Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

A girl's guide to best consumer choices in Florida

Editor's note: Columnist Ernest Hooper's daughter, Madelyn, 10, subs for Dad as he takes the weekend off for Father's Day.

Vs. — which side are you on?

Justice vs. P.S. Aeropostale: If you like clothes with glitz and glamor with glitter splashed all over them for your daughters, Justice is the place. If not, make the drive to Lakeland Square's P.S. Aeropostale, where there is style, but no glitter. I prefer P.S. Aeropostale. When you grow older, glitter is too childish. …

Magic Kingdom vs. Hollywood Studios: If you're coming from a place outside of Florida, and it's your first experience at Disney, you're most likely to pick Magic Kingdom because it has Cinderella's Castle, the wonderful parades and the "Mountain" rides: Space, Splash and Thunder.

But if you're a Floridian, pick Hollywood Studios. It has more things relating to the real world. I like the American Idol Experience, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania. …

Mirror Mirror vs. Snow White and the Huntsman: Mirror Mirror took a funnier approach on the Snow White history. Snow White and the Huntsman followed the origins more, even though it portrayed it as a horror film. I enjoyed them both, but the darker angle of Huntsman gave a new twist that I loved. Still, it may be too scary for young kids. The queen ate a crow. …

Madelyn vs. Mom and Dad. I want to go to the One Direction concert June 29. My parents say, "You're too young."

But when I'm older, another band will be cool and they will be old news. My solution? Make my older brothers take me. They won't be happy, but my parents should let me go.

That's all I'm saying.

A girl's guide to best consumer choices in Florida 06/17/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 17, 2012 6:13pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Water leak slows traffic in Westshore area

    Public Safety

    TAMPA –– A broken water main has closed the westbound lane of West Cypress Street between North Westshore Boulevard and North Ward Street. The city estimates the repairs will be completed by 7 a.m. on Sunday.

  2. Fox renewed O'Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

    Nation

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox News Channel says the company knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February.

    Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly appears on the Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," in New York. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel in April following reports that several women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. [Associated Press file]
  3. Conviction overturned 30 years later in neo-Nazi murder case

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A judge on Friday overturned the murder conviction of Dean McKee now that new evidence has raised doubt about McKee's guilt in a Tampa slaying that occurred nearly three decades ago when he was 16.

    In 1987, a St. Petersburg Times reporter interviewed Dean McKee for a story about young skinheads in Tampa. [Times | 1987]
  4. Experts have some theories on who's carrying out Seminole Heights killings

    Crime

    The words serial killer tend to conjure an image of a middle-aged white man, likely a loner. He stabs or chokes or strangles, murdering up close for the thrill, straight out of central casting.

    A memorial was set up where Anthony Naiboa, 20, was found shot to death in Seminole Heights. Some experts who have reviewed information in the case say that whoever is behind the three Seminole Heights killings may live in the area. [JONATHAN CAPRIEL  |  Times]
  5. Late fumble, field goal send Florida State to another loss

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher didn't have an explanation for the turning point in Saturday's 31-28 last-second loss to Louisville.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson gets past Florida State's Matthew Thomas to score in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Tallahassee Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC102