Brandon Tano, of Miami Beach, waves while waiting in line to get to the MegaCon convention Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 at the Convention Center in Tampa. The MegaCon convention boasts over 100,000 square feet of shopping, a place to watch professional comic artists compete in sketch duels and a horror film festival.
This weekend the Tampa Convention Center will be filled with geeks, cosplayers, comic book lovers and plenty of Whovians celebrating all the great things about living in the nerddom. In its first year in Tampa Bay MegaCon is expecting about 30,000 people to stream through the convention center doors dressed up as their favorite fandom characters.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end William Gholston (92) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half of a football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016.
View a photo gallery from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
"I guess Drawlloween has been a thing on Instagram for a while," writes Times artist Steve Madden, "but I didn't know anything about it until an artist I follow, @mabgraves, started something called #mabsdrawlloweenclub, where she lists a Halloween-related hashtag for each day of October and asks people to draw something related to that."
Here are Madden's entries, with the related prompts:Full Story
Former racing driver Mario Andretti shows his racing themed socks as he and Barbra Andretti-Curto arrive for the state dinner Tuesday at the White House.
"Bittersweet" was the word of the night, the one often used to describe President Barack Obama's final State Dinner.
"We saved the best for last," he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House.
He wasn't joking.
The final gala meant everything was big or bigger, from the personality of the guest chef (Mario Batali) who collaborated on the menu to the size of the white tent (huge) on the South Lawn where the soiree was held, to the guest list (nearly 400 people).
Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va., said it's "a little sad" that it's Obama's last State Dinner. But to make the occasion even more memorable, he said: "For tonight only, I pronounce my name 'Canoli,' not 'Connolly."
Michelle Obama's hairstylist, Johnny Wright, also described the moment as "bittersweet," but he was still excited to have been invited. The first lady also invited her makeup artist, Carl Ray; her trainer, Cornell McClellan; and Meredith Koop, who helps Mrs. Obama with her wardrobe.
"I'm excited that it's the last State Dinner, so it's a bittersweet thing," said actress-comedian Alexandra Wentworth. "I love the Obamas." …
Homes destroyed or badly damaged by Hurricane Matthew in in western Haiti, Oct. 6, 2016. As Haiti picks through the detritus left by Matthew, more bodies are turning up every hour; some estimate that more than 800 people died in the storm, with as many as 30,000 homes destroyed and some areas still completely unreachable.
Haiti is always in a state of misery. Unstable politics and economic suffering are everyday ills. Even nature brings pain to bear on the island. In 2010, an earthquake dealt a devastating blow. And Hurricane Matthew swept across the island last week with catastrophic effects. These images show the desolation and ruin in a country that can thrive only on hope.
South Florida Bulls linebacker Danny Thomas (53) and his teammate defensive back Hassan Childs (22) celebrate a defensive stop in the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
View a gallery of images from the University of South Florida Bulls' as they take on the East Carolina Pirates Saturday, Oct. 8 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Margaret Bodchon, 56, of Merritt Island, checks text messages and weather updates as she drinks coffee by lantern light in the lobby of the Hampton Inn while Hurricane Matthew rages outside in Titusville, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. "As each hour passes, it looks better and better than it did yesterday," she said. The storm took a northeasterly turn overnight that seems to have spared Florida a direct hit.
Half of Florida's east coast is still bracing for Hurricane Matthew's destructive path, 120 mph winds and up to 10-foot-high storm surges.
While Fort Pierce and South Florida largely dodged a major hit, Gov. Rick Scott reminded Floridians on Friday morning that the storm is not over.
Baby, a 10-year old chihuahua/yorkie mix, watches as people line up to check into a shelter at Mainland High school ahead of Hurricane Matthew in Daytona Beach, Fla. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Baby's owner, Carolyn Brammer, 72, went to four different shelters before she found Mainland's gym, she said. Brammer adopted Baby after he was abandoned during Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. "I get so nervous during these storms, he calms me down," said Brammer, who lives on Ormond Beach. "I've got nobody but myself. Myself and baby."
Matthew is the first major hurricane to impact Florida in 11 years. Photojournalists from the Tampa Bay Times are reporting from the field. Check back periodically on this photo gallery to see compelling and relevant images of this storm coverage. And feel free to share!
Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) back at practice with the team at Amalie Arena in Tampa fresh off their appearance at the World Cup.
Steven Stamkos didn't have to be at Monday's practice at Amalie Arena.
The Lightning captain was fresh off helping Canada win the World Cup Thursday in Toronto, where he celebrated all weekend with friends and family. Tampa Bay gave him five days off before reporting.
But there was Stamkos on Monday morning, putting on his Lightning jersey for the first time since signing an eight-year, $68 million deal June 29. He skated on a line with Jonathan Drouin and Ondrej Palat, ripped his trademark one-timer on power play drills.
Reginald Reaves, 52, who is battling stage one colon cancer, gives some words of inspiration to Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo during a team visit to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. The outing was part of the Buccaneers' efforts to engage young players with the community through the Buccaneers Rookie Club.
“We believe in you. We know what you can do.” Those were the words cancer patient Reginald Reaves told Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo in his room at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa on Tuesday morning. Aguayo, who has had a rocky start after being selected by the Bucs in the second round, expected that his Moffitt visit would be a chance to inspire patients there. But Reaves had little interest in talking about the Stage I colon cancer he’s fighting. A passionate Florida State Seminoles fan (where Aguayo played college ball), Reaves wanted to make sure that Aguayo didn’t let his recent struggles on the field, including a missed extra point and field goal in Sunday’s loss to the Rams, get him down. “Those words touched me,” Aguayo said, reflecting on his interaction with Reaves during the Bucs Rookie Club outing. “I think that impact will stick with me for a while.”