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  2. Several Florida school districts give parents the ability to restrict their children's access to library books.
  3. A view of the boots worn by Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, as part of the Mandate for Leadership Series in Washington. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)
  4. Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr., a Tampa Bay Tech alumnus raised in Dade City, is a finalist for the 2023 Heisman Trophy, to be presented Saturday night in New York City.
  5. Fire officials said one person died after a residential fire in West Tampa on Thursday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  6. Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, who is now Senate president, smiles as she stands on the dais during a legislative session at the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee.
  7. A St. Petersburg police officer was arrested Wednesday in Hillsborough County on a battery charge after he pushed a woman during an argument, records show.
  8. The scene following an early morning shooting along Ybor City’s 7th Avenue in Tampa on Oct. 29.
  9. Several years ago, the Pasco County Commission on Tuesday approved a $500,000 loan to West Pasco Habitat for Humanity to help finance the purchase and demolition of dilapidated properties on Van Doren Avenue and Leisure Lane near the city of New Port Richey. The project was sidetracked and now the county and the city of New Port Richey, which surrounds the neighborhood, are working together to fix ongoing blight in the area.
  10. Laci Mae Gilileo, pictured in a family photo provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, was fatally shot on Nov. 1, 2022, while attending a Halloween party at a house in Thonotosassa, according to the Sheriff's Office. Gilileo, 15, was a student at Bloomingdale High School.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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."
  14. 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.
  15. Gypsy Gallardo makes a presentation on Nov. 28. Gallardo resigned from St. Petersburg's Community Benefits Advisory Council.
  16. Tesla electric vehicles are seen at Tesla chargers on May 10 in Westlake, Calif. A Senate proposal would require electric vehicle owners to pay $200 registration fees to try to offset anticipated losses in gas tax dollars.
  17. 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 late Wednesday night, turned around at the top of the Skyway and drove north in the southbound lanes until crashing head-on into the Dodge.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. A Times investigation found more than 580 fatal kratom-related overdoses in Florida.
  21. The West Pasco Government Center houses the County Commission chambers.
  22. Sarasota County School Board member Bridget Ziegler faces mounting pressure to resign her post.
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