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  1. Your daily dose of cute: Baby hyena born at Busch Gardens said to be a sweetheart

    Florida

    Hyenas may have been the bad guys in The Lion King, but Busch Gardens says the 20-week-old baby spotted hyena born at the park on April 3 is a sweet boy.

    This 20-week-old baby spotted hyena was born at Busch Gardens on April 3 and debuting this week to park visitors. He is named ‘Mandazi’ for his sweet personality after a traditional pastry found on the Swahili coast, a park news release says.
  2. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 25-31: Fourth Friday Tampa, latte art, train show

    Events

    1 Fourth Friday Tampa: The museums and businesses along the Tampa Riverwalk have free and cheap deals, as well as free water taxi rides for this month's Fourth Friday party. There's $5 admission at the Glazer Children's Museum from 4 to 6 p.m. Bestselling author Dawn Tripp will give a free talk about her …

    DAKOTA MOYER | Times The Glazer Children’s Museum will offer $5 admission from 4 to 6 p.m. for this month’s Fourth Friday party. 
  3. Insider tips: Your last chance to play in 1.2 million balls at Amalie Arena

    Events

    It turns out plenty of people in Tampa Bay want to play in a ball pit.

    Lance Tejo, 15; Bryce Navarro, 15; and Hailey Alimo, 12, of Wesley Chapel cannonball into the Beach Tampa’s 1.2 million balls. The free installation ends Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  4. Grim news kept people away from Disney, Universal and other theme parks, analysts say

    Florida

    ORLANDO — It's 9:01 a.m. and a stream of sweaty tourists is pressing through the entrance gates and hoofing it to the back of the park at Universal's Islands of Adventure. At this moment in early August, it's a 45-minute wait for the behemoth ride called Skull Island: Reign of Kong, which opened July 14. The wait …

    Analysts say crowds appear to have shrunk at Florida theme parks like Universal this summer. The decline could be attributed to the combination of tragic events that have struck the state this summer, including the shooting death of Voice singer Christina Grimmie at a local venue, the massacre at Pulse nightclub and a fatal alligator attack on a child at Disney World. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
  5. For Glazer museum's birthday: $6 admission, free weekend in September

    Events

    Forget those birthday party goody bags stuffed with plastic junk. The Glazer Children's Museum is celebrating its sixth birthday with $6 admission for almost the whole month of September, capped off by free admission Sept. 24-25 for a science-filled Particle Party.

    The museum has a variety of play stations, including this kitchen and food one.
  6. Plan your weekend: Dixie Chicks, Rays cut prices for sellout crowd, comedians Brad Williams, Jamie Kennedy

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concert

    The Dixie Chicks: Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer take the stage in Tampa Friday for their first tour in a decade. Vintage Trouble and Smooth Hound Smith open at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, …

  7. 5 things to do under $5: Last week of Beach Tampa, free ice skating, cupcake contest

    Events

    1The Beach Tampa: This is the last week to play in the free installation of 1.2 million white plastic balls designed to look like an ocean of bubbles at Tampa's Amalie Arena. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers are available through thebeachtampa.com. Most …

    AMY SCHERZER | Times photo Beach bathing beauties post at The Beach Tampa opening night VIP party Aug. 4 at Amalie Arena.
  8. Review: 'Kubo and the Two Strings' an art piece masquerading as a kids' movie

    Movies

    Kubo and the Two Strings is lovely to behold, if viewers manage to keep their eyes open. It's an animated doozy and drowser at once, an uncomfortable mix of Miyazaki-style imagination and generic dullness. Snooze and you don't necessarily lose.

    Kubo, voiced by Art Parkinson, left, and Monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron in a scene from the animated film, "Kubo and the Two Strings." (Laika Studios/Focus Features via AP)
  9. Review: 'Pete's Dragon' is surprisingly good

    Movies

    There's a lot that's unlikely about Pete's Dragon, the remake of the 1977 Disney film, particularly how good it is.

    Natalie (Oona Laurence) and Pete (Oakes Fegley) befriend Elliott, a furry, friendly dragon.
  10. Your guide to the Grand Brony Gala, including what a Brony is

    Events

    Tampa will be "about 20 percent cooler," as Rainbow Dash would say, when the Grand Brony Gala gallops into town this weekend.

    Founders of the Grand Brony Gala Arlene Jacobs, left, Jessica Jacobs (dressed as Fluttershy), and Yadzia Roa during 2015’s closing ceremony. The gala returns this weekend.