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Next month, Adventure Island theme park is set to open its newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl. The monumental slide, the park’s largest ride to date, will be able to be seen from every angle of the property.Adventure Island

Adventure Island theme park set to open newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl

This March, Adventure Island theme park is set to open its newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl. The monumental slide, the largest ride at the venue, will be able to be seen from every angle of the park. But what does it take to build a ride this big? Designing a water slide isn't like it used to be. There are a lot o …

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  1. Rays leave for better days

    News

    With Major League Baseball free agency in full effect, baseball fans around the nation are bewildered at the rapid signings and confused about the status of their favorite players. While some teams have decided to rise from the inept into the grander tiers of baseball, others have trudged through the sluggish …

    The Tampa Bay Rays pose for their team photo on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Back row (L to R): Jeremy Hellickson, Ben Zobrist, Curt Casali, Jerry Sands, James Loney, Alex Cobb, Joel Peralta. Third row: Grant Balfour, Matt Joyce, Logan Forsythe, Yunel Escobar, Sean Rodriguez, Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa. Second Row: Jose Fernandez (Manager, Home Clubhouse), Mark Vinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer), Chris Westmoreland (Director of Team Travel and Clubhouse Operations), Jake McGee, Chris Archer, Kevin Kiermaier, Brad Boxberger, Cesar Ramos, Kirby Yates, Matt Moore, Jake Odorizzi, Jeff Beliveau, David DeJesus, Brandon Guyer, Ron Porterfield (Head Athletic Trainer), Kevin Barr (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Mark Vinson (Assistant Athletic Trainer). First row: Jamie Nelson (Major League Coach), Jim Hickey (Pitching Coach), Derek Shelton (Hitting Coach), Seat reserved for Don Zimmer (Senior Baseball Advisor), Dave Martinez (Bench Coach), Joe Maddon (Manager), George Hendrick (First Base Coach), Tom Foley (Third Base Coach), Stan Boroski (Bullpen Coach), Scott Cursi (Bullpen Catcher). Sitting: Torian Sands (Clubhouse Staff), Tyler Wall (Clubhouse Staff), Justin Murray (Bat Boy), Kyle Malone (Bat Boy), Jesse Moeller (Bat Boy), Ryan Riddle (Clubhouse Staff), Ryan Denlinger (Clubhouse Staff), Nate Leet (Massage Therapist). (Photo by Skip Milos / Tampa Bay Rays)
  2. Robinson High flag football team's mission: #getback to the state championship

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    It is a long road to the state finals. For the Robinson High flag football team, the Lady Knights, it meant dozens of demanding practices, intense workouts and defeating 18 opponents.

    Robinson High senior Amanda Chromiak, right, returns as captain on the squad that will defend their 2014 state championship. In practice, “when we’re playing, everyone is competitive.  Everyone wants to get better and we don’t really care that we’re just playing against ourselves. We play like it’s our last game,” Chromiak said.
  3. 5 things you didn't know about Colossal Curl, Adventure Island's new water ride

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    Who doesn't love a good water ride? Adventure Island opens for the season on Saturday, and many people will make a beeline for Colossal Curl, the newest thrill ride. But you might want to know more before you end up at the bottom of the gargantuan slide. How many steps does it take to reach the top? How tall do you have …

    At 70 feet, Colossal Curl is the tallest ride at Adventure Island. To get to the top, you and your friends — up to four of you can ride in the same raft — will have to scale 114 steps. The park opens Saturday.
  4. February sports player of the month: Russell Westbrook

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    BY ARYAN PATIDAR

    King High School

     

    Russell Westbrook, NBA

    Point guard

    Oklahoma City Thunder

     

    Russell Westbrook continues to electrify the league with dynamic shooting and energetic athleticism. In the random absences of star Kevin Durant, …

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) as center Alex Len defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)  AZMY101
  5. Obama's new proposal could make college a more realistic option

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    America's College Promise, a proposal from President Barack Obama, aims to provide two years of free and universal community college to American students.

    President Obama’s America’s College Promise speech was well-received at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.
  6. Adventure Island theme park set to open newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl

    News

    This March, Adventure Island theme park is set to open its newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl. The monumental slide, the largest ride at the venue, will be able to be seen from every angle of the park. But what does it take to build a ride this big? Designing a water slide isn't like it used to be. There are a lot of …

    Next month, Adventure Island theme park is set to open its newest thrill ride, Colossal Curl. The monumental slide, the park’s largest ride to date, will be able to be seen from every angle of the property.
  7. Tips for seeing the best of the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival

    Events

    Now in its 80th year, Plant City's Florida Strawberry Festival is steeped in Americana. Part county fair, part music festival, it's not just about the strawberries. There's also a midway, animals, exhibits, lots of food on a stick and no alcohol anywhere. Tickets are $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert …

    Laria Manginelli, 9mo is held by her mother, Brittani, of Plant City during the annual Strawberry Festival’s baby contest at the Festival Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 02, 2014 in Plant City, Florida.
  8. Just kidding! Carnegie Mellon grad applications are accepted then rejected

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    For graduate applicants, the period of time spent simply waiting to hear back from colleges is nerve-wracking and stressful. But to finally hear that you have been accepted to your dream graduate program only to receive a follow-up rejection letter is brutal. This happened to Carnegie Mellon University's graduate …

  9. Legoland offering Florida resident deal on ticket price

    Florida

    Legoland is offering Florida residents an early Valentine present: almost $30 off admission to visit the Winter Haven theme park and its adjacent water park. One-day tickets are normally $87, or with the water park combo $102 for adults and $95 for kids. Now through Feb. 22, Florida residents can get a one-day Legoland …

    The family pool looks out to the historic Lake Eloise. [Legoland]
  10. Skateboarders gather to remember fellow rider

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — The teens pulled on "in memory of" T-shirts and scrawled their names on a picture collage, with messages like "skate in paradise" and "shredd it up there with Jesus." Then they got on their boards and skated, most without helmets.