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ANNE GLOVER  |  Times
Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens is open more and more to riders.

Falcon's Fury up and running at Busch Gardens

TAMPA — As your toes dangle 335 feet high atop your perch on the Falcon's Fury drop ride at Busch Gardens, you can see Tropicana Field nearly 25 miles away in St. Petersburg. It's a moment of pure awe. Just before the panic. That's when your seat smoothly but firmly tilts forward 90 degrees. It's the ride's signatu …

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  1. Boy with famous lemonade stand takes pitch to Dunedin Blue Jays game

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — T.J. Guerrero, the 12-year-old entrepreneur whose controversial lemonade stand recently made international headlines, will sell to spectators during the Dunedin Blue Jays' playoff game today and donate the proceeds to charity.

    T.J. Guerrero made international headlines after a Dunedin neighbor tried to shut down the 12-year-old’s lemonade stand.
  2. Instagram releases video-recording time-lapse app

    News

    Instagram threw a bone to creative types on Tuesday by releasing Hyperlapse, a new app for the iPhone that makes it easy to record time-lapse videos.

  3. Falcon's Fury up and running at Busch Gardens

    News

    TAMPA — As your toes dangle 335 feet high atop your perch on the Falcon's Fury drop ride at Busch Gardens, you can see Tropicana Field nearly 25 miles away in St. Petersburg. It's a moment of pure awe. Just before the panic.

    ANNE GLOVER  |  Times
Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens is open more and more to riders.
  4. Dunedin neighbor is sour on boy's lemonade stand (w/video)

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN — It seemed like a scene out of a Norman Rockwell painting. T.J. Guerrero served cookies and strawberry Country Time at his lemonade stand with a wave and a smile.

    T.J. Guerrero, 12, sells a lemonade to a repeat customer, truck driver Dan Wright, who is working on a construction project nearby. “He’s willing to work,” Wright says.
  5. Artist tells the story of Melrose Elementary journalism magnet in mural

    News

    When St. Petersburg artist Sebastian Coolidge worked during the summer nights to finish the mural he created for the journalism program at Melrose Elementary, the brightness of a supermoon illuminated his art, as well as inspired it.

    Artist Sebastian Coolidge of St. Petersburg puts finishing touches on his mural at Melrose Elementary on Aug. 20, 2014.The mural decorates the outside of the portable that houses the journalism program at the school.   
Photo by Lakewood High student Naudia McDaniel.
  6. Housing for homeless teens given early nod by City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A 55-bed dormitory and service center for homeless teens gained preliminary approval from the City Council on Thursday after a few initial bumps.

  7. 'Sex Ed' filming at former Catholic school in Tampa 'mortifies' bishop

    Movies

    Faith-based films are hot in Hollywood, but a local bishop is "mortified" about what he considers a faith-debasing movie.

    Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment plays a teacher in Sex Ed. The filmmakers did some shooting at the closed Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa.
  8. Tampa approves removing some rowing teams' graffiti along Hillsborough River

    Local Government

    TAMPA — The City Council on Thursday night voted to allow a clean scrubbing for a 650-foot stretch of riverfront seawall now painted over with about two dozen rowing team logos, a half-dozen roughed-in Greek fraternity names and a couple of four-letter words.

    Graffiti that include rowing team logos will be scrubbed from 650 feet of seawall from the Kennedy Boulevard bridge north to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park’s southern edge.
  9. About 380 'pay it forward' at local Starbucks

    News

    ST. PETERSBURG — A small act of kindness snowballed at a local Starbucks on Wednesday and broke a store record for "paying it forward."

  10. Has American Idol been 'Frozen' out at Disney theme park?

    Florida

    Disney World will close its American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park Aug. 30, much earlier than previously announced. The attraction based on Fox's long-time singing competition was supposed to close in January 2015; a Disney spokesman said the park isn't ready to reveal what's coming …

    (2009) The American Idol Experience  at Disney's Hollywood Studios opened in 2009 and will close next week. This "golden ticket" sign greets potential performers as they enter backstage.