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Cuteness Alert: Busch Gardens rhino tosses pumpkin with its horn

Published:   |   Updated: October 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM
StaffTBO Seen

Halloween has a reputation for being wild and scary, but it can also be pretty adorable.

Just take a look at this rhinoceros playing with pumpkins and you’ll see what we mean.

This is Forest, a black rhino at Busch Gardens. On Wednesday, the park’s animal care team gave Forest some pumpkins as part of his daily enrichment. Cuteness ensued.

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Bucs team up with local elementary school on day off

By Olivia Stacey

On Monday Bucs players made a special visit to celebrate Sheehy Elementary becoming a Buccaneers Academy.

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Football meets fashion at NFL Style Lounge

Published:   |   Updated: October 27, 2014 at 04:34 PM

The Buccaneers and the National Football League hosted a style lounge on Sunday. It was a first-of-its-kind experience for female football fans in the Tampa Bay area. As part of the NFL’s Style Lounge program, Tampa Bay was selected as one of a limited number of NFL cities.

In this video Olivia Stacey takes a look inside the chic pop-up boutique where fashion meets football.

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ICYMI: Coral Skies proves Tampa is the place for indie rock

Rick BennettTribune Correspondent

By the time headliner Cage the Elephant took the stage to end the Coral Skies Music Fest at the MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheater much of the original crowd had dissipated to be replaced by unsunburned fresh faces.

Twelve alternative bands in 11 hours is more than anyone but the hardiest soul can handle, even on a perfect fall day in Florida.

While Cage made the wait worthwhile for those hardy souls, even concert-goers who left early would be happy that Tampa is finally a town that hosts the cool bands that usually ignore our state, even if the venue was only half full.

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‘The McCarthys’ is new show premiering this week, Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Published:   |   Updated: October 27, 2014 at 10:24 AM
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.

The McCarthys” premieres Thursday, Oct. 30, at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. It’s a comedy “about a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny, is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings,” a description of the show on the CBS website reads.

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Starbucks unveils new holiday latte

Published: 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

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?


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


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

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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