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Travel: Siesta Key

They come for the sand. Soft and snowy, not strewn with sharp seashells or slimy seaweed, it stretches two football fields, from sea oats to shore. Go ahead. Kick off your flip-flops. It feels like you’re walking on powdered sugar. And even during the hottest part of the day, on the hottest day we were there, when the thermometer on the lifeguard stand said 96 degrees, beneath our bare feet the sand stayed cool.  This summer, Dr. Beach rated Siesta Key the second best beach in the country. We’ll show you why.


Sports: Rays fashion

Members of the Tampa Bay Rays wore colorful outfits for their road trip to New York Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. They were paying tribute to Pants Rowland, manager of the 1917 White Sox, which was the only team to reach the World Series after being no-hit twice in a season, (just like the Rays have been this year.) The Rays usually have a few themed road trips per year which help the team bond are used to break the monotony of travel


News: Haitian refugees

In the days and weeks after the deadly earthquake, badly injured Haitians were flown to hospitals in Tampa for emergency care. When they were released, healthier though not whole, they stayed in Tampa. Fifty of the refugees are housed in an apartment complex south of Gandy Boulevard. They represent the gamut of ailments related to the disaster, but they have one thing in common: they are all struggling to gain financial independence. Do this and they have a shot at staying here. Fail and they will be sent back to Haiti, something to be avoided at all costs. For some of them it is as simple and as terrifying as leaving the apartment to get on a bus.

[Last modified: Monday, September 27, 2010 10:19am]


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