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  1. Homeowners insurance: Floridians pay more than double U.S. average

    Banking

    It's still more expensive to buy homeowners insurance in Florida than anywhere else in the country.

    The Suncoast Gateway Mobile Village in Port Richey is flooded after Tropical Storm Debby in 2012. Florida has become the first state to cross the $2,000 mark in average premiums for homeowners insurance policies.
  2. Free and cheap fun: 5 things to do under $5 Jan. 22-28

    Events

    1 Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza: A kids parade is part of this more-sedate version of Gasparilla, held since 1947 the weekend before the boozy bead-dazzled bacchanal on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. Things start off at 11 a.m. Saturday with a bicycle and safety rodeo, followed by the Preschooler's Stroll at …

    Kids will get to explore and get on an array of vehicles at the Touch A Truck event Saturday at Largo Central Park.
  3. Buckhorn vows (again) to fix downtown streetcar

    Economic Development

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn has vowed to save downtown's struggling streetcar — once again.

    Tampa’s struggling downtown trolley hasn’t seen any funding from the Port Authority since 2012.
  4. Speculation grows that Kroger will buy Winn-Dixie to enter Florida

    Retail

    Monday proved to be a slow day for economic news, owing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. But it was a good day for business rumors.

    A Cincinnati Business Courier report noting that expansion-minded Kroger, the nation’s second-largest supermarket company, lacks a Florida presence was picked up in recent days by some Florida publications, which suggested Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie was a logical target.
  5. Why you shouldn't wait on those zero percent credit cards

    Personal Finance

    If you're counting on a zero percent credit card to help you clear your debt, you better stop dragging your feet. Many of those credit card offers, which let consumers transfer balances interest free to a new account for a set period of time, come with a deadline that most consumers don't know about, according to a new …

  6. TurboTax Deluxe is less deluxe than it used to be for certain users

    Personal Finance

    Taxpayers buying commercial software to prepare and electronically file their 2014 income tax returns should double-check that the version they are purchasing fits their needs.

  7. N.Y. teen opens, runs sneaker pawnshop

    Retail

    NEW YORK — A 16-year-old sneaker-loving teen is using the footwear to get a different kind of kick — he's opened a pawnshop that uses high-end athletic shoes as collateral.

    Chase Reed, 16, boxes up a pair of shoes for Chaise Mack at Sneaker Pawn in Harlem. His father’s in charge on weekdays.
  8. Teen clothing chain Wet Seal files for bankruptcy protection

    Retail

    The latest victim of changing teen tastes and lifestyles, Wet Seal said Friday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection, although a financing offer from a boutique investment bank could help keep some of its business alive.

  9. Straz Center to hold nightly lottery of cheaper 'Book of Mormon' tickets

    Events

    If you have some flexibility in your schedule, you could snag some lower-priced tickets to see The Book of Mormon during its two-week run at the Straz Center starting Tuesday. The winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, it's a popular show with tickets ranging from $38.50 to $163.59. The …

    JOAN MARCUS   |   Special to the Times.
  10. Tampa's Gypsy Junque bus brings bohemian fashion to the streets

    Consumer

    Right away, the smell of the Gypsy Junque bus transports all those who board to another place. Elke Lockert burns incense that recalls peace signs and shaggy hair, while her Internet radio station plays a selection of soothing classic rock just as appropriate during the Nixon administration as it is today.

    Elke Lockert’s Gypsy Junque boutique a re-imagined late-’90s school bus with more than 90,000 miles on it.