1. Rays president Brian Auld, right, and president Matt Silverman, second from right, at Tropicana Field in September. Auld said Thursday that the team will not change its name to the St. Petersburg Rays, despite recent discourse around the subject.
  2. Golf cart tour customer Sybil Furman, of Reno, Nevada, inquires about the tallest buildings in Tampa’s skyline while on a golf cart tour of Tampa on Friday, May 19, 2023. Tampa Bay’s gross domestic product — a measurement of economic performance by totaling the value of goods and services — did slow last year compared to 2021, federal data released Thursday shows.
  3. Paul Lynch, winner of the 2023 Booker Prize, poses for the media with his trophy following the presentation ceremony in London on Nov. 26, 2023. The Booker Prize is awarded to the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland, in the opinion of the judges. Lynch won with his book "Prophet Song."
  4. The Bill Edwards Foundation of the Arts collaborated with Imagine Museum to bring an art installation depicting the moon, by artist Luke Jerram, to the Mahaffey Theater pictured on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 in St. Petersburg. The sculpture is made from a balloon-like material.
  5. St. Petersburg resident Gypsy Gallardo has stepped down from the St. Petersburg’s Community Benefits Advisory Council, which reviews pledges of community initiatives made by companies that receive subsidies from the city.
  6. Tesla electric vehicles are seen at Tesla chargers, May 10, 2023, in Westlake, Calif.
  7. A Ford Mustang and Dodge Caravan are pictured on Interstate 275 near the northern end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge after the driver of the Mustang fled from the Florida Highway Patrol, turned around at the top of the Skyway and drove north in the southbound lanes until crashing head-on into the Dodge. Two of the four people in the Dodge were killed. The Mustang driver, Leosvany Arias Roman, was hospitalized and arrested on multiple charges.
  8. Children walk past the John Overstreet House (circa mid-1860s), a two-story pioneer-era farmhouse constructed of native heart pine at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City.
  9. The College Board released the final framework for its AP African American studies course, including some changes that Florida Republican officials demanded if the course were to be taught in the state. The Rev. Al Sharpton demonstrated in Tallahassee against Gov. Ron DeSantis's rejection of the course in February.
  10. A Times investigation found more than 580 fatal kratom-related overdoses in Florida.
  11. The West Pasco Government Center, at 8731 Citizens Dr in New Port Richey, houses the County Commission Chambers.
  12. Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler faces mounting pressure to resign her post.
  13. Tampa Police Chief Lee Bercaw, Hillsborough State Attorney Suzy Lopez and the family of Harrison Boonstoppel discuss the arrest of a second suspected shooter in connection with a gunfight that took place in the 1600 block of East 7th Avenue in Ybor City on Oct. 29, killing Boonstoppel and a 14-year-old boy, during a Wednesday night news conference. Kadyn Michael Abney, 14, is facing a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm in the death of Boonstoppel, as well as charges of attempted aggravated battery and attempted murder, Bercaw said.
  14. Police investigate the scene at a home at 1760 17th St. S. on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.
  15. From left: Republican presidential candidates former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Gov. Ron DeSantis and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy appeared at a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NewsNation on Wednesday.
  16. Minnie and Mickey Mouse perform for guests during a musical show in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on July 14 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district released a series of reports Wednesday justifying their takeover and accusing their Disney-controlled predecessors of being a part of “the most egregious exhibition of corporate cronyism in modern American history.” In a statement, Disney called the new reports “revisionist history.”
  17. The Florida Supreme Court listens to arguments in the case of Monique Worrell vs. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023 in Tallahassee.
  18. The Miami-Dade parks system wants to hire contractors to hunt and kill the creatures.
  19. Henry Reichman, of the American Association of University Professors, speaks at a news conference on Wednesday in Tallahassee. Reichman is co-chairperson of a special committee convened by the association to investigate political interference and academic freedom in Florida.
  20. A cherry-dipped cone is served at Dairy Joy in South Tampa.
  21. The SunRunner stops in St. Pete Beach in August. After residents and officials from the city complained about homeless riders sleeping on the beach and panhandling, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri urged the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to impose a fare on the previously free bus line. On Wednesday, he said the measure worked: Complaints have plummeted.
  22. Owen Melin, 22, was shot to death in 2020 near the USF-St. Petersburg campus. (Photo courtesy of Matthew Lee).
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