1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tweeted Thursday that staff had rescued two manatees, a mother with watercraft wounds and her calf. The commission said the mother did not survive transport, however, the calf is receiving care at ZooTampa.
  2. Kirk Ray Smith, president and CEO of Hope Villages of America resigned this week. It comes after every member of a volunteer fundraising committee resigned saying that he "ranted" at them for more than 20 minutes on a video call.
  3. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center left, and other members of Congress, signs H.R. 8404, the Respect For Marriage Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.
  4. Instagram model Courtney Clenney is accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend, Christian “Toby” Obumseli, on April 3 in Miami. She is charged with murder but has said she acted in self-defense.
  5. WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner is escorted from a courtroom after a hearing in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia, on Aug. 4. Russia freed Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.
  6. From left are attorney James Craig for Hillsborough County Public Schools, Graham Picklesimer of the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, and teachers union president Rob Kriete. The three participated in a bargaining impasse hearing on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in Tampa.
  7. Florida state Rep. Joe Harding listens during a Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearing in a legislative session on Jan. 13, 2022, in Tallahassee. Harding on Thursday submitted his resignation after being indicted on on charges of money laundering and wire fraud.
  8. Shelley Kappeler, a media technology specialist at Westgate Elementary, holds three books: "J.D. and the Great Barber Battle," "Blended," and "Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer" on Aug. 2, 2022 in St. Petersburg. A state panel is working to develop new training for Florida school library workers after the Legislature passed new requirements for reviewing books and other materials this year.
  9. Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus of Pasco County
  10. A coalition of 40 Florida health nonprofits and child advocacy groups are urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to release a plan on how Florida will ensure that children, the disabled and low-income families do not lose health coverage when the federal government ends additional emergency funding for Medicaid provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  11. Dead fish wash up at Pass-a-Grille Beach on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, in St.Pete Beach. The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected along Florida’s Gulf Coast over the past week.
  12. Then-Sen. Jack Latvala talks with his son, then-Rep. Chris Latvala, both of Clearwater, on the House of Representatives floor in March 2016.
  13. Visit Tampa Bay is seeking a $5.5 million increase in its marketing and advertising effort. Shown is the TECO Streetcar, a popular tourist vehicle between downtown Tampa and Ybor City.
  14. Stewart Davis, 63, of Tampa, who is dressed as Santa, left, shares a moment with Lukas Yates, 8, of Ruskin, during Holiday Hearts, an event hosted by Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research at its Tampa center on Wednesday, December 7, 2022. About 50 Hillsborough County Public Schools students who are visually impaired returned to the event in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.
  15. In March 1974, Dick Greco resigned as mayor of Tampa. His replacement, Richard L. Cheney, died just months later.
  16. Jeremy Brown, 48, whose trial is underway this week, is charged with 10 separate federal crimes including possession of unregistered firearms, possession of a destructive device and unauthorized possession of documents related to national defense.
  17. Timothy Coppola was booked into the Pinellas County jail and released later the same day after posting $10,000 bail, records show.
  18. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks with supporters during her reelection rally and 63rd birthday party on Wednesday.
  19. Cub petting, shown here by a group of customers visiting Dade City's Wild Things in 2013, is outlawed by the Big Cat Public Safety Act. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday and it now goes to President Biden for a signature.
  20. Motorcyclist Christopher Smith, 44, was killed Wednesday night when he and another driver collided at a St. Petersburg intersection, police said.
  21. Rising prices, a turbulent stock market and concerns about a possible recession are leaving many older Americans stressed about their financial future.
  22. The New York Times building is shown in 2009 in New York. Hundreds of journalists and other employees at the Times began a 24-hour walkout Thursday, the first strike of its kind at the newspaper in more than 40 years.
  23. Deputies said Wednesday that investigators have located the pickup truck suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed pedestrian Felicia White, 46, as she tried to cross 108th Avenue in Treasure Island on Tuesday.
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