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  1. Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider this holiday season


    NEW YORK — The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price.

    This product image provided by ZTE shows the Nubia 5S Mini smartphone.  [Associated Press]
  2. Florida unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, but problems persist


    There's little debate that Florida's economy is improving.

  3. Deal Divas: Avoid the mall with holiday shopping apps and buying local


    Head to the malls if you'd like.

    There's plenty of selection, of course. It may infuse you with holiday spirit. And you can wait in line for a few hours to sit on Santa's lap if that's your thing.

    The mall can even tire Santa out (well, especially Santa). The Deal Divas have some ideas to avoid the mall by using phone apps and shopping local. 
  4. Deal Divas: Holiday shopping tips for everyone from the tween to grandma


    It's tougher today than ever before to buy gifts for a member of another generation. Older adults struggle with what kind of boop-bop-beep-bop machine to get for the kids. Meanwhile, the younger generations must try to figure out if a $400 iPad for Grandma would change her life or collect dust in the dumbwaiter. The …

    The grandmas and the youngsters in this photo from a holiday party in Zephyrhills a few years ago seem in agreement that these hats and mittens are pretty neat. But it’s more difficult than ever for people from different generations to know what to get as a gift for those older or younger. Good thing the Deal Divas have some ideas.
  5. Tips for braving (and saving) this holiday shopping season


    BY JEFF HARRINGTON Times Staff Writer

  6. Forecast: Florida holiday shopping will jump 5 percent


    Rejuvenated Florida shoppers are expected to increase spending on gifts this season at a faster pace than the rest of the country, according to the Florida Retail Federation's annual forecast.

    Retailers are stringing out discounts throughout November and December, which is good for consumers, said Rick McAllister of the Florida Retail Federation, as many try to pay for Christmas gifts out of cash flow week to week.
  7. Florida economy growing in the 'right' way, economist says

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    During the three decades he's been dissecting Florida's economic booms and busts, Mark Vitner hasn't been this bullish about the state's future for a very long time. Not since the 1990s.

  8. Beef 'O' Brady's in Seffner adds banquet room


    SEFFNER — Chicken wings gave way to chicken marsala on the buffet line and string beans almondine were served in lieu of the standard celery sticks.

    Dennis Edmonds, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s co-owner, welcomes the Greater Seffner Chamber of Commerce to the restaurant’s new Stadium Room. The banquet room can host up to 72 people.
  9. Free Smithsonian animal exhibit making a Tampa stop this weekend


    A free interactive exhibit from the Smithsonian is making the final stop on its U.S. tour at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo this weekend. Animal Connections: Our Journey Together will be parked by the main entrance to the zoo at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa to introduce visitors to the special relationship humans share with …

    A free Smithsonian exhibit, Animal Connections: Our Journey Together will end its U.S. tour this weekend at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, parked by the main entrance. Lowry Park Zoo
  10. Carlton: Just say no to Gray Thursday (and pass the cranberries)


    On Thanksgiving Day, when I am madly making the most important meal of the year, I will need something.

    Retailers are trying to get holiday shoppers to buy early — such as Thanksgiving Day — so they can avoid Black Friday scenes like this one last year at a Target in Tampa.