Himes Avenue carries fresh local produce and organic eggs, milk, local honey and cheeses.
  7. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene

    Human Interest

    Tampa General Hospital Foundation gala

    Dr. Mark Frankle, from left, supports the TGH Foundation gala with Lynne Couchova and TGH orthopedics chief Dr. Roy Sanders and his wife, Melanie.
  8. Free Comic Book Day celebrates comics and their creators

    Human Interest

    TAMPA -- It's one of the favorite days of the year for fangirls and fanboys, geeks and nerds and superhero aficionados: Free Comic Book Day.

    Heroes’ Haven in Carrollwood is going all out for Free Comic Book Day with an artist alley, food trucks and 50 free comics to the first 150 guests in line.
  9. Ruth: Mayor Bob Buckhorn responds to smoke at Fire Rescue


    Nothing focuses a politician's attention more than accusations of being out of touch. Days ago, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said he needed "a couple of weeks" to receive a report from Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward before he could decide how to provide a modicum of privacy (and respect) for female first responders who …

  10. Hooper: TIA restaurateur lifts himself up, and others


    As a child, George Tinsley, Sr., sported such an optimistic outlook that folks in his impoverished Louisville, Ky., neighborhood, known as Smoketown by locals, looked out for him.

    George Tinsley Sr.’s company is the majority partner in the TGI Friday’s in the main terminal of Tampa International Airport.