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Trauma fees growing across the nation at 'absurd' rate


Warm weekend will be a quick reprieve before cool Thanksgiving


Art hits the beach at 6th annual 'Sanding Ovations'

9 master sand sculptors from around the world are participating in the 6th annual Sanding Ovations competition on the beach behind the Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island through Sunday. The artists are using 150 tons of sand from Homestead, Fl., to create their work. Work is judged by Saturday and will be on display through Sunday. Sculptures will be lit at night with flood lights.

  1. Six must-do's before buying a home

    Home and Garden

    You might be ready to buy a home, but are you armed with the knowledge you need? Do you know about credit score requirements? Are you familiar with flexible standards on Federal Housing Administration loans? • Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced owner, buying a house requires a "preflight …

  2. Tell Me About It: The initial response was the perfect one


    Q: Tiny problem here. Today is my last day at my current office. A co-worker, who I've met a handful of times in 10-minute increments, handed me a goodbye letter. I took it and said thank you, etc. When I opened it, I found a very heartfelt letter about her worry for the condition of my soul. The central point …

  3. From vintage to city chic: holiday decor trends

    Home and Garden

    For those who love to decorate, there's no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there's something for many tastes and styles. A look at the trends you'll see at stores:

    Christmas past

    Jazz Age-style motifs are a strong trend this holiday, and this beaded tree swag ornament hits the trend head on.
  4. Lights, action! Homeowners have more options for holiday lights

    Home and Garden

    Clark Griswold would be proud. Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) across the country have a lot to choose from when it comes to creative ways to deck their halls for the holidays this year. Forget about white incandescent lights and animatronic reindeer. Think lasers. Think smartphones. …

    Homeowners looking for something unique in holiday lighting can find it in projected laser lights. Using small spotlights, thousands of tiny pinpoints of red, green or red and green lights are projected onto a home or any other hard surface.
  5. From This Day: From spontaneous kiss to matrimony


    TAMPA — She went with a couple of girlfriends; he flew to the Bahamas with a buddy. By Saturday afternoon, they were part of a pack of 20 Tampa singles lounging around the Atlantis resort, drinking, splashing, gambling. And kissing.

    Renier Gobea took Michelle Burrell to Havana to see where he grew up, to meet relatives he hadn’t seen in 30 years — and to ask her to marry him. The South Tampa couple wed Sept. 26 at Durham Ranch in St. Helena, Calif., in the Napa Valley.
    Rubio campaigns in Louisiana

    Rubio campaigns for Cassidy in Louisiana

    Sen. Marco Rubio is in Louisiana today to campaign for Bill Cassidy, who is in a runoff with Sen. Mary Landrieu....


    Yes, this is Tom Hardy. And yes, he is going to be on your TVs soon.

    Two new shows announced that we're excited about: 'Taboo' with Tom Hardy and Hulu's 'Difficult People'

    Two new shows announced today, two wildly different concepts, two reasons to get very excited....


    Feeling kind of blah or just want to keep it low-key? Whether spring, summer, winter or fall, a scarf is an easy game-changer that can jazz up any outfit.

    Tutorial: The Boa, the European and 23 other ways to wear a scarf

    Hey guys! Today, we have a special treat -- a guest blog by Largo High School freshman Ketrin Gavani, who spent the day shadowing me in the pursuit of a possible journalism career. ...