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  1. Troubled clothing chain American Apparel to receive financing

    Retail

    NEW YORK — American Apparel Inc. announced Wednesday it had reached a deal with investment firm Standard General to receive an investment of up to $25 million to bolster the clothing chain's finances. The deal will also mean a shakeup in the board.

    American Apparel has a preliminary deal with investment firm Standard General to receive up to $25 million in financing. It had a $10 million loan called in this week in the wake of the firing of founder and CEO Dov Charney for alleged misconduct.
  2. 5 things to do under $5 July 10-16

    Events

    1 Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day: How far would you go to get a free meal? If you are willing to strap on some udders and hooves, you can visit any Chick-fil-A restaurant on Friday. The rules are that if you're dressed as a cow from head to hoof you'll be rewarded with a free meal. But even a …

    Mike Myers and Dana Carvey team up for Wayne’s World.
  3. Tablet sales projected to surpass PC sales in 2015

    Retail

    Don't be surprised if you start to see more people with tablets than laptops: A report Monday said tablet shipments will exceed PCs by 2015.

    Tablet computers, such as these Microsoft Surface variations, have become increasingly popular in recent years and are replacing PCs and laptops for many buyers, something late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs predicted in 2010.
  4. Winning over Tampa Bay market won't be easy for Winn-Dixie

    Retail

    When Winn-Dixie took over Sweetbay supermarkets in April, it swapped the signs and shopping carts but basically left the stores the same.

    A Winn-Dixie sign is installed on the former Sweetbay at 2139 34th St. N in St. Petersburg on April 2. The signs and shopping carts are about the only differences in the takeover.
  5. Debut author benefits from Amazon-Hachette war

    Retail

    LOS ANGELES

    Nobody expected much from Edan Lepucki's debut novel. Her publisher planned a tiny first printing of 12,000 copies. She was assigned to an editor with almost no experience. Was there a marketing budget? How cute of her to ask.

    Edan Lepucki, author of the debut novel California, signs copies of her book at Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., July 1, 2014. Lepucki won the literary lottery when Stephen Colbert picked her, a fellow Hachette author, as the focal point of his campaign against Amazon, the online retail giant.
  6. Spring Hill shop invites you to inhale joys of e-cigarettes

    Retail

    SPRING HILL — Steve Fingerman smoked for nearly 23 years.

    Tom Homan, left, and Steve Fingerman own and operate the E-Vape Co. in Spring Hill. They invite patrons to come sample the flavors — 21 e-liquids are offered, with 35 more to come.
  7. Meet our version of Captain Citrus

    Consumer

    Marvel is getting $1 million to remake Captain Citrus for the Florida Citrus Board. But when it comes to what Floridians need in a citrus superhero, we think we know better. Scroll down to see what Times artist Don Morris and Floridian editor Bill Duryea have come up with.

  8. Free app makes it easier to find Tampa area bike trails

    Events

    Tampa isn't the most bike-friendly city, but the weather (watch those afternoon thunderstorms!) makes it a no-excuse way to go green and get some exercise while running errands or even commuting to work. That's why University Bicycle Center and Citrus Park Cyclery have partnered with an app developer to create My City …

    Bob Wise (cq), who normally rides his bike from Carrollwod to Tampa each day for work, will be among 13 people who will ride cross country to promote blood donations.  Wise is shown here as he rides south along Anderson Road early Friday morning 8/20/04.
  9. 5 things to do under $5 July 3-9

    Events

    1 Rays Day: This Tampa Bay Rays watch party at the Emerald bar is also a benefit for Second Chance Boxer Rescue. The party gets going at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, but the game against the Tigers doesn't start until 8. There will be music by Broken Things, Doug Burns and Kyle Chason and the Swindlin' Hearts. There …

    Tampa Bay History Center - MAPS  Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps September 21, 2013 - February 16, 2014  Renard Lewis Indiarum Occidentalium Tractus cum Insulis Caribicis. (Amsterdam, 1715). Colored copper engraving.
  10. Calculator puts a dollar value on your time

    Consumer

    Do you know how much your time is worth? If you don't, then you might find it difficult to make a decision about when to outsource tasks or hire an employee — which can ultimately mean the difference between success and failure, especially if you are an independent worker or run your own business. Knowing how much …