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  1. 5 things under $5 Sept. 21-27: Snooty memorial, free Glazer Museum, actor Jackie Cruz, Talk Like a Pirate Day


    1 Remembering Snooty: This public memorial was postponed by Hurricane Irma, but on Sunday the community gets a chance to honor Snooty, the beloved 69-year-old manatee at Bradenton's South Florida Museum. The museum will be open to the public for free for a day of remembrance from noon to 5 p.m. 201 10th St. W, …

    7/15/2011 - Bradenton, FL - Snooty, the worlds oldest manatee on record, will celebrate his 63rd birthday on Saturday, at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Staff Photo by JIM HOCKETT
  2. Grocery chain Aldi hiring for 500 positions across Florida


    Aldi, the German grocery store chain, is hiring for 500 positions across Florida, including at its locations in Tampa Bay. The company will hold a "one-day hiring spree" Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Aldi stores in the state, a Tuesday release said.

    Aldi, a German grocery store chain, is hiring for 500 positions across the state. | [Times file photo]
  3. 20 local museums are offering free admission or deals Saturday for Free Museum Day

    Visual Arts

    For all the community's support of the arts in the bay area, it's nice to be rewarded with free admission once in a while. And that's exactly what many area museums are offering on Saturday.

    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is among the museums participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live, offering free admission. (LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times)
  4. Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy but keeps stores open (w/video)


    NEW YORK — Toys 'R' Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain open for business as usual.

    Shoppers shop in a Toys R Us store on Black Friday in Miami in 2016. Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, announced late Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. [Associated Press]
  5. Aldi's award-winning $8 rose will now be sold in American stores


    Are you on the Aldi train yet?

    The discount grocer is beloved in my household for its low prices on staples like eggs, cheese and yogurt, plus an affordable line of organic products. And now there is another reason to start shopping at the German supermarket chain: Starting Sept. 20, you can buy one of the best …

    Aldi's Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rose 2016
  6. Winn-Dixie store manager shelters locals in the Keys


    The Winn-Dixie grocery store on Big Pine Key opened Thursday after Hurricane Irma, thanks to a few local residents and one kind store manager.

    The Winn-Dixie Store in Big Pine Key of the Florida Keys housed several evacuees during Hurricane Irma. [Photos courtesy of Winn-Dixie]
  7. Still need ice? Winn-Dixie to hand out 40-pound boxes Saturday in Tampa Bay


    Those desperate for ice after Hurricane Irma have a chance to restock today when Winn-Dixie hands out 40,000 pounds of ice at select stores in the area.

    Select Winn-Dixie stores across Tampa Bay will be giving out free 40-pound boxes of ice on Saturday. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
  8. Hillsborough County's economy sees $6 billion boost from tourists


    TAMPA — A record-breaking, 22.6 million people who visited Tampa and Hillsborough County in 2016 pumped nearly $6 billion into the economy, according to a study commissioned by Visit Tampa Bay. The visitors supported about 50,000 jobs and contributed $369 million in state and local taxes.

    The Cobra's Curse spin coaster is running at night at Busch Gardens for its Summer Nights party that ran this summer. [Company handout]
  9. Deals for the weary: Attractions, museums step up for post-hurricane weekend


    As we head into our first post-hurricane weekend, more attractions, museums and aquariums are stepping up with deals running through Sunday to give the Tampa Bay area some respite.

    For the area's first post-hurricane weekend,  Florida Aquarium has extended its Tampa Strong Days through Sunday with discounted admission of $10; $5 for ages 3-11; 2 and younger free. Its Wild Dolphin Cruise is $15 through Sunday .
  10. Grocery stores working around the clock to replenish supplies after Irma


    When the big green semi-trailers with the Publix logo were driving into downtown St. Petersburg Tuesday morning, local residents breathed a collective sigh of relief.

     Water was completely sold out at the Publix at Northeast Park Shopping Center on Monday morning in St. Petersburg as residents prepare for a possible hit by Hurricane Irma [Photo courtesy Karen Pryslopski. ]