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Observations: A little weirdness goes a long ways

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN Over the weekend, I read the tragic story of a nine-year-old girl from Michigan who died from a brain disease. Her mother had succumbed to the same…

Big blue bus brings dental services to South County youth

By MELODY JAMESON RUSKIN – More than 1,100 youngsters were treated for dental problems in 10 hospital emergency rooms across Hillsborough County during 2010. For every dollar spent on preventative…

The heart of command

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN He didn’t have to save the family with five small children. He could have let them die; no one would have faulted him for it. Given the…

Saving HCI, chapter two, now organizing

By MELODY JAMESON BALM — Known for its rehabilitation success rate, lauded for its force of volunteers, the pioneering women’s prison here with programs that work again is in the…

Obituaries January 12, 2012

Beverly Dehnke BrunnerBeverly Brunner, 88, died December 23, 2011 at Pepper Family Hospice and Palliative Care following a short illness from a stroke. She is survived by her husband of…

Observations: No good deed…

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN I would not normally expect to be thrown into a fit of pondering by someone with the nickname “The Booth Babe”. But then again, The Booth Babe,…

Needed prison roof repairs on hold despite available funds

By MELODY JAMESON BALM – As Florida’s annual legislative session opens this week, badly-needed roofing repairs at the state prison here are up in the air. The reason, though, is…

Cypress Creek teacher recognized as being the ‘best of the best’

By MITCH TRAPHAGENRUSKIN — Wayne Stinnard, a teacher at Cypress Creek Elementary School has been named one of five finalists by the Hillsborough Education Foundation for the Ida S. Baker…

And thus it is resolved…

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN And thus it is resolved: 2012 will be the year to get in shape. Well, at least it has been resolved for roughly half of the people…

Local attorney, Realtors weigh in on SCC building program

By MELODY JAMESONSUN CITY CENTER – As residents here continue to debate the upgrading advantages and debt-generated disadvantages of a proposed $3 million building program, other authoritative views are surfacing.…

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