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  1. Winning high school essays urge balance in U.S. foreign, domestic spending


    Three winners were selected by a panel of judges from among 250 entrants to receive a $1,200 scholarship in the R.F. "Red" Pittman Tampa Tribune Scholars essay contest.

  2. William March: Sheriff Gee denies his resignation was timed to help GOP


    Sheriff David Gee is denying through spokesmen that he planned his 2016 re-election and subsequent resignation to help Republicans hold the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. But Democrats say it seems obvious he did.

  3. 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
  4. Blues hall of famer Benny Latimore calls Riverview home but never takes the stage here

    Human Interest

    RIVERVIEW — "I don't gig around,'' says Benny Latimore.

    Benny Latimore was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame under his stage name.
  5. Local craft beer of the week: Two Henrys Belleview-Biltmore Blueberry Vanilla Wheat

    Bars & Spirits

    Two Henrys Brewing Company is a unique entity in the Tampa Bay brewing scene, due to both its status as the only brewery in Plant City, as well as its location on a 27-acre working farm, which also includes a winery.

    Photo by Justin Grant
  6. 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.
  7. 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 director Tom Sellers, from left, and Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, a national advisory board member and cancer survivor, dine at the Magnolia Ball.
  8. 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.
  9. '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.”
  10. 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.