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Could a ‘Scandal’ spinoff be in the works?

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Amanee K. CabbagestalkSpecial to TBO Seen

Shonda Rhimes, the woman who has solely taken over ABC’s Thursday night primetime television, told The Hollywood Reporter that she has yet another show evolving.

The show-runner previously stated that “Scandal” would not have the long lifespan as “Grey’s Anatomy,” which is in its 11th season. Rhimes established that “Scandal” is just not that type of story because it has an end that’s important to get to.

But, fear not Gladiators! When Olivia Pope has finished fixing scandals in our nation’s capital, Rhimes has another agenda for B613.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Quintessence fundraiser

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Guests at Quintessence were surrounded by luxury Jan. 16 at Peter O. Knight Airport on David Islands.

The event, created by Laura Fage Signature Events & Design, included catering by Café L’Europe in Sarasota, with lavish dinner-by-the-bite stations complementing the event’s theme of “earth, air, fire and water.”

Television hosts Jerry Penacoli and Cyndi Edwards were special guest hosts for the event, which featured a fashion show and an auction that included trips to see Jimmy Buffett in Las Vegas, a seven night vacation trip to Ireland, a trip to the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles and more.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Stageworks’ annual Fusion gala

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Mixed metaphors ruled the night at the ninth annual Stageworks Gala — Fusion, held Jan. 17 at Centro Asturiano in Tampa.

“It was a multi-sensory evening of artistic blend, connection and passion,” said co-chair/sponsor Andrea Graham.

Graham said she was thrilled that 220 guests turned out for the sold-out party, where guests donned mixed attire, with high society black tuxedos contrasting with counterculture elements.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Plant Museum Society Cocktail Party

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The Gasparilla season began Jan. 16 for about 150 guests at the annual Henry B. Plant Museum Society’s Cocktail Party, which included the opening of the Tampa museum’s new exhibit, “Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition.”

Gasparilla King Joe Taggart and Queen Sara Katherine Ennis cut the ribbon for the exhibit, which featured costumes and memorabilia from Gasparillas past.

Guests toured the exhibit and mingled on Plant Hall’s veranda at the University of Tampa, which once was the Tampa Bay Hotel.

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Group collecting signatures to put medical marijuana on Florida’s 2016 ballot

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BY JEROME R. STOCKFISCHTribune staff

When the campaign for a constitutional amendment to broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida failed in November, advocates promised they’d be back.

They haven’t wasted much time.

United for Care, the chief proponent for medicinal pot, said earlier this month that a second petition has been approved by the Secretary of State’s office and the group is collecting signatures to put the issue on the November 2016 ballot. United for Care is starting from scratch – it will need to collect 683,000 signatures – and says it has addressed some key issues that caused the 2014 measure to go down.

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PBS documentary ‘Sinkholes: Buried Alive’ features Tampa area, premieres Wednesday

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BY PAUL GUZZOTribune staff

It may be a science documentary but it could easily pass for a horror story.

Sinkholes: Buried Alive,” is about the holes that open suddenly, swallowing homes, cars, even people.

Scary music plays behind real images of these troublesome collapses in the ground’s surface layer — and the star of the show is Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, long ago nicknamed “Sinkhole Alley.”

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Pinellas sheriff’s ‘In Dog We Trust’ rug fetches nearly $10K

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BY KRISTEN MITCHELL

Tribune staff

In Dog We Trust

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‘Amazing Race,’ ‘Survivor’ contestants include several from Tampa, St. Petersburg

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TBO.com staff

Blind dates are awkward enough to begin with, but a couple of Tampa Bay area residents will be taking it to the extreme when the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race” premieres Feb. 25.

Jeffrey Weldon, a 26-year-old co-founder of an Internet marketing/consulting firm from Tampa, and Hayley Keel, a 28-year-old nurse from St. Petersburg, will be among the single “blind daters” paired with teammates they’ve never met in a race against longtime couples on CBS’ globe-trotting reality competition series.

It’s not the only CBS reality show going back to the well of Tampa Bay area residents to cast its new season.

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Jaye Maddon to open new boxing studio in Tampa

Published:   |   Updated: January 19, 2015 at 02:58 PM
TBO Seen Staff

While Joe Maddon may have left the Rays to become manager of the Chicago Cubs, he and his wife, Jaye are committed to Tampa Bay.

Joe remains invested in Ava, the new Italian restaurant on South Howard.

Jaye is turning her passion for boxing into a new business venture.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: O’Malley Night Fever Gala

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Boogie fever at O’Malley gala

Tony Manero (John Travolta) would have fit right in partying with the Royal Krewe of Grace O’Malley, their spouses and guests at the O’Malley Night Fever Gala on Jan. 11.

The krewe turned L’Unione Italiana (The Italian Club) in Ybor City into a discotheque, complete with a large mirrored ball.

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