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  1. Whitman: Don't confuse 'Irmageddon' with Armageddon

    Religion

    Irmageddon. The term really caught on before and after September's record storm. Appearing as everything from a hashtag to a news headline, Irmageddon took panic and made it a pun.

  2. County crowns domino champions

    Briefs

    TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Teams from Ruskin, Brandon, Town 'N Country and Tampa captured championships at Hillsborough County's annual dominoes championship on Thursday.

    Dominoes continue to be popular in the area, particularly in the Hispanic community.
  3. Cooking passion spurs owner to pull open AJ's Kitchen Drawer

    Business

    TAMPA — After graduating from the University of Tampa in May 2016, AJ Albrecht spent four months traveling around Southeast Asia and Australia.

    AJs Kitchen Drawer offers a wide variety of unique kitchenware items, such as handcrafted knives and wooden items, as well as local gourmet products. Photo by Danielle Hauser
  4. Charter school finds home in University Mall

    Business

    TAMPA — A new charter school recently opened in Hillsborough County for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Excelsior Prep, a new charter school, has found a home inside the University Mall. Photo courtesy of Excelsior Prep.
  5. How visiting a scenic Cuban resort can help save green sea turtles

    Wildlife

    The Florida Aquarium has been collaborating with Cuba's National Aquarium since 2015 to help save coral dying throughout Caribbean waters.

    The beaches of Cuba's Cayo Largo are home to a large population of green sea turtle nests. The Florida Aquarium will lead eco-tours of Cayo Largo next year that will help protect the turtles and fund research.  [Avalon Outdoor]
  6. William March: Frank Reddick says all-white Tampa council possible

    Elections

    A decline in the percentage of black voters in Tampa's only majority-black City Council district, District 5, has council member Frank Reddick worried.

    City Council member Frank Reddick said that if Tampa can't maintain African-American voter numbers, he could be the council's last African-American representative. [JAMES BORCHUK   |   Times (2016)]
  7. Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-up of the Tampa Social Scene

    Human Interest

    FARA Energy Ball

    Familiar faces - researchers, scientists, hospitality honchos and 20 Friedreich's Ataxia "warriors" inched closer to a cure for the progressive neurodegenerative disease as the FARA Energy Ball advanced the FA Research Alliance and USF Ataxia Research Center by $1.75 million Saturday, …

    The Avery family, from left, Suzanne, Alison, Paul and Laurel express their gratitude at the ninth FARA Energy Ball on Sept. 16 at the Marriott Waterside.
  8. Westchase community rallies for former Alonso catcher battling cancer

    Baseballpreps

    WESTCHASE — The communities of Westchase and Alonso High School are rallying around former Ravens baseball player Andrew Abbott, a college student battling Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which was diagnosed in April.

    Andrew Abbott, left, felt good enough during a recent stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital to share some sushi with his father, Tony. Andrew, a former Alonso High School baseball player, is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma.
  9. 'Operation Pizza Delivery' feeds linemen in Westchase/Oldsmar, and then some

    Human Interest

    WESTCHASE — It began with a small gesture, then exploded into a 1,400-pizza phenomenon.

    The ladies of Operation Pizza Delivery — left to right, Jackie Keenan, her daughter Madeline, Maureen Mele, Janine Battaglia, Laura Frasor and Christy Nash — used social media to get 1,400 Domino’s pizzas ordered for power linemen, the homeless, assisted living residents, police and for personnel in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
  10. Men of Vision get to work after Hurricane Irma

    K12

    Answering the call to action after the departure of Hurricane Irma, they cleaned up fallen branches in mid-Tampa neighborhoods and in Rowlett Park, where they toiled alongside Tampa city workers, and they came out in force to clean up the Hillsborough River, pulling out gas cans, trash cans, old tires and even a …

    hillsmov092217: The Men of Vision helped clean up Rowlett Park in the wake of Hurricane Irma last week. Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Public Schools.