Some of the men in our lives use November to grow mustaches or ditch razors. Some do it just for fun, and others do it to raise awareness about health problems.
What's a woman to do? A friend of mine who works at the paper took on a bold challenge of her own for that month: She didn't wear makeup.
You may remember Times staffer Stephanie Bolling from my recent post about Stitch Fix. She decided to eschew makeup for her own reasons, though there's also a No Makeup November cause with Christian roots that encourages women to prioritize natural and inner beauty....
Here's an excerpt from the final installment of a three-part series by the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald investigating Gov. Rick Scott's job creation record. This one is from PolitiFact Florida. Read the first and second parts of the series here, with links to all of the stories, a database and interactive, shareable graphics....
12/09/13 State Roundup
Third of three parts
Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2011 with a simple plan he promised would invigorate the state's economy.
Over seven years, through seven steps, Florida would add 700,000 jobs. Shorter: 7-7-7.
Not only that, the state would see improvements in its gross domestic product, personal income and tax collections, all achieved through putting government on a diet and giving taxpayers a break....
My favorite things may get me into some trouble with the Deal Divas Powers That Be. They're not all thrifty. I could label a few as Favorite Guilty Pleasures, and I've hesitated in telling you about them all along.
But I think some things are worth the splurge (and some things definitely aren't). So here we go!...
At a speech Monday in San Francisco, a young man yelled at President Barack Obama and urged the president to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
"Mr. Obama, my family has been separated for 19 months now!" the man said.
Obama continued trying to speak, but the man continued yelling, saying at one point: "You have a power to stop deportation for all undocumented immigrants in this country." The heckler was identified as Ju Hong, 24, of South Korea....
Stitch Fix is a new personal shopping service catching on among my network of friends.
Heard of it? It works a little like Birchbox.
For a monthly $20 fee, and after describing your style and budget in a detailed questionnaire, a Stitch Fix stylist shops for you and mails you a box filled with five items of clothing....
'Tis the holiday season, and fashion-centric events benefiting cool causes keep popping up on our radar.
On Thursday, a charity event called Wine, Women & Shoes is coming to Tampa. Ticket sales benefit the Children's Cancer Center, a Tampa-based nonprofit offering support programs to families dealing with cancer or chronic blood disorders....
Under Obama, the national debt "has been reduced every year for the last five years."
Al Sharpton, Nov. 12, on MSNBC's PoliticsNation
The Rev. Al Sharpton used his MSNBC show PoliticsNation to criticize former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for recently likening the national debt to slavery.
But Sharpton made a common mistake — confusing the national debt with the deficit....
Thanksgiving is coming a little early for thrifty shoppers.
Use this coupon at either Sunshine Thrift Store location on THURSDAY and save 50 percent on your purchase. That's THURSDAY only.
Unfortunately, there's a limit with how much you can get. Guys, no more than 100 items, okay?...
We've pulled together this list of sales, some related to Veterans Day and some not. Heard of anything else? We'll update this post as we hear about more discounts this week.
Before you shop, don't forget to thank current and former members of the military for their service.
* JC Penney: Behold the savings on women's wear (and lots of other stuff) through Monday in stores. The store's "biggest sale of them all" runs through Saturday....
10/30/13 Human Interest
It didn't take much to be a Base Invader.
Many players on the unofficial Times softball team this fall didn't know how to throw or how to hit, much less how to track an outfield fly ball.
I figured we would start with a few losses, improve when everyone got the hang of it, and end with some wins.
Game one was grim: Base Invaders 3, The Team 17.
Game two was bleak: 1-18....
The other day, I shopped for a dress to wear to a friend's wedding with two of my most honest friends.
We stopped in White House Black Market. I pulled out a patterned frock from the clearance rack, as I am predictable and like to hide my body behind waist-flare. My friend Hilary pulled out a teal bandage dress from the "instantly slim" line for me, a style so far out of my comfort zone that I think I just nodded silently and averted my eyes to the rest of the rack. I have hated bandage dresses for so long. I thought they were reserved for thin, straight bodies....
My brother Daniel and cousin Robbie are pros at finding freebies on their birthdays. They team up on their special days, hopping from place to place in Gainesville and reaping free fro-yo, coffee, doughnuts, subs and lobster dinners. Yes, lobster.
Today, it's my turn (yay, birthday!). So far, I've scheduled a free facial and perused my online shopping options. I'm sharing some of the more generous offers so you can sign up and enjoy them on your birthday. Discounts make daily store solicitations worth it....
PolitiFact: Huffington Post's Sam Stein says 'no one beta-tested' health insurance marketplace website10/23/13Health
"No one beta-tested" healthcare.gov.
Sam Stein, in comments on MSNBC's Morning Joe
The rollout of the Obama administration's health insurance marketplaces website has been so riddled with problems that even journalists from left-leaning media are calling for top officials to be hauled before Congress.
"It seems from all of the reporting, and from what I can gather, that up until very recently they didn't realize how bad this was going to go out," Huffington Post political editor Sam Stein said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "And no one beta-tested the site, which is almost criminal when you think about it."...
St. Petersburg's mayoral candidates addressed the city's economic health during Tuesday's Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 debate. But competing rhetoric left viewers with a tale of two cities.
Mayor Bill Foster said things are looking up, pointing to the city's unemployment rate. Challenger Rick Kriseman said small businesses and jobs have suffered since Foster took over.
PolitiFact Florida examined each candidate's points....