Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Opening day of Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens might be delayed

Thrill seekers who can't wait to hurtle down 335 feet face-first may have to be patient. Busch Gardens says construction delays might push back the opening of its drop tower ride Falcon's Fury, which is set for May 1. A fan party on that day has been postponed. "Our Design & Engineering team is still conducting ride testing, and as we move forward and have a better idea of the timeline, we will let you know," said Travis Claytor, the Tampa theme park's media relations manager, in an email. Described as the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America, the ride will be the focal point of Pantopia, a new themed land with shops and restaurants. Falcon's Fury will lift riders into the air and tilt them 90 degrees at the top, sending them face down as they fall toward the ground at 60 mph. On a clear day, riders will be able to see downtown Tampa.

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FEC plans crackdown on zombie campaigns

FEC plans crackdown on zombie campaigns

The federal agency that oversees elections has announced a crackdown on former lawmakers who continue to spend leftover campaign donations long after they left office.The Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday that it will start scrutinizing...
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5 things to do under $5 this week

5 things to do under $5 this week

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 27

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 27

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This week's best concerts: Flo Rida, Queens of the Stone Age, Bay 2 Beach Festival and more

This week's best concerts: Flo Rida, Queens of the Stone Age, Bay 2 Beach Festival and more

Want to see some live music?
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5 things to do under $5: 10,000 Maniacs, Dragon Boat Races, Pepper Fest

5 things to do under $5: 10,000 Maniacs, Dragon Boat Races, Pepper Fest

Here's your free and cheap ideas for the weekend.
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The Royal Guardsmen talk about ‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,’ reuniting 50 years after their breakthrough and more

The Royal Guardsmen talk about ‘Snoopy vs. The Red Baron,’ reuniting 50 years after their breakthrough and more

It's midmorning at the pub, not far from the backyard patio where it all began, and the old guys from the old band are reminiscing on the old days over cream of mushroom soup."When we were kids," Billy Taylor said, "all you wanted was a hot shower ev...
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Review: Foo Fighters drop an all-night rock revival on Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Review: Foo Fighters drop an all-night rock revival on Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Review: Bill DeYoung’s ‘Phil Gernhard, Record Man’ recounts the life of a Florida music powerhouse

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Phil Gernhard might be the biggest musical force from Florida you never heard of.Gernhard died in 2008 at age 67, so estranged from family and friends that he willed his considerable estate to a long-lost high school girlfriend. But before that sad e...
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Royal Guardsmen return, Snoopy in tow, 50 years after Florida’s first pop hit

Royal Guardsmen return, Snoopy in tow, 50 years after Florida’s first pop hit

OCALAIt’s midmorning at the pub, not far from the backyard patio where it all began, and the old guys from the old band are reminiscing on the old days over cream of mushroom soup."When we were kids," Billy Taylor said, "all you wanted was a hot show...
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Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya, Mexico

Enjoy a beach day in Mahahual, minutes from the cruise port in Costa Maya, Mexico

A trip to the Caribbean conjures up visions of swaying palms and a watercolor palette of blues, greens and shades in between. Just 10 minutes or so from the port of Costa Maya, Mexico, a fixture on most western Caribbean cruise itineraries, lies an i...
Published: 04/26/18