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  1. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 30-May 6



    Free Comic Book Day: There are 50 titles available this year in the annual publishing industry effort to showcase titles and bring a new generation of fans into comic book stories. At Heroes' Haven in Carrollwood, 4339 Gunn Highway, the first 150 people in the store Saturday get all 50 free …

    Enjoy a mint julep or two on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs or Derby Lane as you wait for the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby.
  2. Caché stores to close; new plus-size store opens at Tyrone Square


    Caché Inc., the women's clothing chain known for its snug, slightly tarty prom, leisure and cocktail wear, is closing its remaining Tampa Bay stores this week.

  3. Bass Pro Shop to hold job fair May 18-20 for new Brandon store


    Brandon's new Bass Pro Shop will hold a job fair for prospective employees from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 18-20 at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview.

  4. Hooters restaurants have made the most of our changing world


    Consider Hooters, if you will: A worldwide brand so resistant to change over its 32-year run, the Clearwater-born chain spent a long time debating, then cautiously altering, a certain aspect of its iconic servers' vavoomish outfits. No, they didn't swap out those snug white tops, the traffic-cone orange shorts or even …

  5. MLB, Rays offer expanded 'digital wallet' for Trop guests


    ST. PETERSBURG — Baseball may be our cozy national pastime, but the future is now at Tropicana Field.

    The Rays’ Brandon Guyer (5) waits for a different pitch from Yankees hurler Masahiro Tanaka during the game on April 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
  6. Pinellas news briefs: Curlew Creek principal resigns abruptly


    PALM HARBOR — The longtime principal of Curlew Creek Elementary School has resigned suddenly, and there is no public explanation as to why.

    A kayaker relaxes off Dunedin Causeway taking in the setting sun.
  7. Florida sending more fruit — and hype — to Canada


    In hopes that the Great White North will warm up to the Sunshine State even more, Florida has embarked on a new promotional campaign in Canada — already the state's largest export partner — touting the deliciousness of our fruit.

  8. Another grocery store is coming to downtown St. Petersburg


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays may not be banking on an influx of residents and activity in the westward expansion of downtown, but a developer and grocer see it and are getting ready.

    A 50,000-square-foot retail complex with a grocery store is planned for 700 Central Ave.

source: Arc Development Group
  9. Controversy, speculation swirling around Brandon Walmart closing


    TAMPA — Walmart is at the center of controversy and speculation after five of its stores suddenly closed last week, including one in Brandon.

    This Brandon Walmart closed its doors last week, laying off nearly 430. Plumbing problems were blamed.
  10. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 April 23-29


    1 Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races: With Asia Fest Tampa Bay in nearby Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, paddlers from across the country will compete in this 2,000-year-old sport Saturday. It's free for spectators to watch, and races start at 8 a.m. Saturday at 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa.

    The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races will be April 25 in Tampa.