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  1. Cooking challenge: Making homemade edible Christmas gifts

    Cooking

    Should I infuse this vodka with bacon?

    That's not a question I expected to ask myself on a Sunday morning, but here we are. This Christmas, I'm giving homemade gifts: infused liquor and chocolate fudge. But I didn't realize it would be so hard to find an appetizing recipe for infused alcohol.

  2. Tyre McCants, USF's brawny bruiser of a receiver

    College

    TAMPA — Having spent 11 games watching Tyre McCants in the flesh — all 236 pounds of it — USF coach Charlie Strong seems convinced his team's leading receiver down the stretch could be someone's leading rusher down the road.

  3. To test for climate disasters, like hurricanes: build stuff, then blow it apart

    Hurricanes

    WEST GLOCESTER, R.I. — In the backwoods of Rhode Island, a team of researchers spends whole days trying to destroy things: setting boxes on fire, shattering chunks of ice, hurling debris through the air at hurricane speed.

  4. From the food editor: How to make perfect, hot Crispy Roasted Potatoes

    Cooking

    Sometimes, you just want a hot, crispy potato.

  5. Kathy Fountain, from anchor chair to therapist's chair

    Business

    A knowledgeable voice and familiar face beamed into Tampa Bay homes when Kathy Fountain delivered the 5 o'clock news and chatted with talk show guests on WTVT-Ch. 13. She created some news of her own as co-anchor of the first female team in the Tampa Bay area, "so radical at the time," she says.

  6. Jury selection in trial of Clearwater man charged with mother's death begins today

    Criminal

    Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday morning in the case of a 61-year-old man charged with beating his elderly mother to death.

  7. Ruskin artist to help poor kids build bikes reflecting their personalities

    Human Interest

    RUSKIN — Art meets transportation for a good cause in an after-school program where two dozen kids will create bicycles guaranteed to turn heads.

  8. Romano: Come to Madeira Beach for the sand, sun and scorn

    Local Government

    Forgive the folks in Madeira Beach for not yet updating the FAQs portion of their website. They've been quite busy lately, which might explain why three of the five commissioners listed are no longer in office.

  9. Party like it's Christmas in Narnia with these recipes perfect for tea time

    Cooking

    As a kid, I always looked for doors into other worlds. I blame Narnia. In C.S. Lewis' classic novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four British children step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, a world filled with talking animals and plenty of cozy British teas.

  10. Driven by demand, Planned Parenthood opens second clinic in Tampa

    Health

    The floor-to-ceiling glass windows are heavily tinted and the inside is hidden behind rows of curtains. Security cameras monitor every corner, and only patients with an appointment and valid identification can pass through the intentionally cramped entrance area. A receptionist sits behind a glass window. The more …

  11. Record numbers are signing up for Obamacare in Florida as enrollment period draws to a close

    Health

    With just four days left to enroll for health insurance on the federal exchange, advocates for the Affordable Care Act say Florida is headed for a record-breaking year.

  12. Hotly anticipated Ichicoro Ane is now open in St. Petersburg

    Food & Dining

    Noel Cruz seemed remarkably chill. As did his partner Kerem Koca. All around them in the Station House building in St. Petersburg, workers pounded the last nails, bartenders unpacked boxes of glassware and jewel-toned bottles of Amari, and the kitchen rolled through a final round of karaage and izakaya small plates. The …

  13. Daystarter: Find out Politifact's 2017 Lie of the Year; Alabama voters finally go to the polls; and Obamacare enrollment is strong in Florida

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

  14. Medical field accounts for 7 of 10 highest-paying jobs

    Economic Development

    The nation's highest-paying jobs don't quite track with the fastest-growing jobs in Florida. According to a new study released today by California-based CareerCast, the highest-paying jobs are largely in the medical field and require post-graduate degrees.