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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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New walking tour showcases murals in downtown St. Pete

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Downtown St. Petersburg is home to more than 20 murals, and each one has a story behind it as vibrant as the artwork itself.

Now, there’s a way to not only see this urban art, but also learn about the history behind it.

Eat, Sip, Indulge, which takes people on guided trips to St. Pete eateries, has partnered with the Florida Craftsmen Gallery to offer one-and-half-hour mural tours through the alleys around Central Avenue, where dozens of murals can be found on the sides of buildings.

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A look inside the last cigar factory in ‘Cigar City’

Published:   |   Updated: August 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM
By Olivia Stacey

There was a time that Tampa was known as Cigar Capital of the world. That time, is now far gone. All of those cigar factories are empty or have been re-purposed, but one still remains. In Ybor City stands JC Newman Cigar Company a family-owned business that has been rolling cigars for 128 years. The factory also known as “El Reloj” is one of Tampa’s most historic landmarks. In this video we take a look inside the factory.

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See ‘Citizen Kane’ at Tampa Theatre on Sunday

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics Movie Series continues Sunday at 3 p.m. with “Citizen Kane.”

Step way back in time for this 1941 film, which is set in 1934 and stars Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane, a millionaire newspaper tycoon who has just died. Flashbacks reveal Kane’s rise to wealth and power, and how that affected his life.

Local film expert Bob Ross will lead a short discussion immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

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This Buzzfeed story might make you yearn for your college days

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Ah, college.

A time when your whole weekend was filled with partying and your biggest obstacle was finishing the 10-page paper that you should have started weeks ago.

While these aspects of college life tend to apply to many students, there are likely a few things you only understand if you went to college in Florida.

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