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  1. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said President Joe Biden's acuity helped create a law that cut deadly gun violence.
  2. Clearwater businessman Leo Govoni, center, is accused by a St. Petersburg nonprofit that administers trust funds for the medically needy, of taking $100 million in an unauthorized loan.
  3. 32 minutes ago• Breaking News
    A man was fatally stabbed on Mott Road in Dover.
  4. The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is returning to Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa on March 2-3, 2024.
  5. Garrett Cheney, from the United States, performs during the Fire act on opening night of Cirque du Soleil Bazzar in the parking lot of Tropicana Field on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 in St. Petersburg. The show runs from February 22, 2024 - March 24, 2024.
  6. IDEA Exchange Pinellas, a harm reduction program in St. Petersburg, collects used syringes at 1525 16th St. S. Suite 3. The needle exchange has seen wounds linked to xylazine, a horse sedative found in the illicit fentanyl supply.
  7. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is to be rebranded in March to reflect the name of its owner, Orlando Health.
  8. In this screengrab captured from WPLG-TV video, a plane is towed in Miami on Friday after officials say the seaplane overturned while trying to land near PortMiami. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says the aircraft came down in a channel between the port's cruise ship terminals and a causeway that connects Miami to Miami Beach. No serious injuries were reported.
  9. Robert Duhrkopf is facing a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person after deputies say he confessed to smothering his wife.
  10. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue says a great white shark washed up on a beach in the Florida Panhandle on Friday morning, prompting speculation over what might have killed it.
  11. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives his State of the State address during a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives on March 7, 2023, at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
  12. Students read a poem to guests during the African American Read-in at Sheehy Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, in Tampa.
  13. Tim Burke departs federal court in Tampa after his hearing on Thursday.
  14. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo attends a roundtable discussion at USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in downtown Tampa on Feb. 23, 2023. Earlier this month, as measles spread through Manatee Bay Elementary in South Florida, Ladapo sent parents a letter granting them permission to send unvaccinated children to school amid the outbreak.
  15. Patrick Dunnagan of Raleigh, North Carolina, hasn’t been able to work for years because of kidney disease and chronic pain. When North Carolina on Dec. 1 became the 40th state to expand Medicaid, Dunnagan finally qualified for the state-federal health insurance program, which covers people with low incomes. “The financial security is huge,” he says. (KATHLEEN DALEY)
  16. Florida is discussing how high school athletes could make name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.
  17. St. Petersburg police are investigating a shooting at the Citrus Grove Apartments late Thursday that killed an 18-year-old man.
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  19. Hopper is now, officially, the more famous of Temple Terrace’s infamous kangaroos.
  20. Tim Burke departs federal court in Tampa after his hearing on Thursday.
  21. A topiary of Mirabel from the Disney animated film “Encanto” will greet guests once again at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, running Feb. 28-May 27. The annual springtime event is filled with creative topiaries, gardens, food kiosks and free daily concerts.
  22. Florida lawmakers passed legislation to ban children under 16 from social media. The measure heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has said he might not sign it into law.
  23. This photo taken in 2002 at Gowers Corner, oriented toward the southeast at the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 52 in Pasco County, shows a sparsely developed area. That crossroads has been changing in recent years, and now Pasco County has approved a development on the southwest corner that will include large commercial and apartment projects.
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