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Why local band Merchandise calls Tampa ‘cultural wasteland’ in magazine story

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Like any city, Tampa has its pros and cons—its pretty places and its dark alleys.

There’s beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park downtown, but drive north up Nebraska Avenue, and you might feel a little unsafe.

Whether the good outweighs the bad or vice versa is up to your own perspective, and Tampa band Merchandise shares theirs in a Dazed & Confused Magazine story that hit the web last week.

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Phone numbers to know if you might get drunk this Labor Day weekend

Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2014 at 02:49 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

We all know drinking and driving is a terrible combination, but you might not always have a designated driver who can get you home safely.

Now’s the time to be prepared if there’s a chance you’ll get drunk this Labor Day weekend. Here are some numbers to save in your phone.

♦ Tow to Go, (855) 2-TOW-2-GO

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BK Jackson brings sax from Prince tour to Tampa Theatre

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Dave ReynoldsTBO Seen

From Blake High School to playing the National Anthem on his saxophone at the 2008 World Series to becoming part of Prince’s band, Tampa’s BK Jackson has accomplished quite a bit in his short musical career.

Saturday night, Jackson is playing the Tampa Theatre for the first time as part of a jazz show, which includes fellow Blake alum Eric Darius.

Dave Reynolds caught up with Jackson to get his thoughts on the show and about what it’s like to be part of the musical scene with Prince.

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‘100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die’ explores what makes this area great

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Could you name one thing someone should experience in Tampa before they die?

How about 100?

Kristen Hare did in her new book “100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die,” and she told TBO.com that there could have easily been 500 things on her list.

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Falcon’s Fury running sporadically at Busch Gardens

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you’ve been anxiously waiting to try out Busch Gardens’ newest thrill ride, you now might have the chance if you visit the park.

Although Falcon’s Fury still doesn’t have an official opening date, it’s “in the soft opening stages and is running periodically during the day,” according to a post on the Busch Gardens Tampa Facebook page.

The ride, which drops visitors face down 365 feet in 60 seconds, was originally scheduled to open May 1, but the date was pushed back for the whole summer because of construction issues.

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Why producers of ‘Sex Ed’ movie kept filming in Tampa hush-hush

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

If you thought you caught a glimpse of Haley Joel Osment in Tampa last summer, you weren’t just seeing things.

The actor, best known for his role as the kid who saw dead people in 1999’s “The Sixth Sense,” was in town to shoot “Sex Ed,” an indie film that’s coming out Nov. 7. The movie is scheduled for limited release in cities including Tampa.

Sex Ed” stars Osment as Ed Cole, an aspiring math teacher who can only find work at an inner-city middle school supervising detention. When he realizes the students don’t know much about sex, he starts up his own sexual education class, even though he’s a virgin and as clueless as the students.

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Doctor: No health risk from 2 US Ebola patients

Published:   |   Updated: August 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM
By JEFF MARTINAssociated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.

Officials announced the release of Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol on Thursday. Brantly left Emory University Hospital on Thursday. Writebol left Tuesday. Family and officials say they’re free of the virus. Writebol’s husband says she left privately in a weakened condition to recuperate at an undisclosed location.

They were at the hospital nearly three weeks.

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Why Taylor Swift’s new album is pop, not country

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Although some diehard country fans might argue that Taylor Swift has always sounded more like pop, there’s no disputing where her latest batch of songs will land on the music spectrum.

The country star says she’s releasing “1989,” her first full-length pop album, on Oct. 27, according the Associated Press. The album is named for her birth year, and Swift made it over the past two years.

So, why the switch from country music?

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Rays’ McGee brings smiles to Tampa General Hospital

Published:   |   Updated: August 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM
By Olivia Stacey

There was a lot of excitement on the pediatric wing of Tampa General Hospital on Tuesday. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake McGee and team mascot Raymond visited with kids as they signed autographs, passed out baseball cards and took photos. Take a look at the video to see McGee and Raymond make their special round.

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What people are saying about Summer of Rum Festival

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

How did you celebrate National Rum Day on Aug. 16?

If you weren’t at Ybor City’s Cuban Club for the second annual Summer of Rum Festival, you missed out, according to fans of the TBO Seen Facebook page.

Here’s what some of them have said about the island-inspired event.

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