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  1. William March: Capin and Cruz appear destined for District 1 race

    Local Government

    Tampa City Council member Yolie Capin and state Rep. Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, appear headed for a primary in the District 1 County Commission race, which has Democrats worried they'll once again have strong candidates competing against each other in primaries, to the detriment of their chances against Republicans.

    Times Correspondent William March
  2. Joe Henderson: Teaching profession in Florida degraded, devalued


    There was an eye-grabbing headline across the top of the front page in your Tampa Bay Times last Monday. It declared, "Fewer learning to teach."

    The University of South Florida College of Education, where enrollment has dropped 40 percent since 2010, mirrors a national trend.
  3. Brandon Foundation helps connect charities at luncheon

    Human Interest

    PLANT CITY— Nonprofits within the area gathered at UM Catering Blake Hall last week to learn how they can connect and be more effective, efficient and resourceful within their organization.

    Joseph W. Griffith discusses time management during the Brandon Foundation Charity Connection Luncheon at UM Catering Blake Hall in Plant City.
  4. St. Stephen's newest family member: a 30,000 square foot building


    RIVERVIEW — This month marks a beginning and an end for St. Stephen Catholic Church.

    A dedication ceremony for the sanctuary of St. Stephen Catholic Church will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29.
  5. Kraftologee creates good times for kids, parents


    RIVERVIEW — Attention all mommy and me groups or fantasy football playing and watching dads, this is for you.

    Kraftologee owners and longtime friends John Fontana, left, and Chris Harman stand in front of their “epic coloring wall” that separates two newly-opened creativity lab rooms for children 2-12.
  6. Riverview's Winthrop Arts celebrates with inaugural Summerfest


    RIVERVIEW — Winthrop Arts holds its inaugural Summerfest from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Winthrop Common.

    This rendition of a banjo-playing raccoon will make up part of a new public art project crafted by the summer campers at the Winthrop Arts Factory.
  7. Teen with fatal disease earns Eagle Scout honors

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — Everyone from bus drivers to family members and school aids filled the chapel of Grace Community United Methodist Church.

    Jon Miller stands with his father and other family members as he is recognized as an Eagle Scout on June 10 at Grace Community United Methodist Church in Lithia. Miller fought through Batten Disease to earn the honor.
  8. Joe Henderson: Brandon High teammates relive hoop dreams

    Human Interest

    Memories of a special time can echo across miles and decades. They can bring people back to Brandon from as far away as Texas to celebrate something they achieved together.

    Brandon High School basketball coach Jan Bennett exhorts his players during the 1977 game when the Eagles defeated Robinson High in double overtime.
  9. Brandon couple's photos, taken 24 years apart, go viral around the world

    Human Interest


    His beard had turned white. His husband's blond hair was streaked with gray. But in the photo, it was unmistakably them.

    Nick Cardello, left, and Kurt English decided to re-create the photo at top taken in 1993 when they revisited Washington, D.C., this month. 
  10. First Watch awakens for Riverview diners


    RIVERVIEW — The chickichanga has come to Riverview as First Watch, a Bradenton-based breakfast and brunch café, opened its 12th Tampa Bay area location at 13013 U.S. 301.

    First Watch, a breakfast/brunch caf? headquartered in Bradenton, has opened its 12th Tampa Bay area location, bringing its famed “chickichanga” to Riverview.