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Four bay area positives from 2014

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Two Pasco County sheriff's deputies shot at in Dade City

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  1. Tell Me About It: Readers tackle gender stereotypes

    Relationships

    While I'm away, readers give the advice.

  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4

    Events

    New Year's Eve: Here are some fun ways to ring in 2015 around the area:

    Fireworks launched from Sand Key light up the sky by the Sand Key bridge over Clearwater Pass. They began right at Midnight, New Year's Eve, and lasted nine minutes into the new year. It was a project of Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce and paid for by Frenchy.
  3. 'Downton', and much more, is about to return

    The Feed

    Congratulations, TV lovers. You've survived the least wonderful time of the year. In December, Hollywood takes the equivalent of a long holiday, packing the schedule with reruns and holiday specials you've already seen 80 times.

    Bob Odenkirk returns Feb. 8 as Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul.
  4. Celebrating the holidays the way Colombians do

    Travel

    Plans for a holiday trip to Colombia started the previous New Year's Eve, after my husband and I ran through our Tampa area neighborhood with empty backpacks at midnight.

    More than 2 million people visited the picturesque country of Colombia in 2010, according to World Tourism Organization figures.
  5. Tampa Bay Times presents: Top 10 stories of 2014

    Nation

    Look beyond the stark words of the headlines, and the top stories of 2014 are really just about people. From thousands of Africans dying of a horrible disease to a 43-year-old father dying in a darkened movie theater. From a developer envisioning a brand-new landscape in downtown Tampa to a president laying out a new …

    Two sisters and a man died in September in one of a string of wrong-way crashes in Tampa Bay this year. A Times review showed that wrong-way driving is stunningly common in Tampa Bay and the perpetrators are often intoxicated.
    Pam and Jeb

    Winner and loser of the year in Fla politics

    We received a lot of strong nominations for winner and loser of the year in Florida politics — everyone from David Jolly, elected to Congress in a special election that most expected Alex Sink to win, to Gwen Graham, who unseated Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland despite a brutal climate for Democrats....

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    Bucs say they didn't tank for No. 1 overall pick

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    Josie B boutique in downtown St. Pete is closing its doors and having a great sale.

    As the year comes to a close, so will these shops around town

    I'm convinced there are some of us with an inner "sale rack radar" - an unconscious beam guiding us to the next sale....

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