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  1. What the fright? How did Halloween turn into such a huge holiday?


    Not that many years ago, Halloween consisted of a Peanuts special on television, a few hours of dressed-up kids stomping house to house to fill pillow cases with candy, and maybe a costume party at school or the library for older kids or adults.

    And that was it.

    Juan Acevedo, 21, of Zephyrhills stirs up scares at the Bedlam 3D haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City.
  2. LG unveils smartphone with dual display, improved camera


    Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea — LG Electronics unveiled a new smartphone Thursday with an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share.

    Members of the media try LG Electronics’ new smartphone, the V10, which has an additional screen and a camera that can capture a wider scene when taking a selfie. LG unveiled the smartphone Thursday, hoping to arrest a slide in its market share.
  3. Aerial yoga in Tampa Bay: Fly away, strengthen core


    Paddleboard yoga, hot yoga, electro yoga, kickboxing yoga. Just when you thought all hybrids of the ancient workout had been explored, aerial yoga gets students off their mats and flying over them.

    Aerial yoga practice can be lovely.
  4. Four things to know about the change in credit cards starting Thursday


    Ever notice that shiny gold or silver chip embedded in your credit card?

    A credit card with an EMV microchip is read at a Walmart Supercenter. The new chip-enabled credit and debit cards are designed to thwart data breaches. [Bryan Anselm | The New York Times)
  5. Google introduces Pixel C tablet, two new Nexus phones


    SAN FRANCISCO — Google introduced a tablet-laptop hybrid Tuesday, along with two new Nexus phones and updates to Chromecast that together marked the company's first big product launch since reorganizing under parent company Alphabet.

    The 5.2-inch Nexus 5X starts at $379 and has a fingerprint sensor for locking the phone.
  6. Grab your tote bag, outdoor markets are returning


    Like an urban Brigadoon, outdoor markets are once again about to emerge out of bare parking lots around Tampa Bay, buzz with activity for several hours and disappear again until next week when we need to stock up on artisan jams, organic cucumbers and yard art.

    St. Pete’s Saturday Market, which claims to have given birth to more than two dozen businesses, will open for the season Saturday.  
Times files (2011)
  7. 5 things to do under $5 Oct. 1-7: Movies in the park, music festival, Straz open house


    1 Screen on the Green: Tampa's Water Works Park will have a series of family-friendly Halloween-themed movies in October beginning with Ghostbusters Saturday. The movies will be shown on a large, inflatable, outdoor movie screen and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be …

    Ghostbusters, with Ernie Hudson, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis, will be shown Saturday.
  8. Mindy Grossman pushes charity arm of HSN to help UNICEF


    Mindy Grossman says part of HSN's success comes from its charity work.

    HSN CEO Mindy Grossman, left, leads a chat with UNICEF CEO Caryl Stern about a corporate partnership in which HSN will help raise funds for the UNICEF nonprofit during The Monday Night Show With Adam Freeman: HSN Cares Star Wars Edition.
  9. Yuengling tries to survive craft beer craze by staying in the middle


    When Richard "Dick" Yuengling bought the former Stroh's brewery in Tampa Bay in 1999, no one was talking about blueberry wheat beers or India pale ales.

    Diego Viteri checks the finishing tanks before the beer is bottled at Yuengling’s Tampa brewery. Each glass-lined tank holds over 11,000 barrels of beer.
  10. Oldsmar Flea Market bans designer goods


    OLDSMAR — You can buy nearly anything at the Oldsmar Flea Market.

    The Oldsmar Flea Market recently banned designer goods to avoid the potential of counterfeit purses, wallets and luggage.