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All he wanted was some Taco Bell.

But in the early morning hours after his 33rd birthday, Gabriel Harris was arrested, and he’s now facing a charge of resisting arrest with violence.

According to a story from The Associated Press, employees at a Volusia County Taco Bell wouldn’t serve the intoxicated Harris on Sunday because he was on a bicycle in the drive-thru lane. Harris refused to leave after placing an order at the window as the restaurant was closing just after 3 a.m.

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Musical comedy geniuses Garfunkel and Oates perform in Tampa on Friday


When you have as many candid songs about sex as Garfunkel and Oates do, fans can become a little, say, comfortable.

The musical comedy duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome have charmingly upbeat folk songs about TV desert island sex, confusingly terrible sex, completely unintentional sex and even a Pat Robertson-skewering gay rights anthem titled “Sex With Ducks.”

“You get some people saying creepy things on the Internet, but that’s just kind of the Internet,” Lindhome said during a call from her home in Los Angeles where she and Micucci planned to spend the rest of the day working on songs. “But a lot of people will come up to us and tell us really interesting personal stories about their sex lives, like the kind of stuff a person wouldn’t even share with their close friends. And how do you respond to that? We just say, ‘OKaaay, good to know.’ We don’t mind though.”

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Take a ride on the world’s tallest roller coaster

Published:   |   Updated: November 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM
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The world’s tallest roller coaster will soon tower over Orlando’s International Drive entertainment corridor.

The company behind the Skyscraper, a 570-foot-tall roller coaster, released a ride along video Monday showing what riders will experience.

The ride will anchor a planned 495,000-square-foot entertainment complex called Skyplex, featuring arcade games, rock climbing walls, bars, restaurants and retail stores, a news release from US Thrill Rides said.

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Coast Bike Share launches in Tampa for founding members

By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn called Monday’s start of Coast Bike Share an opportunity to encourage “the best and the brightest young people from around the country” to come to Tampa.

“I think these blue bikes are going to be a symbol of the progress that we’ve made and the number of young people that we’ve attracted,” he said at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Buckhorn joined representatives from Coast to ride the bicycle sharing company’s new bikes and promote the program, which is now open to founding members.

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John Legend, Boyz II Men add R&B sound to upcoming Florida Strawberry Festival

Published:   |   Updated: November 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM staff

Besides rides, animals and strawberry shortcake, the Florida Strawberry Festival is noted for its annual entertainment lineup, featuring some of country music’s more notable acts.

This year’s lineup, however, will appeal to much wider range of tastes.

R&B star John Legend, Christian rock standouts Newsboys, and even a Polka band (Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra) are among the acts announced this morning for the 2015 festival, which celebrates its 80th year and runs from Feb. 26 to March 8.

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Check out how Ybor City’s Cuban Club has changed since 1925

Published:   |   Updated: November 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

There’s a reason why The Cuban Club is on the National Register of Historic Places.

It earned that distinction in 1972, more than half a century after the building was erected as a gathering place for Cuban National Club members in 1917.

At the turn of the 20th century, Ybor’s immigrant groups — mostly cigar workers — organized dues-supported clubs as mutual aid societies. Members and their families were provided free medical and educational services, library membership, recreational opportunities, invitations to dances, picnics and more.

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How this millennial is keeping her family together after her mother’s death


Laura Palomo, of Wimauma, was headed toward independence, working a job at the new Amazon distribution center in Ruskin and living with her boyfriend and his mother.

That was three weeks ago.

Now, at 23, she’s back home, head of the household this time, caring for her three younger siblings after their mother was hit by a car and killed.

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What’s up with the giant duck at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa?


You’d need a bathtub on par with an Olympic-size swimming pool to play with this “rubber duckie.”

A giant, inflatable duck — the largest in the state, according to the people who put it there — will permanently greet visitors year-round at the entrance to the Florida State Fairgrounds, the Fair Authority said.

The bright yellow duck is 30 feet tall and 21 feet wide and is visible to cars driving by on Orient Road. The duck serves as an ad for Clearwater-based hot tub makers Spa Manufacturing.

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Blind Tiger Cafe offers coffee, denim and collaborative work space

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Blind Tiger Cafe is part coffee shop, part denim boutique and part collaborative workspace located in Ybor City.

The hybrid boutique concept is that of Black & Denim Apparel Company. On Thursday, they’re hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their grand opening.

Blind Tiger Cafe aims to integrate quality retail with quality food and beverage. In addition to Black & Denim, The Blind Tiger Cafe will feature Buddy Brew Coffee, TeBella Tea, Piquant Pastries and Jerk Hut Vegan and Vegetarian-friendly Jamaican patties.

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Bucs’ Seferian-Jenkins: Instagram post ‘lapse in judgment’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith has enough teachable moments to deal with trying to turn around a 1-8 team. Rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins isn’t helping.

The tight end was already in hot water for his 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after his 1-yard scoring catch in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Still, Seferian-Jenkins was proud enough of the illegal act — posing like the Captain Morgan rum character with a foot on the ball — that he posted a photo of it on Instagram with the words: “Everybody has a little captain in him.”

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