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  1. Anton Stragaj, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of accessory after the fact in the 2014 death of a Tarpon Springs doctor. Above, Stragaj is brought into a Clearwater courtroom for a hearing in January 2020.
  2. Former Rays manager Joe Maddon bought the historic Bayshore Boulevard home, once owned by former Bucs coach John McKay, in 2012.
  3. Police create a barrier between a group of protesters and Kaitlin Bennett, a gun rights advocate who hosts the Liberty Hangout show during her visit to the University of South Florida campus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020 in Tampa.
  4. The city of Clearwater’s welcome sign, Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Clearwater.
  5. Gov. Ron DeSantis said parents should have the freedom to decide whether their children will wear masks in schools, during a news conference in Cape Coral on July 30, 2021.
  6. Attorney General Merrick Garland, accompanied by Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke, right, speaks at a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday to announce that the Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department.
  7. Tampa City Hall.
  8. Eleni Peca, the mother of 27-year-old Joana Peca, speaks at a news conference at St. Petersburg police headquarters on Thursday to plead for help finding the man accused of fatally shooting her daughter. Police say Benjamin "Bambi" Williams, 38, shot Joana Peca in the face multiple times near Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday while she held their four-month-old baby in her arms. Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward in the case. "We need justice," Peca said.
  9. Masked students take their seats in this image from a Pinellas County Schools video from 2020. The face coverings are not required for the 2021-22 school year, which begins next week. But Democratic Party officials, noting the recent spike in coronavirus cases, are urging school districts to change that.
  10. In this April 4, 2017, file photo, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka listens at the National Press Club in Washington. The longtime president of the AFL-CIO labor union has died. News of Richard Trumka’s death was announced Thursday by President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Trumka was 72 and had been AFL-CIO president since 2009, after serving as the organization’s secretary-treasurer for 14 years.
  11. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference on a remaining part of the Old Tamiami Trail roadbed, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  12. Nurse Annette Shelton of Med-Call Healthcare administers the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to Bernice Wyche at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg on March 6.
  13. A year ago, Brayan De los Rios, 40, lost his position as assistant manager at a Tampa restaurant because of the pandemic. He used savings, credit cards and money from friends to get by until he finally landed a new job.
  14. SeaWorld Entertainment, the parent company of Busch Gardens, reported a second-quarter profit that more than doubled. And even attendance was down from 2019 highs, the company beat market expectations.
  15. A U.S. Coast Guardsman stands watch near pallets of cocaine Thursday at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The Coast Guard offloaded drugs worth more than $1.4 billion.
  16. An undated photo of Christine Englehardt, 24, who authorities say was found dead inside a South Beach hotel room after being drugged and sexually assaulted.
  17. Opponents to mandatory school masking rules demonstrate before the Hillsborough County School Board meeting on May 18, 2021.
  18. Lisa Smith, animal care supervisor, feeds orphaned calves Soleil, left, and Calliope, right, at ZooTampa's David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center on Friday, July 30, 2021.
  19. Clues to a scavenger hunt through downtown St. Petersburg are among the oddball items found in a Lucid Vending machine.
  20. Lil' Bear and Nellie are two of many animals hoping to find forever homes.
  21. Kenneth Brabham has been arrested after witnesses reported seeing a man chasing a woman as she ran across Gandy Boulevard early Wednesday morning, screaming that the man was trying to sexually batter her, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  22. Passengers board a Spirit Airlines plane at Tampa International Airport on Nov. 19, 2019. After days of slowdowns, a few Spirit flights into and out of Tampa resumed as scheduled on Thursday, although at least 20 more remained canceled.
  23. A view of downtown Tampa from above St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on June 2.
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