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  1. Forget Pizza Rat. Meet St. Petersburg's Pizza Squirrel

    Human Interest

    New York, it seems, doesn't have a monopoly on pizza-chomping rodents.

  2. The Volunteer Way strives to fight hunger in Pasco

    Human Interest

    PORT RICHEY — On the second Monday of the month, Joseph Scagliozzi lines up early for a box of food at The Volunteer Way warehouse on Congress Street. It's a modest offering — a godsend of donated canned goods, peanut butter, rice, pasta, sweets, beverages and fresh vegetables.

    Joseph Scagliozzi, 60, left, loads up on his monthly allotment of food with the help of volunteer, Ray Michnener, 74, at the Volunteer Way, a non-profit, faith-based charity in Port Richey that distributes close to 7 million pounds of food to the poor each year.
  3. This Scout earned every possible merit badge. Then came cancer.

    Human Interest

    LAKE WALES — Ron Cain strolled lakeside at a Boy Scout camp on a crisp November day, the exact spot where he finally earned all of Scouting's 137 merit badges.

    Ron Cain, 18, reflects on his Scouting career recently at the Flaming Arrow Reservation. To earn his final merit badge, he had to survey the field as Hurricane Irma approached. Soon after, he learned that he has testicular cancer.
  4. Wisconsin man got locked in a walk-in beer cooler. He had 'everything that he needed,' police say.

    Human Interest

    Ten minutes to midnight on Tuesday, Jeremy J. Van Ert stepped into a walk-in beer cooler at a Kwik Trip convenience store in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

    Jeremy J. Van Ert MUST CREDIT: Marshfield Police Department
  5. Photo of the Day for October 19, 2017 - A view of Tampa Bay from Coquina Key in St. Pete

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Eric Statzer of Tampa, FL.

  6. Amateur photographer spotlight: Ryan McGibbeny, St. Petersburg, FL.

    Human Interest

    Here is another in an occasional series of posts shining a spotlight on local amateur photographers.

  7. Photo of the Day for October 18, 2017 - As the storm rolls in

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Holly Colson of Brooksville, FL.

  8. Photo of the Day for October 17, 2017 - Urban possums

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Roger Kimble of Tampa, FL.

  9. Photo of the Day for October 16, 2017 - Sunrise on Coffee Pot Bayou

    Human Interest

    Today's Photo of the Day comes from Lauren Clark of St. Petersburg, FL.

  10. Tampa's wild hogs are 'real smart' and really hard to catch

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Jack Surrency parks his Chevy pickup in the nature preserve, climbs out and eyeballs a muddy, ruddy patch of earth beside a paved walking trail. Knee-high grass grew here just a few days ago. Now it looks like someone lobbed a grenade.

    Hogs, for sure.

    Ivey "Jack" Surrency, left, and John Vozniak, Jr. move a young feral hog they had trapped into a trailer. Surrency will put the hogs down and sell the meat. Vozniak and Ivey "Jack" Surrency have been trapping feral hogs for the city of Tampa in an effort to eradicate the animals from urban parks.CHRIS URSO   |   Times