What to Do in Tampa, Florida

From a Buddhist temple reached by boat to a storied hotel and a speakeasy bar: a cheat sheet on what to do in this Gulf Coast city, which has found new fans during the pandemic.

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Parents Relying on Ukraine Surrogates Desperately Seek Their Newborns

The Russian invasion has disrupted a thriving hub of legal commercial surrogacy. Some couples are risking trips into the war zone to get their children.

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Customer’s Racial Slur Drew a Fatal Punch. The Sentence Is House Arrest.

A plea deal in a confrontation at a Dunkin’ shop in Tampa, Fla., “holds the defendant accountable while considering the totality of the circumstances,” the prosecutor said.

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Retired SWAT Commander Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Moviegoer

Curtis J. Reeves Jr. said he acted in self-defense after a dispute that led a man to toss a bag of popcorn at him in a Florida movie theater in 2014.

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Vincent Jackson’s Widow Hopes Speaking About His C.T.E. Warning Signs Will Help Others

The ex-N.F.L. player Vincent Jackson was found dead in a hotel room days after his former team won the Super Bowl. In light of his C.T.E. diagnosis, his widow recounted Jackson’s decline.

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What $500,000 Buys You in Georgia, the District of Columbia and Florida

A Craftsman bungalow in Atlanta, a two-bedrooom condominium in Washington and 1943 ranch house in Tampa.

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Cruise Line Threatens to Skip Florida Ports Over Proof-of-Vaccination Ban

Norwegian Cruise Line plans to require Covid-19 vaccine documentation from its crew members and customers, but Florida recently enacted a law that bars businesses from doing so.

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Florida Man Who Posed as Immigration Lawyer Gets 20-Year Sentence

Elvis Harold Reyes filed hundreds of fraudulent applications, collecting $411,000 that he spent on himself and his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

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Second Breach Possible in Leaking Florida Reservoir, Officials Say

The authorities said more pumps were expected to be used to try to double the volume of water being removed, to up to 100 million gallons a day.

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‘Wall of Water’ if Piney Point Reservoir in Florida Breaches, Officials Warn

The authorities on Sunday said they were making progress in draining a leaking wastewater pond south of Tampa but urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.

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‘Dangerous Stuff’: Hackers Tried to Poison Water Supply of Florida Town

For years, cybersecurity experts have warned of attacks on small municipal systems. In Oldsmar, Fla., the levels of lye were changed and could have sickened residents.

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The Crowd, the Quiet, the Cutouts: A Strange Year at the Super Bowl

Did it feel like a home game for Tampa Bay? Benjamin Hoffman, who covered the game for The Times, shared the view from his seat.

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At the Super Bowl, the N.F.L.’s Social Message Is Muddled

The N.F.L. espoused racial unity and praised health care workers. But its inaction on racial diversity, its stereotypic imagery and its decision to host a potential superspreader event said something different.

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Maskless Crowds Gather in Tampa After Super Bowl Win

At least one police officer appeared to get knocked to the ground as a large group of fans shoved each other in the city, a video showed.

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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Win Is a Familiar End to an Odd Season

The N.F.L. season persisted through challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, political discord and a national reckoning on race to reach a familiar ending.

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Behind the Scenes at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Putting on a Super Bowl halftime show is always a mammoth undertaking. The pandemic introduces many more logistical puzzles.

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The $6,753 Super Bowl Ticket and Other Roadblocks Won’t Stop Some Fans

For these ticket-holders, the allure of seeing their team in the Super Bowl overrides other considerations: “On my deathbed, this will probably be one of the top five days I remember in my life, you know?”

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How Does a City Host a Super Bowl in a Pandemic?

“We’ll make the best of it,” Tampa’s mayor said. Plenty of people are preparing to party, with businesses eager for some tourism.

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The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Breaks With Tradition

This time, the field won’t be swarming with fans crowding the stage. In fact, the stage won’t be on the field at all, but in the stands.

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Staging the Super Bowl During a Big Crisis

With the whole world watching, the N.F.L. and CBS face the challenge of presenting a uniquely American spectacle in a time of misery.

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Could Tampa Bay Be the New Titletown?

The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.

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Super Bowl to Host 22,000 Fans

About 7,500 health care workers who have been vaccinated will be given free tickets, the league said, but it will sell 14,500 tickets to customers who will not be required to get inoculated.

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The Raptors Are New to Tampa’s Basketball Scene. The Titans Aren’t.

The N.B.A.’s Toronto Raptors are in Tampa, Fla., this season because of the pandemic, but they’re not the only pro basketball team in town. The Tampa Bay Titans say hello.

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Escape From the City: 9 Winter Outings That Fight Cabin Fever

Snow biking near Seattle, winter bird-watching near New York and seven other cold-weather activities near large U.S. cities.

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Trump and Biden Converge in Florida, an Elusive Prize Still Up for Grabs

The presidential rivals both appeared in Tampa, confronting their vulnerabilities and courting a range of voters, a clear sign that both see their political fortunes tied to the state.

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Stanley Cup Tradition May Be Derailed by Pandemic Safety Concerns

The Lightning have held a parade and a stadium celebration, albeit with limited capacity. But each player getting a day with the trophy, a rite since 1995, is uncertain.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #parades, #stanley-cup, #tampa-fla, #tampa-bay-lightning

When Joe Biden’s in Town Practicing Social Distancing

An expert retail politician has become perhaps the most conspicuous practitioner of social distancing in America.

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Carole Baskin of ‘Tiger King’ Gets Her Own Show

The unscripted series will follow Ms. Baskin and her husband, Howard Baskin, as “they work to expose” animal abuse, a production company said.

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Derek Jeter Puts His Tampa Home On the Market for $29 Million

“It’s definitely not a casual house,” according to the broker, “but it’s very livable.”

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Tom Brady Enters a New Career Phase as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer

After 20 years — and six Super Bowl wins — in New England, the most recognizable quarterback in the N.F.L. is working to rebrand his new home Tompa Bay.

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