Palmetto mayor isn’t thrilled that ‘Claws’ is coming to town

The new TNT comedy-drama “Claws” premieres June 11. It’s set in a fictional nail salon in Palmetto, but it’s not yet causing a lot of excitement around town, and Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant is not happy about it at all.


The other city by the bay — San Francisco

Although locals might think of Tampa as the “City by the Bay,” that nickname really belongs to the city of San Francisco (at least according to the lyrics of “I Left my Heart in San Francisco.”) The iconic landmark of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, turned 80 years old yesterday. The Manatee County Public Library has books, DVDs, and more about the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.


Keep these healthy snacks at your desk to stave off midday hunger

You eat a big breakfast and even a satisfying lunch, but it never fails that by 3 p.m. you’re famished. Though the office vending machine, with all of its not-so-healthy options, may be good for a quick fix, a better long-term solution would be to stash away a few healthy snacks at your desk. But which ones?


Religion Almanac: May 27

Religion Almanac, a roundup of local religious events open to the public, is published weekly in Faith & Values. Deadline for news releases is noon Monday for the Saturday edition. Email announcements to calendar@


‘You gotta go to a church, or a library’

Some people come to fairly obvious realizations quite slowly. Good company or not, I consider myself among such folks. Several friends of mine at Harbor Community Church have come to such an obvious but regrettable conclusion many years later than we should have: we don’t have any/many friends of color. But that’s changing.

Movie News & Reviews

Movie review: Talented cast can't save tired 'Pirates of Caribbean' franchise

Parents need to know that "Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales"?is the fifth?Pirates?film?starring?Johnny Depp?as Captain?Jack Sparrow. It focuses on a mission Sparrow?shares with Henry Turner – the only son of earlier franchise stars William Turner and Elizabeth Swann, neither of whom appears much in the film. This time around, an older, drunker (he downs a?lot?of rum) Sparrow faces yet another great enemy: the ghost of a pirate-killing Spanish captain, Salazar.


Family Meals Matter: Raise a glass of milk

June 1 is World Milk Day. Join us as we raise a glass of milk and toast hard working dairy farm families and milk processors across the country. We salute the men and women who make sure milk stays healthy, safe and wholesome, often taking just two days to travel from the farm to local retailers.


Social Security: Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we honor service members is the way we provide Social Security benefits.


Make your baby's first bites more than just a sweet milestone

Starting solids used to be a predictable rite of passage. The conventional wisdom was to begin with bland white-rice cereal thinned to a milky texture. Then you move on to single-ingredient purees offered in a specific order: vegetables first so your baby wouldn't develop a sweet tooth, followed by fruits, then meat. All this while avoiding allergens and scouting for possible reactions, and steering clear of any sort of seasoning. No wonder kids became picky eaters.


10 media inspired ways to celebrate Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, the United States honors the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. These movies, TV shows, and books illustrate the courage and patriotism of those fallen soldiers. Whether you're looking for a way to honor a loved one lost to military service or simply want to learn more about American history, these picks offer exciting, educational and moving depictions of those who have served in the United States military.


How comics turned my kid into a bookworm

When I was a kid my dad read to me every night. By age 5, I was traveling nightly through the worlds of "The Hobbit" or "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Even afternoon naps would start with a bit of poetry.


What does LGBTQIA mean?

You have heard of LGBT, but do you really know what the letters stand for? And how about QIA? Melissa Winter, youth advocate with the KC Anti-Violence project, breaks down the terminology for you in 90 seconds.
Shelly Yang and Aaron Randle Kansas City Star
What does LGBTQIA mean? 1:55

What does LGBTQIA mean?

Starbucks unveils ​'magical' Unicorn Frappuccino drink 0:49

Starbucks unveils ​'magical' Unicorn Frappuccino drink

Christ Episcopal Church's annual shoe drive 1:16

Christ Episcopal Church's annual shoe drive

Bradenton Eateries: Then and Now exhibit open at Manatee County Downtown Central Library 0:45

Bradenton Eateries: Then and Now exhibit open at Manatee County Downtown Central Library