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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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USF Bulls getting really offensive

Published:   |   Updated: August 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM
DAVE REYNOLDSTBO Seen

After a 2013 season where the team struggled to score, USF is hoping to turn that around with what head coach Willie Taggart thinks is a new and improved offense. In this video, Dave Reynolds takes a look at how it starts with the men up front.

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If you liked ‘Twister,’ will you like ‘Into the Storm?’

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By Ashley Reams Mistretta

It’s a question I thought of immediately when I saw a preview this week for “Into the Storm,” a new tornado movie.

A speeding truck followed closely by a giant gray funnel gave me flashbacks to the 1996 film “Twister,” which had me on the edge of my charter bus seat as my eighth-grade class watched the film on video during a trip from our central Virginia school to Washington, D.C.

“Into the Storm” blows into theaters Aug. 8 and stars Richard Armitage (of “The Hobbit” fame), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes from “The Walking Dead” and Dr. Sara Tancredi from “Prison Break”), and Matt Walsh (Mike McLintock from “Veep”). If the trailer is any indication, the movie is going to be action-packed.

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Hundreds of fans meet ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Keegan Allen

Published:   |   Updated: August 5, 2014 at 02:53 PM
By Olivia Stacey

On a summer Saturday afternoon at the mall, you may expect to find a decent-sized crowd. But you may not anticipate hundreds of people lined up outside. The Shops at Wiregrass drew hundreds of fans for a chance to meet Keegan Allen- the teen heart throb plays Toby in ABC Family’s hit, Pretty Little Liars. Some arrived as early as 3:30 a.m. for a spot in the autograph line. In this video, we take a look at the Back to School Bash.

For our full interview with Keegan click here.

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