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  1. Report: Growth of wages for high-paid Florida workers outpace those of low-paid workers

    Working Life

    Put this one in the "rich get richer" category.

  2. This week's recalls

    Retail

    HP laptop power cords

    Company: Hewlett-Packard

    Quantity: 5,577,000

    Why? The AC power cord can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard.

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

    Florida

    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 Ã’Top 25 Amusement Parks & Water Parks in The WorldÓ category. For more information, visit www.discoverycove.com.
  4. For teens, tech is in fashion

    Retail

    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.
  5. Trouble brewing at CopperFish over city fines, unpaid rent

    Retail

    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.
  6. Is Walmart's exit behind subdued mood at Lighthouse Crossings?

    Retail

    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.

    The former Walmart store in the Lighthouse Crossings shopping center sits vacant at 3993 Tyrone Blvd N in St. Petersburg.
  7. Amazon's first fulfillment center in Florida opens in Lakeland

    Retail

    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.

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

    Consumer

    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*
  9. Former star athlete, wife offer a personal touch at their Brooksville sporting goods store

    Retail

    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.
  10. Whole Foods Market in Countryside Mall to open Sept. 24

    Retail

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