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  1. Exoskeletal suit helps Haley veteran regain ability to walk

    Veterans

    There is a magical moment for every new child when they take those first wobbly steps in life.

    It is a transcending experience.

    Paralyzed veteran James Smith walks with the help of a exoskeletal suit as therapist Brittney Durant looks on.
  2. Whitman: Christians must temper 'Christian girl' model

    Religion

    I came across something beautiful this week: the raw and sometimes ugly storytelling of poet Olivia Gatwood.

  3. Habitat launches county's first women-themed construction event

    News

    On the morning of April 22, concrete walls were all that stood on the site of Habitat for Humanity Hillsborough County's first women-themed construction event, Women Build.

    Habitat For Humanity Hillsborough County host their first women-themed construction event, Women Build, where they will build a new home for Candice Cowen and her four children.
  4. Engineering entrepreneur finds home in USF incubator

    Business

    SaLisa Berrien moved to Tampa just a few years ago, but she's long been familiar with the Sunshine State, thanks to summer visits as a child with Polk County relatives. At that time, she remembers hating the annual trek because it was "hot and full of bugs." These days, the Allentown, Pa., native still finds Florida …

    SaLisa Berrien operates her energy consulting company, COI Energy, out of the University of South Florida’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator.
  5. Demolish I-275? One expert offers a 'dream' alternative

    Transportation

    TAMPA — If some Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights residents had their druthers, the state would simply demolish Interstate 275, which now severs their neighborhoods.

    Viewed from the southbound lanes, traffic in the northbound lanes of I-275 in Tampa slow to a crawl on Wednesday evening, Jan. 20, 2016. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  6. Lutz tea room proves a draw for parties

    Business

    LUTZ — On a recent Friday, 18 women arrived at a new tea room wearing colorful dresses, bright light-weight sweaters, dress hats, sun bonnets, gloves and carrying matching purses.

    BJ Newberger, right, and CJ Hartland, left, enjoy a tea at the new Whistle Stop Gardens Tea Room in Lutz.
  7. Hooper: Saint Leo writers retreat offers breath of fresh air

    Events

    I've got a secret.

    Don't tell anyone.

    On May 20, I'll be one of the presenters at the fifth annual Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, but if you think I'm going to show up for my session and leave, guess again.

    Poet Jesse Millner is one of the featured speakers at the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University.
  8. Tampa seminar modeled on child-abuse prevention gathering 40 years ago

    News

    TAMPA — Forty years ago, a seminar convened by the Junior League of Tampa riveted the community's attention on the growing problem of child abuse and led to the creation of a nonprofit group focused on fighting it.

    Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll, shown at a conference in Orlando, is a keynote speaker during a seminar set for Thursday in Tampa on helping prevent child abuse.
  9. March column: Kevin Beckner leaves politics, named Hillsborough civil service chief

    Politics

    The Hillsborough County Civil Service Board has selected former county Commissioner Kevin Beckner as its new director.

    Kevin Beckner, once seen as a rising star in the local Democratic Party, has stepped away from politics after losing the circuit court clerk's race in November to take a county job that pays up to $140,000 a year. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  10. Legacy Gala looks to enlist alumni in restoring Chamberlain's luster

    K12

    TAMPA

    It began during informal lunches where Chamberlain High School alumni wondered what they could do to help improve the school.

     Incoming principal Jake Russell speaks with a student during lunch at Chamberlain High School on Friday. Russell, who comes from Sickles High School, has embraced an alumni effort to help improve the troubled school. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]