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Florida Botantical Gardens lights up for the holidays

Florida Botantical Gardens lights up for the holidays

Largo, FL -- Florida Botanical Gardens' holiday light show is just a little brighter this season.

The event is celebrating its 10th year.

Photo Gallery: Lights in the Florida Botanical Gardens

Nearly 500,000 eco-friendly holiday lights will twinkle every evening from now until January 2.

Admission for children under 12 is free and a donation of $2 is suggested for adults.

Organizers say it's worth it -- donations from last year's event made this year's show possible.

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Lap dogs tell Santa what they want for Christmas

Lap dogs tell Santa what they want for Christmas

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Tyrone Square Mall let your pets in on all the festive fun this weekend. Santa was gracious enough to stop by and take pictures with pets at the food court on Sunday.

Photo Gallery: Pets visit Santa at Tyrone Square Mall

If your pet missed its chance to sit next to Santa, don't worry, the mall is doing it all over again on December 5 from 9 to 10 p.m.

Mother short of money to pay for son's funeral

Mother short of money to pay for son's funeral

St. Petersburg, Florida - Thanks to donations of clothing, a Bay area mother and her two children now have clothes to wear as they gear up to say their final goodbyes to their loved one, five-year-old Cadence Walters.

Walters died in a car accident last Saturday after his mother's SUV had a tire blow out on I-75 in Pasco County.

Kimberly Scarberry, 25, is a single mom who worked as a nurse at Apollo Health and Rehab at 1000 24th Street North St. Petersburg. Her co-workers and friend, Aretishia Barker, says Scarberry was moving to North Carolina to help her sister, who just gave birth, when she had a tire blow out on the interstate and lost control. Scarberry's SUV flipped several times.

Her son, Cadence, had taken off his seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. He died.

An extreme holiday house lights up St. Pete

An extreme holiday house lights up St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Florida -- This weekend, you're probably getting ready for the holiday, whether it's shopping or decorating the house.

A St. Petersburg man takes his holiday display pretty seriously -- we're talking more than 600,000 lights!

Photo Gallery: St. Petersburg Holiday House

Ted Kresge, 70, has been decorating for the past 34 years. He keeps 10 trailer loads of stuff in storage each year for the growing half-acre display.

The display, which will stay up through January 3, costs about $5,000 a month for the electricity.

If you want to check it out:

2719 Oakdale St. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Website:
www.christmasdisplay.org http://www.christmasdisplay.org

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Local Slurpee sales up after Obama mention

Local Slurpee sales up after Obama mention

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Last year, it was a beer summit. And Bud Light was the star of the show.

Now, it appears it's Slurpee's time to shine.

In several campaign speeches, President Obama said that Democrats were doing the hard legislative work while Republicans stood around drinking Slurpees.

"I mean it's strange you think he'd be thinking about healthcare or something other than Slurpees," said Christina Gaskins of St. Petersburg.

But the mention is proving to be a PR boost for 7-11 and the Slurpee.

Since the mention of a Slurpee Summit in early November, sales of Slurpees are up.

A manager at the 7-11 at the intersection of 62nd Avenue North and Dr. Martin Luther King Street North in St. Petersburg says sales have increased slightly in the last few weeks.

The store normally sells between 70 and 110 Slurpees a day.