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'Deadheads,' chicken-hating cows and free Slurpees in the Mix

Cop shop

Squad members at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have organized a softball tournament to raise money for a sergeant's daughter, who is battling pontocerebellar hypoplasia, a rare genetic condition that affects the development of the brain. Quinn's Bucket List Softball Tournament will take place Aug. 16 at the Ed Radice Complex in Tampa. Registration is open to men's and coed teams and closes July 31. Teams can find registration information at

Money matters

When it comes to investing, it's better to put all your eggs in several baskets instead of one. While an 8 percent compound return appears attractive, varied returns reflecting varied risk can total to a superior result. Diversification can help you achieve a sound investment strategy.

Cedric Powell, financial adviser, Northwestern Mutual Life

Deadheads reunite

Look for folks donning those tie-dye shirts with the famed grinning skull and lightning bolt when AMC Regency 20 (2496 W Brandon Blvd.) teams with Fathom Events for a special screening of the Grateful Dead's Beat Club (4/21/72) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The show captures a rare, live studio performance of the Grateful Dead on the German television show Beat Club during the group's legendary European tour in 1972. Go to

Locals in the limelight

U.S. Paralympic gold medalist and Tampa native Declan Farmer is up for the ESPY Award for best male athlete with a disability. Declan, 16, was on the 2014 USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team and was named the best male athlete of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Fans can vote for Declan at (click on Best Male Athlete With a Disability). Voting ends at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Deals of the day

Patrons brave enough to dress up like a cow on Friday (July 11) can score a free meal from Chick-fil-A. The restaurant is continuing its tradition of Cow Appreciation Day, offering free meals to those "fully dressed as a cow" from head to toe and a free entree to those sporting "partial cow attire" (a hat, purse, vest, etc).

And while you're at it, stop by any 7-Eleven on Friday (July 11) to snatch up a free small Slurpee. The convenience store celebrates 7-Eleven day with the special offer from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The gauge

Totally random and unscientific poll

Q: Who serves up the best brunch in SouthShore and Brandon?

1 Fred's Market

Couple a Southern-style brunch buffet with a mimosa bar for a Riverview favorite.

2 The brunchery

The eggs Benedict is a crowd pleaser, with seven different options to choose from.

3 Sunset Grill Little Harbor

This Ruskin brunch buffet offers mimosas, an omelet station and a great view.

4 Ciccio's

The new addition to Winthrop Town Centre touts a variety of egg bowls, wraps and morning cocktails.

5 Your own Kitchen

Because what's better than breakfast in bed?

* Answers aggregated from Facebook and Twitter responses.

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