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  1. Gaither and UT alum nominated for an Emmy

    Human Interest

    Spoiler alert: season two of the Amazon Studios series The Man in the High Castle did not win a 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

    The Volkshalle, a domed monumental building planned by Adolf Hitler to be built in Berlin, was never erected. But a CGI version created by Tampa native David Andrade’s Theory Studios in Orlando brought it to life.
  2. Sunday Conversation: Sara Mickelson has a heart for nonprofits

    Human Interest


    Sara Mickelson, a self-acknowledged Renaissance woman, will be recognized later this month by one of the city's home-grown non-profit organizations as their Corporate Citizen of the Year. Each year, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) salutes people in the community who have …

    Sara Mickelson says she doesn’t know if her red hair has anything to do with how her life has developed, “but I do have a wicked sense of humor, an active imagination, and a willingness to try new things.”
  3. Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now

    Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now


    Starting Right, Now holds its inaugural Drive Out Youth Homeless Charity Golf Tournament on Monday with a fairly unique twist: a helicopter ball drop.

    The teens from Starting Right, Now will benefit from the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraising golf tournament.
  4. Ernest Hooper: Amateur chef pitches Tampa like a pro on Gordon Ramsay show


    Even in the final seconds of his 18-episode run on MasterChef, Jeff Philbin represented Tampa — albeit with the help of one of his fiercest competitors.

    Tampa's Jeff Philbin was eliminated from the MasterChef competition during the Sept. 13 broadcast of the Fox reality series, but not before leaving  an impression as a contestant. [Courtesy of Jeff Philbin]
  5. March column: Money pouring in for District 58 state House special election


    Lawrence McClure has reported raising a surprising $107,205 in the first month of his campaign in the special election for the District 58 state House seat, while his Republican primary opponent Yvonne Fry raised what would otherwise seem an impressive $68,765.

    Times Correspondent William March
  6. Fans gear up for FAMU Tampa Football Classic this weekend


    TAMPA — Fans of Florida A&M University Rattlers and Tennessee State University Tigers have converged on Tampa for the annual FAMU Tampa Football Classic.

    Florida A&M head coach Alex Wood and quarterback Vincent Jeffries come to Tampa on Saturday to take on Tennessee State University at Raymond James Stadium.  A number of ancillary events are being held around the game.
  7. Jerk Hut expands with new Seminole Heights location


    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — When Andrew Ashmeade was in the fourth grade, a chef from Boston in Portland, Jamaica, visited his tiny town of Christiana to demonstrate the famous jerk recipe.

    The escovitch fish will be a highlighted item on the seafood-centric menu at the Jerk Hut’s newest location in Seminole Heights.
  8. Retired engineer's legacy: tools for success



    In the latter years of his life Bart Hartstock could often be found in his converted garage, turning pieces of wood into crafts while shavings flew into his hair, on his face and — onto his air mask.

    Bart Hartstock was often in his workshop in a converted garage, turning pieces of wood into crafts while shavings flew into his hair and face.
  9. Editorial: Don't pit needs for school, transportation money against one another


    What's more important to you, your family, your livelihood and the region — the school system or the transportation system? That is framing up as a political choice for residents in Hillsborough County. But it's also a false choice; the region needs to invest in both schools and transit, and it is vital in the …

    With public schools like Mort Elementary that are more than 50 years old, Hillsborough voters will need to consider a sales surtax to pay for repairs.
  10. Henderson: Irma helps us reorder priorities


    Before I knew about devastation in the Keys, or flooding in Jacksonville, or how Orlando and Miami were battered by Hurricane Irma, I experienced how powerful small doses of kindness can be.

    Evacuees settle in at the emergency shelter at John Hopkins Middle School on Sept. 9 in St. Petersburg.
  11. Irma the uninvited guest waylays nonprofits' fundraisers

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — No one invited Irma to their party last week, but she showed up anyway, waylaying the carefully-laid plans of numerous non-profits counting on achieving significant fundraising goals.

    Stephen Koch, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, with Ron and Tami Sheehan-Broadrick of the Broadrick Family Foundations, sponsors of the BBBS Art of Helping Children Gala. [Photography by MamaRazzi Foto (2016)]
  12. Dan Ruth: In times of crisis, cities more than brick and mortar


    To paraphrase Lloyd Bridges in Airplane!, Looks like I picked the wrong week to renovate my kitchen.

    Times Columnist Dan Ruth. [Times file]
  13. SpeakUp 5K ambassadors look to raise awareness of teen depression



    The problem is very real, but it still largely exists in the shadows. It is concealed, denied and hidden away — sometimes, until it is too late.

    The second annual SpeakUp 5K race, set for Oct. 7 at Al Lopez Park, has 18 “ambassadors” from 10 different high schools to get the word out about the event, which benefits the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and raises awareness on teenage depression and anxiety.
  14. Emergency food supplies beefed up during Hurricane Irma

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — On any given day, 700,000 people in Tampa Bay are considered food insecure, meaning they lack ready access to adequate and affordable nutrition on a daily basis.

    Feeding Tampa Bay volunteers gathered Thursday to help put together meal kits for the area’s 700,000 food insecure people.
  15. Editorial: USF has eyes set even higher after achieving status as 'pre-eminent'


    University of South Florida leaders are working on a more consistent logo to better market the institution. Whatever they come up with, whether it involves green bull horns shaped into a "U" or not, the result will stand as a brand that means more today than it did last month. The university has met every requirement …

    The University of South Florida, home of the Bulls, is just the third of the state's dozen public universities to achieve status as a preeminent institution, eligible for financial bonuses from the state. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times ]