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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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What do you think of the ‘50 Shades of Grey’ trailer?

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 02:41 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

The moment that fans of the book “50 Shades of Grey” have been waiting for has finally arrived.

A trailer for the movie, which comes out on Valentines Day next year, is available for your viewing pleasure (or disinterest depending on your tastes).

With more than 100 million copies of the series sold worldwide according to The New York Times, we know there are bound to be fans of the book right here in the Tampa area or people who’ve heard the hype surrounding the series and might want to see the movie.

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Bucs’ Gerald McCory reports to training camp in robe

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2014 at 02:24 PM
By Olivia Stacey

The sun was still rising as players rolled into One Buc Place to report to training camp on Thursday. Defensive Tackle, Gerald McCoy was dressed appropriately for the hour and looked pretty comfortable. Although the two-time pro bowler showed up in a relaxed fashion, he said he knows there are tough challenges ahead. Training camp begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m, and is open and free to the public. For the full schedule click here.

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Does your dog need a personal music player?

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you answered yes to that question, then you might want to consider backing a Tampa-based Kickstarter campaign for the PetPhone.

It’s an MP3 player with 4 GB of internal memory, which “provides ample space for your pet’s favorite music,” according to the Kickstarter page.

Pets like music, according to the PetPhone description, and the earpiece on the PetPhone headset is designed for cat and dog ears. They’re bigger than human earpieces and the sound is directed downward.

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