Jack Evans - General Assignment Features Reporter

General Assignment Features Reporter

Nothing excites me more than finding and telling a compelling, human story that illustrates a complicated issue. If you've got tips or story ideas, I want to hear them. I grew up in Tennessee, went to college at Indiana University and started at the Times shortly after graduating in spring 2018, and I love Florida and its idiosyncrasies (except the 90-degree October days). When I'm not at work, I write songs and spend too much time on Twitter. Let's talk about books and what new (or old) music you're listening to.

  1. A necropsy will be conducted by the Sunken Gardens veterinarian team to determine how Mac the snapping turtle died.
  2. Florida businesses face fines of $5,000 per violation charge under a law blocking so-called "vaccine passports" signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
  3. This undated still image taken from video and provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology shows an ivory-billed woodpecker. Last week, the U.S. government declared the ivory-billed woodpecker, which once thrived in Florida, extinct — though some still hope it has survived and evaded human detection. (Cornell Lab of Ornithology via AP)
  4. Dr. Carlee Simon, the Alachua County Public Schools superintendent, pictured in her office at the Alachua County Public School District Office on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 in Gainesville. Simon stands firm behind the district's student mask mandate, which was issued just days after Ron DeSantis's order banning such mandates, making the district one of the first two (along with Broward) to do so.
  5. Ajmal, left, and his mother paint trim at the family’s new home on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Ajmal was born in Afghanistan and was a teenager when the U.S. invaded in 2001. By the end of his teens, he'd started working as an interpreter for U.S. forces; in 2009, he came to the U.S. on a special visa for interpreters, joined the Army, and became a citizen. He and his mother were working to prepare for the arrival of his wife and two daughters from Afghanistan.
  6. Hurricane Larry is expected to turn northward far east of the U.S. coast, though it could still cause life-threatening surf and rip-current.
  7. A Riverview man was killed after his motorcycle hit the fallen rear bumper of a car traveling in front of him on an I-75 access road, state troopers said.
  8. Wade Abawi, a Tampa fitness trainer who left Afghanistan with his family in 1978, at an Islamic Society of Tampa Bay luncheon.
  9. Garrett Camfferman, an organizer with the Tampa Tenants Union and the Ascott Place Tenants Association, holds a handful of brochures at the Ascott Place Apartments on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 in Tampa.
  10. Chantel Powell gets a COVID-19 PCR test in order to travel later this week at a Miami-Dade County testing site Monday in Miami. More than 73,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in Florida over the previous week, according to the state health department, nearly seven times the 12,000 reported a month ago.
  11. Jul. 29• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, early Tuesday, July 27, 2021, as U.S. Capitol Police watch the perimeter. In the coming weeks, the agency will open its first ever-field offices: one outside Tampa, the other in the San Francisco area. Members of Congress said they were told the plan had been in the works for years, but it comes just months after the Jan. 6 insurrection plunged the agency into turmoil and reiterated Florida as a major source of threats toward Congress.
  12. Steve Currall, who served for two years as president of the University of South Florida, announced Monday that he plans to retire in August.
  13. People pose for a group photo at a #FreeBritney rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 10, 2021 in Tampa.
  14. Supporters of former Senator Youri Latortue and Steven Benoit set tires on fire outside the court house in Port-au-Prince on Monday.
  15. Michael Taylor, also known as the “The Armed Fisherman," strapped with his assault rifle and hand gun, baits his fishing line while at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach on July 2, 2021.
  16. Qi Crystal Energy shop owner Melissa Loven, left, and Crea Egan, right, prepare the store as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Elsa approached the Tampa Bay region on Tuesday.
  17. Diana Calvero purchases six cases of water and non-perishable foods from a St. Petersburg Walmart in preparation for Hurricane Dorian in 2019.
  18. Lightning fans cheer on as the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Islanders in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinals during the official watch party inside of Amalie Arena on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Tampa.
  19. Deputy Cheryl Gimenez, left, and crisis response specialist Brittany DeFiore, right, work as partners with the mental health unit at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Here, they check on the welfare of a Largo woman who was recently taken to an area hospital using the Baker Act.
  20. Anthony Michael Peace, 37, was arrested May 19 on charges of unlawful use of a two-way communications device, use of computer services or devices to solicit certain illegal acts, and five counts of transmission of harmful material to a minor. He died after being released from jail May 20, a county spokesperson said.
  21. Brian Overton, a member of a prominent Florida legal family, admitted to using his position as a deputy to pursue sex with civilian women, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.
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  23. A bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision with a vehicle Monday morning in Largo, police said.