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Why Weezer wants to take you ‘Back to the Shack’

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Weezer is back. And the band wants to take you back to the shack.

Four years after the release of their last album “Hurley,” their new single “Back to the Shack” dropped July 22.

It’s from their new album “Everything Will Be Alright in the End,” which will be released Sept. 30.

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What’s tax-free during this weekend’s Florida sales tax holiday?

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you like shopping, you’ll have a pretty good excuse to go on a spree this weekend.

Florida’s “Back to School” sales tax holiday is Aug. 1-3, and you won’t have to pay that pesky 7 percent levy on school supplies less than $15 apiece and clothing less than $100 apiece.

The holiday also applies to electronics like tablets and notebook computers. Those items are tax-free up to $750, and any amount over that becomes taxable.

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‘Do’s and don’ts’ of a healthy breakfast

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By Olivia Stacey

Staying fit and eating right can seem complicated when you’re on a tight schedule. Skipping meals, especially breakfast can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and metabolism. Elizabeth Wilson, a registered dietician at Life Time Athletic says breakfast is a common pitfall. In this video, she explains a few do’s and don’ts of breakfast.

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Tampa native wins “The Bachelorette”

Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2014 at 02:33 PM
By Olivia Stacey

Tampa native and former Jesuit High standout baseball player, Josh Murray, was the last man standing on last night’s finale of “The Bachelorette.” Andi Dorfman, the 27-year-old Atlanta attorney gave him the final rose and accepted Murray’s proposal at the conclusion of the show.

Murray and Dorfman were both residing and working in Atlanta, but had never met prior to “The Bachelorette.” Both said it was love at first sight, but Dorfman said in the beginning she was cautious with Murray, fearing it was “too good to be true.” Dorfman finally professed her feelings on Monday night. “I am madly in love with you, and you’re it,” she told Josh. “You’re the one that I want to spend the rest of my life with, and I want to have babies with.” Murray responded with a romantic proposal.

“Andi, you are the answer to all of my prayers you are the answer to my dreams you are the woman I thought never existed in this world,” Murray told her. “All my worries they just seem to vanish when I’m with you.”

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Local attractions, ‘perfect’ weather make Movoto’s list of ‘23 Thing You Only Learn Living In Tampa’

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Those who live in Tampa Bay know the area has its pros and cons, but a story posted on real estate website Movoto this month will likely leave you appreciating the positive.

23 Things You Only Learn Living In Tampa” lists all the great things that locals know to be true about the city, from the beautiful scenery along Bayshore Boulevard (No. 8) to the delicious cuisine available at Bern’s Steak House (No. 22).

The only aspect of the upbeat story we’re not fully on board with? Tampa is “small enough not to be plagued by horrible traffic.”

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3 ways the Amazon Fire phone is making us rethink how we use our smartphones

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By Olivia Stacey

Many of us can’t live without our smart phones and companies are in a never-ending race to create a better and more interactive product. Amazon’s Fire phone hit stores this weekend and we got to try the phone out for ourselves at the AT&T Store of the Future in Tampa.

Here are three ways this phone is adding fuel to the smartphone competition.

♦ Scanner allows you to one-stop-shop and more

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Who’s ready for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1?”

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 04:09 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you’re a fan of “The Hunger Games” movies series, get ready.

The teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1” has been released on The Hunger Games YouTube Channel.

In it, we see Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) ready to lead fighters inspired by her courage.

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Were you at Vinoy Park for Vans Warped Tour?

Published:   |   Updated: July 28, 2014 at 03:17 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The Vans Warped Tour made a stop at St. Pete’s Vinoy Park on Friday.

More than 70 bands performed at the day-long music festival, including Less Than Jake.

Check out this photo gallery on TBO.com.

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Watch this Audi drive itself in Tampa

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The 2012 Audi A7 that took to the Selmon Expressway Sunday afternoon and Monday morning wasn’t just any car.

It has automated technology, which allows it to take over for the driver in bumper-to-bumper traffic at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott took a spin in the driverless car Monday, becoming the first governor in the nation to get such an up close and personal experience with the technology.

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Pong it up in Gaslight Park

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By Katie Rains

Need a break from work? How about some ping-pong in the middle of downtown?

On Monday, if the answer to both of these is “yes”, your wish has been granted.

Lykes Gaslight Square Park is now home to a permanent ping-pong table thanks to Urban Conga. A $1000 grant was given to Urban Conga from Awesome Tampa Bay whose goal is to bring awesome ideas to Tampa and make the city a better place.

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