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Rebecca Torrence - Metro, Clearwater/North Pinellas Reporter

Metro, Clearwater/North Pinellas Reporter

I’m a rising senior at Duke University, studying neuroscience and journalism — neuroscience because I crave to understand people and journalism because I love to tell their stories. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 5 and have finally decided to embrace my childhood dream. For the past two years, I’ve written an opinion column for the Duke Chronicle, focusing on university sexual assault policies, as well as sexual and mental health. This summer, I’ll be covering North Pinellas County. If you have a story to share, I’d love to hear from you!

  1. A video taken at the end of an altercation at the St. Pete Pier on Thursday night, as a protester known only as "Alex" and a woman exchange harsh words. [REBECCA TORRENCE  |  Times]
  2. Pinellas Park High School as seen Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Pinellas Park. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  3. The Pinellas County Commission during a Zoom meeting on July 7. [Pinellas County Commission]
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  5. Largo City Hall.
  6. Gov. Ron DeSantis approved the creation the Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve on Monday to protect seagrass off the coast of Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. [Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts] [Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts]
  7. Tarpon Springs officials are prepared to pay $812,100 in city funds to dredge the Anclote River's extended turning basin. [JIM DAMASKE  |  Times (2018)]
  8. Bill Justice and his wife, Marian, at February's Clearwater High School celebration. [Courtesy of Sue Ellis]
  9. A box of donated gloves at a drive-up donation site. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) [ELAINE THOMPSON  |  AP]
  10. Pinellas County School employees load a bus with food from Meals on Wheels 4 Kids. The program is now expanding to Wimauma in Hillsborough County. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  James Borchuck]
  11. The Sponge Docks, pictured above, are directly across the river from the M&M Marina. [JEFF ROSENFIELD  |  Archive]
  12. Allison Harris colocándose su más cara antes de comenzar a trabajar como mesera en  Baba, St. Petersburg, FL. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  13. Lorielle Hollaway, owner of Cultured Books at The Well in St. Petersburg. [REBECCA TORRENCE  |  Times]
  14. Allison Harris puts on her mask before starting her shift waitressing at Baba in St. Petersburg, FL. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times]
  15. Local artist, Cheryl "Jujmo" Weber of Tampa paints her assigned letter "B" in the new Black Lives Matter street mural in front of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. South in St. Petersburg on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Woodson Museum executive director, Terri Lipsey-Scott contacted St. Petersburg City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Bowman with the idea who in turn contacted Wayne Atherholt with the city’s Cultural Affairs department who also liked the idea. Atherholt contact John Collins with the St Pete Artist Alliance which runs the Shine Mural project and got his team working to find artists willing to participate. 16 artists are responsible for painting 1 letter each of the phrase.  The mural will be ready when the city of St Pete kicks of its Juneteenth celebrations on Friday morning. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  16. Moe Freaney, top left; Stacy Rush, top right; John Tornga, bottom left; Mike Quill, bottom right. [Archive]
  17. Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski, left; Commissioner Jeff Gow, right. [Archive]
  18. "Help is on the way" for small business owners, says Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  19. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, right, outside of Tampa City Hall. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  20. Dunedin Vice Mayor Heather Gracy, left; Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski, right. [Archive]
  21. The small fishing village of Tarpon Springs is famous for its Sponge Docks, which pay homage to the Greek fishing community and sponge divers.
  22. Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa.