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  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay this week: SNL's Pete Davidson, Rodeo Fest, Disney Halloween party

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    USF ROUND-UP: Pete Davidson

    Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will headline this year's University of South Florida Round-Up Comedy Show, a back-to-school tradition at USF. Davidson revealed in March the reason he had "kinda been missing" for a spell last season on SNL was …

    Characters parade down Main Street, U.S.A in Mickey’s Boo-to You Halloween Parade during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.
  2. MOSI, SPC, libraries offer safe solar eclipse viewing Monday

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    If you couldn't score some of the hard-to-find eyewear that will let you watch Monday's solar eclipse, have no fear, there are safe viewing choices across the Tampa Bay area.

    Twin Falls High School science teachers Ashley Moretti, left, and Candace Wright, right, use their eclipse shades to look at the sun as they pose for a portrait at Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho. The district bought 11,000 pairs of solar glasses, enough for every student and staff member to view the solar eclipse Aug. 21

(Pat Sutphin/The Times-News via AP)
  3. This weekend in Tampa Bay: Monster Jam, Sing-Along Grease, Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest

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    POWER PLAY: Monster Jam Triple Threat

    Speedsters in the new arena show Monster Jam Triple Threat coming to Amalie Arena Aug. 19. Each competitor will drive three customized high-powered vehicles: Speedsters, ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks.
  4. The eclipse will be okay in Tampa Bay. It will be really good other places.

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    Here's what Tampa Bay residents making special vacations into the path of Monday's solar eclipse could experience.

    Twin Falls High School science teachers Ashley Moretti, left, and Candace Wright, right, use their eclipse shades to look at the sun as they pose for a portrait at Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho. The district bought 11,000 pairs of solar glasses, enough for every student and staff member to view the solar eclipse Aug. 21

(Pat Sutphin/The Times-News via AP)
  5. Solar eclipse: Where to buy glasses, find safe viewings or travel Aug. 21

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    Don't look now, but the whole country is gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1979. You'll need special eye wear on Aug. 21 to watch it, or make travel plans if you want to experience it.

    Twin Falls High School science teachers Ashley Moretti, left, and Candace Wright, right, use their eclipse shades to look at the sun as they pose for a portrait at Twin Falls High School in Twin Falls, Idaho. The district bought 11,000 pairs of solar glasses, enough for every student and staff member to view the solar eclipse Aug. 21

(Pat Sutphin/The Times-News via AP)
  6. Facing identity crisis and slumping profits, can SeaWorld rebuild?

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    ORLANDO — "See how he uses his tail to swim really fast?" a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld told the crowd on a steamy June day. "He uses his powerful muscular peduncle to help him jump really high. Want to see him jump really high?"

    An Orca whale performs tricks for guests at the One Ocean show at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, June 15, 2017. 

CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  7. His job at Art of the Brick? To keep your hands off the Lego sculptures

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    TAMPA — Ivan Crawford greets the long line of people that snakes around the sidewalk to the Art of the Brick. He has worked for four years at Amalie Arena, cleaning carpets. But these days, he has found a new calling. He is a herder of crowds.

    Ivan Crawford, 48 greets visitors to the exhibit and is the first employee they meet once entering the building.
The Art of the Brick Lego exhibit has hit over 75,000 visitors. The free exhibit sponsored by the Vinik Family Foundation is open Wednesdays through Sundays through Sept. 4 at 802 E Whiting St. [Photo by Luis Santana | Times]
  8. Thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Hillsborough River this weekend for cash prizes

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    At least 5,000 sunglasses-wearing rubber ducks will be dumped into the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa on Saturday, where their adoptive parents will watch them "race" for cash prizes.

    At least 5,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Hillsborough River on Saturday for the Incredible Duck Race. This photo is from a different duck race event in 2007. [Times files]
  9. Disney World lifts seasonal passholder block-out dates early

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    With two classic rides retiring at Walt Disney World, the theme park giant has taken the unprecedented step of lifting the block-out dates a little early for seasonal passholders so they can visit one last time.

    Disney World surprised seasonal passholders by lifting the block-out dates for the month of August instead of Aug. 11. The theme park giant said it would allow fans to ride some classic rides that are retiring Aug. 13. 

 (Orlando Sentinel)
  10. Plan your weekend Aug. 4-6: Metrocon, Tax-Free Weekend, comedian Erik Griffin, the Isley Brothers

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    SHOPPING

    Tax-Free Weekend: So long, summer. This is the last weekend before many public schools in the Tampa Bay area open and it's also the weekend state sales tax is waived on school supplies, clothing and computers. Tampa's Westshore Plaza will have a Back to School Fair on Saturday with …

    Unnamed characters pose for a photo at MetroCon at the Tampa Convention Center. [Saturday, July 23, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]