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Lost pig with pink painted toenails to be returned to owner

Published:   |   Updated: December 1, 2015 at 11:04 AM
By Ashley Reams Mistretta

A pot-bellied pig with pink toenails is about to go “wee wee wee” all the way home Tuesday after quite an adventure.

The journey started Monday morning in Clearwater when the pig was found rooting around a woman’s flower beds on Lombardy Drive, according to a post on the Clearwater Police Facebook page. Animal control officers were able to lure the pig from the garden with dog treats, The Associated Press reported Monday. The porker seemed like a pet because she was friendly and had faded pink painted toenails.

Police posted photos of the sweet sow on Facebook and asked if anyone recognized it. Then, they turned the pig over to the SPCA.

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Gift cards make great presents when they come with free rewards

JANINE staff

Gift cards are a great option for sending love to friends and family, rewarding teachers and coaches and gifting to others.

All the better if you can get some of that love back for yourself in the form of a bonus deal!

Bonus gift cards and other rewards are readily available this time of year at participating locations and in some cases, on the companys’ websites.

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5 things you may not know about the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Published:   |   Updated: November 30, 2015 at 04:13 PM
By Olivia Stacey

The holiday season gets underway in New York City with the lighting of the 78-foot-tall Rockefeller Center Christmas tree on Wednesday night.

If you can’t get to the Big Apple to watch the 83rd annual tree lighting in person, NBC will broadcast the annual event live on Dec. 2, complete with star-studded performances. Here are five interesting things you may not know about the holiday spectacle.

♦ This year’s performers include the Rockettes, Sting, Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, The Band Perry, Andy Grammer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pentatonix, Band of Merrymakers, and James Taylor. The broadcast, hosted by Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, will begin at 7 p.m. on NBC. Not near a TV? Watch it by live streaming on or by downloading the free NBC app.

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How much would everything from ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ song cost in 2015?

The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH — Lords a-leaping is the U.S. economy slow to recover!

The cost of 10 lords a-leaping increased 3 percent over last year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” stayed the same price as last year, according to the 32nd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Monday.

The index is a whimsical way the Pittsburgh-based bank tracks inflation.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Abe Brown Ministries banquet


Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward delivered the opening remarks to almost 275 guests at the 32nd annual Ministry Celebration benefiting Abe Brown Ministries Inc.

The Nov. 12 event at the Hilton Tampa Downtown raised almost $44,000 for programs and outreach, including prison crusades, a transitional living program, family reunification programs, the Food for Life Pantry and Ready4Work-Hillsborough.

Christopher Williams, an intake specialist for Ready4Work-Hillsborough, offered the opening prayer and Jeffrey Neal performed the music.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Grey Salt debut


Gray skies couldn’t deter the more than 200 guests who got to mingle with “Chopped” television personality/executive chef Marc Murphy on Nov. 18 at the debut of the Grey Salt restaurant in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.

Murphy, who has French and Italian roots, complements entrees with an unrefined, moist salt from Brittany, the inspiration for the restaurant’s name.

“The people here have been fabulous,” Murphy said. “Tampa is wonderful because you have the best local ingredients and great seafood.”

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#BeSeen photo gallery: Wine, Women & Shoes


It was the perfect fit for some 350 guests at the third annual Wine, Women & Shoes party Nov. 20 at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.

Sole sisters strapped on sassy stilettos, bid on unusual auction items and cheered runway models in an upbeat production staged by Gioffre Fashion (located in Italy, Switzerland and Clearwater).

Charming Sole Men presented bejeweled footwear while guests sampled wines from eight vintners and nibbled on mini beef Wellingtons and assorted hors d’oeuvres.

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The Grinch, Mariah Carey join the holiday TV festivities

Published: staff

It’s that most wonderful time of the TV year when we are visited again by the welcome ghosts of classic holiday programs past — hello again, Frosty the Snowman and even mean old Grinch!

But there are newcomers as well, with Mariah Carey, Bill Murray and an “Empire” variety special among them. Isn’t it greedy to ask Santa for anything more?

Among the program highlights (all times EST; check local listings for encore airings):

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What to expect if you’ll be at Tampa International Airport this holiday week

Yvette C. HammettTribune staff

If you’re flying out of Tampa International or attempting the perfect airport pickup this week in anticipation of Thanksgiving, there are a few things you should know.

Those flying to their holiday destinations will experience the usual crowds at TIA and should expect to take a bit more time getting through security.

The better prepared travelers are, the easier it will be to move smoothly through the system, said Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz. And while TSA won’t discuss specifics, extra airport security is expected in major U.S. cities, according to the Associated Press, as a result of the Paris terrorist attacks and the Russian jet crash in Egypt.

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#BeSeen photo gallery: ‘Forgotten Coast’ premiere and reception


A sell-out house of 800 supporters of the Florida Expedition Team came out to the Tampa Theatre on Nov. 12 to see the premiere of “The Forgotten Coast: Return to Wild Florida.”

The film tells the story of expedition leader Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photographer Carlton Ward and biologist Joe Guthrie’s 70-day, 1,000-mile trip across Florida by foot, kayak and bike earlier this year. They traveled the wildlife corridor stretching all the way from the Everglades to the Florida-Alabama border.

About 125 of the guests came early for a reception with the “stars” and filmmaker Eric Bendick, as well as to talk about saving land for wildlife.

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