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Starbucks unveils new holiday latte

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TBO.com Staff

Pumpkin spice is old news. Now say hello to the chestnut praline latte.

Starbucks announced today that the coffee chain will debut its first new “handcrafted” holiday drink in five years this winter.

The new chestnut praline latte was tested out in a few cities last winter along with a cherry jubilee mocha drink that was never heard from again.

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If this dog could talk, it would thank 2 Hillsborough deputies

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Barbara RoutenSpecial Correspondent to The Tampa Tribune

Teddy, a 5-pound, 7-month-old parti-colored Pomeranian, was rescued from the jaws of an electric recliner Sept. 29 by two Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies.

Teddy’s owner, Gela Kasarda of Brandon, said her 4-year-old grandson didn’t realize the teensy pooch was underneath the reclining part of the couch when he pushed the button to close it.

Teddy screamed as his tail got wound up in the driveshaft. Kasarda pushed the off button, tilted the sofa back and grabbed the very agitated Teddy — but couldn’t disentangle him by herself.

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What happened to Renee Zellweger?

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TBO.com

Those who opt for plastic surgery may just seek a tweak here, a lift there, or a subtle enhancement.

But there was nothing subtle about Renee Zellweger’s new look, as the 45-year-old actress stunned onlookers Monday during an appearance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.

“The changes are very dramatic,” Beverlly Hills plastic surgeon Stuart A. Linder said.

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Upscale theater/restaurant opens at University Mall on Thursday

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TBO.com

The new Studio Movie Grill at University Mall will open its doors for business on Thursday at 5 p.m., the theater announced Monday.

The upscale theater/restaurant, which is the 18th location for the Dallas-based chain, and its first in Florida, is opening in a drastically remodeled space left vacant when another movie theater closed there in 2013.

The 14-screen theater will offer first-run movies and dining inside its auditoriums with a traditional American menu and a full-service bar. Entrees range from $9 to $14.50 and weekly drink specials include $5 margaritas and wine by the glass.

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Secret sunset spots, cool local attractions make Movoto’s list of reasons to date someone from Tampa

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Looking for a reason to date someone from Tampa? Movoto has 14.

A new list on the real estate website called “14 Reasons To Date Someone From Tampa” argues that the Cigar City’s residents can keep you safe during hurricanes (No. 3) and teach you how to love the pirate’s life (No. 7). We have our secret sunset watching places (No. 2), favorite beaches (No. 5), and perfect vacation spots in our backyards (No. 12).

“You will go to all the places that people from some where else think are so spectacular they will board a plane to get there,” according to the post. “How cool is that?”

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Should Tampa be on magazine’s list of ‘America’s Snobbiest Cities’?

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StaffTBO Seen

Have you noticed people looking down their noses at you as you walk down the streets of Tampa?

Drinking their fancy teas with their pinkies up, perhaps?

There’s quite a bit of snobbery in Tampa, according to Travel + Leisure. The city ranked No. 6 on the magazine’s list of “America’s Snobbiest Cities.”

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Part of downtown Tampa goes car-free during Cyclovia

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Hundreds of people cycled, skated, jogged, walked and mingled along Kennedy Boulevard on Sunday during the first Cyclovia Downtown Tampa.

The event, which took place from Nebraska Avenue to Tampa Street, was meant to promote car-free transportation. Attendees learned about bike and pedestrian safety at training presentations, get fitted for a helmet, play interactive street games, and more.

Check out the photos above and learn more about the inaugural event in this TBO.com story: Tampa’s first Cyclovia event draws bicyclists downtown.

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5 places to find a pumpkin in Tampa Bay

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

Halloween is almost here, and if you’re in the mood to get creative, you’re probably in the market for a pumpkin or two.

Here are five places in the Tampa Bay area where you can find your future jack-o’-lantern.

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“Constantine” is new TV show premiering this week, Oct. 19-25

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

New TV shows have been premiering since the start of the fall season.

As far as the major networks are concerned, there’s one new show ahead for this week.

Constantine” premieres Friday, Oct. 24, at 10 p.m. on NBC. It’s a supernatural drama starring Matt Ryan as occult detective John Constantine, the demon hunter from DC Comics’ “Hellblazer” series. He’s “armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit,” a description of the show on the NBC website reads.

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How young entrepreneurs are reshaping St. Pete’s business scene

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Josh BoatwrightTribune Staff

St. Pete always held an odd charm for Marina Williams.

She grew up eating out at The Chattaway, the tropical, British-themed burger joint lined with colorfully painted claw foot tubs on the south side of downtown.

The city’s historic relics fascinated her, like Doc Webb and his “World’s Most Unusual Drug Store,” with its dancing chickens and mermaid shows.

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