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Rose Wong - NOW Desk Reporter

NOW Desk Reporter

I’m a NOW desk intern covering breaking news. I serve as senior editor for the Duke University Chronicle, where I have written about Duke Student Health’s pattern of misdiagnoses, the struggles of students without home internet during COVID-19 and my favorite K-drama, “Crash Landing on You.” I’m not quite sure where I’m from: I was born in Vancouver, Canada, where I lived until moving to Hong Kong and later to the suburbs of Detroit. When I’m not fixing my nut graf, I’m baking some peanut butter recipe, hanging out with my dog, Molandra, or debating people on whether broccoli cheddar soup is, in fact, a chowder or a sauce.

  1. A TNT fireworks sits in the parking lot of a Sam's Club on July 3 in St. Petersburg. [JONAH HINEBAUGH  |  Times]
  2. Glen Jones, 54, a part-time cook at Punky's poses, Monday, June 29, 2020 outside of the business in St. Petersburg. Jones says he is immune compromised and got a part-time job because he has not received his stimulus check yet.  [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  3. An unidentified man rides a bicycle past a sign declaring that COVID-19 testing at Tropicana field is closed for the day Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Shortly after opening for the second day of testing in a parking lot of Tropicana Field vehicles were turned away. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
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  5. Ten employees and 41 residents of the Center for Apollo Health and Rehabilitation Center have tested positive for the coronavirus in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  6. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man accused of setting the King of Carz dealership at 7010 E Fowler Ave. on fire on Wednesday. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  7. Left to Right: Volunteers Robin Clemmons, Samantha Scribano, Charlotte Smith, and Timothy McBride, all of St. Petersburg, construct raised edible gardens outside of the new Daystar Life Center, 1055 28th St. S, St. Petersburg.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  8. Thomas McMichael, 58, was arrested Wednesday for sending sexually explicit text messages to a minor. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  9. This file photo from March 18 shows shelves at Daystar Life Center in St. Petersburg. A staff member has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the facility to close. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  10. Dr. Robert Casañas with his daughter, Cassandra. [Courtesy of Beata Casañas]
  11. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, speaks during a May news conference on Capitol Hill in May. Clyburn is leading the House coronavirus subcommittee investigating Consulate Health Care. [MANUEL BALCE CENETA  |  AP]
  12. St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters at 1300 First Ave. N in St. Petersburg. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Robert Lowell Staton II, 40, was arrested Wednesday for soliciting sex with a teenager. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
  14. T-Mobile customers faced outages in Tampa Bay and across the nation Monday. In this April 27, 2010 file photo, a woman using a cell phone walks past T-Mobile and Sprint stores in New York.
  15. Desmond Johnson, 31, faces one count of attempted kidnapping and two counts of burglary with battery, according to Tampa police. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  16. These one-week-old Boston terrier puppies were stolen Tuesday from an Avon Park kennel, according to the owners. [Courtesy of Charlotte Mills]
  17. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and updates. [Times]
  18. A 1968 photo of the Wagon Wheel Flea Market on Park Boulevard N in Pinellas Park. [ZEISLOFT  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  19. Casey Hannah, 40, a Temple Terrace fire inspector, was arrested Wednesday on 20 counts of possession of child pornography, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]