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2013 Year in Review

Pictures of the year: Times photographers' favorite photos

Images that convey their own unique story beyond the news — a loggerhead sea turtle's journey into the gulf, a compelling sunset over the border towns of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, torn apart by drug trafficking — images chosen by the photography staff of the Tampa Bay Times from their best work.


  1. A dozen memorable business quotes: Who said this stuff?


    There is nothing like a memorable quote to sear an event in your mind.

  2. Of all the murder trials in Pasco in 2013, three stand out


    Of all the murder trials in Pasco this year, three stood out. Perhaps the most brutal and noteworthy was John Sexton, 50, found guilty of murdering, raping and mutilating a 94-year old woman named Ann Parlato. He was sentenced to death.

    Harleme Larry:  The 18-year-old is led from court after being sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 25 years by Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa on Sept. 18. Larry was convicted of first-degree murder in the July 10, 2010, shooting death of Agustin Hernandez.
  3. Parent of Homeowners Choice Insurance is Tampa Bay's top local stock — again


    It's tough enough for a company to repeat among the hottest stocks in the Tampa Bay area, let alone rank as the top-performing local stock for two years in a row.

  4. Tampa Bay Times art critic looks back at best visuals of 2013

    Visual Arts

    Ouch, it's tough choosing my three favorite art exhibitions of 2013. We have had so many good ones at our seven regional museums. I think of the homage to Robert Rauschenberg at University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, "Frida and Friends" at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and a collection of prints …

    Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Paolo Veronese.
  5. Visions 2014: Hillsborough residents, leaders forecast the year

    Human Interest

    As we enter 2014, we ask several notable Hillsborough County residents to look into their crystal balls and forecast the promise, potential and possible pitfalls that lie on the horizon. Here are their visions on a range of topics including the environment, Bollywood and education.


    The downtown Tampa skyline on the Hillsborough River.
  6. Outlook for small business in Hillsborough: hopeful


    TAMPA — The economy may still seem shaky going into the new year, but small businesses in Tampa Bay appear to be taking a more upbeat approach heading into 2014.

    A Dec. 12 mixer for small-business owners drew a good crowd, including, from left, Shannon Smith, Roger Rolewicz, Daisy Vega and Scott Robinson.
  7. Pasco school district sees changes under new superintendent in 2013



    January marked the beginning of an overhaul of the Pasco County School District. Just over a month into his term, superintendent Kurt Browning kicked off the year by revamping the administration to reflect his priority of a district office working to support campus learning. After reorganizing …

    SCHOOL RECONSTRUCTION: Some parents of Shady Hills Elementary students were concerned about their children being mixed in with teens at Crews Lake Middle School while their school was rebuilt. The fears evaporated, though, after the families saw the school in action in the fall.
  8. Scandal, weird crime news pervade Pasco law enforcement in 2013

    Public Safety

    As far as crime in Pasco County goes, 2013 was a relatively tame year, devoid of infamous, national-news happenings — think the Dougherty siblings' rampage, the unfathomably brutal murder by John Sexton, the summer sex party slaying of 2010.

    James Nagy’s involvement with the police academy at Pasco-Hernando Community College raised some eyebrows.
  9. People who intrigued us in 2013

    Human Interest

    Some surprise with their decisions, some impress with their achievements and some stun with their missteps.

  10. 13 stories from 2013 that captured our attention

    Human Interest

    As the year comes to a close, Tampa Bay Times editors have selected 13 from '13 — a baker's dozen of the most notable local and state stories this year. It was a tough list to whittle down, but here, in no special order, are the stories that most captured our attention this year.

    1. The Pier …

    A sign reads “Pier Closed” in St. Petersburg, blocking visitors from going any closer to the iconic inverted pyramid along the downtown waterfront.