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7 key elements of the U.S. policy shift toward Cuba


Restored relations with Cuba could have major impact on Tampa Bay


Meet the 'Cuban Five' at center of blockbuster U.S. announcement on Cuba


Florida reaction to Cuba news

  1. A few local theaters will not show 'The Interview' after threats


    Threats of terrorist violence over the movie The Interview are expected to have limited impact in the bay area so far.

    James Franco, left, and Seth Rogen star in the comedy "The Interview." 
(AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Sony, Ed Araquel)
  2. Tampa's Ulele a winner in OpenTable's Top 100 Best Restaurants in America award

    Food & Dining

    From more than 5 million reviews submitted to OpenTable for more than 20,000 restaurants nationwide, Tampa's Ulele has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards for the Top 100 Best Restaurants in America. Since its debut in August (so hey, it only had half a year to make the cut), this Tampa Heights …

    Ulele Native-Inspired Food and Spirits
Photo by CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  3. Tell Me About It: He's not sure if he's that into her


    Q: My girlfriend and I have been together for a year, and, as time goes on, I'm developing more and more questions about whether we're a good fit. The bottom line is that we're very different personalities, and I'm not sure she's the one for me. She, on the other hand, seems completely committed, and we haven't …

  4. Pharrell has worn many hats in his career, from pop singer to hip-hop producer

    Music & Concerts

    What's the perfect Christmas gift for the man who has it all? If that man is Pharrell Williams, how about a new hat? • Nothing against his trademark Vivienne Westwood Buffalo lid, of course — Pharrell rocks the freshest Mountie look this side of Saskatoon — but one hat is nowhere near enough to cover …

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Recording artist Pharrell Williams performs onstage during KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2014  powered by LINE at Staples Center on December 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
  5. Three questions for opera star Elizabeth Futral, coming to St. Pete Opera


    Elizabeth Futral has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, at Carnegie Hall and all around the world. She's been everyone from Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire to Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare to Musetta in La Bohème.

    Elizabeth Futral, 51, who lives in Roanoke, Va., has family in Clearwater and Brandon, so her visit will also be a holiday vacation.

    Gardiner says first Senate bill will be greyhound injury reporting

    GreyhoundsSenate President Andy Gardiner said Wednesday he will revive the bill to require the greyhound racing industry to report animal injuries and have the measure sent to the House during the first week of the 2015 session....



    Golden Globes TV nominations: From pleasant surprises (Transparent) to egregious snubs (The Americans)

    The Golden Globes nominations were announced today, and Tampa Bay Times TV fanatics Michelle Stark and Brittany Volk have some thoughts on the pleasant surprises (hey look, it's Transparent!) and some of the less good ones (no Mad Men?). (Times movie critic Steve Persall has thoughts on this year's movie nominations here.)

    First of all, Brittany, we must pay our respects: ALL HAIL THE GOOD WIFE! Let's take a minute to grasp just how rare it is for a network drama in its SIXTH SEASON, and one on CBS no less, not exactly the home for creative and boundary-pushing programming, to continue to hold court with the big cable dogs in the Best TV Drama category. Yes, The Good Wife was again the lone network show nominated in the category and, boy, does it deserve it. (RIP WILL.)


    Need last-minute gift ideas? Consult our guide

    I've reached the point of the holiday heyday in which there's too much to do and not enough time to do it. What do I get a grandpa who wants nothing? What do the teenage kids like these days? Ack! To the Internet! (Repeat.)...