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Photo gallery: Tampa Comic Con

Winner of the best group category of the cosplay contest the D.C. Bombshells pose for a photo after winning their award during the 2017 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Winner of the best group category of the cosplay contest the D.C. Bombshells pose for a photo after winning their award during the 2017 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center.

View a gallery of images of Tampa Comic Con participants during this year's convention. As always the characters were out in full force.

To download or order reprints of these plus other images from Tampa Bay Comic Con, please visit our 2017 Tampa Bay Comic Con photo gallery.

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Photo gallery: Nine years later, library attack victim Queena works at learning to walk again

Activity based exercise trainer George Palang, 33, and trainer technician Mike Lopez, 22, help Queena Phu during physical therapy at the Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center on Monday, July 24, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Times

Activity based exercise trainer George Palang, 33, and trainer technician Mike Lopez, 22, help Queena Phu during physical therapy at the Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center on Monday, July 24, 2017, in Tampa, Fla.

Slowly, Queena Phu is learning the act of walking again through exercises in locomotion, strength and balance.
She practiced her steps once again Monday afternoon with trainer-technician Mike Lopez at the nonprofit Stay In Step Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center near the University of South Florida.
Queena was an East Bay High School student nine years ago when she suffered brain damage from a brutal attack while returning books to Bloomingdale Regional Public Library.
Much of the cost of her therapy has been born through fund-raising events like the second Hope Classic, scheduled for Aug. 6 at Topgolf Tampa.
"It has been an incredible experience being able to see how much she's excelled from her therapy," Lopez said. "The strides she has taken have been an inspiration to all of us."

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Photos: Snooty the manatee remained lovable over the years

Carol Audette, manatee aquarium curator, touches noses with Snooty the manatee in 2001.

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Carol Audette, manatee aquarium curator, touches noses with Snooty the manatee in 2001.

Snooty, the world's oldest living manatee in captivity, and arguably the world's most famous, has died, the South Florida Museum announced on Sunday. 

Snooty had just turned 69-years-old and had lived in Bradenton since the 1940s.

Story: Snooty, oldest manatee in captivity, dies in accident

Timeline: A history of Snooty the manatee

 

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Diana Huey, star of Disney's The Little Mermaid, joins mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs (w/video)

Actress Diana Huey tries on a mermaid tail in the water at Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Fla. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Actress Diana Huey tries on a mermaid tail in the water at Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Fla. on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Actress Diana Huey tried on a mermaid tail in the water at Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Fla. on Wednesday.
Huey stars as Ariel, the title role in the national tour of Disney's The Little Mermaid, running July 11-16 at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.
Most days, she simulates swimming through her undersea kingdom by flying around in a harness. But during her visit to Weeki Wachee Springs, she watched the underwater version of The Little Mermaid, then learned from the best how to swim with a tail.

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Swah-Rey quickly becomes dessert hot spot (w/video)

From left, a Carrot cupcake with a hook-up of champagne, a Miss Scarlett's Red Velvet cupcake with a hook-up of red wine, a Blackout cupcake with a hook-up of milk and a Cookie Dough cupcake with Royal Tokaji wine at Swah-Rey on Central Avenuein St. Petersburg.

EVE EDELHEIT | Times

From left, a Carrot cupcake with a hook-up of champagne, a Miss Scarlett's Red Velvet cupcake with a hook-up of red wine, a Blackout cupcake with a hook-up of milk and a Cookie Dough cupcake with Royal Tokaji wine at Swah-Rey on Central Avenuein St. Petersburg.

Two years ago Leslie Ann and Gregg Ciccone moved to St. Petersburg to be close to family and flip houses.

Greg had a career in the food industry and Leslie Ann was a air traffic controller.  She saw a need for a good dessert restaurant so the couple opened up Swah-Rey on Central Avenue.

Gregg based his menu off the recipes of his Italian grandmother and they sell cake slices, mini cakes, pie in a glass, cheesecakes and creme brûlée along with draft beers, wine, tea and Kahwa coffee.

Business has been so good that they will be opening a smaller shop on Central Ave. closer to downtown that will specialize in the mini’s.

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Cuteness: Corgi racing at Tampa Bay Downs (w/video)

Tampa Bay Downs hosted the Tampa Bay Corgi Meetup group and 50 Corgis and their owners for a 6 heat Corgi dirt track race. Hundreds of people lined up to see the races and a post race concert by the Soul Circus Cowboys.

LUIS SANTANA | Times

Tampa Bay Downs hosted the Tampa Bay Corgi Meetup group and 50 Corgis and their owners for a 6 heat Corgi dirt track race. Hundreds of people lined up to see the races and a post race concert by the Soul Circus Cowboys.

More than four dozen short-legged racers ran track of Tampa Bay Downs for Corgi Racing on Saturday. 48 corgis stepped up to the starting line, after horse racing had finished for the day, to see who was the fastest and cutest Corgi at the track.

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