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Valrico woman says she robbed banks to pay for daughter's graduation party

TAMPA — A woman explained in court records this week why she robbed three Brandon banks within 30 minutes in May, netting more than $6,000. She wanted to throw her daughter a graduatio …


Galvano offers up new plan to shake up con­gres­sio­nal districts


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  1. Tampa Theatre will play 1925 'Phantom' with live organ music


    All summer long, Tampa Theatre has been showing classic Hollywood movies, and the season is going really old school for its finale. On Sunday, the series closes with the silent film Phantom of the Opera from 1925 — accompanied with a live organ.

    Lon Chaney as Erik, The Phantom, and Mary Philbin as Christine Daae in the 1925 silent version of The Phantom of the Opera.
  2. There are now Pumpkin Spice Latte-flavored M&M's


    Brace yourselves. There is yet another salacious layer to the recent Pumpkin Spice Latte news that sent the Internet into a pumpkin-spiced frenzy.

  3. Zoo deal gives free admission for kids on Saturdays in September


    Saturdays in September will be a deal for kids at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where Hispanic Heritage Month means free admission for up to four kids for every adult admission on Saturdays.

    A child brushes the goats in the petting area of the Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo.
  4. On your wedding day, leave the pets to the professionals


    It is supposed to be a couple's happiest day, when they say their vows and promise to love each other forever. The bride is in white, the groom is perfectly suited and, thanks to the help of two very special wedding planners, the ring bearer is dressed for the occasion, tongue out and tail wagging in excitement for its …

    Ilana Mobley and Kelly Maronpot founded FairyTail Planning, a special event pet sitting service that takes the hassle out of including Fido in your big day.
  5. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 28


    Uncommon Couture: Opening Reception: The lines between art and fashion are blurred in this exhibition of wearable art. 5:30 p.m., Florida CraftArt Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 821-7391.

    dress by Lina Teixeira

    For starters, Rays vs. Twins, seeking to avoid a sweep

    After a second straight frustrating loss, the Rays will try to avoid being swept by the Twins tonight in the series finale....


    Plaintiffs say Florida Supreme Court should redraw congressional districts

    The coalition of voting groups that successfully challenged the state's congressional redistricting map on Thursday called on the Florida Supreme Court to draw the map and reject the Legislature's call for a trial court to decide between House and Senate options....


    Bucs defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, left, and head coach Lovie Smith during practice earlier this month at One Buc Place.

    Bucs D.C. Frazier confirms Smith will call defensive plays