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  1. Baby animal alert: Fighting extinction, Lowry Park Zoo welcomes birth of rare tiger cub (w/video)


    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo announced Tuesday that on Sept. 11 the zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. With only 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, the implications of this birth "could be massive in the protection of the species both in the wild and in human care," the zoo wrote in a news …

    Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. The pair will likely be out of sight from visitors for the next few weeks.
  2. Your daily dose of cute: Lowry Park Zoo welcomes baby rhino


    Break out the cigars: Lowry Park Zoo welcomed the birth of a bouncing baby rhino on Sept. 12, the Tampa zoo announced.

    Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo announced the birth of a bouncing baby rhino, born on Sept. 12.  (Lowry Park Zoo)
  3. Plan your weekend Sept. 23-25: Howl-o-Scream, Free Museum Day, Lightning Fan Fest, the Illusionists


    Plan your weekend


    Howl-O-Scream: Halloween attractions and haunted houses are already popping up. Busch Gardens brings an Evil Encore theme to its annual scare fest starting Friday. Tickets start at $45.99; buschgarden …

  4. Spooky tours get into the spirit of Safety Harbor



    This quaint little town, incorporated in 1917, isn't known for eerie pre-Civil War mansions or creepy moss-covered cemeteries, but it does have enough purported paranormal activity to warrant a ghost tour.

    Laura Dent stands outside the Hotel Frances. Through her business, Safety Harbor Ghost and History Tours, she offers day (history) and nighttime (ghost) walks along and around Main Street, which are meant to educate, entertain and enlighten.
  5. 5 things to do under $5: Free Florida Orchestra concert, Central Avenue festival


    1Sebastian Junger: The author (Perfect Storm) and Oscar nominee (Restrepo) will give a free talk at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts today, thanks to the University of South Florida's Frontier Forum Lecture Series. Admission is free for the 7:30 p.m. event, and doors open at 6:30. …

    Author-filmmaker Sebastian Junger will give a talk at USF on Tuesday.
  6. Things to Do Planner: Lightning Fan Fest, model Nyle DiMarco, horror convention, Lego Mustang


    GO BOLTS: Lightning Fan Fest

    Time to hit the ice, Bolts fans. Sunday brings a free day to get ramped up for hockey season at the Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest. There will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, a high school hockey shootout, food and beverage …

    Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, right, says goodbye to Cael Wintjen, 2, and Bethany Clark with a high five after they got a jersey and T-shirt autographed during Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest in 2014. The fest returns this weekend.
  7. Halloween haunts: Zoo, aquarium, Disney and other attractions tone down scares for kids



    Many attractions tone down the gore for Halloween parties aimed at kids under 12. Here are the biggest ones:

    NEW Creatures of the Night

    Cousins Reagan Kelly, left, and Taylor and Madison Cloversettle take a trick-or-treating break to watch sharks.
  8. Review: Parents, get ready to explain the miracle of life to kids after 'Storks'


    Parents have more explaining to do after Storks, a breezy animated exaggeration of where babies come from. Rather, where they came from before online shopping turned these nursing birds into delivery drones.

    Jasper, voiced by Danny Trejo, in a scene from "Storks." (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
  9. Shiver me timbers! Free doughnuts and more for Talk Like a Pirate Day


    Avast there me buckos, Monday is Talk Like a Pirate Day.

    Monday is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Get ready. photo from Universal Studios.
  10. Plan your weekend Sept. 9-11: Miranda Lambert, Puff Daddy, ArtWalk, $5 Day at MOSI


    Plan your weekend


    Puff Daddy and the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour: Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs has never been one to go small. So when he decided to get the Family back together for his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, he spared no expense. The roster reads like a Billboard chart …

    Puff Daddy, left, is reuniting with Lil’ Kim, at right, as well as Mase, Faith Evans, 112, Mario Winans, Total, Carl Thomas, the Lox and French Montana for a Bad Boy Records reunion coming to Tampa on Sunday.