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  1. McDonald's to raise worker pay, but only at a fraction of its stores


    NEW YORK — McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.

    McDonald's Restaurants will increase pay for workers, but only those at company-owned stores. Franchises, who run 90 percent of the nation's stores, aren't required to raise pay.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) 79288337
  2. King and I restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg closes


    ST. PETERSBURG — The King and I Thai restaurant at 445 Central Ave. served its last meals on Sunday. The restaurant was a staple for years for quick service and food including sushi, spring rolls and fresh soups.

  3. Fitted for a round of play


    RIVERVIEW — If you are part of the 26 million people who enjoy golf enough to contribute to the nearly $70 billion the sport takes in annually, you have no doubt tried everything to shave a few strokes off your game.

    Roger Hedgpeth, president of Factory Direct Golf has moved his store from Falkenburg Road to the Winthrop Town Centre in Riverview, where he will build you a custom set of sticks including “illegal clubs” to help you “whip your buddies.”
  4. 5 things to do under $5 April 2-8


    1 Summer Splash Fair: Tampa Bay History Center has opened up its space for providers who specialize in summer camps, health and wellness, college preparatory, after-school programs, tutoring and more. They will be on hand to help children have an adventurous summer. $5. Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old …

    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Bill Nye attends Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
  5. coffee cold war


    A storm is brewing in the world of cold coffee.

    A barista prepares the new Javiva on Monday at a Peet’s in San Francisco. Peet’s says it uses fresh coffee, unlike competitors.
  6. Stylish sensibilities merge at Tampa's fashionable Penelope T boutique


    Most people think they need to go to New York City for fashion, but two Floridians did the exact opposite.

    Those are some fabulous shoes. With just the right mix of casual in the front design and sophistication in the high heel, the Cynthia Vincent sandals go with just about everything.
  7. Hernando gets new baseball training facility


    BROOKSVILLE — Budding ballplayers have a new training ground and well-experienced coaches to guide them at Stix & Seams, an indoor facility where the order of business is honing skills for baseball and softball.

    Trainer Donnie Whitehead positions a baseball on a T-post as 7-year-old Alex Senules of Crystal River checks his hand position on the bat during his second lesson at Stix & Seams, Brooksville.
  8. McDonald's tries menu makeover with 'Create Your Taste' (w/video)


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Who's up for building a sexy new Quarter Pounder, the longtime blue-collar thug on the McDonald's menu? You know, pretty that sucker up a bit. Maybe some guac, garlic sauce, caramelized onions, all on a lettuce wrap and presented to you via perky tableside service.

    Keisha Durand, center, uses a touch screen kiosk Wednesday with her father, Dominique Durand, left, and mother, Catherine Durand, to order food at a McDonald’s in Wesley Chapel. Customers can use a giant iPad-like screen to order speciality menu items.
  9. Publix sued by family of boy who died after eating cookie


    The family of a deceased 11-year-old Alabama boy has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Publix Super Markets claiming he died as a result of severe allergic shock from eating a cookie after a store employee misled them about the ingredients.

  10. Besito Mexican prepares for April 8 opening in West Shore



    The candle wall is already flickering with 150 electric votives, but banquettes still need to be placed and the cobblestone patio is yet to be laid. The hours are ticking by as WestShore Plaza anticipates the April 8 debut of Besito Mexican. The Palm steakhouse location closed quietly last year — too …

    Besito Mexican opens in April in WestShore Plaza in Tampa. “This is white tablecloth — but not high end,” Florida partner Stanley Goodman said Monday at the restaurant.