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Seminole could be site of bay area's first Earth Fare grocery store

SEMINOLE — After years of wishing, hoping and guessing what stores might open in a rebuilt Seminole Mall, residents here now have some names. One of them — Earth Fare — is …

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How social media helped the Tampa Bay Lightning's marketing success

Eric Blankenship's first job of out of college was with the Tampa Bay Lightning. That was more than 15 years ago. He spent a few years working in the marketing industry in Seattle, Po …

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Tech Data's first-quarter performance tops Wall Street expectations

Clearwater's Tech Data Corp. topped Wall Street earnings expectations Thursday after a strong performance by its European operations during its first quarter. "It was a very good quar …

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  1. Jehovah's Witnesses still going door-to-door in a closed-door world

    Working Life

    ST. PETERSBURG — Like any group of spirited salesmen, this crew swaps stories about the big scores, those times when people couldn't wait to buy what they were selling.

    Mary and Jonathan Burns, both Jehovah Witnesses, left and right,  share some Bible verses and literature with Pinellas Park resident Leslie Pevey, center. The Burns have stopped several times to share Bible verses and information with Pevey over the past 6 months. SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES
  2. Lifeline subsidy program would cover broadband under FCC plan

    Science

    NEW YORK — Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access, having emphasized that online access is a critical component of modern life and a key to education, communication and finding a …

  3. Amazon rolls out free same-day delivery for Tampa Bay area

    Retail

    Many Tampa Bay residents who are Amazon Prime members can now get orders delivered to their door the same day for free.

    Amazon employee Kathleen Jelly prepares merchandise at a fulfillment center in San Bernardino, Calif. In the Tampa Bay area, same-day delivery is now available to certain ZIP codes.
  4. Ybor City's Gaspar's Grotto will be featured on TV next week

    Food & Dining

    One of Ybor City's more colorful watering holes is getting its close-up. Andrew and David Fung, the brothers behind FYI network's series What the Fung, headed over to Gaspar's Grotto in January to investigate the signature conch fritters served with tequila chili jam sauce. The setup: The comedian brothers get …

    Gaspar's Grotto on Seventh Avenue in Ybor City in 2011. [Times files (2011)]
  5. Seminole could be site of bay area's first Earth Fare grocery store

    Business

    SEMINOLE — After years of wishing, hoping and guessing what stores might open in a rebuilt Seminole Mall, residents here now have some names.

  6. Busch Gardens' new Cobra's Curse ride coming in 2016 (w/video)

    Attractions

    TAMPA — Busch Gardens on Thursday joined what is looking like an arms race of new thrill rides and roller coasters coming to Florida's I-4 corridor over the next year or so.

    Cobra’s Curse, as depicted in this rendering, is a family spin coaster that will combine the free-spinning dizziness of a 
Tilt-A-Whirl with the ups and downs of a traditional roller coaster. It is being built in Busch Gardens’ Egypt section.
  7. Tech Data's first-quarter performance tops Wall Street expectations

    Corporate

    Clearwater's Tech Data Corp. topped Wall Street earnings expectations Thursday after a strong performance by its European operations during its first quarter.

    Tech Data Tech Data, a technology distributor that is the largest public company by revenue in the Tampa Bay area, reported net income of $51.3 million and revenue of $5.89 billion in the first quarter.
  8. How social media helped the Tampa Bay Lightning's marketing success

    Business

    Eric Blankenship's first job of out of college was with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    That was more than 15 years ago.

    After a Twitter user tweeted: "TBLightning has never won the cup in my eyes," the Lightning's social media manager replied with a tongue-in-cheek snipe that said "Sounds like you might need to get your eyes checked," and attached an image of a mock eye chart that read "2004 Stanley Cup Champions." [Twitter]