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  1. Discovery Cove deal adds free admission to SeaWorld, water park and Busch Gardens


    With Labor Day comes theme parks turning their focus to Florida residents, and that means deals. First up is a Florida resident deal at Discovery Cove in Orlando. The theme park, which features swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and hand-feeding exotic birds, has an all-inclusive package …

    Tampa Bay RaysÕ outfielder, Wil Myers took a break from baseball to swim with dolphins, meet real-life rays at Discovery Cove in Orlando 

ORLANDO, Fla. Ñ April 25, 2014 Ñ Tampa Bay RaysÕ baseball player, Wil Myers, traded in his rigorous practice and game schedule to immerse in the tropical oasis of Discovery Cove ̈ in Orlando. For the day, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year swam with real-life rays, dolphins and tropical fish. The mini-getaway left him refreshed and refueled to step back on the field, and deliver a powerhouse performance. Discovery Cove Orlando was ranked #1 in the 2013 TripAdvisorÕs TravelerÕs Choice Awards under ÒTop 25 Amusement Parks & Water Parks in The WorldÓ category. For more information, visit
  2. For teens, tech is in fashion


    For some teenagers, wearing last season's jeans will always be unthinkable.

    Caitlin Haywood, 15, with her cousin Richard Reaves, 13, says she uses her phone to shop for clothes instead of going to the stores themselves.
  3. Trouble brewing at CopperFish over city fines, unpaid rent


    TAMPA — A suit filed this week in Tampa may cause a ripple of fear among local foodies: South Tampa's CopperFish, one of the most exciting debuts of 2013, has hit a rocky patch.

    EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN   |   Times  The CopperFish Platter, consisting of jumbo prawns, chef's choice oysters, Middle Neck clams, poached lobster, and crab cocktail.
  4. Is Walmart's exit behind subdued mood at Lighthouse Crossings?


    ST. PETERSBURG — Now that the shiny new Walmart has opened on Bay Pines Boulevard across from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, things are pretty quiet down the road at Lighthouse Crossings.

    “Summer is a slow time for us so we will just have to wait and see what the winter brings for business., said Nicole Bosc, owner of Cafe Croissant in Lighthouse Crossings.
  5. Amazon's first fulfillment center in Florida opens in Lakeland


    The Amazon distribution center in Lakeland is up and running. The online retailer said Thursday that it shipped its first order out of the fulfillment center to a customer in New York. It was a CreativeWater 2-Tier Buffet Server.

  6. St. Petersburg's Anime Fix a magnet for manga fans


    It had only been one week since Erika Strahle had made the journey from MacDill Air Force Base to Tampa Bay's only all-anime store, but she had to come back.

    A wide selection of new and hard to find items for sale at Anime Fix in St. Petersburg. Owner Bobby Koonce talks about a vintage G.I. Joe toy. Photos by Luis Santana/tbt*
  7. Former star athlete, wife offer a personal touch at their Brooksville sporting goods store


    BROOKSVILLE — Long before the advent of sporting goods chain stores and big box outlets, Hernando County athletes shopped at Kelly's World of Sports in Brooksville.

    Eddie and Jennifer Looper own Looper Sports Connection in Brooksville. Eddie played baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, the University of Alabama and Hernando High School.
  8. Whole Foods Market in Countryside Mall to open Sept. 24


    CLEARWATER — Whole Foods Market's debut location in Pinellas County will hold its grand opening on Sept. 24, the company announced Wednesday.

  9. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 28-Sept. 3


    1 Sleep Walk Tampa Bay: A walk on the beach to raise awareness of sleeping disorders is fittingly called the Sleep Walk. Participants are encouraged to wear pajamas or other sleep-related costumes from the land of Nod for this 1.5-mile walk behind the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort to benefit Project …

  10. Don't fall for tech-support scams


    The phone rings. The voice on the other line informs you that your PC is infected with a virus that, fortunately for you, the caller's well-known company can eliminate. Hmm, you think, that's odd, since our family only uses Macs.