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  1. Tampa Bay's fresh and craft markets teeming with unique holiday gift ideas

    Consumer

    We're in the thick of this year's fresh and craft market season, when snowbirds descend on Tampa Bay and vendors cluster together in droves to supply them with fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and hand-made arts, jewelry and decor.

  2. Things to do: Dec. 28 and beyond

    Events

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    Black Friday Pet Event: Your family can adopt a pet at a Black Friday special price of 50 percent off the normal adoption fee. Then, gather the family, and your new pet, for a portrait with Santa. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Photos: $15 for two poses, $25 for four poses. Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 …

  3. Thursday's letters: Vaccines can save lives of millions

    Letters

    In fight on Ebola, no room to let up | Nov. 19, editorial

  4. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars recipe

    Cooking

    ½ cup unsalted butter

    ½ cup packed light brown sugar

    1½ cups all-purpose flour

    Pinch of salt

    2 cups chopped walnuts

    ¼ cup heavy cream

    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    2 teaspoons peppermint extract

    Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bars
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  5. 13th Annual Christmas Cookie Issue: Ginger and Lemon Cookies recipe

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    For the topping:

    2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger

    3 tablespoons granulated sugar

    For the cookies:

    Ginger Lemon Cookies
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