Here are the most compelling photos from Tampa Bay and Florida for August 4 to August 11
The mother of Dejarae Thomas, along with siblings and other family members cries during a candle light vigil for her son. Thomas was one of three teen boys that were killed during a high speed crash of a stolen SUV gather at the North Greenwood Recreation Center in Clearwater for a candle light vigil. [Sunday, August 6, 2017] [Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times] CLEARWATER -
Florida photos of the week for August 4 - August 11: The tragic aftermath of a high-speed crash, first day of kindergarten tears, Tim Tebow – baseball player, farewell to John Reaves, a mother finds a kidney donor for her son on Facebook, and more.
All photos are from the Associated Press, Getty Images or the Tampa Bay Times and were transmitted or published between August 4 and August 11.
(Chris Urso | Tampa Bay Times)
PALM HARBOR - In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, photo, a wrecked SUV is seen as emergency personnel work to clear the scene of fatal vehicle crash in Palm Harbor, Fla. Six teenagers who were involved in the crash of a stolen vehicle that killed three of the teens in a violent wreck had been arrested over 100 times in recent years, Florida authorities said Monday, Aug. 7.
(DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times)
ST. PETERSBURG - Keondrae Brown makes his first appearance in a wheel chair with bandages on his head and hand while in front Judge Kathleen Hessinger at the Pinellas County Justice Center in St. Petersburg Tuesday morning (08/08/17). Brown survived the crash that killed his brother and two others when the stolen Ford Explorer they were in pinwheeling through the air down Tampa Road in Palm Harbor, bursting into flames on Sunday.
(Douglas R. Clifford | Tampa Bay Times)
CLEARWATER - Leila Davis Elementary School kindergarten student Cameron Lennox, 5, says good-bye to his father, Kevin Lennox, while being dropped off on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at teacher Laine Skinner's classroom in Clearwater, Fla.
(DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times))
CLEARWATER - Leila Davis Elementary School kindergarten teacher Kali Kopka, center, works to comfort new student Camilo Garcia Baez, 5, moments after his mother dropped him off for the first day of school on Thursday (8/10/17) in Clearwater.
(CHARLIE KAIJO | Tampa Bay Times))
TAMPA - Steve Spurrier shares memories of his late friend John Reaves at the South Tampa Fellowship Church in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday, August 5, 2017. A public funeral was held for the late John Reaves who played for Robinson, University of Florida, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Bandits.
(Devon Ravine/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)
FORT WALTON BEACH - Aug. 7, 2017 - Ana Fontana is reunited with Trotsy in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Trotsy escaped from Fontana's car in Crestview, Fla. in June and was lost for 46 days before an animal control officer trapped her. Fontana traveled from New Jersey to pick up the cat.
(Luis Santana | Tampa Bay Times)
LAND O' LAKES - This Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 photo shows a large sinkhole in the Lake Padgett Estates community in Land O' Lakes, Fla. Florida officials have condemned two more homes due to a Florida sinkhole, bringing the total to six homes that are now unlivable. Authorities said in a news release Sunday that the two additional homes were being condemned. Two homes were condemned Saturday and two were destroyed when the ground caved in on July 14.
(Bob Dosh/Monroe County Sheriff's Office via AP)
KEY LARGO - This Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 photo made available by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Fla., show a human skull that was found by a man and woman diving for lobsters in Key Largo, Fla. The skull and other bones were turned over to the medical examiner's office.
(CHARLIE KAIJO | Tampa Bay Times)
TAMPA - Tim Tebow answers questions for the media during a press conference at Steinbrenner Field Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, August 10, 2017.
(Photo by Ashley Allen - CPL T20 via Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE - In this handout image provided by CPL T20, A carnival girl takes part in the CPL halftime show during Match 4 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium on August 6, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
(LOREN ELLIOTT | Tampa Bay Times)
TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers (91) sits with daughter Brailyn, 3, after practice during training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
(Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
JACKSONVILLE - Benjamin Forrest, 3, tries on an extra-large fireman's helmet while climbing in a fire engine from Station 21, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Touch-a-Truck event with everything from the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, to tow trucks, to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office's armored SWAT vehicle, to a row of Jeeps was held in the Regency Square parking lot.
(Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
JACKSONVILLE - Eddie Robinson, 5 uses his new backpack as a rain cover at Eureka Garden housing complex in Jacksonville, Florida. The law office of John Phillips held a Back to School party for children at Eureka Garden Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, with free ice-cream and drinks, music and around 100 backpacks that were packed up with school supplies for the children in attendance.
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
ST. PETERSBURG - Tampa Bay Rays' Mallex Smith loses his helmet as he is tagged out by Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar on a pickoff throw from pitcher Brandon Woodruff during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG - A member of the Tampa Bay Rays' grounds crew cleans up bubble gum dumped on Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays following Souza's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a game on August 6, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(ALESSANDRA DA PRA | Tampa Bay Times)
SEMINOLE - Jamie Lemieux, 14, poses for a portrait in his bedroom on Friday, August 4, 2017, in Seminole, Fla. Lemieux will be the recipient of a kidney after his mother posted on Facebook after struggling to find a match.
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TAMPA — Winn-Dixie unveiled another remodeled store, the sixth in the area, after promising to remodel much of its chain following its emergence from bankruptcy this year.The made-over store at 805 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. has a host of ne...
TARPON SPRINGS — Police officers arrested five people, including three kids, accused of stealing a Lexus from St. Petersburg and trying to break into cars 30 miles north in Tarpon Springs.According to Tarpon Springs police, officers about 1:30 a.m. s...
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WASHINGTON — Starbucks has more than 8,000 stores nationwide. One of them will soon be run entirely in American Sign Language.Starbucks’ first signing store in the United States will hire 20 to 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing partners with the r...
It was Dec. 20, 1981, the final Sunday of the NFL regular season, and the NFC Central title was on the line. The Buccaneers were in Detroit, where the Lions hadn’t lost all season.The Lions, who were favored by a touchdown, took a 7-3 lead in t...