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  1. Parties, Star Wars Day deals because, 'May the Fourth be with you'

    Events

    What started as an inside joke among Star Wars fans, greeting each other with, "May the Fourth be with you," has turned into a full-fledged Star Wars Day holiday. It's an excuse to have parties and spend money on Star Wars collectibles (like we need a special day for that).

    Parties

    Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith." (AP Photo/ Lucasfilm/Twentieth Century Fox)
  2. Computer glitches mar Give Day Tampa Bay, but charities still raising money

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    Computer glitches haunted the third year of Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour fundraising event that benefits local charities, prompting organizers to create a new website for donors.

    At 2015's Give Day Tampa Bay, Wheels of Success, a nonprofit that provides refurbished cars to the working poor, gave away a car at Elder Ford.
  3. Publix sales increase 4.5 percent to $8.7 billion in the first quarter

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets' sales for the first quarter of 2016 hit $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent boost from last year's $8.3 billion.

    Publix Super Markets’ sales for the first quarter of 2016 hit $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent boost from last year’s $8.3 billion. The Lakeland-based grocery chain chalks up the boost to the Easter holiday falling in the first quarter this year. Last year, Easter was in the second quarter. Sales increased 1.2 percent for this reason.
  4. John McCain's son to the 'ignorant racists' criticizing an Old Navy ad with an interracial couple: 'Eat it'

    Retail

    Sen. John McCain's son, Jack, had a blunt response to the people criticizing an Old Navy ad featuring an interracial couple: You are "ignorant racists."

    Old Navy tweeted an ad on Monday featuring a good-looking, adorably dressed couple with their "child." Dad's white, and mom's black. [Image from Twitter]
  5. Do-gooders unite in Give Day Tampa Bay 24-hour fundraising event

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    Tuesday is Give Day Tampa Bay, a 24-hour fundraising event that benefits a wide range of local nonprofit charities. It's also a competition of sorts, with charities vying for added bonuses from corporate sponsors and foundations.

    At last year's Give Day Tampa Bay, Wheels of Success, a nonprofit that provides refurbished cars to the working poor, gave away a car at Elder Ford. On Tuesday, 595 nonprofit organizations from all over the Tampa Bay area poised for the 24-hour fundraising event that benefits a wide range of local nonprofit charities at givedaytampabay.org.
  6. Can grocery delivery services like Shipt survive now that Amazon Prime Now is in Tampa Bay?

    Retail

    In Amazon's never ending quest to be in the business of everything, the online retail giant rolled out a new one-to-two hour delivery service in Tampa Bay this week.

    Shipt launched in Tampa Bay last summer and delivers groceries from Publix to your door. Here, CJ Hughes, one of the first Shipt personal shoppers in Tampa, uses the Shipt app to find items for a family in Seminole. Amazon Prime also offers delivery of some grocery items in Tampa Bay, so some experts expect there will be competition between the two. Justine Griffin  |  Times


  7. Q&A: How did Publix win the battle with Walmart? And what new challengers does it face?

    Retail

    Publix Super Markets is king in Florida. It has survived the Goliath-like Walmart assault, crushed Sweetbay Supermarket and has all but beaten down Winn-Dixie.

    Publix won the battle with Walmart but now faces more competition from a new wave of grocery stores that plan to move into Florida.
  8. Take a Sunday shopping stroll in Safety Harbor

    Consumer

    In the not so distant past, Safety Harbor's quaint Main Street justified, if anything, a quick drive-by on Sundays. The only audible activity was the rustling of leaves on its majestic oaks.

    The outside rack at Safety Harbor Galleria offers vintage threads for less than $20.
  9. Former bag boy who found his 'family' at Publix five decades ago retiring as top executive

    Retail

    Tom McLaughlin was 17 years old when he started a bag boy job at a Winter Haven Publix. He had no family. He was in trouble a lot.

    Tom McLaughlin is a divisional vice president at Publix.
  10. Apple iPhone, once a status symbol in China, loses its luster

    Retail

    HONG KONG — Since 2010, Yu Kai has followed the ritual every year: When a new Apple iPhone comes out, he gets rid of his old one and heads to a store in Beijing to buy the latest model.

    This year, however, he held back.

    Friends watch a man set up his new iPhone 6s at an Apple store in Beijing in December. The tech giant says revenue for its second quarter ended in March fell 13 percent to $50.6 billion on decreased sales of its flagship product, the iPhone.