tb-two* photo galleries
Just about everyone knows someone who has been bullied, in ways big and small. Understandably, though, many victims are reluctant to speak about their experiences. We found some who aren't.
Taylor Swift coming to Tampa
Taylor Swift can’t get much bigger in the country world. So with her new album, Red (see review, Page 15) she’s gunning to be the biggest pop star on the planet, too. Her just released disc is on track to sell more than 1 million units in its first week, which would make her the first woman in the Nielsen SoundScan era (which began in 1991) to have two albums cross the million unit mark in a single week. Her massive spring and summer tour begins next year, stopping at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 20, one day after Rihanna (talk about a crazy 24 hours on Channelside Drive). Tickets go on sale Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Swift has selected burgeoning heartthrob Brit Ed Sheeran to open the tour. --Times staff
Teenager. Landlord. Reality TV star?
Willow Tufano, pictured at top left, a 15-year-old who lives near Port Charlotte, made the news a few weeks back for buying a house and becoming a landlord. She made enough money to buy the foreclosed property for $12,000 by selling furniture and other goods on Craigslist, things that had been abandoned by foreclosed homeowners. (Her mom is a Realtor.) National Public Radio told her story, then Ellen DeGeneres called, and a television station in Korea. Then she bought another home with her mom’s help. Now, Tufano says she would like to have her own reality television show, and she’s talking to producers. “We are in the process of pitching a sizzle reel,” she told NPR’s Chana Joffe-Walt. “Clips of me. Little highlights.” — tb-two* staff
Dating violence is a form of bullying, a particularly dangerous form. Tonight at Countryside High, 3000 State Road 580 in Clearwater, the school and other concerned organizations will stage the 6th annual Dating 101 seminar to help participants understand and recognize abusive relationships. The event runs from 6:30-8 p.m. It’s open to the public and will include a presentation by Melissa Dohme, a recent high school graduate who is a dating violence survivor. --tb-two* staff