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Answers to Mean Girls quiz, page 4.

1. Drinks.

2. Fetch.

3. Her "fifth sense" allows her breasts to tell if it's raining.

4. Africa.

5. "It's the same in every country."

6. Toaster Strudels.

7. Social suicide.

8. October 3.

9. Jingle Bell Rock.

10. A baseball bat.


The opening moments of Record Store Day at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg could only be described as sheer madness. After waiting calmly for doors to open at 8 a.m. (some came as early as 4 a.m.), shoppers burst inside, grabbing albums with fervor and quickly filling up the tiny shop on Central Avenue. Bananas Music (pictured) opened an hour later and offered free coffee to patrons standing in line. Instead of a chaotic scramble to snatch up the limited-edition albums, the opening at Bananas was much more orderly; shoppers waited with their written lists to see if the store had what they wanted.

Gabrielle Calise, Palm Harbor University High

The revamped and renamed Big Guava Music Festival takes place Friday through Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Big Guava has been called Florida's answer to Coachella. Many of the same bands who played Coachella are also playing Big Guava, including reunited hip-hop duo Outkast in their only Florida concert; Vampire Weekend and Foster the People. If Big Guava is a success, drawing 40,000 to 60,000 people over the three-day weekend, officials say it could get even bigger in Year 3. Three-day tickets are $165 for general admission.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer



The Right Fit Foundation, a Tampa based organization whose mission is to help students and their families understand the college admission and financial aid process, wants to alert seniors of a potential problem with 2013 FAFSA filings. "The issue affects families that had a retirement plan rollover in 2013 and also used the income tax data retrieval tool to auto populate their FAFSA form," the foundation said in a release. "In several instances, FAFSA erroneously reported the rollover as untaxed income. This will cause an increase in the families' EFC, possibly resulting in the loss of financial aid." If this happened, you should call FAFSA immediately and correct the mistake, then call your college financial aid office and insure they have the corrected FAFSA. You should then request a corrected award letter.


Actor Daniel Franzese, who played Damian, called "too gay to function" in the Burn Book of Mean Girls, has written a letter to his younger self on IndieWire, 10 years after the movie opened. reported the 36-year-old Franzese wrote: "You certainly hope when you pour your heart into something, that people will respond. But to paraphrase Gretchen Wieners, 'We can't help it that we're so popular.' "

Then: "So, why the hell did it take me so long to come out of the closet?"

Why come out now? In a Dish Nation interview, Franzese cites the 10th anniversary of the film as the primary motivating factor.


There are still proms going on and it's not too late to get your dress at Belle of the Ball, the nonprofit organization that distributes dresses and accessories to girls in need. The last date for spring prom distribution is Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd., Seminole, no appointment necessary. For information about donating prom dresses, contact [email protected] (727) 386-4502


At the Florida Scholastic Press Association state convention in Orlando Friday, the organization honored the best high school journalists in the state for 2014, and tb-two* is grinning ear to ear. FSPA's Journalist of the Year, its highest honor, was awarded to William Harvey, tb-two* student editor and content and features editor of the King High Scepter. JOY runner-up was bestowed upon Liz Tsourakis, student editor of tb-two* and co-editor-in-chief of the Hilsborean, Hillsborough High's yearbook. The Emerging Young Journalist award went to Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson High freshman and tb-two* Bulletin Board correspondent. High School Journalism Teacher of the Year went to Joe Humphrey of Hillsborough High. tb-two* staff


Relive your prom, or get ready for it, by going to and checking out our awesome interactive multimedia "Prom with a Pop" package.




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