Hookah is bad for you?
Find out the hard hookah facts.

Hookah is bad for you?

Find out the hard hookah facts.

A countdown to graduation, and Lyndsey Staub is hoping to be alive to experience it.

Read her story here.

A countdown to graduation, and Lyndsey Staub is hoping to be alive to experience it.

Read her story here.

"She just stood there in tears in her prom dress." 
Read full story here.

"She just stood there in tears in her prom dress."

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Through all the pain, one goal: graduation

With terminal cancer, Lyndsey Staub is fighting to be alive for her graduation. Read her story here.

"“I was looking down, smiling at the little boys holding my hands, when all of a sudden I felt the need to look up. That is when I saw him,” she said. It was her first encounter with Selvin, who was coming up the stage in the “Big Circle” formed by all the children. “We both turned to face each other at the same time, and instantly I knew he was the one." 
- Read the rest of the story here: http://www.tampabay.com/tb-two/blog/2013/5/14/more-passing-glance/

"“I was looking down, smiling at the little boys holding my hands, when all of a sudden I felt the need to look up. That is when I saw him,” she said. It was her first encounter with Selvin, who was coming up the stage in the “Big Circle” formed by all the children. “We both turned to face each other at the same time, and instantly I knew he was the one."

- Read the rest of the story here: http://www.tampabay.com/tb-two/blog/2013/5/14/more-passing-glance/

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An adorable idea we might just embark on.

Throwback Monday? We look back at when Bon Iver made a stop in Tampa last summer.

By Katie Lamont, East Lake High

It was a rainy evening Thursday, perfect for the eerie yet hypnotizing voice of singer/frontman Justin Vernon of Bon Iver to grace us with his presence here in Tampa (this group is off to Bonnaroo this weekend as a major headliner). With a full band and enthusiastic crowd, the Straz Center in downtown Tampa was overflowing.
 
After a killer set by harmonic British girl group the Staves (seriously, YouTube them) that was full of character-filled songs that were easy on the ears, the show officially began when Bon Iver strolled out and opened with Perth.

"I love you Justin!" a female shrilled. "Thank you, that’s nice," Vernon said, and went right along into his next song.

The delightful creatures on stage brought to life sounds that defied genre categorization, warping a saxophone solo into a haunting tune, with whispering vocals in the back. Aided by a creative light show, the band took us on the experience of their second album, Bon Iver.  As far as stage design went, the setting was perfectly correlated with the overall aura of the album. Torn curtains hung from the ceiling, and fairy lights glided between instruments.

“This is pouring rain, this is paralyzed,” Vernon sang during Re: Stacks, leaving the audience exactly that.

Vernon was a gentleman on stage, asking how the audience was and constantly thanking us for listening. Fans even got to sing Happy Birthday to Bon Iver’s “boss,” a highlight of the evening. In fact, locals had plenty of sing-along moments, Vernon asking Tampa to belt out “what might have been lost” during The Wolves (Acts I and II), a chilling experience to be part of. Whoops and hollers followed many of the singer’s high falsetto notes.

After a soft melody (Wash.) and a gentle alt-rock tune (Holocene), Bon Iver closed by performing a fan favorite, Skinny Love, in which fans sang together in a growing crescendo, the whole venue shaking. In a night full of awe, laughter and tears, Justin Vernon and Bon Iver brought to Tampa what has made them a must-see act around the country: soft folk tunes led by one unforgettable voice.

Mark them on your Bucket List of must-see concerts; they know how to put on a show.

Don’t fret if you missed it though, you can check out tweets and photos from the show by searching  #tampabaylive on Twitter or checking out the Times’ page. And there’s a lot more music heading to Tampa Bay this summer, so remember to tag any of YOUR tweets or photos from live music events with #tampabaylive.

The cover of our issue this week! You can find tb-two* in most Pinellas, Hillsborogh and Pasco County schools! Written and edited by high schoolers for high schoolers!

The cover of our issue this week! You can find tb-two* in most Pinellas, Hillsborogh and Pasco County schools! Written and edited by high schoolers for high schoolers!

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St. Petersburg High seniors are cultural ambassadors to Japan, China

How would your high school experience stand up against schools in countries on the other side of the world? Three St. Petersburg high students make the comparison with China and Japan for you:  Seniors Hayden Grant and Solomon Howard spent two weeks during the summer in Takamatsu, Japan as St. Petersburg’s student ambassadors. They attended two different Japanese high schools. Noelle Rutland, also a senior, spent six weeks in Zhuhai, China on a scholarship from the State Department. She took Chinese classes at a local university and learned about Chinese high school from her host sister and other students she met. Grant, Howard, and Rutland found several differences, both good and bad, between the American and Asian school systems. A few areas stood out.

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Hoola for happiness

BY CHARIS LEE, Hillsborough High

Over the rush of the water in the fountains at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, faint beats strung together in a cadence draw attention. The bright sun setting at the park’s western edge silhouettes about 20 human figures, mostly women, hoops spinning around their hips like the rings of Saturn. That’s the scene on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., as Hoola for Happiness demonstrates and invites the public to try the craft it now takes around the world, thanks to a dream of Tampa resident Carissa Caricato. Caricato’s heart drew her to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the devastating earthquake in 2009.

- Read the full story here.