April 12, 2024

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Florida Icon: Deby Cassill
At age 3 or 4, I'm out in the garden with my dolls and there are insects everywhere. Later, the dolls went away and I started collecting butterflies and beetles, but the thing that really intrigued me were the ants. I didn't collect them, but I could sit there and see them meeting each other, having a brief interaction, and then move on. I was fascinated.
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Office Space
In St. Petersburg, the overall 6.7% office vacancy rate is low enough that the developers of Orange Station, a mixed-use project planned for the site of St. Petersburg's former police headquarters west of downtown, have more than doubled the project's office component from 50,000 square feet to 115,000 square feet.
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Family Business
One of seven children, Wendi Goodson-Celerin grew up in Tampa, her mother a nurse and Goodson-Celerin showing signs early on that she'd eventually become a nurse, too.
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Florida Icon: Hugh D. Hayes
Soaring Demand
Mike Sutton has never been so busy. The president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties says his non-profit built 73 homes during fiscal year 2022-23. During fiscal year 2021-22, the nonprofit built 67 homes, up from the 60 it built the year before. But that's still not nearly enough.
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Strengthening Couples
A USF study aims to support relationships between Latina breast cancer survivors and their partners.
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Learning differently
In high school, Jade Ridley was bullied for having a learning disability, for exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety, and for being different. “Growing up, a lot of people didn't understand me,” she says. “I got called a lot of names. People told me I wasn't going to make it in life, that I was stupid. I was even told to kill myself. It was hard because I didn't have kids in high school who had the same issues as me.”
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Florida Icon: Willy Chirino
The small town where I grew up in western Cuba was surrounded by tobacco fields. When it rained, the smell of the earth mixed with the smell of the curing tobacco, and it was a beautiful smell. I can still remember it very clearly to this day, even though I have not experienced it since I left Cuba when I was 14.
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Developmental Pitch
Last year, the Philadelphia Phillies spent $22.5 million to buy a strip mall just south of BayCare Ballpark, the 8,500-seat stadium where the team hosts spring training games and the Phillies-affiliated Clearwater Threshers play single-A Florida State League games. Now, after holding private meetings with Clearwater city officials, the Phillies' plans for the 13-acre shopping center site are coming into focus.
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Power Lessons
After working as a paramedic for eight years — and dealing with the emotional toll that comes with such a job — Alejandro Guillen was ready for a career change.
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