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  1. Brandon Walmart rolls back hours and calls to local law enforcement



    There was only one reason why Edelseiln Vargas would travel to his neighborhood Walmart Supercenter after 10 p.m. on a Wednesday. His 7-month-old son was out of diapers and Walmart is always open, he said.

    In early March, before the Walmart Supercenter on Causeway Boulevard cut back its nighttime hours, employees created barriers out of shopping carts and plastic mesh to prevent overnight theft.
  2. Small donations add up to a big difference as Give Day Tampa Bay returns Tuesday


    Give Day Tampa Bay returns for the fourth year Tuesday giving 500 nonprofits across the region a platform to raise funds for their causes — a platform that for some has been a boot camp on how to use social media as a force for good.

    At the 2015 Give Day Tampa Bay, the nonprofit Wheels of Success, which provides refurbished cars to the working poor, gave away a car at Elder Ford. On Tuesday, more than 500 nonprofit organizations from all over the Tampa Bay area are poised for the 24-hour fundraising event that benefits a wide range of local nonprofit charities at
  3. 5 things to do under $5: Fabulous Thunderbirds in Clearwater, Dragon Boat Races


    1Blast Friday: You get a free concert at this downtown Clearwater block party. This month brings the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the quintessential American band on such barn-burners as Tuff Enuff and Wrap It Up. Co-founder Kim Wilson still spearheads the group. 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. 400 block of …

  4. Bloomin' Brands delivers mixed quarterly performance as diners shy away from casual chains


    TAMPA — The Tampa-based parent company of four major restaurant chains — Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's — reported a mixed performance in its first quarter on Wednesday morning, recording a profit of $43.9 million, up from $34.5 million a year earlier. But Bloomin' also …

    Liz Smith, CEO of Bloomin' Brands
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  5. MOSI's 'Pay for a Day' deal and Busch Gardens bargain both ending soon


    Attention bargain hunters, the deadline is coming up if you want to buy unlimited access to Tampa's Museum of Science Industry for the price of one day's admission, the same day Busch Garden's Fun Card deal for a free Adventure Island pass also ends.

    Tampa's Museum of Science more than 400 hands-on activities and an IMAX dome theater. MOSI is locaed at 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
  6. Bebe Bye-bye-bye: Chain will close all stores, three in Tampa Bay


    Bebe Stores, a women's clothing chain, is the latest casualty in a spate of retail store closures. In a Securities Exchange Commission filing dated Tuesday, Bebe said by the end of May it will close all of its locations, including three in Tampa Bay.

    Bebe stores nationwide are closing. The location at WestShore Plaza in Tampa is liquidating its entire inventory. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times] .
  7. Lettuce explain why you're paying a dollar more for leafy greens


    The price of leafy greens and other produce from California is soaring, all the way in Florida.

    Lettuce explain.

    Cook Carlos Moran chops lettuce from California at Red Mesa in St. Petersburg on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The restaurant has noticed prices going up on California produce.
  8. Time is running out to get free Adventure Island pass with Busch Gardens Fun Card


    Busch Gardens has set a deadline of April 30 for its 2017 Fun Card deal that includes a free pass to the Adventure Island water park.

    Guests ride the Busch Gardens roller coaster Cobra's Curse when it opened in June 2016. The spin coaster is the only one of it's kind in the world featuring a 70-foot vertical lift and cars that free-spin during the second half of the three minute and thirty second ride. It has a maximum speed of 40 mph. [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
  9. 5 things to do under $5 April 20-26: Science talks, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Cotee River Seafest


    1Taste of Science: It's no coincidence that this series of talks in local watering holes is coming on the heels of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. (and a local march at Poynter Park, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday). Scientists are pushing hard for more science literacy …

    Admission to the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg will be free on April 24.
  10. Politics hasn't stopped the growth of Ivanka Inc.


    SHANGHAI — Since her father was elected president of the United States, global sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged and her company has applied for at least nine new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. The commercial engine of the first daughter's brand is still humming even as …

    In this photo from July 21, 2016, Ivanka Trump takes the stage during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Since Donald Trump was elected president, sales of Ivanka Trump merchandise have surged, and her company has applied for several new trademarks in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S.
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