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  1. A repurposing mission


    FOREST HILLS — For more than 15 years, Forest Hills Presbyterian volunteers and others have turned trash into treasures by creating crafts and selling restored furniture at the church's annual Holiday Bazaar, this year slated for Saturday (Oct. 21).

    Emily Alonso and her fianc?, Brian Bush, remove shutters from a house that will be demolished.
  2. Sunday Conversation: With a flurry of firsts, Fentrice Driskell looks to open doors for others


    It was during a summer academic camp for high school students at Northwestern University that Fentrice Driskell spoke the words that forever changed her life. As everyone went around introducing themselves and proclaiming their college aspirations, Driskell realized suddenly she hadn't settled on a school. So she …

    Politics has always held the interest of Fentrice Driskell, an attorney at Carlton Fields and one of the panelists for the upcoming Wonder Women Unite business seminar.
  3. New Odessa bar 'growls' for craft brew lovers


    ODESSA — Christian Brugal is a big fan of craft beer, and over the years he joked with his wife, Jill Brugal, that they should open up a bar.

    Jill and Christian Brugal have opened the BR  Florida Growler Bar with the goal of featuring smaller and even medium sized craft brewers. Photo by Danielle Hauser.
  4. Editorial: Special election shows again that attack ads stain public service


    "The end justifies the means" is a slogan you won't see used by a single candidate seeking public office.

    Attack mailers filled mailboxes toward the end of the campaign for the special GOP primary election Tuesday to fill the seat representing District 58 in the Florida House of Representatives. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. County employee wins Hispanic Heritage award from NFL


    The National Football League recently recognized Jennifer Whelihan, economic development manager for Hillsborough County, as one of 32 recipients of its annual Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

    Glazer Family Foundation co-president Darcie Glaser Kassewitz presented the award to Whelihan on Oct. 1 at the Bucs-Giants game at Raymond James Stadium.
  6. Friday the 13th: Fun facts about the unluckiest day of the year (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    It's the month of October, and it's also Friday the 13th.

    English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 - so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. [Times files]
  7. Joe Henderson: Peeved at school bus schedules? Be an example to your kids


    If you are the parent of a public-school student in Hillsborough County, your life might become more complicated.

    Self-interest guides many parents’ views of the right bell schedule for Hillsborough County schools. The new schedule, designed to save money, looks as good as any.
  8. William March: Attack mailers sent in House race but reports fail to note them


    The most active mud-slinging committee in the Republican primary for East Hillsborough's vacant state House District 58 seat has reported to state officials that it didn't raise or spend any money before Sept. 30 — even though it sent out at least four mailers attacking Yvonne Fry before that date, according to …

    Lawrence McClure
  9. Top priority for Mayor Mel Jurado: Sell city's redevelopment property

    Local Government

    TEMPLE TERRACE — As Mel Jurado takes up the gavel as mayor, she joins a City Council determined to get construction started on city-owned downtown redevelopment property even if it isn't the Downtown Temple Terrace people once envisioned.

    Mel Jurado received double the votes of her opponents.
  10. Candlelight vigil honors the victims of drug overdoses


    TAMPA — Lynne Knowles suspected for months that something bad was going on with her daughter.

    Law enforcement officers and family and friends of victims of drug overdoses gather for a past Candle Light Vigil sponsored by NOPE, or Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, of Hillsborough.