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  1. South Florida Museum to unveil world's largest collection of fossilized poop


    Bradenton's South Florida Museum is mighty proud of the world's largest collection of fossilized poop that will be unveiled Saturday for National Fossil Day — a day of half-priced admission and a poo specimen nicknamed "Precious" because of the dungstone's connection to an ancient crocodile with a Tolkien tie.

    South Florida Museum director of education Jeff Rodgers holds “Precious,” the largest coprolite in the Guinness-certified largest collection.
  2. Yo ho! Disney reopens Pirates of the Caribbean ride


    Yo ho, yo ho, the pirates are back at the Magic Kingdom, and you might notice some new smells.

    Captain Jack Sparrow on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
  3. Things to do planner: Gay and lesbian film fest, corn mazes, Race for the Cure glows at night


    FILM FEST: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

    Actor Lea DeLaria of Orange is the New Black will give a comedy show on Saturday during the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
  4. Downtown Disney becomes Disney Springs and welcomes new Morimoto Asia restaurant


    LAKE BUENA VISTA — Avid travelers of the roads leading to Walt Disney World knew a change was imminent, as those iconic purple signs that signal you are on Disney property suddenly contained a new name. On Tuesday, it became official: Downtown Disney is now Disney Springs.

    Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto was present Tuesday to open his new Morimoto Asia restaurant at Disney Springs.
  5. Get your scares at these local Halloween haunts throughout October


    Finding a place to be scared into a stupor isn't hard for Central Floridians, who can look forward to an embarrassment of haunted riches every October. Everyone knows Halloween is more than a one night affair. You celebrate all month (  Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City. (Saturday, September 26, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]  (Saturday, September 26, 2015.) [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

  6. Here are some not-too-scary Halloween options for kids


    ZooBoo Kids: Lowry Park Zoo made a special point of dialing down the scares this year and turning this into a daytime event for ages 11 and younger, with extended hours on select days, "fright-free" festivities like trick-o-treat stations, a corn maze and kooky-not-spooky character appearances. Running from 1 to 7 p.m., …

    ZooBoo at Lowry Park Zoo features “fright-free” daytime festivities.
  7. Mark the date: This year's top Halloween parties and events


    Here are some of the top Halloween events to look forward to in the next month around Tampa Bay:

  8. Look up Sunday night for a rare "Super Blood Moon"


    The moon is getting a big star turn this weekend.

    This Sept. 13, 2015 image provided by NASA shows the moon, left, and the Earth, top, transiting the sun together, seen from the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The edge of Earth appears fuzzy because the atmosphere blocks different amounts of light at different altitudes. This image was taken in extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, invisible to human eyes, but here colorized in gold. A total lunar eclipse will share the stage with a so-called supermoon Sunday evening, Sept. 27, 2015 as seen from the United States. That combination hasn't been seen since 1982 and won't happen again until 2033. (NASA/SDO via AP)
  9. 20 Tampa Bay museums will be free on Saturday


    It's time to get your culture on when 20 museums across Tampa Bay offer free or cheap admission on Saturday.

    Ken Rigsby and Jim Dando, both of St. Petersburg, enjoy the colorful glass forms of Dale Chihuly's Mille Fiori at the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection during free museum day in 2012.  [LARA CERRI, Times]
  10. Psst! It's a great time to check out Disney, other Florida attractions before snowbirds return


    Florida residents, in case you haven't noticed: The snowbirds are gone, the kids are back in school and we have Florida attractions pretty much to ourselves.

    Kids young and old should have a good time at the colorful Crayola Experience, which opened in July at Florida Mall in Orlando.