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  1. Howl-O-Scream: The living unleash a zombie apocalypse


    TAMPA — There have been myriad zombie renaissances, the latest one reanimating into full flesh-eating swing in 2010 with the advent of AMC's hit show The Walking Dead. This has been a bleaker, darker Zombie Age, with less humor and more dread, gloom, guts.

    One of Busch Gardens’ new Howl-O-Scream houses is the “interactive” Zombie Containment Unit 15, in which guests can ward off the hungry undead by shooting sensors with laser-tag-like guns.
  2. Universal's Halloween scares so good, now crowds are the horror


    Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is now in its 24th year of its ever-expanding, top-notch scare fest, but the huge crowds could end up being the biggest horror.

    photos from Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando Resort unleashes the horror of some of the most terrifying names in entertainment with Halloween Horror Nights 24. This yearÕs event features eight all-new, disturbingly real haunted houses based on some of the most recognizable names in horror, including AMCÕs  ÒThe Walking Dead,Ó John CarpenterÕs ÒHalloweenÓ and sci-fi franchise Alien vs. Predator. Consistently ranked as the nationÕs best Halloween event, Universal OrlandoÕs Halloween Horror Nights takes place select nights now until Nov. 1.
  3. Theme parks, attractions offer less-scary Halloween options


    Other major attractions in Florida offer Halloween parties that are less ghoulish than Universal and Busch Gardens, which pride themselves on in-your-face scares. Some options:

  4. Advocacy groups find flaws with Florida voter laws

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Voting rights groups say Floridians face persistent barriers to vote that could result in more ballots not counting in November.

    Hundred of voters wait in long lines to cast their ballots on Election Day in 2012 in Miami.
  5. Florida State names state Sen. John Thrasher its new president

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A search that began in March and stalled over the summer because of the long shadow cast by a powerful state senator ended Tuesday when the Florida State University board of trustees named Sen. John Thrasher the school's new president.

    Republican state Sen. John Thrasher touted his fundraising prowess in his application and was selected by the board of trustees by a vote of 11-2.
  6. Hotline tip warned DCF of Bell family two weeks before mass killing


    The Spirit family that child welfare investigators confronted two weeks ago presented a volatile mix: two drug-abusing adults, six small children and a history of violence. It exploded Thursday when Don Charles Spirit annihilated his daughter and six grandchildren one by one.

    Mourners are reflected in a framed collage of images featuring Sarah Spirit and her children during a candlelight vigil at Bell Elementary for the victims of Thursday's shootings on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 in Bell, Fla. [Associated Press]
  7. Florida LGBT leaders push for marital equality four years after gay adoption became legal


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's ban on adoption by same-sex couples stood for 33 years before the 3rd District Court of Appeal overturned it as unconstitutional four years ago.

  8. Bousquet column: It's all about turnout in Florida governor's race

    State Roundup

    When Republican Rick Scott ran for governor in 2010, he carried 52 of Florida's 67 counties, yet he barely beat Democrat Alex Sink.

    How could that happen?

  9. FSU presidential search committee recommends keeping all 4 finalists, including Thrasher


    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State University's presidential search committee wrapped up its work Monday by agreeing to recommend all four finalists, including state Sen. John Thrasher, to the school's Board of Trustees.

  10. With $50 million in TV ad spending, Rick Scott-Charlie Crist race is one big marketing campaign

    State Roundup

    Another week. Another $10.4 million thrown in the fire we call television advertising.

    Like Gov. Rick Scott, left, most of Charlie Crist's TV ads are negative. [AP photos]