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Temple Terrace man ends Boston Marathon by getting engaged


It was a particularly cold, windy and wet morning Monday for a Floridian to finish the Boston Marathon, but Dustin Hicks had some extra motivation to keep moving — the wedding ring tied to his running shoe.

The 30-year-old Temple Terrace man proposed to his girlfriend Laura Bowerman, 28, at the finish line of the fabled race. He was winded and shivering after running 26.2 miles in two hours and forty-four minutes, so the proposal “came out a bit muddled,” Hicks said. But Laura said yes.

“I was so cold, my fingers were frozen, and I couldn’t get my shoe untied,” Hicks said.

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‘Full House’ reboot coming to Netflix

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Uncle Jesse, D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler are reuniting as one of the of the most beloved 1990s sitcoms is returning to television — with a vastly updated version.

“Fuller House,” a reboot of the hit ABC series “Full House,” is headed for Netflix after the streaming service ordered 13 new episodes.

John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the series, which ran from 1987-95, announced the long-awaited return on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

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Clouded leopard makes public debut at Lowry Park Zoo

Tribune staff

A clouded leopard cub that became an internet sensation after the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo released its first video of him makes his public debut this week.

The 6-week-old cub has begun exploring the great outdoors and his adoring fans. He also has a name -- “Mowgli,” after the main character in “The Jungle Book.”

For a limited time, zoo guests can get a glimpse of this rare and precious creature. Public viewing will be held daily at 10 a.m. to coincide with the cub’s morning feeding time, weather permitting and subject to change.

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5 minutes with The Pink Petticoat Boutique owner Lesley Geyer

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The Pink Petticoat epitomizes femininity from its powder pink hangers to the delicate garments that decorate them.

The boutique, located at 1540 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. in Tampa, specializes in luxury lingerie and swimwear.

While some may prefer to shop for fashion worn in public, owner Lesley Geyer said she thinks shopping for intimate wear can be an empowering experience.

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8 tips to help you take your best vacation photos ever

Published:   |   Updated: April 20, 2015 at 01:36 PM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Spring is here, and that means vacations are right around the corner.

Whether you’re staying close to home with a weekend getaway to St. Pete Beach, or flying across an ocean for adventures on another continent, you’ll likely make lots of memories.

But what’s the best way to capture those moments on camera?

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#BeSeen photo gallery: AHA Heart Ball


Almost 500 guests donned evening gowns (many in red) and tuxedos for the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball on April 11 at A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa.

The event, which raised more than $1 million, featured silent and live auctions. A Super Bowl 50 Experience for four went for $17,500; a private catamaran trip to the British Virgin Islands went for $14,000; and a one-week stay in Breckenridge, Colo., brought in $8,000.

Bob and Lorraine Dutkowsky were the chairs for the event, which featured heart transplant recipient Madeline Jones as a special guest. Stacie Schaible of News Channel 8 was the emcee.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Best of Tampa Bay


The 30th annual Best of Tampa Bay, presented by Raymond James on April 11, had thousands revving up their taste buds at the Straz Center in Tampa.

More than 45 restaurants, caterers and vendors brought samples of their best, including Aqua, Bizou Brasserie, Oystercatchers, Yummy House, Sally O’Neal’s, Ashworth Artisan Chocolate, Schokalad Chocolate Factory and Toffee To Go.

This was the first year for VIP tents where guests could relax, and it was the second year for the beer garden. The sold-out party brought in 2,100 guests who enjoyed an eclectic array of local entertainment.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Beautiful Tropical Nights


Flowered shirts and dresses were the style of the day when about 500 guests filled Tampa’s T. Pepin Hospitality Centre on April 10 for Tropical Nights for Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

The event included more than 200 silent auction items — many handmade or personally decorated by local artists. It also featured food samples from 10 Tampa Bay area restaurants, live music, a DJ and Busch Gardens animal ambassadors — including a flamingo and a sloth who stole the show.

Bill and Lori Gieseking were chairs for a second year.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Lowry Park Zoo’s Karamu


It was the Year of the Manatee at Lowry Park Zoo with the annual black-tie gala Karamu XXVII dedicated to endangered animals.

The event drew more than 300 guests to the zoo April 11 for an elegant dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. More than $200,000 was raised for the Zoo’s internationally-recognized manatee conservation program.

Paola Schifino and Karessa Lasher were chairs for the event, which included Chinese lanterns and other decorations in conjunction with the zoo’s Zoominations exhibit.

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3 new stores coming to International Plaza this summer

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Tampa Bay fitness buffs will soon have a few more options when shopping for stylish workout wear.

The high-end, yoga-focused chain Lululemon already has locations in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village and downtown St. Petersburg’s Sundial, and it will open another spot at International Plaza in July.

Athleta, another upscale workout retailer is also coming to International this summer with an expected opening in June. Athleta offers women’s yoga clothing, swimwear, and athletic accessories, and this is the first Athleta in the Tampa Bay area.

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