1. Courses in "fairness and diversity" will no longer meet a continuing education requirement for judges, the Florida Supreme Court said.
  2. Archive photo of death row at Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution.
  3. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was recognized this week as the 2022 Sheriff of the Year for his contributions to law enforcement nationwide.
  4. The Reedy Creek Improvement District Administration Building in Lake Buena Vista is seen in 2022.
  5. An excavator made numerous attempts to free a whale from the shoreline and move it onto Lydgate Beach in Kauai County, Hawaii, on Saturday. Scientists suspect the large sperm whale that washed ashore in Hawaii over the weekend may have died from an intestinal blockage because it ate large volumes of plastic, fishing nets, and other marine debris.
  6. A Pinellas detention deputy was arrested Tuesday on a battery charge in Hillsborough County, jail records show.
  7. Traders on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange watch Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's news conference after the Federal Reserve interest rate announcement in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.
  8. The National Weather Service is predicting rainfall around late morning Friday, along with a cold front that will cool down Tampa Bay.
  9. Comedian Jim Gaffigan will brin "The Dark Pale Tour" to Tampa's Straz Center Feb. 9-11 for four shows that will be filmed for his next TV special. Photo courtesy Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
  10. Renderings of an improved Sundial shopping Center, courtesy of Behar and Peteranecz.
  11. Groundhog Club handler A.J. Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, while Vice President Dan McGinley reads the scroll during the 137th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., on Thursday.
  12. The Tampa Police union announced its endorsements late Wednesday for the City Council races in the March 7 election.
  13. Earlier today• Breaking News
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was searching for two people who fled a Temple Terrace shooting Wednesday in this black Kia Soul.
  14. The former home of "Cheers" actress Kirstie Alley was listed for sale. Alley died in December.
  15. State Rep. Kaylee Tuck, R-Lake Placid, has filed legislation to create universal education savings accounts for Florida K-12 children. Gov. Ron DeSantis did not include funding for the concept in his proposed 2023-24 budget.
  16. Life insurance companies aren’t automatically notified when someone dies.
  17. Convicted drug smuggler Angelo Bedami holds a photograph of his father Joe Bedami Sr., a mobster and alleged Santo Trafficante hitman.
  18. The Falkenburg Road Jail in Tampa is seen in a Google image from 2018. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, staff at the county’s Falkenburg Road Jail in Tampa discovered Clarence Valentine, 47, “unresponsive” in the medical services on Saturday, and he was pronounced dead the following day at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital. His death is under investigation.
  19. Gov. Ron DeSantis has previously objected to some of the topics and suggested readings in a new AP African American studies course. The College Board on Wednesday released an official outline for the course, which had differences from the pilot curriculum.
  20. County Commissioner Rene Flowers speaks during a Black History Matters press conference on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  21. Michael Lapniewski, 55, was booked into the Pinellas County jail Tuesday afternoon on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the 1987 slaying of Opal Weil
  22. The U.S. is facing a growing crisis of unfilled job openings and high staff turnover that puts the safety of older, frail residents at risk. Patricia Wasseman holds Hermina Levin's hands as nurse Eva Diaz administers a vaccine at John Knox Village, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in Pompano Beach, Fla.
  23. People work around the carcass of a dead whale in Lido Beach, N.Y., on Tuesday.
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