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Tampa-Hillsborough development group promises major announcement on Jan. 7

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Woman slaps 72-year-old for denying Facebook friend request

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Stephen Colbert retires his 'Report' and the host he played

NEW YORK — As nine years of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report came to an end Thursday night, along with its mythical presiding pundit, Stephen Colbert offed the Grim Reaper, declared himself immortal (don't ask) and led a glorious singalong in the studio with a room of luminaries ranging from Daily Show host Jon Stewart, Andy Cohen and Big Bird to George Lucas, Arianna Huffington and Henry Kissinger …

  1. Editorial: St. Petersburg's minor league city council

    Editorials

    The St. Petersburg City Council succumbed to fear, parochialism and short-sighted thinking Thursday by rejecting a fair agreement to let the Tampa Bay Rays look for new stadium sites in both Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The five council members who killed the deal negotiated by Mayor Rick Kriseman did not act in …

    By a 5-3 vote on Thursday, the St. Petersburg City Council killed a deal negotiated between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team explore alternate stadium sites in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. The team’s lease with Tropicana Field expires in 2027.
  2. Disney World announces dates for Star Wars Weekends

    Florida

    Star Wars actors, stormtroopers and other characters will once again be stationed at Walt Disney World in May and June for the 2015 edition of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The lineup of celebrities hasn't been released yet, but nerds at least know now that on Fridays, Saturdays and …

    Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest Star Wars Weekends with meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more. Walt Disney World Resort
  3. Find A Friend: Glacier the Chinese Shar-Pei/German Rottweiler mix

    Pets

    Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center

    Looking for a pal that exudes cool? Meet Glacier. Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rottweiler mix is housetrained, healthy and sits politely to take a treat. Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs …

    Looking for a pal that exudes inter-continental cool? Ask Santa for a meet-and-greet with Glacier! Nice not naughty, this happy 3-year old Chinese Shar-Pei and German Rotweiler mix is housetrained, healthy, and sits politely to take a treat. Super sunny Glacier warms hearts with his gentle and jovial nature to people and other dogs (no kiities, please). Glacier (ID#23988845) is in fostercare waiting for your call to (813) 744-5660. Adopt him fully vaccinated, neutered, microchipped and more for just $20 from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center at 440 Falkenburg Road, now open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to hillsboroughcounty.org/pets.
  4. Editorial: Obama's new Cuba policy long past due, good for Florida

    Editorials

    President Barack Obama began burying the last vestiges of the Cold War by ordering the restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba. The bold and sweeping measure will expose Cubans to democracy, open trade opportunities for the United States, particularly in Florida, and strengthen America's influence in the Western …

  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Friday Dec. 19

    Events

    Phantom of the Opera: This production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical has reinvented staging and stunning scenic designs. It's the tale of a beautiful soprano who is the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. At 8 p.m. at Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $25-$128.50. (813) …

    23. Surprise Cherry Balls

    Political Connections Sun: Chalie Crist campaign manager on what he would do differently

    Omar Khan, the former Obama administration official and pride of USF who led Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign, appears Sunday on Political Connections on Bay News 9 in Tampa Bay. The full interview can be seen at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, but here's a clip....

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    Christmas colors with a twist! Tampa's Kellie McRae helps us ring in the holidays Florida style.

    Fab Friday: Kellie McRae

    Christmas is just around the corner, so we figured what better gift to give you than local shoe extraordinaire Kellie McRae?...

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