Life & Culture

  1. Shoppers line up early, spaced several feet apart, to get inside the Target in Pinellas Park for Black Friday. The retailer was closed Thanksgiving and has spread its Black Friday deals across the month of November to deter big crowds during the pandemic, but some still lined up for the shopping tradition.
  2. This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Gal Gadot in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984," which will land in theaters and on HBO Max nearly simultaneously next month.
  3. The Walt Disney Co. is announcing plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing.
  4. Julien and Petunia are two of many animals hoping to find loving homes.
  5. Hundreds of thousands of lights, holiday decorations and entertainers bring Christmas Town, pictured in 2018, to life this holiday season at Busch Gardens in Tampa.
  6. From 2010, when Christmas-hating journalist Anna Wahl (Christine Taylor) is assigned to report on a Christmas-themed town complete with a year round resident Santa Claus (W. Morgan Sheppard), the cynical writer once again begins to believe in the magic of the holidays in the movie "Farewell, Mr. Kringle."
  7. The Crumb Factory, a new bakery specializing in artisan style breads, will open early next year in St. Petersburg.
  8. Julie Beach of St. Petersburg holds a framed photograph of her niece, Julianna Raymond, holding a photo of her mother, Amanda Raymond. Beach lost her sister to suicide in 2016. She took over the care of Amanda's children, Julianna, 19, and Carlton, 12, while pursuing a post-graduate degree in Florida studies.
  9. Lindsey Glunk, left, and Trinity Tate take a moment while working together during a food drive and food distribution operation at Metropolitan Ministries' Holiday Tent, on Tuesday in Tampa. The organization said the need for assistance has doubled this year. It expects to serve as many as 50,000 families this holiday season. Last year, they served 26,000.
  10. Two chairs from the 1960's can be seen in the former home of the late author Jack Kerouac, Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5169 10th Ave. N. St. Petersburg. The ranch style home, built in 1963, includes 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and is 1750 square feet.  The home is owned and was renovated by Paige and Frank Viggiano, St. Petersburg, who own The Flip Side LLC, It is for sale at $350.000
  11. Owner Jennifer Schultz, works behind the cash register at the Merchant, downtown on Central  Avenue, on Tuesday. Some retail experts expect shoppers to favor locally owned stories this holiday season.
  12. This image released by Disney Plus shows Beyoncé Knowles, center, in a scene from her visual album "Black is King."  The pop star scored multiple Grammy nominations Tuesday, making her the leading contender with nine nominations.
  13. Lauren Mayhew poses for a portrait at Mise en Place Restaurant in Tampa. Mayhew, a Tampa native, voiced the character of Val Thundershock in a new Hulu series "TrollsTopia."
  14. A fiberglass replica of Bruce, the shark featured in Steven Spielberg's classic 1975 film "Jaws," is lifted into a suspended position for display at the new Academy of Museum of Motion Pictures, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Los Angeles.
  15. This image released by ABS shows contestant Ken Jennings with a trophy on "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time." Jennings will be the first interim guest for the late Alex Trebek, and the show will try other guest hosts before naming a permanent replacement.
  16. Buddy Brew Coffee is opening a new location in St. Petersburg on 4th Street North.
  17. Disney Springs is scheduled to get a Brightline train station in 2022. It will eventually connect Walt Disney World to Tampa.
  18. Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year remotely Sunday during the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
  19. The mangrove tunnels at Weedon Island are accessible by kayak, on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  20. Sean Musselman is pictured here in a performance with the Dance Theatre of Florida, which he co-founded with his wife and ran for 15 years.
  21. In this Nov. 11, 2020, photo, Jamila Ross and Akino West have tried various tactics to keep their Overtown bed and breakfast, Copper Door, open, in Miami. They opened a pop-up restaurant and got $35,000 in grants, including one from Beyonce’s foundation. Ross and West won a $10,000 grant for their Copper Door Bed & Breakfast last week from the Beygood Foundation, a collaboration between the entertainer Beyoncé and the NAACP to support Black-owned businesses affected by the coronavirus.
  22. Presley Dickson, 4, was diagnosed with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Riding a bike specialized to her needs has helped the Palm Harbor child gain mobility and independence.
  23. Ana Zepeda, 36, is pictured with her two daughters, Wendy, 11, and Genesis, 5. Zepeda, an immigrant from Honduras, had her teeth knocked out when she tripped and fell. The Florida Institute for Community Studies that provides resources for the Tampa area's immigrant communities is hoping to get Zepeda new teeth and needed root canals for Christmas.
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