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Diti Kohli - Local News Reporter

Local News Reporter

This summer, I've excitedly left my suburban Illinois hometown and Boston behind to work for Florida's best newspaper. I love digging into the lives of Tampa Bay residents, finding the stories that make this place unique, and soaking in as much sun as possible. I'm months away from finishing my journalism degree at Emerson College after a string of positions at The Boston Globe, BostInno, and The Berkeley Beacon. When I'm not writing or reading, you can find me watching Bollywood movies or making chili.

  1. Ron DeSantis on July 13, 2021, in Miami.
  2. St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial valued its assets at more than $1 trillion for the third straight quarter.
  3. The Times spoke with families ahead of the 2021-2022 school year. Some of them are pictured here. Clockwise from top left, they are Audra Christian, Max Rouch, Lyndy and Kameron Orange, Sean Alleyne and Rachel Bender.
  4. People walk by a fish kill from Red Tide on the shore of Pass-a-Grille Beach on July 24, 2021.
  5. All styles at Little Feet Shoes in Wesley Chapel are tax-exempt for Florida's back-to-school tax holiday, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 9, 2021.
  6. Guests go for a swim at Caliente Club & Resorts in Land O' Lakes.
  7. The 1,500-square-foot Hyde Park Village location will welcome customers before Thanksgiving.
  8. Spinners Rooftop Grille at the newly renovated Bellwether Beach Resort,  5250 Gulf Boulevard, on Tuesday. The new destination is opening in August. The former Grand Plaza Hotel, with its revolving top floor restaurant, has gotten a complete makeover, starting with its name. It reopens in August.
  9. Aug. 2019 file photo of legal cannabis for sale. In the frame, a vendor points out the variety of marijuana for sale at the grand opening of the Northwest Cannabis Market in Seattle.
  10. Chemist Jeanine Yacoub works at startup Psilera Bioscience lab at the University of South Florida  on Friday.
  11. The St. Petersburg Distillery is just one Florida distillery expected to benefit from loosened restrictions in a newly signed bill.
  12. Flight cancellations seen on a board at Tampa International Airport's cell phone waiting lot on Tuesday.
  13. Skimmers at St. Pete Beach on Friday, June 11, 2021.
  14. Deb Canning from Kenneth City, relaxes while reading a book at the City of Gulfport Municipal Beach in March.
  15. The shared driveway between the two homes on Lake Carroll.
  16. Jennifer Orsi began her career with the Tampa Bay Times in 1986.
  17. The Florida Aquarium cryopreserved sperm from spawning grooved brain coral (above) to crossbreed with wild samples this May.
  18. Dhruv Krishnan, 18, has created a stock market algorithm that predicts movement in different stock market sectors, like telecommunication, energy and real estate.
  19. Patrons enter the new OCC Road House & Museum Friday in Clearwater. The themed venue celebrated its grand opening Friday with a guest appearance by owner Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers.
  20. Sienna Yang-Wenham called AAA while driving northbound on Interstate 275 and waited three hours for a two truck.
  21. The Colts claim their house fire was started by an arcing Tampa Electric Co. power line.
  22. Galaxy Fireworks opened 80 seasonal tents in Florida, rather than its usual 120, because of the national fireworks shortage.
  23. The OnMed station at the Las Vegas Convention Center virtually connects patients with 38 medical professionals stationed in Tampa to treat colds, fevers, and more.