Peter Talbot - NOW Desk Reporter

NOW Desk Reporter

I’m an intern covering breaking news in the Tampa Bay area. I come from the cornfields of Indiana, where I study journalism as a senior at Indiana University. My favorite stories are complicated ones that tell us more about what it means to be human today. Though I reluctantly grew up in the Midwest, my family spent a few years in Jacksonville. I remember body surfing the waves of the Atlantic and walking along the water in search of shark teeth. As a newbie to the Gulf Coast, I’m excited to enjoy the soft beaches and boring — I mean calm — water. In the past, I’ve worked as an intern at NPR on the business desk in Washington, D.C., and as a breaking news intern at the Oregonian in Portland. When I’m not working, I’m probably playing Animal Crossing or trying to learn to skateboard.

  1. Calvary Baptist Church pastor Willy Rice speaks during a video posted to the church's Facebook page announcing its services would go back to online-only after staff tested positive for COVID-19. [Facebook]
  2. Janiah Hinds, 16, left, and sister Joelle, 13, have launched separate internet businesses that rely on their designs. Janiah has Slay it Proud T-shirts and Joelle a line of press-on nails. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  3. Visitors walk along the 26 acre, $92 million St. Petersburg Pier District, Monday, July 6, 2020 s the pier opened to he public.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
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  5. The signature sculpture of the new $92 million dollar St. Petersburg Pier, "Bending Arc" by renown artist, Janet Echelman is seen lit up on Tuesday June 30, 2020 in the Pier District. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  6. Three environmental groups have filed a lawsuit Tampa-based Trademark Metals Recycling, alleging violations of the federal Clean Water Act and Florida stormwater permits at six scrap yards including operations in Tampa. [Times (2005)]
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  10. Jason Stuart Flores, far right, a St. Petersburg activist, faces charges including criminal mischief in connection with a confrontation Saturday during a protest near Hyde Park Village. Flores is shown here during a June 13 Black Lives Matter demonstration in Tampa. [Courtesy of Alicia Norris]
  11. Pro wrestler-turned-movie star Dave Bautista, left, and pro wrestler-turned philanthropist Thaddeus Bullard — known in the ring as Titus O'Neil, right — lead demonstrators in Saturday's "Love Walk" march in solidarity for racial equality across Tampa. Here they cross the Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  12. There was a harrowing altercation between a driver and protesters during Saturday evening's march. One protester was taken into custody and a driver who tried to go through the crowd was allowed to leave by police. [Restorative Justice Coalition]
  13. A look inside Saigon Blonde on Central, 265 Central Ave., on Friday, June 26, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Saigon Blonde will not be opening their doors for business later this afternoon to comply with the new regulations. Florida is suspending the drinking of alcohol at bars, according to a tweet from Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  14. Community activist Jae Passmore, right, shown here during a 2017 Tampa demonstration on behalf of sex workers, was struck and injured in Hyde Park Village on Sunday during a protest against police brutality. [Times (2017)]
  15. Traffic drives around a car engulfed in flames Tuesday in the southbound lanes of the Howard Frankland bridge. [PETER TALBOT  |  Times]
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  17. Ivan Moreno, 33, faces a felony charge of  battery on a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  18. Three officers who tested positive for the coronavirus during the weekend [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  19. Tom McGill, of Largo, left, examines a Sig Sauer MCX556 rifle with the help of Jillian Biltz, of Seminole, on Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Mad Dog Armory guns and ammo store in Largo. Gun sales in Florida are surging once again, this time due to protests against police brutality continuing in Florida and around the country. Local gun stores are swamped with customers. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  20. The candidate for Pinellas County sheriff in 2020, from left to right: Incumbent Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, a Republican; Democrat James McLynas; and Democrat Eliseo Santana. The Democratic primary is  Aug. 18. [Times]
  21. A woman raises her fist in support as demonstrators march by during one of two daily marches in protest of police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd's death, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in St. Petersburg.  [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  22. Clearwater Police officer Joseph Czop, on left, and Sgt. Meg Hasty, in center, both wearing protective face masks and gloves, check out a suspicious person call at a bus stop on the street on N. Betty Ln. on Thursday, April 9, 2020 in Clearwater. Law enforcement officers are facing a new array of challenges policing during a global pandemic. To limit face-to-face contact, agencies are now taking non-emergency reports over the phone, issuing more notices to appear in lieu of arrests and putting in place special protocols if they are dealing with someone believed to have or have been exposed to the virus. But even with these precautions, cops are still vulnerable of contracting the virus themselves or spreading it to residents, colleagues and their families. We've already seen it happen at Tampa PD, and several larger agencies across the country.  [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  23. The "Trumptilla," a flotilla of boats celebrating President Donald Trump's 74th birthday and Flag Day, sailed along the waters of Tampa Bay on Sunday. [PETER TALBOT  |  Times]
  24. Boats gather in Madeira Beach before an earlier water-born rally for President Donald Trump. [Courtesy of Sherri Gerland]