Life & Culture

  1. Workers transform Tampa's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park into the Super Bowl Experience, the NFL's interactive football theme park, for Super Bowl 55.
  2. The Lakewood High School Marching Spartans performed in downtown St. Petersburg in 2019 for the 34th annual MLK Dream Big Parade. This year, the nation's longest-running parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held virtually, showing clips of various bands.
  3. At Epcot International Festival of the Arts, guests can become one with famous works of art thanks to a photo backdrop.
  4. Did you know ancient sharks that could grow up to 60 feet long swam in Florida waters, or that giant rhinos roamed the state millions of years ago? "Tusk to Tails," the latest exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, unearths Florida’s fossil finds. The year-long exhibit opens Jan. 20.
  5. The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, joined other notable historic events in American history, including the coronavirus pandemic and Victory over Japan Day.
  6. Bishop Matthew Williams held several positions at Tampa's Brown Memorial Church of God in Christ, including deacon, pastor and bishop. He was one of 12 bishops in the nationwide Church of God in Christ's general board.
  7. Bruce Springsteen is among the celebrities headlining a Wednesday night prime-time televised inaugural celebration
  8. Artis Stevens, the new CEO of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America, is pictured here with his family, (from left) Alyse, Aubrey and Dr. Erica Stevens. (Courtesy of the Stevens family)
  9. Actress Betty White poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on June 9, 2010. White will turn 99 on Sunday.
  10. More than 250 authors, editors, agents, professors and others in the American literary community signed an open letter this week opposing any publisher that signs book deals with President Donald Trump or members of his administration.
  11. Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at the inauguration of Joe Biden.
  12. The still-closed Disneyland theme park in California has announced it is canceling its annual pass program. The Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida are allowing current passholders to renew them, but they are no longer selling new annual passes.
  13. Bill Savage is the fourth generation of his family to work for the A.R. Savage & Son ship agency.
  14. It's the only way.
  15. Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the first-day-of-issue dedication in Pittsburgh in 2018. Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died. She was 92.
  16. Norwegian Airlines has announced it will focus on short-haul European flights rather than international flights, which will cost Tampa International Airport a direct route to London's Gatwick Airport.
  17. Betty White accepts the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for "Hot in Cleveland" at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2012.
  18. Fiona and Norah are two of many animals looking for loving homes.
  19. German illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher of the duo " Siegfried & Roy" holds their trophies after receiving the World Entertainment Award at the World Award 2003 ceremony in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Oct.22, 2003.  Fischbacher died Wednesday.
  20. The Hallmark filmed "Love in the Sun" in St. Petersburg in 2019.
  21. Taco Bell announced Thursday that it's bringing potatoes back to its menu in March.
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