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  1. Sunday Conversation: With a flurry of firsts, Fentrice Driskell looks to open doors for others


    It was during a summer academic camp for high school students at Northwestern University that Fentrice Driskell spoke the words that forever changed her life. As everyone went around introducing themselves and proclaiming their college aspirations, Driskell realized suddenly she hadn't settled on a school. So she …

    Politics has always held the interest of Fentrice Driskell, an attorney at Carlton Fields and one of the panelists for the upcoming Wonder Women Unite business seminar.
  2. Entrepreneur expands interests with Twisted Crafts


    SOUTH TAMPA — Playgrounds of Tampa owner Mike Addabbo is expanding into the do-it-yourself industry with his new endeavor: Twisted Crafts.

     Jennifer and Michael Addabbo pose in their latest entrepreneurial enterprise: Twisted Crafts. Photo courtesy of Twisted Craft.
  3. Amazing Lash franchise expands to South Tampa


    SOUTH TAMPA — Jeff Tolrud opened the doors to his third Amazing Lash Studio franchise earlier this month, this time in South Tampa.

    When customers walk in, the studios have the same look and feel throughout the country, operator Jeff Tolrud said of Amazing Lash Studio. Tolrud opened his third in Hillsborough County earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Amazing Lash.
  4. Editorial: Special election shows again that attack ads stain public service


    "The end justifies the means" is a slogan you won't see used by a single candidate seeking public office.

    Attack mailers filled mailboxes toward the end of the campaign for the special GOP primary election Tuesday to fill the seat representing District 58 in the Florida House of Representatives. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. County employee wins Hispanic Heritage award from NFL


    The National Football League recently recognized Jennifer Whelihan, economic development manager for Hillsborough County, as one of 32 recipients of its annual Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

    Glazer Family Foundation co-president Darcie Glaser Kassewitz presented the award to Whelihan on Oct. 1 at the Bucs-Giants game at Raymond James Stadium.
  6. Friday the 13th: Fun facts about the unluckiest day of the year (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    It's the month of October, and it's also Friday the 13th.

    English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 - so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. [Times files]
  7. Joe Henderson: Peeved at school bus schedules? Be an example to your kids


    If you are the parent of a public-school student in Hillsborough County, your life might become more complicated.

    Self-interest guides many parents’ views of the right bell schedule for Hillsborough County schools. The new schedule, designed to save money, looks as good as any.
  8. William March: Attack mailers sent in House race but reports fail to note them


    The most active mud-slinging committee in the Republican primary for East Hillsborough's vacant state House District 58 seat has reported to state officials that it didn't raise or spend any money before Sept. 30 — even though it sent out at least four mailers attacking Yvonne Fry before that date, according to …

    Lawrence McClure
  9. Top priority for Mayor Mel Jurado: Sell city's redevelopment property

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — As Mel Jurado takes up the gavel as mayor, she joins a City Council determined to get construction started on city-owned downtown redevelopment property even if it isn't the Downtown Temple Terrace people once envisioned.

    Mel Jurado received double the votes of her opponents.
  10. Candlelight vigil honors the victims of drug overdoses


    TAMPA — Lynne Knowles suspected for months that something bad was going on with her daughter.

    Law enforcement officers and family and friends of victims of drug overdoses gather for a past Candle Light Vigil sponsored by NOPE, or Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, of Hillsborough.
  11. UT's Center for Ethics honors Premier Eye Care CEO

    Human Interest

    The University of Tampa Center for Ethics recently presented Premier Eye Care CEO Lorna Taylor with its Tampa Bay Ethics Award.

    Lorna Taylor is the president and CEO of Premier Eye Care.
  12. Afghani student inspires at HCC's Diversity Awards breakfast


    RIVERVIEW — Khumari Barakzai is a strong believer in human rights for all people, no matter their gender or ethnicity.

    Joan Holmes, Hillsborough Community College special assistant to the president, left, and HCC president Ken Atwater are all smiles after chemistry professor Brenda Alanis received the college diversity council’s Exemplary Faculty Award.
  13. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    CITY, Art-a-Porter: Susanne Bartsch

    Latex fashions by Renee Masoomian, one of the seven designers featured at CITY: Art-a-Porter extravaganza for the Tampa Museum of Art on Oct. 6.
  14. Pulitzer Prize-winner to lecture on China


    Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Ian Johnson will give lecture on the religious awakening under way in China from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 16) at Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave.

    Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Ian Johnson will discuss the rise of religion in China as part of a lecture series benefiting the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF.
  15. Howard Altman: Marine pushing for Warrior Games in Tampa wins medals


    Back in July, Mike Nicholson, a Marine who lost three limbs in Afghanistan, was earning gold medals in the Defense Department's Warrior Games.

    Marine Corps veteran Mike Nicholson is congratulated by Prince Harry after a remarkable golf drive Sept. 26 during the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. The games bring together wounded and injured veterans from 17 nations for 12 adaptive sporting events. [Roger L. Wollenberg, Department of Defense]