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  1. Traffic grew heavy, and so did contractions, so Plant City mom delivers in car

    News

    BRANDON — Christine Stallworth had experienced false labor before so she decided to ignore the contractions she was feeling Thursday as she and her husband Clifford drove their two boys from home in Plant City to school in Tampa.

  2. Tibet the courthouse dog takes to the silver screen and raises funds to hire a helper

    Courts

    TAMPA — Tibet the courthouse dog came to Hillsborough County with a mission — sit alongside abused, neglected and abandoned children during court proceedings to provide emotional comfort.

  3. Editorial: MOSI faces a clean slate and should give everyone a piece of chalk

    Editorials

    For three years, the only news about finances at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry was bad news: "Struggling MOSI asks Hillsborough County for $400,000 loan," one headline read, "Audit sees MOSI finances slipping," read another, and "MOSI donor sues museum, says it used money for payroll."

  4. Regions Bank invests in AHN senior to spread 'Sparkle Power'

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — Academy of Holy Names senior Caitlin Shannon stood in a dimly-lit part of the dugout club at Steinbrenner Field on Dec. 8, hidden from the main conference area.

  5. HCSO continues homeless outreach efforts

    Public Safety

    BRANDON — A cool crisp breeze swept through the morning grounds of the New Hope Methodist Church as individuals stood in line wearing sweatshirts, jeans and other warm attire as they waited to receive assistance.

  6. Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee keynotes Boys & Girls Club fundraising breakfast

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — When Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee was a child, she was invited to play on basketball teams at the Boys Club in East St. Louis, Ill. It was before the national organization became the Boys & Girls Club.

  7. Bella Patel steps up for Wimauma's Enterprising Latinas organization

    Human Interest

    WIMAUMA — Christmas came a little early this year for Liz Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Enterprising Latinas, Inc.

  8. Girls With Confidence shows its heart for the holidays

    Human Interest

    LITHIA — Sadie Mulford didn't think twice about enrolling her 9-year-old daughter Sterling in the Girls with Confidence program, despite the fact they live in the Town 'n' Country community and the weekly classes are held at the Grace Community United Methodist Church in Lithia.

  9. Jewish young adults to gather for 'The Vodka Latke'

    Religion

    The Vodka Latke, Tampa's annual Dec. 24 gathering for Jewish singles and young couples, will take place downtown this year at popular nightspot the Franklin Manor.

  10. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    Power of Giving

    A very merry crowd turned out for the Ryan Nece Foundation's Power of Giving holiday party, drinking Jingle Juice cocktails and having a jolly time supporting the former NFL linebacker's student service programs. Bay area teens make two-year commitments to volunteer work, their …

  11. BalloonaPalooza comes to Florida State Fairgrounds

    News

    The BalloonaPalooza Tour Winter Spectacular tour makes its last stop in Tampa from 4-11 p.m on Friday (Dec 15), Saturday (Dec. 16) and Sunday (Dec 17) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 US 301.

  12. William March: AG candidate Ashley Moody called 'liberal;' bill takes Orlando money for Tampa transit

    Elections

    Ideological divides in Florida's Republican attorney general primary race are producing some early negative campaigning, with a strong Tampa Bay area flavor.

  13. Horrified friends watch screaming woman driven to her death in Plant City

    Crime

    PLANT CITY — Jonathon Adams heard a scream, "like a dog getting run over by a car," then saw a minivan come tearing around the corner with a woman he knew dangling out of the passenger side.

  14. American Social booming on Harbour Island

    News

    HARBOUR ISLAND — Downtowners, conventioneers, hockey fans, concert-goers and anyone hungry for waterfront dining are discovering American Social Bar & Kitchen on Harbour Island.

  15. A healthy dining option opens in Downtown Tampa

    News

    SOUTH TAMPA— Vale Food Co., a health food restaurant, hopes to make its mark on the bay area foodie scene with the opening of its first location in Tampa.