Life & Culture

  1. A United Airlines passenger plane taxis on the tarmac moments after arriving at Tampa International Airport on Aug. 14, 2020, in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. Laura Lippman's "My Life as a Villainess" is a collection of personal essays. [Lesley Unruh]
  3. Sam Castellano, 83, at Sunshine State Garage, 407 N. 22nd St. After more than 70 years of business, the Castellano family is closing their Sunshine State Garage body shop. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  4. People wearing masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19 are reflected next to a sign requiring face coverings at a business in San Antonio. [ERIC GAY  |  AP]
  5. My best friend. [MIKE STEWART  |  AP]
  6. On Aug. 17, all Central Florida McDonald's will give free coffee to parents at the drive-through. [GERRY BROOME        |  AP]
  7. AMC, the nation's largest theater chain, will begin opening its movie theaters again starting Aug. 20, including five locations in the Tampa Bay area. Regal Cinemas will also open three theaters in the area on Aug. 21. [CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP]
  8. Jovani Ruffle Sleeve Black Peplum Top, $149. Jovani Black Midi Skirt, $129. Georgette’s Boutique & Shoe Salon, Tampa. Trend Yellow Earrings, $21. Dillard’s. Jisen Women’s Banquet Fingerless Lace Embroidered Gloves, $8. Amazon,
Court & Rowe Stretch Cotton Citrus Lemon Button Blazer, $129. Court & Rowe Slim Leg Side Button Crop Pant, $89. Antonio Melani, Yana Button Front Collared Stretch Silk Charmeuse Blouse, $149. Dillard’s. Brixton “Wesley” Wool Fedora, $59. Nordstrom. Chanel Diamond Drop Earrings, $258. Jackie Z Style Co., St. Petersburg. Aldo Patent Leather Black Ankle Boot, $130. Aldo Shoes. [PHOTO BY BRIAN JAMES  |  Brian James Gallery]
  9. A cyclist heads east on the Pinellas Trail and Bama Sea Products in St. Petersburg in October 2019. Mural artists Blaine Fontana and Jeremy Nichols, both of Portland, Ore., created the mural for the Shine Mural Festival that features Florida sea creatures with a grant from NOAA as part of PangeaSeed Foundation's Sea Walls public art program. The 2020 festival, Sea Walls: St. Petersburg, is in collaboration with PangeaSeed Foundation. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. The Hernando Historical Museum at 601 Museum Ct. in Brooksville is said to be one of Florida's most haunted sites. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
  11. 11 year old Luis Santana IV of Brandon tested out a variety of face masks. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  12. Egg sandwich with lemon sauce. [Kathy Saunders]
  13. Social distancing measure in place in the restroom include blocking off a urinal and sinks to allow space between guests. The Florida Aquarium held a special members only Mother's Day event on Sunday, May 10, 2020 in Tampa as they test out their new social distancing measures. Among one of the first aquariums to re-open in the nation, the Florida aquarium is implementing multiple social distancing and disinfecting measures. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  14. From left, Brad Williams and Steve Spears of the Stuck in the '80s podcast did a live podcast with the original MTV veejays Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter during a live podcast on the 2019 voyage of the '80s Cruise. [The 80s Cruise]
  15. Masks tested by Isadora Pendygraft, 8, who will be going into third grade.
With school starting in mid- to late August, kids will be required to wear face masks all day. Many of us only wear them for 30-40 minutes at a time in a store, so we might not realize the difficulties of wearing a face covering for three to eight hours or more. We asked 5 testers, age 3 to adult, to wear three different face masks for four hours each to grade them on form, fit and function. We also updated the latest face mask recommendations [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  16. Isadora Pendygraft, 8, who will be going into third grade, poses with masks she tested for form, fit and function. Kids will soon have to wear masks all day at school, so we asked a panel of testers of different ages to wear three different masks for at least four hours.  She wears the winner, chosen for breathable fabric, comfort, adjustable ear straps and the fact that it matched her dress. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times]
  17. Madison Lowe, right, with her husband, Rays player Brandon Lowe. [Courtesy of Madison Lowe]
  18. A customer plays pinball at Reboot Arcade & Bar in Dunedin. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  19. State regulators have suspended the alcoholic beverage license for Tampa’s Pegasus Lounge after authorities say the nightclub violated Florida’s coronavirus closure order. [Courtesy of]
  20. Stephanie Gularte will step down as American Stage's CEO and producing artistic director in 2021 due to a health condition.
  21. Open-air scare zones like this will be the norm this year as Busch Gardens attempts physically distant frights at Howl-O-Scream for 2020. Photo courtesy Busch Gardens [Busch Gardens]
  22. The Hall at Midtown will open at Midtown Tampa in early 2021. [                                      |  Courtesy of the Vigor Group]
  23. Ginger lime chicken thighs [Shutterstock]
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