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5 things to do under $5: Holiday lights edition

This week's 5 under $5 list takes a side trip down a holiday path, and you should, too. We have made the tough call of picking five of our favorite places to see holiday lights. Michelle and Katie …


  1. Dining Planner: Where to eat around St. Pete Pride, dining out to help Orlando

    Food & Dining

    Dine Out: For Orlando

    To help victims and their families in the aftermath of the shooting in Orlando, Florida's hospitality industry lends its support by hosting a statewide event June 30. Led by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association with Visit Florida, Dine Out for Orlando United will be a day …

    Veggie sandwich with tomato, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber , red onions, advocado, cream cheese and thousand island. 
  2. Heading to St. Pete Pride? Here's what you need to know


    St. Pete Pride, one of the country's largest LGBT celebrations, is back with another round of revelry this weekend. Here is everything you need to know to take part in the rainbow of events.

    The St. Pete Pride Night Parade in 2015. [LARA CERRI   |  Times]
  3. Hooper: A son fills in for his dad on Father's Day

    Human Interest

    Editor's note: Ernest Hooper's son Mat fills in today so his dad could take Father's Day off.

  4. Terry Tomalin's last tale takes his son and him to Wilderness Waterway



    The kayak guide had warned that the tide would be terrible in the morning, but the thought of hash browns and eggs over easy proved too much for my canoe companion.

    Kai Tomalin, front, and Terry, back left, paddle their canoe on Sandfly Pass as they head toward Jewel Key to camp overnight.
  5. Where Dad gets in free and more events for Father's Day


    Father's Day Bike Fest

    Motorcycle owners show off their classic, antique, new and customized bikes in this show with live music by Without Annette, drink specials, vendors, raffles and prizes. Free. Tarpon Springs Downtown, along Tarpon Avenue, Tarpon Springs. (727) 322-5217. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. …

  6. Dining planner: Burgers, beer, barbecue and bourbon for Father's Day

    Food & Dining


    Yes, you can do the froufrou Father's Day stuff we've laid out here. Sure, he may be tickled by the novelty of a spa day. But while he's lying there …

    Specialties at 4 Rivers Smokehouse, which has two Tampa locations, include the Angus brisket.
  7. Column: For Father's Day, some lessons learned from my Dad


    This is Dad's Weekend. Lydia Harvey's got ideas for pampering Padre, whether he's used to that kind of thing or not, and other pages have gift suggestions, where dads get in free and other events he might enjoy. (Although in all honesty, mine can often be found on a solo fishing trip on Father's Day.)

    As you can see, I not only got my face from my dad but also learned how to use it in photos.
  8. For Father's Day, pamper pops at the spa, with brunch and more


    Impossibility: tallying up the number of times I've scurried through Target at the last minute and gifted my dad a box of Titleist golf balls and whatever generally useless but mildly intriguing sports gadget happened to be sitting on a shelf nearby. I'm equally as guilty of showing up on Father's Day with a 12-pack of …

    The Evangeline Spa at the Epicurean Hotel has a Bern’s Bourbon on the Rocks Foot Treatment, which features a hot-stone pedicure.
  9. For Father's Day, here are tips and recipes for grilling indoors


    This summer, wouldn't it be nice to bring the grilling indoors, away from the heat and the bugs? While the rest of the country is just now heading into outdoor grilling season, it can be unpleasant to stand over an open flame in Florida. In June.

    Chicken cooks on a Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill during a demonstration at Williams-Sonoma at International Plaza in Tampa.
  10. Identifying fallen U.S. soldiers carries a high emotional cost


    The quiet pace of working at Dover Port Mortuary ended for John Harper when hijackers crashed a Boeing 757 passenger jet into the Pentagon on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

    The transfer cases containing the remains of Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri, left, of Chicago; Army Pfc. Christopher B. Fishbeck of Victorville, Calif.; Army Pfc. Michael B. Cook of Middletown, Ohio; and Army Pfc. Emilio J. Campo Jr. of Madelia, Minn., sit inside an Air Force C-5 cargo plane upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base. They died supporting Operation New Dawn in Iraq, the military said.